The National Residence Hall Honorary is the only nationwide organization that exclusively recognizes leaders in the residence halls; it is also considered the recognition branch of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. The opportunity to have a chapter is a service of NACURH, Inc. designed to give local, regional and national recognition to students making outstanding contributions to their campus and residence halls. NACURH firmly believes in the value of student involvement in residence hall life through community service, community building, advocacy and educational programming.
Realizing the value of participation, leaders have contributed vast amounts of their personal time in an effort to make their own college experiences more meaningful to them. This effort not only benefits them, it benefits their campus and entire residence hall system at their school as well. NRHH exists to honor these leaders. They work hard and all too often go unnoticed without even so much as a thank you. That is the fundamental purpose of an NRHH Chapter.
Even though the main purpose of having an NRHH chapter on your campus is to honor your outstanding leaders, some chapters choose to take the process one step further. Many chapters sponsor on-campus leadership workshops and/or speakers, co-sponsor programs with the Residence Hall Association, serve on housing committees and establish residence hall leadership awards or scholarships. The important thing to remember is that your chapter can be as active as you members deem appropriate.
Membership in chapters is limited to one percent of your school’s residence hall population, or 20 members, whichever is greater. NRHH is a very select group of leaders thus being selected into the membership is an honor in which one can take a great amount of pride in.
The Phi Psi Chapter
The NRHH Phi Psi Chapter at New Paltz is one of over 170 chapters nationwide. 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.” Members are selected based on academic achievement, community involvement and because they exemplify characteristics of a true leader.
Our chapter works to provide recognition for individuals who make a difference by doing things for others; taking the initiative to lead and encourage others to do their very best while also providing important leadership in the advancement of the residence hall system.
SUNY New Paltz’s chapter of NRHH was founded in 1986, and can never exceed 29 members. Like RHSA, NRHH is an affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.