Residential Housing Association

The Residential Housing Association (RHA) is a key student organization on campus, and an integral part of the Housing and Residential Life Office.

Current Events: 2016 Coolest Room Contest Co-sponsored with Housing & Residential Life Office

The Residential Housing Association and Housing & Residential Life are excited to announce the 2016 Inaugural Coolest Room Contest! The contest is open to all Webster University students living in the Residence Halls and Apartments with a valid housing contract for Fall 2016. Please read the Rules & Regulations prior to entering the contest.

To enter the 2016 Inaugural Coolest Room contest, please visit this link to access and complete the Consent and Registration form. Additionally, all entrants will need to submit at least 1 but not more than 3 photos to elissamarsh28@webster.edu. The deadline to submit the consent form and your photos to elissamarsh28@webster.edu is Friday, September 16, 2016 by 3:00p.m. 

There are two categories that students can enter: Best Use of Space and/or Most Creative Décor/Design. The first 15 entrants will automatically be entered into the Voter's Choice category which will be posted to the Housing & Residential Life Facebook page. The photo with the most "likes" will win. Voting for this category will begin on September 19, 2016 until September 26, 2016. Votes will only count if the "liker" likes both the Housing & Residential Life page and the photo. The winner of this category is awarded a mystery prize!

Guidelines:

-Only current Webster University students living on campus with a valid housing contract for Fall 2016 are eligible to participate.

-Contestants shall submit at least 1 but not more than 3 photos to elissamarsh28@webster.edu before the deadline.

-Students living in apartments or suites must register individually. Only bedrooms will be judged in apartments and suites with shared living spaces. Efficiency Apartment residents, please submit photos of your living space, not including the kitchen. 

-For students living in a double room, both roommates must agree to enter the contest.

-Every student must abide by Housing & Residential Life's Policies and Procedures.
 

-By participating, all entrants acknowledge and agree that they have entered the contest of their own free will, that the full contest details & rules have been made available to them in writing and that they understand and agree that Webster University does not have any liability with respect to any damages out of acceptance and use of a prize.

Contest Timeline:

September 16, 2016 by 3:00PM (CST)- Submission deadline 

September 19, 2016- Emails sent to finalist & Voter's Choice voting begins

September 21-23, 2016- Scheduled walk through of rooms

September 26, 2016- Voter's Choice voting ends at 12:00PM (CST)

September 27, 2016- Winner's announced

Prizes:
- Top 5 finalists will each receive a Webster Spirit bag filled with Webster gear.
- Winners from the “Best Use of Space” and “Most Creative Décor/Design” categories will receive a College Life basket
- Voter's Choice winner will receive a mystery prize
- Prizes are per entry.

 What is RHA?

RHA offers excellent leadership opportunities for all residential students, providing a wide range of residential programming, advising Residential Life on policy, and working to improve the living environment at Webster University. Over the last few years, RHA members have championed initiatives to procure flat screen TVs for the residence halls, to augment the guest policy, and to increase sustainability efforts in housing areas, along with many other items! 

As a member of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc., RHA leaders network with other colleges and universities across the nation to find ways to improve on campus living at Webster through policy recommendations and changes as well as putting on various social and service related events. 

RHA is made up of a five-member Executive Board: President, Vice-President Internal, Director of Finance and Records, Vice-President External (also know as the National Communications Coordinator), and the Director of Communications. Each residence hall wing/floor and apartment building and Webster ran off-campus apartment complex has representation within the general assembly of RHA. These reps comprise the voting members of RHA; however, meetings are open to all residents.

In addition to programming and working toward student led housing initiatives, RHA takes delegations of students to two leadership development conferences each year.

The MACURH (Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) regional conference brings together 600 delegates representing colleges in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Manitoba, Canada.

The NACURH national conference in May draws over 2200 student leaders. These conferences provide team building for the delegation and provide great opportunities to develop leadership skills with student leaders from across the nation.

Past accomplishments by RHA over the years include:

  • Welcome Home Week events, featuring welcome mat creation and large scale social programs
  • Annual haunted House event which draws over 100+ attendees 
  • Involvement in planning for the new residence halls and changes to food service
  • An Annual "House Your Ideas" program suggesting new events and implementing policies for Housing and Residential Life. 

Awards and Recognition:

  • MACURH Small School of the Year Award (2002, 2004)
  • MACURH Building Block RHA of the Year Award (2002, 2004, 2015)
  • MACURH Small School Spirit Award (2002, 2004, 2014)
  • Webster University Outstanding Community Service Award (2004, 2005)
  • Webster University Most improved Student Organization Award (2015)