Get Involved

Getting involved on campus is one way to enhance your college experience.

Whether you are looking to step up into a leadership role through Hall Council and RHA or become a student employee, we are confident your experiences will increase your leadership skills.

If you are not ready to take on a formal leadership role, don’t worry, there are still many ways to get involved by participating in your floor or hall events, assist your RA with planning an event, or volunteering to help on the Welcome Crew. 

Residence Housing Association (RHA) is the governing body of the residence halls on campus. Our mission is to serve the students living in the halls and to make it the best experience possible.

Each year the Hall Council consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. These positions are held by both freshmen and upperclassmen.

The Council hosts weekly meetings on Monday nights in your hall. You can ask questions and give feedback or concerns to your elected Hall Council members.

We are currently accepting Hall Council Applications. If you are looking to get involved and enhance your experience, consider applying for a position. Applications are typically due on the third Monday of the semester.

Hall Council Duties

  • The Hall Council acts as a liaison between administration and the students, informing them of current events on campus and general announcements
  • Provide a place for students to voice their opinions and concerns
  • Sponsor fun events with RHA. In the past they have hosted West Fest, Block Party, Sheehan Luau, and East Lake Carnival. 
  • 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? Bring these thoughts up at a meeting and the Hall Council members will work with the Hall Director to see if change is possible. 

Regional & National Affiliations

MACURH (Midwest Affiliate of College & University Residence Halls)

NACURH (National Association of College & University Residence Halls)

Each year, our local chapter travels to the regional and national conferences to learn new ways to improve our residence life program and ensure a positive and lasting on-campus experience.

RHA Forms


The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is a student honorary founded in 1964 and is supported by National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Incorporated (NACURH).

Members of NRHH are leaders within the residence halls. NRHH strives to recognize individuals who have contributed to the advancement of Housing & Residence Life and the Winona State University community.

NRHH also provides its members with resource sharing, programming, and leadership development opportunities. In order to join, fill out the application form.

The IPPI chapter of NRHH at Winona State University was founded in 1994 and can have 25 active members in the honorary. We believe that recognition is a necessity in creating a strong residence hall community.

Our mission is to recognize all the dedicated and inspiring leaders on our campus for all they do.

Members complete monthly recognition projects, write Of-The-Month (OTM) nominations, and complete service projects each semester.

The organization also hosts annual recognition banquets to recognize other outstanding leaders.

Of the Month Awards (OTMs)

Of The Month awards (OTMs), are ways to recognize outstanding individuals and residence hall programs that have made significant impacts on our campus. OTMs are short essay nominations (between 200-600 words).

Anyone is welcome to submit an OTM nomination as a way to say "Good Job!" for all of the hard work individuals put in on a daily basis.

To write an OTM nomination, fill out the submission form online. OTMs are due at midnight on the 5th of every month. OTMs are graded on campus, regional, and national levels and are a great way for other universities to see all of the amazing people and events that our school has to offer!

The WSU Welcome Crew is a combination of student, staff, faculty, retiree and alumni volunteers who assist new students and their families with their move into the residence halls each fall.

Sign up to volunteer!

What would I do as a Volunteer? Welcome Crew Volunteer responsibilities may include: controlling traffic, unloading vehicles, transporting belongings to rooms, making posters, distributing keys and student ID cards, and, most importantly, making new students feel welcome.

Necessary Skills and Qualities:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • High level of positive energy and enthusiasm
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • A desire to help incoming students feel at home at WSU
  • Ability to lift and move items
  • Ability to follow direction well
  • Ability to be prompt and on time

Student Volunteers - Important Dates

Sunday, August 18 - Volunteers who will be living on campus will be allowed to move in to their residence hall at no charge. Information on moving in early will be sent via your WSU e-mail in July. Students living in the East Lake Apartments can begin moving in on August 15th (start date for the 9-month agreement).
Monday, August 19 - Mandatory meeting at 3:00pm. Meeting location will be in the residence hall you are assigned to volunteer in. You will receive your hall assignment about a week prior via your WSU e-mail. This will be a meeting with residence hall staff to go over move-in day logistics for that specific residence hall.
Tuesday, August 20 - Assist with move-in day activities 8am - 3pm (must be available all day)

Staff/Faculty/Alumni/Retiree Volunteers

  • Volunteers will be able to preference their task. Tasks could include:
    • Administration (handing out keys, IDs cards, paperwork, etc.)
    • Traffic Control (assisting with traffic flow around the residence halls, handing out temporary parking passes, directing vehicles where to park, asking families to move vehicles once they've unloaded, etc.)
    • Moving items for students
    • Elevator/Lobby Control (directing student to the check-in area when they enter the residence hall, assist with elevator usage and traffic, etc.) 
  • Choose your time frame to assist on move-in day. Shifts are: 
    • 8:30–11am
    • 10:30am–1pm
    • 12:30–3pm 

Volunteer Benefits

  • Opportunity to meet and welcome new students and their families
  • Receive a free Welcome Crew T-Shirt (New design for Fall 2019!!)
  • Positive, free way to promote your registered student organization
  • Early arrival fee waived for students living on campus (must work shifts on Monday and Tuesday)
  • Great volunteer opportunity