Large Residence Hall Conference at SOU this Weekend

(Ashland, ORE.) Southern Oregon University is hosting a large leadership training and development conference this weekend for students and advisors who supervise campus residence halls in the Pacific region. Four hundred and fourteen students and advisors from 48 colleges and universities are expected to attend “PACURH: A Friend Request to Leadership,” November 5-7. It will be the largest PACURH conference in the organization’s 31-year history, and SOU will be the smallest school to host a PACURH Conference.

“We are very excited about this amazing opportunity to showcase the student leaders in the residence halls at Southern Oregon University,” says SOU Director of Residential Education Jason Ebbeling. “We look forward to introducing students and advisors all across the West to all that Ashland has to offer”

The theme of the conference is social networking. The keynote speaker is Eric Stoller, a nationally known educator and blogger on higher education, student affairs, and technology. Attendees will have more than 60 programming sessions to chose from to help build their skills as leaders and develop ideas for activities to take back to their home campuses. More than 60 students at SOU have volunteered to organize and manage the conference.

PACURH, the Pacific Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH) is a regional affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). PACURH encompasses California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia and geographically is the largest of the eight regions in NACURH.

NACURH advocates for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth through leadership development, honoring diversity, recognizing achievement, as well as stimulating engagement and involvement among students who reside in college and university residence halls.