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Hello SEAHO -

We are extremely excited about all of our members and Corporate Partners that will be joining us for SEAHO 2017 in Chattanooga, TN February 28-March 3. Our theme is “Bridging The Gap From Good To Great.”  We hope you are able to bring the theme to life. We also recognize that some of our members are not able to join us for SEAHO this year. Here are ways that you can still engage in SEAHO 2017 even if you are unable to attend the conference: 

  • Connect with SEAHO on-line:
    • Facebook: 
    • Twitter: @SEAHOconnect Instagram: @SEAHOconnect 
  • Follow and tweet to the official Twitter conference hashtag #SEAHO17. This is a great way engage with others at the conference. 
  • Participate in program sessions by participating in the live-stream experience. You can participate in live-stream by clicking on the Live Sessions link above.
  • Download the SEAHO 2017 Conference Guide. You can access the guide if you download “Guidebook” from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once you download Guidebook search SEAHO 2017. You can gain access to all of the information we are sharing with delegates through the Guide. 
  • Check out the winter edition of the SEAHO 2017 Report This is a great way to stay current on SEAHO and other professional development topics. 
  • We hope to upload some videos from the conference to the SEAHO website so please continue to check back. 

We look forward to a wonderful SEAHO 2017 conference!


Gavin Roark
SEAHO 2017 Conference Coordinator 

Welcome to SEAHO 2017.

I hope that each of you are looking forward to a wonderful three days in Chattanooga.  I want to personally welcome our first time SEAHO attendees.  SEAHO is a family reunion each year and we welcome you to our 53rd annual SEAHO Reunion.  The SEAHO Host Committee and Programming Committee have worked tirelessly for the past year and have put together an amazing housing conference for participants at all levels.  I want to thank Gavin Roark and Megan Thurston for their leadership with these two committees. 
Please take the time to catch up with friends, attend sessions and visit with our Corporate Partners during SEAHO 2017.  I look forward to catching up with each of you.
Jerry R. Adams
SEAHO President

SEAHO 2017 Schedule

Live Sessions

Below are the sessions that were live streamed from SEAHO 2017 in Chattanooga, TN. All sessions can be accessed below or on YouTube at

Wednesday, March 1st from 2:30-3:30pm EST

Student Deaths: Managing the Unthinkable

It goes without saying that the death of a student is deeply emotional and stressful for students, faculty, staff and the family of the student. It always hurts to lose a member of our community. It is the sincere and intentional goal of the University of Florida Department of Housing and Residence Education to respond/react appropriately and sensitively in the event of the death of a resident.  To ensure we are responsibly caring for those involved and affected we have a protocol that has been developed to ensure a caring, professional, coordinated and consistent response. As part of our efforts, we partner with other University and Student Affairs Departments to achieve these responses.  During this program participants will learn about our process, have an opportunity to discuss their campus protocol and efforts in the event of a student death occurring on their campus, and receive valuable resources that can aid in responding to campus crisis.

Program Presenter(s): Calvin Mosley, University of Florida; Ryan Winget, University of Florida; and Lisa Diekow, University of Florida


Wednesday, March 1st from 3:45-4:45pm

Residence Hall Furniture 101- How To Specify and Purchase

This program will cover all aspects of specifying and purchasing residence hall furniture.   Actual samples will be brought to presentation to take apart, inspect and understand construction techniques.  If you want to come learn more about furniture and get a chance to "be like a resident" and tear some stuff up, then this session is for you.

Program Presenter(s): Joe Mills, Austin Peay State University


Thursday, March 2nd from 10:15-11:15am

Telling our Story with the Campus Housing Index

Campus housing professionals are increasingly challenged to engage in strategic decision-making rooted in research/data.  With this in mind and the support of the ACUHO-I Foundation, the association developed a self-service benchmarking platform to collect data related to campus housing and residence life operations and compensation.  The Campus Housing Index, which houses revamped operational and salary surveys, was rolled out for data collection in November 2016.  Data collection was conducted over a seven-week period.  During that time, 333 institutions from both in and outside the United States accessed the platform and 77% completed fifty-percent or more of the items.  The Index stands to change how campus housing practitioners access critical information about the profession.  During this session, participants will learn about the development of the Campus Housing Index, its functionality, and reporting.  Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how the platform can enhance their programmatic decision-making and professional practice.

Program Presenter(s): Holly Asimou, Association of College & University Housing Officers – International


Thursday, March 2nd from 1:15-2:15pm

Placement Exchange 101

This is an interactive session that provides tips on how to have a successful placement exchange experience. The program provides opportunity for those who have attended to give some feedback on things that worked (What to do) and things that did not work (What NOT to do).

Program Presenter(s): Aretha Milligan, The University of Memphis


Thursday, March 2nd from 2:30-3:30pm    

"So You Wanna Be an Ally?": How to Make Allyship Active

It is increasingly important in this age of racial awareness that racial allies, particularly White allies to People of Color, reflect on how they can serve in that capacity. This session will provide insight from Professionals of Color about critical information to challenge the conscious on how White allyship can service others. We are presenting the critical components of what we entitle as the (TRAP) Transparent/True Racial Allyship Process. So you want to be an ally? An effective ally? Come learn how.

Program Presenter(s): Ashley Gaddy, Virginia Commonwealth University and Demarcus Merritt, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 


Friday, March 3rd from 10-11am

Housing While Black: Supporting Staff of Color through Campus and Social Unrest

Driving while black, walking while black, being while black. All phrases that are shaping the world around us. These ideas are also shaping the collegiate experience for students on our campuses. What about working while black? As professionals, we often overlook the effect of social unrest on staff who identify with the group under attack. Exploring research and the experiences of colleagues, this presentation will examine the complexities of supporting staff of color through social unrest as well as provide strategies to do so.

Program Presenter(s): LaFarin Meriwether, Florida State University and Chandra  Myrick, Florida State University 


Friday, March 3rd from 11:15-12:15pm

Are Mobile Devices and Social Media Making Us Less Happy and Burnt Out?

This session combines the doctoral research of two presenters, examining mobile technology's impact on the burnout of residence life and housing professionals as well as the impact of mobile social media use by college students.  Participants will learn the extent to which the rise of these technologies may be leading to dissatisfaction with work and life and ways in which it can be mitigated.  Come join in the discussion of what it means to be always on and always connected in the digital age, what the ramifications are, and how we can modify our behaviors or design educational interventions for healthier selves.

Program Presenter(s): Paul Brown, Roompact and Anne Stark, University of Central Florida

Business Meeting

The items below have been prepared in preparation for the 2017 Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, March 2nd at 8:00 AM.

Latest Conference News

Inclement Weather Updates

Many of you have heard about the severe weather we are expecting in Chattanooga today, Wednesday, March 1. At this time, we have projections that includes heavy rain, hail, and high winds with a potential for tornado warnings later this afternoon. Read More...

Election Results

Congrats to Chandra Myrick our newest President-Elect and Calvin Mosley as our newest Director of Committees. See the attached for a full business meeting recap. Read More...

Award Winners

Congrats to our many winners announced tonight at the Awards Ceremony! Click below to see all the winners.


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