Residence representatives make their mark at regional conference

With a theme of “Making our Mark!” a delegation from UWindsor residence took home several major awards from the Great Lakes Affiliates of College and University Residence Halls conference this past weekend – including the right to host the event next year.

“This is the first time in 20 years that this conference has travelled to Canada and the first time ever hosted at the University of Windsor,” said Jacqueline Mellish, residence life coordinator for Macdonald and Electa halls.

Members of residence life staff joined with the Windsor Inter Residence Council at the conference, hosted by Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It brought together more than 600 student leaders from Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin to discuss programming and advocacy issues.

There, the Windsor delegation took home three awards – best sculpture, best roll call and most spirited delegation.

“For our roll call, we each took a different colour and added it to a banner that spelled Windsor in rainbow colours when we lifted it up,” Mellish said. “We blew everyone out of the water this year.”

Windsor’s turn to host comes in November 2012 and will use the theme “I BeLEAF,” building on values expressed during the Vancouver Winter Olympics: BeLEAF in Unity, BeLEAF in Teamwork, BeLEAF in Leadership, and BeLEAF in Diversity.

The UWindsor delegation won three major awards at the Great Lakes Affiliates of College and University Residence Halls conference: Heidi Lamb, Kate Larkin, Megan Nicol, Melissa Faulkner, Jillienne Simone, Jacqueline Mellish, and Brent Oneschuk.