Residence Life staff recognized at regional conference

Three Residence Life staff members were recognized during the Upper Midwest Region – Association of College and University Housing Officers annual conference Nov. 7-9 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

April Moser, administrative clerk, received the Upper Midwest Region Support Staff Recognition Award. Nominated by NDSU hall directors, Moser was recognized for administrative support provided to 12 hall directors, maintaining occupancy reports and judicial records for approximately 3,200 residence hall students.

Chas Lietaert, Reed/Johnson Hall director, presented a session, titled “Cultural Confidence – Cultivating a Staff of Cultural Learners.” Lietaert’s session explored his implementation of a semester-long Cultural Confidence Curriculum, intended to increase NDSU student staff appreciation of, and drive to learn about, cultures of others. The session emphasized the philosophy of cultural confidence rather than cultural competence, and explored assessment, preliminary data and lessons learned. The session was selected as a “Top Five” program from more than 95 conference presentations. Lietaert’s program also was chosen to represent the region at the national conference June 15-18, 2013, in Minneapolis.

Rian Nostrum, director of Residence Life, was elected vice president/president-elect of regional organization.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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