National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
The National Residence Hall Honorary is a premiere student leadership organization focused on promoting recognition and philanthropy within the residence halls. At UC Berkeley, the NRHH Golden Bear Chapter is passionate about being actively engaged within the residential and local communities. We are comprised of exemplary student residential leaders who seek to appreciate the unseen and unspoken dedication in the residence halls. We seek to engage with and give back to the community that we are lucky to call home during our time at Cal. Our organization is unique in that it fosters leadership development for returning residents and creates an opportunity for growth and participation in the residential community.
In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. found itself with financial difficulties. Jim Tschechtelin, NACURH Chair, began investigating possibilities for potential revenue sources and grants. Grants were found, but there were two requirements: a central NACURH office had to be established, and the member schools needed more services rendered. Thus, April 25, 1964 at the University of Denver during the annual NACURH Conference the National Residence Hall Honorary was created as an answer to the second requirement.
During the preliminary organization, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) focused on the incorporation of old into new. Campuses with existing honorary organizations were contacted and coordinated into the NRHH structure. The preservation of chapter identity was primary, as it was incorporated into the NRHH structure, and as each campus is aware of its own individual needs. The primary focus of each chapter became the recognition of the residence hall leaders on its campus. This helped sustain a consistent membership in on-campus organizations, as well as, on the regional and national levels within NACURH.
The years between 1977 and 1987 were years of growth for the NRHH. Pins and certificates were produced to recognize the members of the honorary, the tradition of regional and national receptions during conferences began and formal recruitment and affiliation packets were produced. Regional Recruiter (now called Associate Directors) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were created including Program, National Communications Coordinator, Advisor, Student, and Resident Assistant Of The Month Awards as well as the NRHH Outstanding Chapter of the Year.
Today, well over 200 chapters are affiliated with the honorary through the NACURH Information Center. NRHH has become more intertwined into the NACURH Corporate Structure by the addition of the National Associate for NRHH (NAN) to the National Executive Team and its continuance to be the organizations major source of recognition. Activities of the chapters vary from campus to campus. Some simply induct new members at an annual recognition banquet every year, thus, an honorary chapter. Others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities, coordinating leadership retreats, conferences, socials, hall or campus wide programs, fund raisers, and a whole host of other events. Still others have found a middle ground which suits their campus. Membership selection is conducted by each individual chapter. The chapter members represent the top 1% of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy in order to make the residence halls more than a “dorm.”
In 2014 at the NACURH Annual Business Conference, NACURH celebrated 60 years in conjunction with NRHH serving our membership for 50 years! As an honorary we have seen many changes over our 50 year history and continue to see that today. We have developed values that guide our institutional chapters and greater organization. In 2016 we developed an NRHH Strategic Plan that looks to build upon the previous success of the honorary and focus on ways we can better the organization for generations to come.
President, Christina Connolly: Hello, friends! My name is CJ and I am so excited to be serving as the NRHH President this year. I am a third year, pre law student, majoring in Psychology and double minoring in English and Peace and Conflict studies. I am from a small town in Northern California half way between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe called El Dorado Hills. I have been active in the res life community since my first year, serving as an RHA rep, a member of Peer Review Board and of course as a member of NRHH. Last year I was blessed to serve as an RA in Unit 3 and this year I am the CLA for Norton and Spens Black. When I am not busy with res life, you can find me watching Netflix, obsessing over Beyoncé, drinking boba or eating Thai food or chocolaty goodies. I am beyond excited for an amazing year with NRHH and cannot wait to see all the wonderful things we accomplish in the residence halls. Feel free to reach out to me any time about anything and everything. Let's have a great year together!
Fun Fact: I can eat an Oreo off my face without using my hands in under 10 seconds.
Vice President of Finance & Communications, Anirudh Narula: Hey everyone! My name is Anirudh Narula and I am an international student from India. I am a junior and a Developmental Studies major with a minor in Global Poverty & Practice. I love reading, writing, watching TV, movies etc. I also love talking about developmental theories and practice, politics, literature etc. I am really excited to be the VP of Finance & Communications for NRHH this year. I aim to have a larger presence of NRHH in the residence halls and focus on getting more members. We also hope to allocate considerable resources towards philanthropy and make NRHH great again! I am really excited and look forward to meeting you all at the first meeting and for a great year ahead.
Fun Fact: The only way I like my ice cream is melted.
Vice President of Recognitions, Taryn Thomas: Hey everyone! My role within NRHH is to facilitate the OTM (Of the Month) process. OTMs are a wonderful way to acknowledge the achievements of peers and hall staff in the Residence Halls. We are known as the “warm and fuzzies” committee of NRHH, since OTMS are all about giving back and appreciating one another for our contributions. I’m a fourth year Economics major from Folsom, CA, a boring but chill suburb about half an hour outside of Sacramento. When I’m not keeping busy with Res Hall life, you can find me spending all my money on boba, watching cooking shows, or taking Bart into the city for a random adventure. Or sleeping. Probably sleeping. I can’t wait to make a difference and spread the love with you all!
Fun fact: I’ve touched David Archuleta and Demi Lovato.
Vice President of Selections, Brandon Lee: Hello there! It is a pleasure to be the Vice President of Selections for the National Residence Hall Honorary: Golden Bear Chapter this year. I'm a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Peace & Conflict Studies. I was born and raised in the City by the Bay: San Francisco so Go Giants and Niners! If you need any recommendations for food/beverage or scenic spots, I'm your go to guide! Some of the things that I’m enthusiastic about are baking, hiking, movies, music, exploring new food places, and watching baseball! Feel free to join me on these adventures! If I'm not in the NRHH office, you can probably fine me at Philz, or at a sports event! I look forward to an unforgettable year.
Fun Fact: I make a really good banana bread and mini cheesecake.
Advisor, Alex Brown: Hello, everyone! I am Alex Brown and I am from a seaside town in Virginia that has an Elvis Half-Marathon (like, impersonators dress up as Elvis and run). I received my BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES) and also have a MS in College Student Personnel. I am the RD for La Loma (Best Loma) and Stern (Best Stern), and really want more people to make the trek up to the scenic wildlife sanctuary that is Unit 4. In my free time, I like to write stories that are scary. Recently, I put that psych degree to use and taught my cat how to play fetch.
Fun Fact: I have a slightly spooky audio drama podcast that you should totally listen to. If you dare...
Academic & Leadership Coordinator, Jason Anthony: Hi There! My name is Jason and I'm originally from Long Island, New York. My higher education career has spanned the past 15 years and brought me to several institutions including Columbia, The New School, John Hopkins, Brown and GW. Professionally, I have worked in areas including student activities and leadership development, disability access and support, higher education opportunity, religious life support, and academic services. I received my BA in Religion at GW and my MA in Higher Education at Teachers College-Columbia in NYC. I enjoy working with our great student employee team, our residential faculty and our residents.
Fun Fact: I have three first names.