Connected Community of the Year
The Connected Community of the Year program is a comprehensive program that began in the fall of 2009 consisting of on-campus events that range from our award-winning Welcome Weekend festivities to ongoing programs like UnPLUg, a competition among the residence halls to see who can reduce their average kilowatt hour usage per resident.
The idea that became ConCOY was originally conceived by our 2008 - 2009 RHA members. Up until the program was implemented, hall competitions were limited to Welcome Weekend events. The group was very intrigued by the idea of a year-long competition. The idea came to fruition when the idea was passed down to the 2009-2010 RHA members, many of whom were returning, and was discussed at their leadership retreat. Everything from a name, a logo, and a list of possible events came together, and a decision was made to move the idea forward.
That next year, Connected Community of the Year made its debut with three main goals in mind.
- Improve attendance at events both RHA-sponsored and otherwise.
- Increase resident awareness and involvement.
- Help support other organizations around campus.
Outside of the initial approval by the Office of Residential Life, the entire concept and implementation was, and continues to be, a student-led endeavor.