At the organization’s Hall Council Leadership meeting on the evening of Monday, March 19, the Illinois Tech Residence Hall Association (RHA) announced that it has opened the elections process for its 2018-2019 executive board. Available through an online form that is due to be sent to all students currently living on campus, the opportunities available through serving on the RHA executive board confer with them valuable leadership experience, the chance to bring substantial change to the university’s residents, and working relationships with numerous campus administrators to solve problems affecting the day-to-day life of the university’s residence halls. Specifically, the positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, programming chair, national communications chair (NCC), senator, and student advisor will all be open in this elections process.
Nominations for each of these positions will be open from March 19 until April 9, with nominations being submitted through a Google form that should be sent to the email address of every student living on campus. From April 10 to April 19, campaigning will officially open for each candidate, allowing them to advertise their campaigns and platforms throughout the residence halls. On April 16, each candidate will be invited by RHA to give a short presentation and answer questions at one of the organization’s Hall Council Leadership meetings. Voting, likely by way of an online form, will be open from April 16 through April 19. Finally, the candidates will be notified of the election’s results on April 22, and the new executive board will effectively take power by the end of the Spring 2018 semester.
The RHA president oversees all of the organization’s operations, both internal and external, meets regularly with the organization’s faculty advisor, and ensures each of the other members remains committed to and equipped to do their tasks. Assisting the RHA president is the RHA vice president, who maintains communication between the organization’s floor representatives and the executive board, holds a position on the President’s Student Advisory Council (PSAC), is in charge of all housing concerns brought up to the organization, and works very closely with the student advisor. RHA’s secretary maintains the RHA office, monitors the organization’s email account, and keeps minutes of RHA meetings. The treasurer for RHA submits the organization’s budgets and purchase requests for the organization’s supplies and events. RHA’s programming chair is the combination of two historic positions in the organization: programming chair and publicity chair. Now, the holder of this position plans all of the organization’s events, advertises for them, and monitors RHA’s social media presence. The duties of the NCC primarily revolve around organizing Illinois Tech delegations to regional and national residence hall conferences, keeping the Illinois Tech chapter in the loop on these larger circuits. The RHA senator serves as a full senator within the Illinois Tech Student Government Association (SGA) as part of its Student Life Committee in addition to chairing the organization’s Food Advisory Board. Finally, the RHA student advisor connects RHA with the university’s resident assistants (RAs) and assists the other executive members as needed.
While nominations are still open, Illinois Tech students that live on campus are heavily encouraged to nominate either themselves or any colleagues that they feel are fit to fill these vital positions linking the student body to university administration. Questions should be directed to [email protected].