Earlier this month, Georgia Southern University’s Associate Director of Residence Education for University Housing Ben Wicker obtained the prestigious Founders Award from the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers’ (SEAHO) annual convention, held in Asheville, North Carolina.
“Receiving this award is incredibly humbling and makes me feel overwhelmingly honored,” mentioned Wicker. “My colleagues and peers, many of whom have become close friends and like family to me over the years, nominated me for the Founders Award. Because of this I feel valued, seen and appreciated for my work within and on behalf of the Association.”
The Founders Award honors people who, by way of devoted service and initiative to SEAHO, epitomize the work and endeavors of the Association’s founders. The nomination for the award should embrace at the very least three letters of assist, which should come from housing officers inside the 10-state area.
“The previous and historical recipients of the SEAHO Founders Award are people who I consider to be role models and mentors,” continued Wicker. “In my role at Georgia Southern, I have attempted to bring a passion for being actively involved in contributing to our profession through participation and research for our staff in University Housing. I also hope that my accomplishments in SEAHO bring Eagle Nation into the spotlight so that professionals across the region and country see the great things we are doing here, and that it might attract professionals to Georgia Southern.”
Wicker has been affiliated with SEAHO since 2006, serving as a member of a number of host committees earlier than turning into the first director of committees in 2015. As a member of the editorial board for the SEAHO Report, he was the editor of the publication from 2013 to 2015. In recognition of his efforts for the Association, he obtained the Charles W. Beene Memorial Service Award in 2017. He additionally served as the coordinator for the group’s 2021 digital convention and took part as a member of this 12 months’s convention host committee.
“No one can debate Ben’s love for SEAHO,” learn one of Wicker’s assist letters. “It’s contagious.”
SEAHO advances excellence in housing packages and workers by selling finest practices, networking, skilled improvement and involvement alternatives. SEAHO is a regional affiliate of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. The affiliation represents the devoted professionals of larger schooling scholar housing in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. SEAHO is the main useful resource for the larger schooling housing trade in the southeastern United States.
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