University Housing recently hosted the 2013 NCHO RA Drive-In Conference on Oct. 26 at Centennial Campus. This conference for North Carolina Housing Officers provides undergraduate housing staff members with a professional development opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with peers from around the state. This year's conference welcomed more than 300 participants from 25 institutions across the state. The PRIDE (Pushing RAs in Directions of Excellence) theme encouraged participants to celebrate the unique history and traditions of their respective institutions.
"It was wonderful seeing so many energetic faces from across the state coming together for a common purpose,” said Gabriel Solomon, Conference Chair and Residence Director at Sullivan Hall. “We received numerous compliments from our guests about how much they enjoyed their time at NC State. We heard several times throughout the day from our guests about how cool the facilities are at NC State, including Hunt Library, Wolf Ridge and On the Oval, and how they wish that their campuses had similar things. I think this shows the pride that NC State takes in its facilities and how we are proud to be a leader in utilizing innovative technology for the benefit of our students.”
The conference also asked delegations to give back to the community through a conference initiated service project with philanthropy partners ConKerr Cancer. This organization brings smiles to children with life changing illnesses by providing bright colored and cheerful pillowcases during their hospital stays. The delegations represented at the 2013 NCHO RA Drive-In constructed and donated more than 80 pillowcases to the organization for distribution to hospitals throughout the state.
“Overall, this conference turned out to be an amazing experience and it was clear that everyone enjoyed the conference,” Solomon said. “As the Conference Chair, seeing all the students chanting and showing their school pride, as well as hearing about their experiences and ways that they benefited from this conference, lets me know that all of the hard work and planning that went into making this a successful conference was worth it."