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PD for Free:

Plug in to Professional Associations
If your institution belongs to a professional association, there
are many great ways to be an actively engaged member outside
of attending the annual conference. It is often through these
opportunities that you develop the skills and competencies required
to advance in the field.
Stacy Oliver-Sikorski, associate director for student success at
Lake Forest College in Illinois and current president-elect of Great
Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers
(GLACUHO), recommends that professionals “find volunteer
opportunities within an organization. This helps new members
to learn more about the structure of the organization as well as
its mission and is an easy way to meet other people. Whether it’s
serving on a committee or writing an article for which you interview
other professionals, giving a little bit of time is an investment that
is guaranteed to pay back in dividends. Organizations thrive on the
volunteer hours of their members, and it’s unlikely an offer of help
would ever be turned down.”
Ann Marie Klotz, director of residential education and associate
director for university housing and dining at Oregon State University
in Corvallis and regional representative for the Northwest Association
of College and University Housing Officers (NWACUHO) on the
ACUHO-I Foundation Board, suggests that new professionals “look
at the mission, goals, and committees within the associations. What
speaks to you? What resonates with your current work? Follow those
associations on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to find out
the latest information and opportunities for involvement. Many of
these organizations have ‘connections’ programs and ‘First-Time
Delegate’ events. Attend those to gain a greater understanding of the
organization and what it has to offer.”
Oliver-Sikorski describes the benefits of being involved with
your professional association as “career or even life changing.
Individuals have the chance to learn about topics and trends in our
field, as well as explore areas that may not fit within their current job
responsibilities.”
To learn more about the number of ways you can get involved
in ACUHO-I, visit the Communities section of the website to learn
about task forces, networks, committees, and regional affiliate
associations. http://www.acuho-i.org/Communities/tabid/36/Default.
aspx
Kate McGartland-Kinsella
Student Development Officer, University of Toronto Mississauga

Fun Facts
Bedbugs could be
halted by impaling
themselves on the
hooks of bean leaves,
according to a study in The
Journal of the Royal Society
Interface.

Oberlin College in
Ohio was the first
college in the U.S.
to grant degrees to
women, starting in
1841, and also was the
first to grant degrees
to African American
women, starting in
1862.

The Ohio State University in Columbus
is the largest institution in the U.S. to
require sophomores to live on campus
(starting in 2016).

The Nido Spitalfields
at London
Metropolitan
University in England
is the tallest student
housing building in
the world, at a height
of 105 meters or 344
feet.

[Ed. Note: PD for Free is a recurring column that explores professional
development opportunities for campus housing professionals at little or no
cost. If you have ideas or success stories to share, please contact the author
at kate.kinsella@utoronto.ca or on Twitter at @KateMcGK.]
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Talking Stick - July/August 2013

Talking Stick - July/August 2013
Contents
New Member Highlight
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Res Life
Business Operations
Facilities
Calendar
Common Space for the Common Good
Marketing the Residential Experience
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
New Members
Snapshot
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Cover2
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 1
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 2
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Contents
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - New Member Highlight
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 5
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Vision
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 7
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Just In
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 9
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 10
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 11
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 12
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Your ACUHO-I
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Transitions
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Res Life
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 18
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 21
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Business Operations
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 22
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - 23
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Facilities
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Calendar
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Common Space for the Common Good
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Marketing the Residential Experience
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Conversations
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Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - First Takes
Talking Stick - July/August 2013 - Reporting Out
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