The Creighton University chapter of NRHH was founded Fall of 1995 by Lori Nieslanik. Creightons chapter of National Residence Hall Honoray was named the Fr. John Holbrook Chapter the Spring of 1997 after Fr. Holbrook because he was so connected to the students at Creighton University. The chapter was rededicated to Fr. Holbrook in the spring of 2003, commemorating his retirement.
In 1964, the National Assoication 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 requirments: a central NACURH office had to be established, and the member schools needed more service rendered. Thus, the National Honorary was put forth as an anwser to the second requirement.
During the preliminary organization, the National Honorary (NH) focused on the incorporation of old into new. Campuses with existing honorary organizations were contacted and coordinated into the NH structure. the preservation of chapter identity was primary, as it was incorporated into the NH structure, and as each campus is aware of its own individual needs. The primary focus of each chapter became the recognition of the Resident 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 to 1987 were the years of growth for the National Honorary. Pins and certificates were produced to recognize the members of the honorary, the tradition of regional and national receptions during the conferences began and formal recruitment and affiliation packets were produced. Regional Recruiter (now Associate Directors) positions on regional boards were also established. Many awards were established including the Of-The-Months as well as Outstanding Chapter of the Year.
Today, over 140 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, thus, a honorary chapter. Others are extremely active on their campuses and in their communities.
Membership selection is done every semester. The top 1% of the student leaders on campus and are those who have contributed extraordinary amounts of personal time and energy in order to make the residence halls "more than a dorm."
The NRHH colors are blue and white. The blue symbolizes loyalty: loyalty to purpose and idea. The white signifies a blank page: a page on which a student writes the successes and experiences that fill their days in the residence halls.
The symbol for NRHH is that of a diamond surrounding the letters of the organization, and the three interconnected links, the chain of leadership. The diamond, the world's most precious gem, signifies the value and beauty one finds in the residence halls experience.
The first chain of the link represents caring. Leaders are people who care. They are concerned about themselves and others, and are committed to making things better.
The second link signifies dedication. Part of a leader's commitment is the dedication to cause which they display. Dedication is an important part of the involvement required to be truly effective.
The third link represents participation. True leaders participate fully in their academic pursuits, their friendships, their activities, and their lives. Leaders don't sit on the sidelines, but are competent team players.
Together the unbroken chain symbolizes the membership of NRHH. As leaders we are interconnected as caring and dedicated participants in the Residence Hall System.