Housing Activities Council
The 2012-2013 year promises rewarding opportunities for the university’s Housing Activities Council in terms of socialization, leadership and service-learning.
Ricky Harris, Yolanda Whitfield, and Tremaine Williams founded the Housing Activities Council three years ago in an effort to give UALR residents a voice on campus and give them an opportunity to plan programs.
Kayla and Caprice Phillips are two sisters who joined the HAC together.
Kayla Phillips is a junior psychology and anthropology major who has been a part of the organization for almost a year. “As public relations coordinator, I enjoy the creativity part of it. It is fun planning for the programs, making posters, and sponsoring the events, trying to get the biggest turn-out.”
Caprice Phillips is a sophomore physics major who likes “watching people have fun! They can go out and have a good time — it’s free!”
The HAC has eight executive board members and 10-15 general board members. Any UALR student who lives on campus is invited to join the Housing Activities Council; there are no annual fees or specific requirements.
Solomon Phifer, two-year HAC president and junior political science major, said in an interview that, “We encourage everyone, freshman especially, because they bring fresh ideas to the table”.
Kayla Phillips said that socialization occurs naturally in the HAC because “several new people show up to all of the events. They are so fun that it would be hard not to talk to someone new.” Program planning fosters in an HAC member a sense of leadership and personal pride. As for service-learning, the HAC participates in the campus-wide, Reach 13,000, the annual Haunted Hallway, HAC Week, and several other community-oriented events.
“Haunted Hallway is the biggest community service opportunity we have,” said Phifer. Kids from the community visit every October, and the HAC decorates each floor in each hall. “We designate the fifth floor as the ‘scary hallway’. The kids enjoy themselves, and residents come out and help us make the hallways scary,” he added.
The week of Sept. 3-7 commemorated the annual HAC Week which included the informative What is HAC? root beer float party and a showing of the film “Think Like A Man” in the theater room of West Hall. Residents caroled and croaked in Housing’s Got Talent!; and the HAC sponsored the third annual Wacky Olympics—an outdoor event that involved waterslides, water balloon fight, dunking booth, and a cook-out.
Any residential student interested in joining HAC needs only to attend the general board meetings on every other Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the commons classroom. The next one is scheduled for Oct. 3.
Student residents interested in joining can contact Phifer or any other member for more information.