Eastern Illinois University’s Mark Hudson was awarded the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated (NACURH)’s Hallenbeck Lifetime Service Award.
This is one of the highest honors in NACURH, an international organization for residential student leaders. The award is named after Dan Hallenbeck, former NACURH adviser, and recognizes “outstanding and continuous service to NACURH by a full-time housing or student affairs professional.”
Hudson is the director of University Housing and Dining Services and has served in this role since 2001. Hudson previously worked at the University of North Dakota with its Residence Services Department. Hudson graduated from EIU in 1981 with a bachelor of science in business – personnel management degree and, in 1983, with a master of science in education and guidance and student personnel.
Hudson has been involved with NACURH since he was a student at EIU. Some of his contributions include serving as the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) national director, creating the organization’s membership pin, serving the 1992 NACURH conference adviser, and serving as an adviser to the Midwest Regional Affiliate. Most notably, Hudson has attended 37 NACURH conferences.
Hudson is an advocate for student leadership and involvement, and makes a point of attending the conference as a delegation adviser to spend time with student leaders from EIU’s campus.
The award bid, titled “Mark Hudson: Scouting for Leadership,” highlighted Hudson's involvement and investment in the organization. EIU student Kiyla DeVoss created the bid. To be selected nationally, the bid was selected regionally in November and submitted for national consideration in April.
NACURH is the largest student-run organization in the world and works to promote and improve student life on every college campus. The group is primarily focused on providing quality programming and activities for students who live on campus. NACURH has eight regional affiliates; Illinois is part of the Great Lakes region.