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Happy November!   The Fall semester is quickly coming to a close in the next month or so and I hope that all is going well on your campuses.  It’s been over a month since our time together in Albany and since then I’ve also had the chance to represent our organization at the MACUHO Annual Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Both conferences left me with a great deal of pride for the work that we do on our campuses for our students each and every day but also for the incredibly committed professionals that we have working across both of our regions!  It was also fantastic to hear so many MACUHO members express their excitement in coming together with us for our joint conference in 2021.

NEACUHO is off to a great start this year and I’m thankful not only for the hard work that our Executive Board has been putting in but also for the large number of members in our region who have expressed interest in volunteering their time to serve on a committee or the Strategic Plan Task Force.   Thank you all for wanting to get more involved and contributing to the experience that we hope to provide to all of our members across the region!  If you haven’t had an opportunity to express an interest in volunteering or want more information about opportunities to get involved in the organization, there is still time!  Please feel free to let any member of the Executive Board or I know and we would be more than happy to talk with you further.

Since we left each other in Albany, we have been hard at work in planning for a great year.  We are just coming off of our first RD2B Conference hosted at Brandeis University, which was a great success!  Kudos to the New Professionals Development Committee and its chair, Abigail Smith, for a great event.  We were also able to provide 3 Dr. Tim Touchette Legacy Scholarships for students to join us for the conference.   Our next event will be the Residential Operations Conference hosted by Manhattan College in December, followed by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Retreat hosted by NHTI, Concord’s Community College in February.  The 2020 Annual Conference Committee has been put together and are getting started with the planning of our conference in Niagara Falls and the Strategic Plan Task Force working groups have begun their process of working towards the development of our next Strategic Plan which will guide the work of our organization over the next 5 years.

In the coming weeks, you will hear more updates regarding where we are with the Strategic Plan Task Force, the 2020 Annual Conference, our membership drive which will kick off in January, and other work that our board is doing behind the scenes. Our next membership year will start January 1, 2020 and end December 31, 2020.

As the Fall semester draws to a close, I hope that you all get an opportunity to enjoy the upcoming breaks and time with your friends and families.  Thank you for being part of NEACUHO!  We are only as strong and successful as our members and I’m grateful to each and every one of you for choosing us to be your professional home and hope to make continued connections with you over the next year.

Best wishes for a great rest of the semester!



November 12, 2018


Hi NEACUHO!!  It has been just over a month since our conference in Mystic.  I’ve had two wonderful opportunities to represent NEACUHO in the last month.  I spent several days with the MACUHO region at their Annual Meeting in Erie, PA.  They put on a great conference and were warm and generous hosts.  I also spent time at the Residence Life Association of the Granite State (RLAGS) conference at Rivier University in Nashua, NH with RAs from the Granite State.  The RLAGs committee and the Maine/New Hamphire District Coordinator, Eric Benn worked together for this event.  There I ran into two NEACUHO Past Presidents, Dr. Paula Randazza (host campus) and Dr. Beth Moriarty (keynote and presenter!).  It was a wonderful event and the RAs who attended learned much from each other and the slate of presenters. 

The NEACUHO Executive Board is off and running and we just had our first RD2B of this academic year at UMASS Amherst with over 60 students in attendance.  Our newly named Dr. Tim Touchette Legacy Scholarship sponsored four undergraduates to attend this event and Past President, Nate Gordon, was there with a flash sale for the participants.   Each participant explored the field of Residence Life and Housing and there was a lot of great energy at the event. UMASS was a wonderful host.  New Professional Development Chair, Melody Smith, brought together presenters and mentors that resulted in a great event!

The Executive Board had our November meeting the day before RD2B.  Here are some highlights from our meeting:

  • The board reviewed how our organization works.
  • A small work group was established to make a recommendation to the board regarding the Association’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Currently, no such document/statements exist. This team will look at our need to have such a policy and what that should look like for a professional association such as ours.  This team will be lead by Kristen Pierce of Stonehill College.
  • The Board voted to approve my recommendation to make Dr. Tim Touchette of Brandeis University, our ACUHO-I Foundation Representative.  His term will begin in January and he follows Jen Hapgood-White of Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has served NEACUHO in this role for the past two years.
  • The ResOps Committee is planning their conference for December 7th at Bentley College.  Registration is open for both delegates and our exhibitioners.  Plan to join us!
  • The committee chairs are still looking for members to serve on the committees to help them do the work of the association.  All of us on the executive board started our NEACUHO journeys by serving on one or more committees.  These are great opportunities to build your leadership skills, and expand your professionals network.  Please consider joining.  Contact anyone on the executive board if you have questions and we would be happy to help you get started.

Things you will be hearing more about in the coming weeks include our Self Study Plans, details about the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion event in February, exciting updates from the Annual Conference Committee about our Albany Annual Conference,  and more!

Lastly, as we approach Thanksgiving and a much needed break from our regular daily routines, I hope you have time to slow down even if only for a short time and take stock of the things in life you are grateful for.   I am blessed to have many things in my life that fill me with gratitude.  Among these things, I am grateful for my NEACUHO family.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has taught me both to be a better professional and has expanded my knowledge in my work.  But, most importantly, my NEACUHO relationships are what I am most grateful.  Colleagues who have advised me during troubling times, celebrated my successes with me and serve as compass to help me be my best professional self.  Thanks, NEACUHO!!

Your colleague,

Trish Godino Loring

President, NEACUHO

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