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UW-Eau Claire Resident Assistant
Receives National Recognition
MAILED: Feb. 20, 2003
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Nathan Keiser received the National Residence Hall Honorary's Resident Assistant of the Month award for November 2002.
Bridgman hall director Jennifer Lee nominated Keiser, De Forest, for his outstanding contributions.
"He is so involved and cares about so many student issues," Lee said. "He is committed to helping students find ways to get involved and make the most of their college experiences."
Keiser said he was surprised and honored when he found out he won the award.
"Often being an RA is a difficult job," said Keiser, who is studying abroad in Denmark this semester. "When someone recognizes you for that work, it is very rewarding."
In Lee's letter of nomination, she included information about Keiser's year-round qualifications and activities, as well as his contributions last November. She said he maintains a 3.95 GPA, is director of Student Services for Student Senate, attends every hall council meeting and takes excellent care of his wing members and himself. He always seems to have time to help out anyone who asks, said Lee.
During November 2002, Keiser was involved in campus-wide activities. He coordinated Disability Awareness Week, which included a presentation by a nationally recognized speaker and workshops provided by on-campus talents.
Keiser is very active in Bridgman Hall activities. He organized a trip for 30 of his residents to see a Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks basketball game in Minneapolis and also organized a weekly Wednesday night football game for his wing. He has at least four of his wing members at every hall council meeting and successfully encouraged one resident to be on the RA selection committee and another to apply for an RA position. He also publicized the All Hall Fall Ball.
In addition, Keiser recognized his custodian for Custodian Appreciation Week and covered RA duty for another building that was on a staff retreat.
Prioritizing is the key to balancing all of these activities, Keiser said.
"I try to do the most important things first, and not sweat the small stuff," he said.
The National Residence Hall Honorary is a service of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. and is designed to give local, regional and national recognition to students making outstanding contributions to their residence halls. NRHH is the only nationwide organization that recognizes residence hall leaders. Local chapter membership is limited to one percent of the school's residence hall population, or 15 members, whichever is larger.
The NACURH ‘Of the Month' Award is offered in the following categories: adviser, community, executive board member, NCC, NRHH chapter, social program, educational program, community service program, residential assistant, spotlight and student.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: February 20, 2003