What is RHA?

A Residence Life Student Organization consisting of students who live on campus and represent Southeast Missouri State University’s on campus population. Congratulations! By living with us on campus, you are a member!

  • To provide a unified voice for students residing in the University housing facilities.
  • To ensure student involvement in the University and Residence Life policy-making process.
  • To encourage and facilitate inter-hall cooperation.
  • To discuss and promote the issues of students in the residence halls.
  • To provide a means for improving physical, educational, social, and cultural standards of living in the residence halls.
RHA Constitution
General Body Meetings

Weekly meetings with RHA executive board and voting and non-voting representatives of each residence hall. You are free to attend any of these meetings.
Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 5:30pm
Location: UC Ballroom

Philanthropy Committee

The purpose of this committee is to coordinate philanthropic events including but not limited to the Ronald McDonald Pop Tab Collection.
Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 7pm
Location: RHA Office Towers Complex Rm 111

Advertising Committee

The purpose of this committee is to advertise and publicize the events of RHA.
Meeting Time: Thursdays at 6pm
Location: Fireside Lounge in Towers Complex

Recruitment, Retention, & Recognition Committee

The purpose of this committee is to plan social events for the general body to help build inter-personal connections and collectively decide the recipients of various peer selected awards.
Meeting Time: Thursdays at 4pm
Location: RHA Office Towers Complex Rm 111

Programming Committee

The purpose of this committee is to plan program events for Southeast Missouri State University residential students.
Meeting Time: Mondays at 7pm
Location: RHA Office Towers Complex Rm 111

Hall Issues Committee

The purpose of this committee is to bring up, discuss, and address the facility and non-facility issues and concerns of students living in our residence halls. All members in general body are a part of this committee.
Meeting Time: Tuesdays during General Body Meeting
Location: U.C. Ballroom

Funding Board

The purpose of this committee is to review and discuss all allocation forms to assure that all Residence Hall Association Guidelines are observed in the requests; interview and discuss, with a representative of the organization, the submitted allocation request; and recommend to the General Body an amount to be approved and allocation to student organizations for activities.
Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 4pm
Location: Board of Regents Room

RHA Office is located on first floor of Towers Complex Room 111


Rebecca Kirchner

Major: Secondary Unified Science Education: Biology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Forest Park, IL, a Chicago suburb
Office Hours: Friday 11am - 1pm
Hi there! My name is Becca and I am from Forest Park, IL, a Chicago suburb. At Southeast I am a graduate of both the First Year Leadership Program, commonly known as FyLP (pronounced flip) and Emerging Leaders, while continuing my involvement in SEMO’s leadership programs as a FyLP facilitator for the 2015 Fall semester. I am also involved on the SEMO campus as a third-year lifeguard at the Student Aquatic Center as well as being an RA in Myers Hall! Prior to this academic year my involvement within The Residence Hall Association includes being a voting representative for LaFerla Hall my first year, holding the position of the Public Relations Chair on RHA's Executive Board and currently holding the position of RHA's President for the 2016-17 year. I absolutely love spending time with my friends and family, watching Netflix and staying involved on campus. I am super excited for what RHA has in store for Southeast this year and hope to see you at our future General Body meetings & programs!

Chief Administrator

Lydia Cameron

Major: Communication Disorders
Classification: Junior
Hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO
Office Hours: Tuesday 1pm - 3pm
Prior to serving as the Chief Administrator, Lydia served as an RHA rep for Merick Hall before becoming the Programming Communications Coordinator. In addition to her RHA involvement, Lydia is active with the Jane Stephens Honors Program (where she serves as the program Faculty Liason), the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and she serves as an RA in Towers North. In addition to her Communication Disorders Major, she is triple minoring in Child Development, Global Cultures and Psychology. She hopes to work as a speech-language pathologist specializing in neurogenic communication disorders. Outside of RHA Lydia enjoys reading, baking, and playing with her two dogs (Rudy and Bea).


Trace Gardner

Major: A.A.S Computer Tech - Microcomputer Systems
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: O’Fallon, MO
Office Hours: Thursday 2pm - 4pm
After completion of the Associate’s Degree, Trace will pursue a B.S. in Cybersecurity. He hopes to eventually work for a bureaucratic agency within the federal government. He was previously a RHA representative for the Dobbins River Campus Center. Trace is also a passionate St. Louis Blues and Cardinals fan. Outside of RHA, he also enjoys listening to music, watching Netflix and Hulu, and playing upright bass occasionally.

Programming Communications Coordinator

Brooke Biernbaum

Major: Family and Consumer Science Education
Classification: Sophomore
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Office Hours: Monday 3-5pm
Hey guys! I am super excited to have been elected for this position. I have been a LaFerla RHA Representative for the past year and a half. After completing First Year Leadership Program (FyLP) and Emerging Leaders my Freshman year, I was a FyLP Facilitator last semester. Outside of school I like hanging out with my friends, playing volleyball, and listening to music. In addition, I enjoy spending time with my family and two cats that I love very much.

Public Relations Chair

Lars Johansson

Major: Environmental Sciences: Biology
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Belleville, IL
Office Hours: Monday 11am - 1pm
Prior to serving as the Public Relations Chair, Lars Johansson was an RHA Representative for Towers South for two years and served as the advertising co-chair for the 2015-16 year. In addition to his involvement with RHA, he is also active with the Biology Club, The Jane Stephens Honors Program, and the Environmental Science Association. He is also an RA in Towers West. Lars hopes to use his Environmental Sciences: Biology degree to work in resource management and conservation. Outside of RHA Lars enjoys reading, baking, and spending time outdoors.

National Communications Coordinator

Ian Walker

Major: Construction Management
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Troy, IL
Office Hours: Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:30pm and Wednesday 11am - 12pm
Ian has been involved with RHA for three years starting as a Rep for Towers West. He has also served on a regional committee and regional task forces.

Ice Machines

Fall of 2015 - RHA provided brand new ice machines with filtered water dispensers for the following halls: Dearmont, Towers South, Towers East, and Myers

Hall Banners and Flags

Fall 2015 – RHA purchased banners and flags for each residence hall for Move – In Day.


RHA purchased benches after students complained of nowhere to sit and wait for shuttles. They were placed in several hall locations.

AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators)

Spring of 2014 - RHA was part of a committee that helped get AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) installed across campus.

Towers Fireside Lounge

RHA worked to purchase the furniture that now fills the fireside lounge in the Towers Complex.

Hall Supplies for Each Building

Every two years RHA does an inventory of cookware and utensils for all the kitchens in each residence hall and replaces missing items. They recently supplied each hall with a vacuum cleaner for student cleaning purposes.

MACURH (Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls)

Mission Statement:

Consistent with the Articles of Incorporation of NACURH Inc., the purpose of MACURH shall be to promote student intellectual, educational, cultural, physical, and social welfare; to design and facilitate programs and informational services; to provide an avenue for assisting students to achieve fuller participation in the life of the college community and to extend the influence and good name of our organization everywhere.

Vision Statement:

In providing student resources, the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls values diversity, advocacy, integrity, recognition, service, development and community in on campus learning environments.

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Conference Dates and Location: November 4, 2016 - November 6, 2016 at Northwest Missouri State University

NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls)

The operating structure of NACURH is comprised of eight regional affiliates and two corporate offices. Each region is responsible for all schools in their respective area. The two offices, the NACURH Information Center (NIC), and NACURH Services and Recognition Office (NSRO), each handle various association-wide responsibilities.

Mission Statement:

As an organization, NACURH empowers, motivates, and equips residence hall leaders by providing them with skills and resources in order for them to excel and positively impact their campus communities.

Vision Statement:

The National Association of College and University Residence Halls, NACURH Inc, seeks to create a network of engaged citizens sharing common experiences through residential leadership opportunities.

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Conference Dates and Location: May 26, 2017 - May 28, 2017 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN


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One University Plaza, MS 0055
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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