W&M's National Residence Hall Honorary
The William and Mary Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is part of a larger organization of Residence Hall Leaders. NRHH exists to recognize those residents who have committed time and effort to make their college experiences and the experiences of those around them more meaningful through work in their residence halls. NRHH was founded because most of these residents participate on a voluntary basis and their hard work often goes unnoticed. NRHH exists to provide recognition for those who have great leadership skills, to provide a means by which they can continue to use these skills in encouraging other leaders, and to act as a resource to the residence hall community. Almost 200 chapters exist nationwide.
NRHH is comprised of the top one percent of the total residence hall population. Residents are selected for membership based on academic achievement, service to residence halls, strong character, and leadership potential. Up to 47 students will be inducted into the William and Mary Chapter of NRHH. A nominee does not have to be a Resident Assistant or a member of Hall Council. Any student who has made a determined effort to improve residential life at William and Mary is considered for membership. To be eligible for nomination, candidates must:
After being nominated by a Residence Life professional or head staff member, students will be notified of their nomination and encouraged to complete and return the NRHH application. A selection committee of current NRHH members reviews the applications and selects new members. Those selected will be notified and given the date of the induction ceremony.
In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence
Halls (NACURH), Inc. found itself with financial difficulties. Jim
Tschechtelin, NACURH Chair, began investigating possibilities for
potential revenue sources and grants. Grants were found, but there
were two requirements: a central NACURH office had to be established,
and the member schools needed more services rendered. Thus, the
National Residence Hall Honorary was put forth as an answer to the
The years between 1977 and 1987 were years of growth for the NRHH. Pins and certificates were produced to recognize the members of the Honorary, the tradition of regional and national receptions during conferences began and formal recruitment and affiliation packets were produced. Regional Recruiter (now called Associate Directors) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were established including Program, National Communications Coordinator, Advisor, Student, and Resident Assistant Of The Month Awards as well as Outstanding Chapter of the Year.
Today, over 170 chapters are affiliated with the National Residence Hall Honorary National Office. Activities of the chapters vary from campus to campus. Some simply induct new members at an annual recognition banquet this year, thus, an honorary chapter. Others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities, coordinating leadership retreats, conferences, socials, hall or campus wide programs, fund raisers, and a whole host of other events. Still others have found a middle ground which suits their campus. Membership selection is conducted by each individual chapter. The chapter members represent the top 1% of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy in order to make the residence halls more than a "dorm."
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