Lisa Raffensperger, who lived in Daum in 2003-04 as a first-year student, is this year’s George L. Droll Award winner.
Raffensperger “wanted to try something new” when she came to the University from St. Joseph, Mo.
“I didn’t know if I’d like it,” she says of her decision to run for vice president for Associated Daum, the residence hall governance board. “But like so many things in college, it’s good to push yourself to get involved. I think I’ve met more than half my friends through Associated Daum.” As a VP, she was in charge of programming. She also worked with other residents to start a recycling program, and next year will serve as a resident assistant (RA) in Hillcrest. Her advice to incoming students? “Getting involved is a great way to feel connected. Just do it, because the year goes by so quickly.”
The George L. Droll Award honors the man who joined Iowa’s Department of Residence Services in 1960 and served as its director from 1980 until his death in 1995. Along with a certificate, Raffensperger receives a credit on her University bill of up to $1,000, to be used toward tuition, fees, and books next year.
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In February 2005, students will receive information about reapplying to live in the residence halls for 2005-06. Students, not parents, will receive the reapplication materials, and only students can reapply. But parents can remind their students of the importance of these deadlines. If students do not fill out and return the UI Housing Application and Contract Card, they will lose their opportunity to be housed in residence halls next year. So, come February, make a note to yourself to drop your student a few reminders.