Residence Hall Association

Now Accepting Applications for 2013-14 Block Council President!

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.

This page will be updated throughout the year with different information as RHA continues to work on new things. Check back often for updates about Block Council Selection, Regional and National Conferences, Elections and Block Council President Selection. You can also follow @GonzagaRHA on Twitter or “Like” Gonzaga RHA on Facebook for updates.

The General Assembly

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

If you are looking for more information about RHA, check the other sections listed. If none of these sections can answer your questions, contact the RHA President, Andrew Warlaumont (awarlaumont@zagmail.gonzaga.edu).

Executive Officers

President
Andrew Warlaumont

Senior Vice President
Dani Hall
Junior

Director of Administration and Finance
Thomas Short
Sophomore

National Communications Coordinator
Tyler Laferriere
Sophomore

Director of Programming Community
Zach O’Neill
Junior

Director of Programming Service
Vacant

Director of Sustainability
Noah Fujioka
Sophomore

Advisor
Esther Gaines
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

Committees

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 (tshort@zagmail.gonzaga.edu).

Advocacy Committee

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 (dhall4@zagmail.gonzaga.edu).

Programming Committee

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.

Block 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.

CM
Buildings: Catherine / Monica
President: Vacant
Meets: TBD

CM is 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.

COL Sharp
Buildings: Corkery, Chardin, Off-Campus Themed Houses, Lamp Lighter (712 Sinto), 814 Sharp
President: Vacant
Meets: TBD

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.

Coughlin
Buildings: Coughlin
President: Kyle Kamins (kkamins@zagmail.gonzaga.edu)
Meets: TBD

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.

CWAD
Buildings: Campion, Welch, Alliance, Desmet
President: Jaymee Vaughn  (jvaughn2@zagmail.gonzaga.edu)
Meets: TBD

Far West
Buildings: Burch, Dussault, 301 Boone, Sharp House/Apartments, and Sinto Apartments
President: Vacant
Meets: TBD

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.

Kennedy
Buildings: Kennedy
President: Christine Cordero (ccordero@zagmail.gonzaga.edu)
Meets: TBD

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.

LiMMRCT
Buildings: Lincoln, Madonna, Marian, Roncalli, and Twohy
President: Taylor Graue (tgraue@zagmail.gonzaga.edu)
Meets: TBD

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.

Midwestern
Buildings: Crimont, Goller, Dillon, Dooley, Cushing
President: Francis Chau (fchau@zagmail.gonzaga.edu)
Meets: TBD

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.