Part of my job as the assistant director of Williamson Hall is to be an advisor to the Williamson Hall Activities Council, otherwise known as “WHAC”. All of the residence halls at UNH have hall councils, which is one of the things that makes living in a residence hall so awesome. These councils plan fun trips for the hall (apple picking, New York City, haunted walks, etc.), buy cool stuff like ping pong tables and televisions, and plan awesome events for the hall, all using hall dues that students paid when they moved in. Hall councils also provide really cool leadership opportunities for residents around campus.
Just this past Tuesday, WHAC had their first meeting after our President Kayla, Vice President Kiley, and Secretary Maddie were elected using the election tool on Wildcatlink. (Which was super easy and all orgs should try it for their elections!) Kayla, Kiley, and Maddie came with me to the Mandatory Student Organization Information Meeting Tuesday evening before our WHAC meeting. During this student org meeting we reviewed lots of rules and procedures, reviewed how to use Wildcatlink, learned about the services provided by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership (OSIL), and other helpful tips. By far the best part of the meeting was hearing from motivational speaker Michael Miller. The four of us left the meeting pumped for the WHAC meeting later that night!
Our first meeting started at 9pm, and we had a great turn out. Kayla, Kiley, and Maddie took the lead and worked on appointing positions to people at the meeting. We now have an environmental advocate, a student senator to represent Williamson, intramural chairs, tower representatives, a community service chair, an activist chair and historians! After deciding on the appointed positions, the council discussed having a Club Willy black light party, which my friend Sean from UNH EDMC will be DJing next Saturday! There was talk of a Williamson Hall t-shirt design contest, a giant game of manhunt, intramural teams, and more. I think everyone left the meeting feeling excited about joining WHAC.
Looking back at the meeting this past week, I remember how lucky I am to go to UNH, and how cool it is to have a job advising such awesome leaders. I think WHAC is off to a great start – be sure to keep an eye out for our events in the near future!