By Kristie Hamon

The Residence Life Council (RLC) branch of Student Government received Program of the Year for a program it hosted called “Shut in for the Shut Out” and beat University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University.

Additional awards received were President of the Year and most Charitable and Best Banner at the Kentucky Association of Residence Halls conference during the weekend of Feb. 11.

Vice President for Residence Life, Ashley Salyer, said she was alone in the category of President of the Year and they received most charitable for the donations Eastern has made throughout the semester for “Shut in for the Shut out” from clothes and other items.

Winners were chosen by representatives from each school who voted on presentations at the conference that were pre-submitted through bids for different categories. Salyer said RLC member Lauren Cool presented “Shut in for the Shut Out” at the state conference.

“I thought it was one of our better events that we’ve put on for RLC, and we had a ton of donations and a lot of student participation and hopefully it will get better every year,” Cool said.

Salyer said RLC received a certificate and will be submitting “Shut in for the Shut Out” for the Program of the Year on the regional level and at a regional business conference.

Salyer said she was really excited about everything RLC won at the conference.

“It just gives us more recognition for programming,” Salyer said. “They do this all the time especially for the RAs in the halls, but this put us on the state level, we can use that state experience to make your application for regional even better, so you know we can go up to.”

Salyer explained that “Shut in for the Shut Out” was an event RLC hosted this semester in Powell to raise awareness about the homeless. She said it linked up with the Madison County EMS and the Salvation Army to set up cots in Powell, showed The Help, accepted clothing and food donations and coordinated with Student Life for service opportunities as Student Life provided RLC with care packages for participants to make to donate.

Additionally, three RLC members won state titles. Dan Hendrickson won Kentucky Association of Residence Halls State Director, Brandon Mandigo won Kentucky Association of Residence Halls Associate Director for Recognition and Nicole Liford, RHC of Combs, was elected Kentucky Association of Residence Halls State Adviser.