At the annual Northeast Ohio Housing Officers (NEOHO) Mike Corr RA Conference held on January 27th, 2024 at the University of Mount Union, Hiram College Resident Assistants were awarded the RA Program of the Year Award for their work organizing and hosting the annual Sex Carnival hosted in Booth-Centennial. The Sex Carnival faced off against programs and events hosted by colleges and universities across northeast Ohio. 

While at this conference, the Hiram College Resident Assistants also took home the Donald Kamalsky Spirit Award. This award is presented at each conference to the residence life staff with highest level of conference involvement, including case-study participants, presenters, philanthropy, and enthusiasm. 

Olivia Britton, assistant director of residence life & commuter services, said, “The NEOHO conference is a huge professional development opportunity for RAs in Northeast Ohio. They have the chance to meet with, attend sessions, and learn from other residence life professionals and resident assistants in the area.”  

Residential Assistants leave with skills relating to new programming methods, student development theories, diversity, equity, and inclusion training, crisis management training, and networking skills. The conference had a graduate student panel, keynote speaker, RA awards and spirit awards as well. 

Current Hiram College residential assistant, Bricen Jones ’25, explained that hearing other RA perspectives is very valuable and creates efficiency for future events. Jones went onto mention, “We had multiple people give presentations at the conference. I think it helped us win most school spirit award at the end of the day. It was a cool moment for our staff to get up on stage in front of schools like Kent state, Youngstown state, Cleveland state, Wooster, Oberlin, and many more. To be seen as the best; over them, it was really rewarding.” 

NEOHO Mike Corr RA Conference is named after Michael Corr, a former director of residential education at Hiram College for over 30 years. The conference is a worthwhile time for our Hiram RA’s and here’s to more awards in the future. 

By Noah Pilgram ’24