On February 9-11, 2018, Meredith College welcomed participants from 15 colleges and universities to the North Carolina Association of Residence Halls (NCARH). The statewide student conference focuses on campus living, community building, and student leadership.
According to Heidi LeCount, director of residence life at Meredith, the 170 delegates participated in a roll call skit activity, heard a keynote speaker, attended program sessions, and enjoyed a closing banquet with a speaker and an awards ceremony. The conference theme, “A World of Opportunities” was reflected in the program tracks and other aspects of the conference.
“Typically it is the larger state schools who host. We were proud to be the first small school to host this conference,” said LeCount. “Delegates were able to see our classrooms, enjoy our dining hall, and celebrate coming together in our chapel. They all received maroon conference shirts as we thought it was important to celebrate and highlight our college color.”
Meredith students were well represented at the conference, with participants including nine students on the conference committee, 12 delegates who attended the conference, and nearly 20 volunteers who provided directions and extra hands throughout the event.
Resident Assistant Divine Dowd, ’19, served as a first year delegate for Meredith college. She attended educational programs and prepared a banner and display that represented the theme of the conference and all the schools that participated in it.
“My favorite part of NCARH was attending programs that were presented by delegates from other schools,” said Dowd. “I was able to gain experience that I can use to benefit the people I serve on campus.”
LeCount said she was proud of the way her student leaders conducted themselves.
“Meredith students were definitely Going Strong to make the NCARH 2018 conference a success from start to finish,” said LeCount.