NRHH Dr. Frank Julian Outstanding Residential College Leader Award
In 1983, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) founded the first state chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The goal of NRHH was to recognize outstanding residence hall leaders who had made a contribution to the residence halls and to the quality of life in the residence halls. This leadership has continued to grow with Murray State being selected as School of the Year in 1984 by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH); this is the national student organization of residence halls and the only organization of its kind run by students.
From the very beginning, NRHH has been an active honorary on campus; serving as an important branch or RHA. The NRHH has sponsored leadership training workshops, on-going achievement awards to residence halls, and the annual awards and recognition banquet in the spring. Now the NRHH is an active organization sponsoring many activities and philanthropic events.
In 1996, the Residence Hall Association changed their name to the Residential College Association (RCA) to reflect a new philosophy in the organization. The NRHH also changed their name over the course of that year to accept Greek letters emphasizing the year of their honorary charter and that MSU established the first chapter in the state of Kentucky.
As part of the annual awards and recognition banquet, the residential college council of the year, the outstanding freshmen leader, and the outstanding residential college leader are presented awards. All three of these awards are considered to be the highest honor for the individual or organization to receive for their efforts in the residence halls.
When Dr. Frank Julian announced that he was returning to the classroom, the National Residence Hall Honorary of Murray State wanted to establish a lifelong tribute to the individual whose influence has helped shape the leading residence hall association in the state, the southeast, and the nation. It seemed only fitting when looking at the criteria of the Outstanding Residential College Leader that the award should be named for Dr. Julian. The criteria are listed below:
*Ability to work with others toward a common goal
*Dependability and reliability
*Sense of responsibility
*Ability to take initiative
*Ability to bring about positive change within the residential college community.
This list of criteria reflects the personal philosophy of Dr. Julian. His personal efforts and energies have contributed to the success of the residence hall program and Murray State. It is with a real sense of pride and gratitude that the NRHH and RHA established the Dr. Frank Julian Outstanding Residential College Leader Award. It is but one small way to say thank you to an individual who has invested so much of himself toward others. On behalf of the entire residential community, thank you, Dr. Julian.
The nominee for this award should not be a current Housing staff member (RA).