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Residence Housing Association

Residence Housing Association (RHA) is the governing body of the residence halls on campus.

Each residence hall has a Hall Council consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. These positions can be held by freshmen and upperclassmen alike.  The Councils work throughout the year to provide fun events and a place for students to voice their opinions and concerns.

Each Hall Council also has monthly events for the students within their residence hall and act as a liaison between administration and the students, informing them of current events on campus and general announcements. Some events that have been sponsored by RHA and Hall Council in the past have been West Fest, Block Party, Sheehan Luau, and East Lake Carnival.

RHA General Assembly meets every Sunday night in the New Conference Center West at 8pm during the academic year.  Each Hall Council has individual weekly meetings throughout the year as well.  See your RA or Hall Director to find out more about Hall Council!

If you are ready to get involved, fill out an application today!

Get Involved!

Hall Council positions are available in every residence hall.  Being a council member allows you to get involved right away, gain awesome leadership experience, and meet new people!

What would you do as a council member?

  • Serve as an advocate for all students living in your residence hall to make sure they are getting the best possible experience
  • Work with your fellow council members to plan, implement, and attend fun events for the students living in your hall
  • Attend weekly RHA meetings on Sunday nights (about 1 hour)
  • Attend pre-meeting and run weekly meetings in your individual halls on Monday nights
  • Staff the RHA office 1 hour/week in Kryzsko
  • Have fun and meet new people

Members of Hall Council have been involved with various campus/departmental decisions:

  • Implementation of a re-usable to-go program in our Dining Services venues
  • Assisted in the marketing & implementation of going tray-less in our Dining Services venues
  • Selecting room and lounge furniture during various residence hall updates/remodels
  • Annual room & meal plan rate proposals

 

Application & Election Information

The Residence Housing Association is currently seeking applicants for their 2014-2015 Executive Board.  Application are available in the RHA Office, lower level of Kryzsko Commons, or simply print off an application and return it to the RHA office by 12 on Friday, February 21st.

RHA is a great way to get involved within the residence halls and develop your leadership skills.  If you have any questions about the application/election process, please email rha@winona.edu.

 

What is RHA?

The Winona State University Residence Housing Association, RHA, is the governing body within the residence halls.  It is led by students living in the residence halls who were elected to serve on behalf of all students living in the residence halls.

Our mission is to serve the students living in the residence halls to make it the best experience possible. 

Are you looking to have minor changes within your hall?
Do you have feedback on your meal plan or dining services?
Do you want different items available at the front desk for students to utilize?

All of these topics and more are addressed at the weekly Hall Council meetings on Monday nights in your hall.  You can give feedback or concerns to your elected Hall Council members and they will work with the Hall Director to see if change is possible.

Our local RHA is affiliated with the national organization NACURH (National Association of College & University Residence Halls).  We are very involved at the regional (MACURH) and national level of NACURH.  Each year, our local chapter travels to the regional and national conferences to learn of new ways to improve our residence life program and make the on-campus experience it's best.

 

Canvassing Policy for WSU Residence Halls

The following policy covers all residence halls for students owned and/or leased by Winona State University.

Canvassing: All Political Candidates, all people seeking support for a petition, and all people campaigning to gain support for a referendum shall:

1. Notify the Residence Housing Association (RHA) Executive President at least one (1) week in advance of requested canvassing date(s).

2. All canvassing (door knocking) shall be done between the hours of 5pm-8pm.

3. All candidates and/or representatives and petitioners must check in at the front desk of the appropriate residence hall.

4. All candidates and/or representatives agree to wear identification i.e. nametag, t-shirt/hat of candidate, etc.

5. All candidates and/or representatives and petitioners must skip any door with a sign indicating they do not want to be canvassed.

6. There shall be no materials placed on the door and/or slid underneath any doors.

7. Candidates and/or representatives and petitioners may set up information tables in designated areas, with the approval of the Hall Director.

8. Any request shall fall under the guidelines outlined by Minnesota State Law.  

Any candidate and/or representative and petitioner violating these policies are subject to removal from the building by WSU Campus Security and Residence Life Staff.

Solicitation Policy for WSU Residence Halls

The following policy covers all residence halls for students owned and/or leased by Winona State University. 

Soliciting: All persons requesting to solicit within the residence halls shall:

1. Solicitation is defined as, but not limited to:

  • Advertising via posters or mailbox stuffers (this does not include e-mailbox stuffers)
  • Promoting or selling products/services (only store-bought food products can be sold)
  • Obtaining contributions for any cause
  • Polling residents regarding any matter
  • Encouraging residents to affiliate with any group or organization
  • Distributing samples

2. The following does not fall under the solicitation policy, and is not limited to:

  • Advertising off-campus housing
  • Flyers to be posted by WSU organizations/departments  (Assistant Hall Director approval is needed in each hall)
  • Selling homemade food items

3. All persons wishing to solicit within the Winona State University Residence Halls must attend a Residence Housing Association (RHA) meeting the Sunday prior to when they are planning to solicit within the residence halls to gain formal approval. The RHA Executive President will need to be contacted 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting solicitors wish to attend to be sure they are added to the meeting agenda. There are some weeks throughout the year when RHA does not meet or guests are not allowed, so please plan accordingly.

4. If approved by RHA, all soliciting (door knocking) shall be done between the hours of 5pm-8pm.

5. If approved by RHA, any soliciting shall not be in direct competition with any Chartwells venues.

6. If approved by RHA, all solicitors must check in at the front desk of the appropriate residence hall.

7. If approved by RHA, all solicitors agree to wear identification i.e. nametag.

8. If approved by RHA, all solicitors must skip any door with a sign indicating they do not want to be solicited.

9. There shall be no materials placed on the door or slid underneath any doors.

10. Solicitors may set up information tables in the designated areas, with the approval of the Hall Director.

Any solicitors violating these policies are subject to removal from the building by WSU Campus Security and Residence Life Staff.

Funding Requests

RHA does have some funds that can be requested by other groups and organizations.  Please refer to the following guidelines and application if you would like to request RHA funds.

RHA Funding Request Guidelines & Application

Contact Us

Residence Housing Association (RHA)
Bethany Stavran, President
rha@winona.edu
Kryzsko 126

Candice Guenther, Advisor
cguenther@winona.edu
Kryzsko Commons 118
507.457.2579