Laura Wehmeier, a 2012 Gardner Edgerton High School graduate, will co-chair a student housing conference at the University of Kansas next month. Wehmeier, a KU junior in nursing, and Taylor Hanna, a KU senior in applied behavioral sciences, will help host 500 students from Midwestern universities during the conference.
Participants will discuss programming and conduct business for Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (MACURH) on the Lawrence campus.
Wehmeier and Hanna are working with 10 other KU undergraduate students to produce the conference.
The theme is Piecing Together the Bigger Picture at MACURH 2014, and the conference will focus on the importance of passion, teamwork, diversity, and tradition. Keynote speakers will include Blane Harding, KU Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Danni Boatwright, KU alumna and winner of Survivor Guatemala.
MACURH is the regional affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, the largest student-run, non-profit organization in the United States. The organization promotes the educational goals of residence hall students through discussion groups, seminars, and speakers.
KU Student Housing is an affiliate member of MACURH and NACURH and last hosted the conference in 1993. At KU, student housing offers academically focused communities, including residence halls, scholarship halls, and apartments. The division also offers leadership opportunities, community involvement, and a trained and supportive staff.