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1954 | Iowa State University

The first organizational meeting was hosted because the leadership of the Iowa State Student Residence Hall Government felt that such an organization was needed to encourage the exchange of ideas and information. Four schools, Iowa State University, University of Colorado - Boulder, University of Missouri and University of Northern Iowa were in attendance.

1957 | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

ACURH had grown to eleven institutional members.

1959 | University of Missouri

192 delegates from seventeen institutions were in attendance. twelve institutions were members of ACURH. ACURH continued to broaden its scope by establishing its first newsletter and publishing its first promotional brochure.

1950s

1955 | University of Missouri

The name of the organization was changed to the Association of College and university Residence halls (ACURH). Steps were taken at this conference to broaden the scope of the organization. 

1956 | University of Colorado - Boulder

ACURH had six institutional members by this conference. There were 100 delegates representing seventeen schools in attendance.

1958 | Iowa State University

124 delegates from ten institutions were in attendance.

1960s

1960 | University of Colorado - Boulder

ACURH had thirteen member schools, and twelve in attendance at the conference. The "Advisor" position was created, and Albin Yokie began his term as the organization's first Advisor. 

1962 | Montana State University

Fifteen schools were in attendance at the first annual conference since NACURH was reorganized. 

1963 | University of Arizona

NACURH membership had grown to 26 institutions, representing more than 50,000 students living in residence halls. 

1965 | Washington State University

208 delegates from 35 institutions were in attendance at this conference. Institutional membership had grown to 41. During the year, April was designated as the first Residence hall Month.

1966 | Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale hosted this annual conference. Marking the first conference of NACURH held in Illinois.

1968 | Pennsylvania State University

More than 500 delegates from 82 institutions were in attendance, more than doubling any previous conference attendance records. Affiliation also more than tripled with 130 schools now affiliated with NACURH. During the year NACURH's first promotional film was produced.

At the 1968 MACURH conference, the Great Lakes Association of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) was established, dividing MACURH for the first time. The South-Atlantic (SAACURH) scheduled its first conference. This brought the number of regions to six, with all six regions hosting a conference in 1968. NACURH's mailing list included member schools and contacts from all 50 states and Canada.

Did You Know?

In 1969, the Education Facilities Laboratories awarded NACURH a $12,000 grant to study architectural facilities in the residence halls. The receipt of this grant generated news coverage for the organization. 

1961 | Oklahoma State University

During this conference, the Inter-Mountain Residence hall Association affiliated with ACURH, and the name was changed to the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) and the National Constitution was Ratified. Due to this expansion, two regional organizations were created within NACURH; the inter-Mountain Association of College and university Residence halls (IACURH) and the Midwest Association of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH).

1964 | University of Denver

247 delegates from 29 institutions were in attendance at the conference. NACURH was listed as an educational organization with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) was founded. In addition, three new regional organizations were created "on paper" to plan for expansion: The Pacific Association of College and University Residence Halls (PACURH), the North-Atlantic Association of College and University Residence Halls (NAACURH), and the South-Atlantic Association of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH).

1967 | University of Kansas

Representatives from NACURH twice attempted to get Congress to pass a bill declaring April as National Residence Hall month. Membership remained at 41 institutions with the first Canadian Institution affiliating.

1969 | California State College -

Long Beach

522 delegates from 81 institutions were in attendance, with 88 institutional members. National dues were increased from $25.00 to $50.00, and the word "dorm" was replaced by "residence hall" in the constitution. A proposal to stablish gradated dues based on school size was rejected. Conference host schools had to begin limiting delegations from large member schools to provide for adequate representation from all NACURH member institutions. 

The National Information Center (NIC) was created and the resource files were moved from under the supervision of the National President to a separate office at Iowa State University.

1971 | Oklahoma State University

At this conference the Articles of incorporation and the national Bylaws were approved and the National Information Center was designed as the National Office for NACURH. In addition, NACURH and SWANK Motion Picture Company signed a contract for mutual services, and the first "NACURH Review" was published. Dan Hallnbeck was selected to serve as the second NACURH Advisor, replacing Mr. Yokie who served for eleven years. 

1972 

In February of 1972, the NACURH logo and the colors of blue and white were officially accepted by the NBD to represent and become symbolic of NACURH Inc.

The logo represents the structure of the many varied facilities and housing units the Association represents. The logo art form is continuous, representing the never-ending leadership of NACURH.

1972 | University of Wisconsin -

Stevens Point

More than 350 delegates from 61 schools were in attendance at the conference. The regional associations, MACURH, IACURH, PACURH, NAACURH, GLACURH, and SAACURH, transitioned from being associations to affiliates of NACURH. The School of the Year award was created with Oklahoma State university being the first recipient. 

Did You Know?

NACURH Gold and Silver pins were created at the 1973 conference to award individuals who have provided leadership and direction to NACURH and regional affiliates. The Gold pin is the highest honor an individual can receive from NACURH and the Silver pin is the highest honor an individual can receive from a regional affiliate.

1975 | University of Wisconsin - 

Stevens Point

306 delegates from 48 institutions attended this conference. The first-annual Corporate Business Meeting was held, with discussing concerning the NBD Handbook. Additionally, the NBD unanimously endorsed the creation of an on-going relationship with Commission III of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I). This relationship was developed for the purpose of information and program exchange between the student and professional organizations. The "Best School Display" award was established, with Eastern Illinois University being the first recipient. Emporia State University won the inaugural School Spirit award and Mississippi State University won School of the Year. NACURH expanded again as the Pacific Affiliate was divided into the Pacific Northwest (PNACURH) and Southern Pacific (SPACURH), though this split would last only four years, recombining in 1979.

1977 | Oklahoma State University

Craig Ullom was selected as CRC. Mississippi State University received both School Spirit and Best School Display awards and Oklahoma State University was awarded School of the Year.

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1979 | Kansas State University

More than 900 delegates from 113 institutions came to celebrate NACURH's 25th anniversary. The first Policy and Procedures book for the NBD was completed and elections were moved from January to May. During this conference it was recommended to begin videotaping sessions at the National Conference. The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill received both Best School Display and School Spirit awards. Duquesne University was named School of the Year, and Oklahoma State university received a special Anniversary award for dedicated service to the organization. 

1970s

1970 | Texas Tech University

More than 800 delegates were in attendance at this conference. NACURH had 125 members.

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Did You Know?

On November 16, 1971, NACURH was officially recognized by the Secretary of State of Oklahoma as a non-profit with a National Board of Directors. 

1973 | University of Delaware

More than 600 delegates were expected, unfortunately only 176 delegates from 56 institutions were in attendance. This caused severe financial problems for the organization and led to the creation of the first contingency fund. Iowa State University was selected as School of the Year.

1974 | Illinois State University

332 delegates from 55 institutions were in attendance at this conference. The University of Northern Iowa was selected as School of the Year. The National Board of Directors altered the organizational structure of NACURH to better serve the educational needs of the school and to decentralize certain functions of the organization to the regional level. During the reorganization, the leadership positions of the NBD were changed to Chairperson and Secretary/Treasurer. The position of Conference Resource Consultant (CRC) was established to assist schools with regional and national conference bids and conference planning. Tony Warner was the first CRC elected by the NBD. Due to the poor financial condition of the corporation, it was recommended that the traditional Semi-Annual meeting in January not be held. The NBD met in August of Kansas State University to establish a plan to alleviate the financial problems. 

1976 | Mississippi State University

More than 500 delegates from 61 institutions attended this conference. School of the Month programs had been established in all regions at this time, and was intended to recognize member intuitions for outstanding programming efforts. The first NBD handbook was published and Mary Jacqmin was selected to serve as the CRC. Eastern Illinois wont Best School Display, Emporia State University received the School Spirit award, and Kansas State University won School of the Year.

1978 | Ball State University

58 Institutions attended this conference and with 79 institutional members this year. During this conference the NBD began discussing conference waivers, added the first forward and preamble to the NACURH bylaws and extended the NIC report deadline to make space for more reports annually. The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill won the Best School Display award, Kansas State won the School Spirit award and the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point won School of the Year.

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Did You Know?

In an effort to strengthen the relationship between NACURH and ACUHO-I, the NACURH/ACUHO-I Program of the Year award was created. The purpose was to provide an opportunity for an outstanding student-developed program by a NACURH member school to be recognized and shared with residence hall student leaders in NACURH and professional housing officers in ACUHO-I. 

1980s

1980 | The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

This was the first conference with more than 1,000 delegates from 90 institutions. Institutional membership had increased to 135 institutions. NACURH went through another realignment, with MACURH being divided, creating the Southwest Affiliate (SWACURH). Ken Stoner was selected to serve as the NACURH Advisor when "Dr. Dan" Resigned after nine years of service. "Satellite Groups in the Residence halls" from the University of Cincinnati was selected as the first Program of the Year. Oklahoma State University won the Best School Display award, the University of Florida received the School Spirit award, and Montana State University was awarded School of the Year. 

Did You Know?

In January of 1982, the NBD approved a resolution authorizing a NACURH Alumni Association (AAFN), with Dr. Ken Stoner serving as the Director. It was believed that this would generate great support for NACURH and its programs by individuals who were once involved in NACURH. The minimum contribution of $100.00 was placed in a reserve fund and the interest from that fund would be used for leadership development and recognition scholarships. 

1983 | Penn State University

Conference attendance increased significantly, with 1,483 delegates from 128 institutions were in attendance. NACURH reached 205 members and the Association of Alumni and Friends of NACURH (AAFN) recognized 24 individuals. Bob Tattershall was elected as CRC, and the first "NACURH Network" was published. Illinois State University won the School Spirit award, Weber State University won the Best School Display award and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater won School of the Year. "Spirit Semester" from the University of Maryland - College Park won Program of the Year. 

1985 | University of Florida

A record 1,725 delegates from 138 institutions were in attendance and institutional membership reached 208. Oklahoma State university was award the first Research Project Award (RPA), co-sponsored with ACPA to create the Residential Life Survey. Mankato State University won the School Spirit award, San Diego State University won School of the Year and "Rookie Runners" from Eastern Illinois university won Program of the Year.

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1987 | Central Michigan University

More than 1,500 delegates from 157 institutions attended this conference and NACURH membership reached 241. 133 individuals were now members of AAFN, surpassing the initial 120 member goal set out at it's creation. Michigan State University won Best School Display, University of Oklahoma won the School Spirit award, and the University of Northern Colorado won School of the Year. The Research Project award was given to George Washington University's Alcohol Research Project and "Freshman Leadership Program" from Texas A&M University won Program of the Year. 

1989 | University of Northern Colorado

For the first time, more than 2,000 delegates attended the national conference. The Research Project award was replaced with the Student Award for Leadership Training (SALT).

Did You Know?

The Annual Conference delegate attendance record was broken six times in the 1980s, the number of member institutions also more than doubled from 1979 to 1989, marking the greatest decade of growth in the organization's history.

1981 | Texas A&M University

Institutional membership had grown to 151, with 978 delegates from 94 schools in attendance at the conference. During the year, NACURH affiliated with the Free University Network. St. Mary's College of Maryland won the School Spirit award and the University of Wisconsin - Stout won the Best School Display. Oklahoma State University was School of the Year and "Hope to S.C.O.R.E with Scholarships" from Eastern Illinois University won Program of the Year. 

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1982 | University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

1,097 delegates from 106 institutions attended the conference and membership reached 181 institutions. Southwest Missouri State University received Best School Display and the School Spirit award. In addition to be selected School of the Year, "Bronco Buddies" from Western Michigan university was awarded Program of the Year. 

1984 | University of Colorado - Boulder

1,384 delegates represented 125 schools were in attendance and institutional membership remained stable at 205. The first organizational scholarship was awarded, and the national and regional recruitment packets were combined. Eastern Michigan University received the Best School Display award, the University of Southern Louisiana won the School Spirit award. Murray State was awarded School of the Year and "Fire Safety Committee" from Penn State University won Program of the Year.

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1986 | University of San Francisco

Institutional membership reached 220, and 1,521 delegates from 138 institutions attended this conference. The NBD approved a contract with Campus Fund Raisers (CFR) and endorsed their Exam Support Basket Program. the CFR Outstanding Service award (given to a student) and the Hallenbeck Service award (given to a non-student), in honor of Dan Hallenbeck, former NACURH Advisor were established, additionally, the Videotape Library was established as a component of the NIC. The University of Iowa won Best School Display, the University of Illinois won the School Spirit award, the University of California - Santa Barbara won School of the Year and "Ackley/Schilling Pursuit" from Western Michigan University won Program of the Year. 

1988 | University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse

Attendance records were once again broken as more than 1,800 delegates attended this annual conference. The NBD endorsed Campus Fund Raisers "Welcome Kit", and established a contract with Collegiate Carpets from On Campus Marketing. The NBD Policy Book was updated and the NBD jointly endorsed a resolution on AIDS with ACUHO-I. Judy Spain was selected to serve as the next NACURH Advisor when Ken Stoner stepped down. The University of Oklahoma won the School Spirit award and the University of Akron won Best School Display. San Diego State University won School of the Year, Virginia Tech University, wishing to study "Institutional Support as Perceived by Residence hall Association Presidents" received the Research Project Award and "C.O.W. Week" from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater was Program of the Year.

1990 | Southwest Missouri

State University

The case study competition for first time delegates was used on a national level. The NBD discussed plans for making a 'permanent' NIC Office. Eastern Michigan University and NACURH received a federal grant to start the Student Action Team Network. The Kenneth Stoner Distinguished Service Award was created to reward lifetime service to a select few that had served the organization over many years in leadership and advisory positions. Bob Tattershall, the outgoing CRC was the first recipient and Beth hellwig-Olsen took over as CRC. 

Did You Know?

At the 1991 Annual Conference the North Atlantic Affiliate (NAACURH) split to form the Central Atlantic Affiliate (CAACURH) and North-Eastern Affiliate (NEACURH).

1992 | University of North Dakota

NACURH Adopted its Diversity Statement. The national Publications Office was established at the University of Southern California. SATN Educational Coordinators were created. The School of the Year went to the University of Akron. Mark Hudson became the second recipient of the Stoner Award. 

1994 | Northern Arizona University

The 40th NACURH Annual Conference hosting more than 2,300 delegates. SATN changed its name to SAT and established its headquarters at New Mexico State university. The Diversity Statement becomes the NACURH Unification Statement. Oklahoma State University won School of the Year. Judy Spain stepped down as the National Advisor and received the Stoner Award. Bob Tattershall became the organization's fifth advisor. 

1996 | University of Oklahoma

The National OTM Program was established. The National Policy Book went under significant revisions. Awards were updated and set consistent among due dates and criteria. The CFR contract was renewed. Taxes were filed for the first time in the history of the corporation. NACURH had 378 member institutions with 366 attending Annual Conference. IACURH won best Regional Display, and the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse won Most Spirited Institution (small school).

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Did You Know?

Advisor Resource Training was developed through competencies created by Norbert Dunkel and J. Diane Porter and these competencies served as the foundation for the instructional components of the ART program. The newly created ART program was implemented at the SAACURH 1997 regional conference. 

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1999 | University of Wisconsin -

La Crosse

The NIC Resource Files Index was digitized as well as the introduction of the NACURH online store. ART sessions were presented for the first time at Annual Conference  The Stoner award was given to Valerie Averill. The Program of the Year was awarded to the University of California - San Diego for "Holocaust Awareness Week" and the University of Nevada - Las Vegas won SALT with "Be a Rebel" Leadership Series. The School of the Year was the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. 

1990s

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1991 | Arizona State University

2,188 delegates attended this conference. The national secretary/treasurer potion was split to form the National Associate for Finance and the National Associate for Administration. The Best Large School Display went to the University of Kansas and Best Small School Display to Eastern Montana College. George Washington University won School of the Year. 

1993 | University of South Carolina

SATN becomes an official part of NACURH. the National Publications Office was dissolved. NACURH Signed its first official endorsement contract with On Campus Marketing. Eastern Michigan University won most spirited, Program of the Year was awarded to the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, and San Diego State University won School of the Year. 

1995 | Virginia Tech University

The largest Annual Conference held to date with 2,489 delegates and 356 affiliated institutions. The Unification statement was moved from the Corporates By-laws to the National Policy Book. Micro Fridge, Inc. was made the third corporates sponsor of NACURH. The fiscal year was moved from June 1 - May 31 to April 1 - March 30 in the hopes of increasing financial accountability and better upholding a tax-exempt status. The Program of the Year was awarded to the University of Akron and the School of year was awarded to DePaul University. CRC Beth Hellwig-Olsen resigned and received the Stoner Award and Cindy Spencer was elected as the next CRC. 

1997 | Ball State University

NACURH gained tax-exempt status. SAT was restructured and the duties of the National SAT officer were moved under the NCI. NACURH committed to a web presence in order to serve their member schools via the internet. Ken Stoner, the AAFN Director, resigned after 15 years and the duties of the AAFN were distributed among the National Advisor, NIC and NRHH National Offices. The On Campus Marketing (OCM) contract was renewed and now included NACURH's endorsement of their Organize U program. The Program of the Year was Franklin & Marshall's "Our Neighbors, Ourselves" and the School of the Year was the University of Michigan. 

1998 | University of Nebraska - Lincoln

The number of delegates nearly matched that of the 1995 Annual Conference, having 2,488 attendees (one shy of the record). The Bronze Pin program was established with respect the the Gold and Silver Pins given out nationally and regionally. The Stoner Award was given to Kent Sampson of Oklahoma State University. Program of the Year was awarded to Indiana University of Pennsylvania with F.L.U.S.H., and the University of Akron won SALT with LEAP. The School of the year was SUNY-Geneseo.

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