History of NRHH
In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. found itself with financial difficulities. Jim Tschechtelin, NACURH Chair, began investigating possibilities for potential revenue sources and grants. Grants were found, but there were two requirements: a central NACURH office had to be established and member schools needed to render more services. Therefore, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) was formed as an answer to the second requirement.
During the preliminary organization, NRHH focused on the incorporation of old into new. Campuses with existing honorary organizations were contacted and coordinated into the NRHH structure. The preservation of chapter identity was a primary focus to meet the individual needs of each campus. The main goal of each chapter was the recognition of residence hall leaders on its campus. This helped sustain a consistent membership in on-campus organizations as well as on the regional and national levels within NACURH.
Between 1977 and 1987, NRHH grew. Pins and certificates were produced to recognize the members of the honorary, the tradition of regional and national receptions during conferences began, and formal recruitment and affiliation packets were produced. Regional Recruiter (now called Associate Director) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were created, including Program, National Communications Coordinator, Advisor, Student, and Resident Assistant Of the Month Awards (OTMs) and Outstanding Chapter of the Year.
Today, over 170 chapters of NRHH are affiliated with the NRHH National Office. Activities of these chapters vary from campus to campus. Some simply induct new members at an annual recognition banquet and are therefore called honorary chapters. Others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities, coordinating leadership retreats, conferences, socials, hall or campus-wide programs, fundraisers, and a whole host of other events. Still others have found a middle ground that suits their campus.
Membership selection is conducted by each individual chapter. Chapter members represent the top 1% of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy in order to make the residence halls more than a "dorm."