Nearly 400 College Students Invading Weatherford This Weekend


Nearly 400 college students from three states and Mexico will be spending this weekend in Weatherford as part of the Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) RA Conference.

Students from 30 colleges in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and the country of Mexico will be in Weatherford for the October 18-21 conference, hosted by the Residence Life Department at SWOSU.

SWOSU Residence Life Director Chad Martin said the event is usually held at a larger university, so this is a great opportunity to showcase what SWOSU and the Weatherford area offers. The students will be staying in Weatherford hotels, using at least 300 total rooms.

“It is a tremendous economic boom for Weatherford during SWOSU’s fall break,” Martin said. “In addition to the hotel stays, the delegates will be spending money at various venues during the conference.”

The event was supported by funds from the Weatherford Hotel-Motel Tax Committee to help make possible the event.

The theme of the conference is “RAs Out of this World.” The weekend of excitement kicks off with a roll call in the Fine Arts Center on Friday night. Most groups prepare skits and dances to introduce their school. Later Friday night, the conference heads to P Bar Farm’s Corn Maze. Staying with the theme, there will be a screening of the movie Signs and the maze will be haunted with aliens.  Karaoke and other activities will be available for the students.

Meetings will be held Saturday in the Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Center. There is a keynote address followed by five breakout sessions with over 40 programs for the RAs to choose from. Networking is also an integral part of the sessions.

Activities move to Weatherford’s airport on Saturday night. An Area 51 themed banquet will be held in one of the hangars. Awards will be presented for spirit and banner competitions. Following the banquet, there is a black light video DJ dance in the Stafford Air and Space Museum. RAs can also tour the museum. Students will also hold a “Swap Shop” to exchange items from their schools.

For more information, contact Martin by phone at 580.774.3024 or by email at