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UH Fresh Food Company Selected as National Training Site

FSAC Selects Residential Student Representatives

UH Dining Calendar for April 2011

HUB Statistics

Office Supply Vendor

Revised Cost Center Verification Procedures

Toner Scam Alert

Worklist Update

AT&T Offers UH Employees Savings on Wireless

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C.L.A.S.P. Hosts First Community Garden

Office of General Counsel in the Practice of Going Green

Lights out for a Cause: Hilton College Participates in Earth Hour

UH Freshman Wins SWACURH First Year Experience Award

Campus Housing Fair Held

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PTS Prepares for Construction of Third

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UHDPS Offers Rape Aggression Defense


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Bryan Haver, a freshman living in Cougar Village, won the First Year Experience Award at SWACURH (the Southwest Affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. [NACURH]). This award is one of the premiere student leadership awards in the nation and is highly competitive. The SWACURH region encompasses Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Haver won over eight other candidates from such schools as University of Texas, Texas State University, Southern Methodist University and Oklahoma State University. Having won at the regional level, Haver will now have the opportunity to compete at the national level.

The award is given to a freshman/first year student with no previous residence hall experience who has shown involvement in the institution, involvement with NACURH or its affiliates, community involvement and/or won academic honors. The bid for the award must include an essay on why the student should be honored with the First Year Experience Award, a letter of good standing from the Dean of Students or Registrar of the university, a letter of recommendation from an advisor or residence hall staff member and a list of collegiate accomplishments and involvement. The decision was made at the SWACURH Conference in Denton at the end of February 2011.

Each university with a bid argued for their candidate in a room with all of the other universities in attendance at the conference and decided on the recipient of the award. In this case, the process only took an hour and a half (instead of the usual three-plus hours) because of Haver’s outstanding qualifications.

Residential Life & Housing always advises residents to get involved because studies show that the more involved a student is with campus life, the more likely the student will be successful, persistent, graduate and be satisfied with his/her college experience. Haver took this advice to heart and jumped in with both feet. So far in his first year of college, he has become a member of the Honors College and pre-pharmacy association, the National Communications Coordinator for RHA, RHA representative for the Food Services Advisory Committee and student representative on the Residential Life and Housing Executive Director Search Committee. He has also received an Academic Excellence Scholarship, volunteered for Cougar Preview and works as copy editor for The Daily Cougar.

Haver attended SWACURH 2010 serving on the hosting committee and affiliated the University of Houston with NACURH for the first time in 3 years where he became a member of the NACURH Corporate Structure Committee.

If that were not enough, Haver became a Resident Assistant (RA) this spring, a position not normally given to a freshman, but, with Haver’s outstanding commitment to the residential community during his first semester, made him a good choice for RA.

“Receiving this award was an incredible honor for me and for our RHA,” Haver said. “I am so thankful to everyone who helped me do so much during my freshman year.”

In addition to everything Haver is doing on campus, he is also exploring his career goals by volunteering two nights a week at Methodist Hospital in order to observe the nurse’s role in patient care. Haver pledges to be just as involved during his sophomore year. To view Haver’s bid for the award, visit

For more information about SWACURH, contact Colleen Schmidt at or go to the SWACURH website. For more information about the First Year Experience Award, go to the NACURH website.