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Appalachian graduate student receives N. C. Housing Officer’s Graduate Student of the Year award

BOONE—Adam Wade, residence director and college student development graduate student at Appalachian State University, has received the N. C. Housing Officer’s (NCHO) Graduate Student of the Year award. The award was presented at the N.C. Housing Officer’s annual conference held in late October in Winston-Salem.

This is the second consecutive year that an Appalachian student has received the award.

The award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to their campus position and/or academic program that is considered to be above the expectations of a graduate student.

Jeff Doyle, director of Residence Life at Appalachian, wrote that, “Adam stands out among residence directors for his positive and can-do attitude. He is a pleasure to work alongside and someone who can be counted on to always do his best. He will make a great student affairs full-time staff member.”
Wade was hired as a residence director, even though he had no previous experience in the area of residence life. His success as an orientation leader as an undergraduate at UNC Wilmington and his leadership skills convinced the staff of Appalachian’s Office of Residence Life that he would be an asset to their program.

Shari Williamson is Wade’s supervisor. She wrote in her nomination that, “His leadership is outstanding. Adam has developed a strong student staff that respects him and works hard to achieve big goals.”
In addition, 20 residence assistants and residence directors from Appalachian attended the NCHO Drive-In Conference for resident assistants held in October at Fayetteville State University. The group won an award for the most programs presented at the conference (11) and the Best School Spirit Award. The Best Overall Conference Program Award was presented to Andrew Jacobs, a residence assistant in Bowie Hall.

The Office of Housing and Residence Life at Appalachian will host next year’s fall drive-in conference in Boone.