Each academic year, Hiram’s Office of Residential Education hires students to foster a home away from home community for students living on campus. An essential part of the living-learning experience, resident assistants (RAs) help students academically and socially, answering institutional questions, and fostering an inclusive and diverse community. 

Hiram’s staff of RAs recently participated in the Northeast Ohio Housing Officers (NEOHO) Mike Corr RA Conference at Oberlin College. For the second time in three years, Hiram’s staff of RAs was awarded the coveted Sprit Award. The award is earned based on points collected by participating colleges through events prior to and during the conference. The group of RAs also received the top vote for their video which showcased a humorous take on their response to a recent power outage in Northeast Ohio. 

Additionally, RAs from Hiram received individual awards for their presentations and completion of case studies. The winners are listed below:

  • New Staff Case Study: First Place, Stephanie Cipa and Kelsey Morgan 
  • New Staff Case Study: Runner-up, Nikkia Schady and Alexis Polcawich 
  • Returning Staff Case Study: First Place, Andrew Lang and Brandon Eddinger 
  • Top Ten Presentation: Escape Room Programming in Residence Halls, Liz Keller and Brett Bentkowski 

The conference, named in honor of Mike Corr, retired senior associate dean of students and director of residential education at Hiram College and one of the founding members of NEOHO, gives RAs from across the region to network and compete in case studies. Other participating institutions included Kent State University, Oberlin College, John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace University, College of Wooster, University of Mount Union, University of Akron, Cleveland Institute of Art, Walsh University, and Ashland University.
by Jenelle Bayus