Earlier this month, Associate Director of Residence Education for Georgia Southern University Housing, Ben Wicker, received the prestigious Founders Award at the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers (SEAHO) annual conference. , held in Asheville, North Carolina.
“Receiving this award is incredibly humbling and makes me feel extremely honoured,” said Wicker. “My colleagues and peers, many of whom have become close friends and like family to me over the years, have nominated me for the Founders Award. For this reason, I feel valued, seen and appreciated for my work within and on behalf of the Association.
The Founders Award honors individuals who, through dedicated service and the initiative of SEAHO, embody the work and efforts of the association’s founders. Nomination for the award must include at least three letters of support, which must be from housing officers in the 10-state area.
“Previous and historical recipients of the SEAHO Founders Award are people I consider to be role models and mentors,” continued Wicker. “Into my role at Georgia Southern, I attempted to bring a passion to be actively involved in contributing to our profession through participation and research for our staff in academic housing. I also hope that my accomplishments with SEAHO will put Eagle Nation in the spotlight so that professionals around the region and country see the great things we are doing here, and that may attract professionals to Georgia Southern.
Wicker has been affiliated with SEAHO since 2006, serving as a member of several host committees before becoming the first committee director in 2015. As a member of the editorial board of the SEAHO reporthe served as the publication’s editor from 2013 to 2015. In recognition of his efforts for the Association, he received the Charles W. Beene Memorial Service Award in 2017. He also served as the 2021 Virtual Conference Coordinator of organization and participated as a member of the organizing committee for this year’s conference.
“No one can debate Ben’s love for SEAHO,” read one of Wicker’s letters of support. “It’s contagious.”
SEAHO advances excellence in housing programs and staff by promoting best practices, networking, professional development and opportunities for involvement. SEAHO is a regional affiliate of the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. The association represents dedicated higher education student housing professionals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. SEAHO is the premier resource for the higher education housing industry in the Southeastern United States.
Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers approximately 140 different degree programs serving more than 27,000 students at 10 colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and online courses. A leader in higher education in Southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student body with expert faculty, world-class scholarship, and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders, and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.
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