(From L to R) Ohio University won three distinguished awards, including Student of the Year awarded to Matt Farmer, Advisor of the Year awarded to Jim Sand and President of the Year awarded to Jess Neidhart.
Photo courtesy of: tRAC
Feb 14, 2012
In January, the Residents’ Action Council (tRAC) attended the regional “No Frills Conference” hosted by the Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (CAACURH).
Ohio University won three distinguished awards, including Student of the Year awarded to Matt Farmer, President of the Year awarded to Jess Neidhart, and Advisor of the Year awarded to Jim Sand.
Although tRAC was able to snag three out of the four categories they bid for, the awards were not an easy win.
“The individuals are some of the biggest awards you can receive,” explained Neidhart. “They are recognizing one person on a campus across an entire region of eight affiliations.”
CAACURH’s eight affiliations include Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and the international affiliate in Qatar.
Neidhart was moved when announced that she was the winner of her particular category.
“To me, when I was told that I was nominated, and when I won, it made every single hard thing that I have done with tRAC worth it,” she said.
Sand was the recipient of Advisor of the Year and has been with tRAC since the very beginning when he helped several students create the council in 1994. Sand also serves as the assistant director of East Green.
“I freaked out when I heard that Dr. Sand won Advisor of the Year because his competition was so strong,” said Neidhart. “I was so excited for him because I know how much he deserved it.”
Sand, Neidhart, and Farmer were regionally acknowledged at the University of Delaware this weekend, but were also rewarded with kind words from those close to the winners.
"Residential Housing is extremely proud of the talented staff and students that we have the pleasure of working with every day,” said Christine Sheets, executive director of residential housing. “We are honored that Dr. Sand, Jess and Matt were recognized for the contribution they make on our campus at the annual CAACURH conference, and we want to recognize them for the outstanding contributions they make to OHIO on a regular basis."
All three winners will move on to compete at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) during the June 1-4 conference at the University of Colorado at Boulder.