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The Residence Hall Association is the student governing body for the entire Gonzaga Residence Hall system. RHA was established to promote the interests, needs, and concerns of residence hall students within the greater university community. This organization has three main pillars: programming, advocacy, and leadership. It upholds these initiatives by putting on social, educational, service, community building events, offering opportunities for student leadership development, and serving on various university committees.
The General Assembly meets every week, is chaired by the president, and is made up of four members from each Block Council. At each meeting, these representatives and the RHA Executive Board discuss and vote on matters concerning residence life.
Meets: Every Thursdays at 8:00 in Jepson 109
Senior Vice President
Director of Administration and Finance
National Communications Coordinator
Director of Programming Community
Director of Programming Service
Director of Sustainability
Bachelor's Degree: Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health and Fitness Education (Washington State University)
Master's Degree: Educational Leadership (Gonzaga University)
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
There are three committees within RHA that serve as an opportunity for members of each block council to meet together and voice concerns to each other or to administrators about how to improve the on-campus living experience at Gonzaga.
Budget Advisory Committee
The Budget Advisory Committee, chaired by the Director of Administration and Finance and made up of the Treasurers from each block council, reviews and discusses all allocation forms to assure RHA guidelines are observed by requests. It also recommends to the General Assembly an amount to be allocated to a program.
If you fall under the scope of Residence Life and you wish to submit a funding request to the General Assembly, contact the RHA Director of Administration and Finance, Thomas Short (email@example.com).
The Advocacy Committee, chaired by the Vice President, consists of one representative from each block and a representative from GSBA, and is responsible for collecting advice and concerns about dining services and housing on campus from each Block Council. Every other week this group meets with a manager from Sodexo and every other week they meet with the Associate Director of Housing.
If you have any housing or dining concerns, contact either your block council president or the RHA Vice President, Dani Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Programming Committee, chaired by the Director of Programming – Community, Director of Programming - Service, and Director of Sustainability is responsible for coordinating and publicizing RHA functions as well as working with outside organizations when necessary for programming. This committee is made up of the Programmers from each hall council.
At Gonzaga, all of the Residence Halls are divided up into certain areas - by location and what type of student that lives there - which are referred to as blocks. Each block has a Block Council, and Block Council comes together to make the Residence Hall Association at Gonzaga. Individually, each block council is made up of a group of students who have volunteered to plan events and social activities for the residents on their block and also to serve as a voice between their block and RHA as a whole.
Buildings: Catherine / Monica
CM is of course made up of one building, and is home primarily to first year students. Last year’s block council has put on many successful events such as: Fall and Easter festivals, a kindergarten night stress reliever, and many more.
Buildings: Corkery, Chardin, Off-Campus Themed Houses, Lamp Lighter (712 Sinto), 814 Sharp
COL Sharp provides a home to many upperclassmen in a variety of different building styles, ranging from apartments to actual houses to suite style living. COL Sharp has put on many great events including: a Disney movie marathon, board game night, and an Apples to Apples themed event.
President: Kyle Kamins (email@example.com)
Coughlin is the newest building on campus; it is home to underclassmen, but also presents a unique twist. Each floor has its own theme that helps guide students throughout the year. The themes are Men and Women for Others, Encountering Cultures, Cura Personalis, and Learning to Lead. Some of Coughlin’s many successful events include: an Easter egg program, care packages for residents, and Coughlin Coffee House.
Buildings: Campion, Welch, Alliance, Desmet
President: Jaymee Vaughn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Buildings: Burch, Dussault, 301 Boone, Sharp House/Apartments, and Sinto Apartments
Far West is a geographically diverse block, which primarily houses under-classmen. Despite the challenges presented by the distance the block council has hosted several successful events this year, including: pumpkin smashing, ice cream socials, and barbeques.
President: Christine Cordero (email@example.com)
Kennedy, named after a former chairman of the board of trusties, is another block made up of only one building, but it is home only to upperclassmen. This building contains the most recently built apartments on campus so the rooms are some of the nicest on campus. Some events from this year include: basketball viewing parties, and broomball.
Buildings: Lincoln, Madonna, Marian, Roncalli, and Twohy
President: Taylor Graue (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LiMMRCT certainly has one of the most interesting names on campus, and it has also managed to put on some great programs this year. Some events were: basketball viewing parties, a Fall festival, and ice cream socials.
Buildings: Crimont, Goller, Dillon, Dooley, Cushing
President: Francis Chau (email@example.com)
Midwestern contains mostly suite-style buildings for underclassmen, although Crimont is still a traditional hall-style. Some of the events put on this year include: Beer Goggle Mario Karting (to raise awareness about the risks of drunk driving), a March Madness Bracket challenge, and their annual haunted house event.