Silver Seymours are NCARH's form of formal monthly recognition. Silver Seymours are voted on each month and are announced on the 21st of the month. Winners receive recognition on our website and an official NCARH certificate. There are 10 general Silver Seymour categories, and 5 program Silver Seymour categories for which can submit. 

Seymour is the official mascot of NCARH. Seymour is a gender-non-specific starfish from the coast of N.C. Seymour's choice to be gender-non-specific signifies NCARH progressive mission to make on-campus living more inclusive and enjoyable for everyone, no matter who, or what you identify as.

A NCARH Tradition, The Starfish Story


Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, so he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

As if he hadn't heard, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he turned, smiled and said, "It made a difference to that one!"

Make a difference.