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National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Tom Ogg Chapter

The Tom Ogg Chapter is nestled in the middle of Washington State on the Central Washington University campus in Ellensburg. We are a small organization committed to making a large impact on our campus and community. As a result we hold true to the national standards of being “A leadership-based honorary comprised of exemplary residential students who value recognition and service.” You can earn more about the National Residence Hall Honorary and National Association of College and University Residence Halls by visiting the NRHH and NACURH website.

Furthermore, the association strives to acknowledge our students voices and visions, as their input is vital to our success. The members have a passion for leadership, assisting others, and networking in the residences halls. This Chapter is also filled with opportunities for members to meet new people and allow themselves to grow on a personal level by developing programs, attending conferences and/or becoming an executive board member. Involvement in NRHH can open doors and bring experiences to last a lifetime. Thank you for taking the time to visit our web page. We invite you to browse the site and learn more about our Chapter.

  • NRHH National and Chapter History

    In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH), Inc. found itself with financial difficulties. 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 the member schools needed more services rendered. Thus, the National Residence Hall Honorary was put forth as an answer to the second requirement.

    During the preliminary organization, the National Residence Hall Honorary (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 primary, as it was incorporated into the NRHH structure, and as each campus is aware of its own individual needs. The primary focus of each chapter became the recognition of the 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.

    The years between 1977 and 1987 were years of growth for the NRHH. 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 Directors) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were established including Program, National Communications Coordinator, Advisor, Student, and Resident Assistant Of The Month Awards as well as Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

    Today, over 170 chapters are affiliated with the National Residence Hall Honorary National Office. Activities of the chapters vary from campus to campus. Some simply induct new members at an annual recognition banquet this year, thus, an honorary chapter. Others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities, coordinating leadership retreats, conferences, socials, hall or campus wide programs, fund raisers, and a whole host of other events. Still others have found a middle ground which suits their campus. Membership selection is conducted by each individual chapter. The chapter members represent 1% of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy in order to help with programs in the areas of recognition, academics and community service.

    The "Tom Ogg" Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary is the official NRHH program for Central Washington University. The chapter began to recognize itself as such in 2001. The executive board wanted to honor, now former, dining supervisor Tom Ogg for his many contributions he gave to CWU and naming the chapter after him seemed appropriate. After all, like Mr. Ogg, CWUNRHH is committed to the success of this university and its residents.

  • Meetings & Contact Information

    General Body Meetings are Mondays at 6:00 PM in the Wellington Event Center.

    Contact the Tom Ogg Chapter at or at 509-963-7210.

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  • Officers

    Carlos Rosales Torres

    "I am a first-year student pursuing a Biology major under the pre-medicine program. I joined NRHH because I love teamwork. I look forward to working and meeting with more members of the CWU community as well as everyone in RHA to further strengthen our community."

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