At the 1990 Regional Conference for the North Atlantic Affiliate (NAACURH), hosted at American University, the National Communication Coordinators (NCCs) voted to split the region into two because the region had grown too large. This split would create one region that included the New England states and New York, now known as the Northeast Affiliate (NEACURH), and another comprised of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.
When originally organizing the region, we were to be called the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate (MAACURH). However, the National Board of Directors recommended that we differentiate ourselves from the already established Midwest Affiliate (MACURH). At this time, two names were considered: the Central-East Affiliate (CEACURH) and the Central Atlantic Affiliate (CAACURH).
The region chose to be called the Central Atlantic Affiliate, which went on to be approved by the National Board of Directors at the 1991 Semi-Annual Business Conference and by all NACURH NCCs at the 1991 National Conference hosted at Arizona State University.
In order to successfully split, a joint conference was held during the 1991 Mini/No-Frills Conference at Towson University to elect conference host sites and Regional Boards. After this, the first CAACURH-only conferences were the 1991 Regional Conference hosted at the Ohio State University and 1992 No-Frills Conference hosted at the George Washington University.
Since our establishment, we have grown and developed as a region, adopting Campbell the Cougar as our current mascot and our regional colors of silver and black. To help facilitate the transition of regional boards and preserve our history, the Cougar 2.0 was launched as a regional database along with a living history document.
Prioritizing people and experiences!
As an affiliate of NACURH, Inc., CAACURH creates environments that empower, motivate, and equip residence hall leaders by providing them with skills and resources in order for them to excel and positively impact their campus communities.
The Central Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, CAACURH Incorporated, seeks to create a network of civically engaged students sharing common experiences through residential leadership opportunities.