Tolley-Brown 1st program of Fall 2013
Tolley-Brown 1st program of Fall 2013

The Office of Residence Life hosts, supports, and sponsors hundreds of programs each semester.  We offer all types of programs ranging from social, educational, diversity, and community oriented programs.  The first-year hall staffs gear their programming around topics that would assist freshman including icebreakers, team builders, socials, and academic-oriented educational programs.  Our upperclassmen staffs try to gear their programming towards life after Drew, preparing our residents for life beyond the University in the Forest.

Our community living encourages critical thinking, development of leadership skills, and exploration of self.  We provide students with an inclusive, healthy and welcoming home.  We encourage our residents to positively connect to Drew University and become global citizens.

When in doubt or just looking for something to do, ask a Resident or House Assistant and they can tell you what’s going on!  Even on the weekends!  We provided the who, what, where, when, why, and how’s below for your convenience!

Who Do We Program For?

The Office of Residence Life programs for all of our resident students.  We always assess the needs of our residents and develop, organize, and implement programs that residents are genuinely interested in.  We do this by asking what the resident’s want to see, what their interested in, and twist it to create fun and challenging ways to test them.  Like mentioned, whether we program towards freshman or upperclassmen, each program is carefully planned out ahead of time, supplies are purchased, and we host boastful programs.  In fact, we’re probably planning a few programs while you’re reading this!  Come check out our programs.

What Do We Do & Have to Offer?

We do anything and everything that a college student can ask for (within legal and respectable range, of course!)  Last year, the Office of Residence Life hosted Sex Week – where we brought sex education above and beyond your normal High School Sex Ed class.  Naturally, this was a huge success!  Some other successful things that we have planned in the past include our annual Halloween Series (each Complex hosts a Campus-Wide Halloween Program), our Holiday Drives (donations), and of course Sloppy Saturday.

We try our best to mix things up between sports, academics, donation-oriented, community related, diversity awareness, and party driven programs.  Each program is advertised throughout the Residence Hall for at least a week before hand.  Resident Assistants and House Assistants have guidelines and must have their programs approved first by the Complex Residence Director and the Director of Residence Life.  This allows us to make sure that we are providing quality, challenging, and invigorating programs!

Where Do Our Programs Take Place?

Our programs take place all over campus!  Generally, the programs that the Resident Assistants and House Assistants plan, take place in their respective Residence Hall or surrounding areas.  While these programs may not be publicized to other Residence Halls, they are more than welcomed.  Our large scale programs can take place anywhere from the University Center, to the Commons, to Lounges, and the Forum.  We’ve taken over the entire campus before for themed programs.

When Do Programs Occur?

We try our best to plan programs around times that residents will be around.  Generally, most programs are schedule for the night, unless on weekends; when they can be scheduled anytime!  Why would be schedule programs during times when our residents are busy with their academic endeavors or co-curricular commitments?  We know how to plan; we’ve been in the business for years!

Why Do We Program?

We program for a list of reasons that I am sure will entertain you for hours, but generally it all boils down to our residents.  We want to make sure that we are more that just a Dormitory.  We are Residence Halls!  Residence Halls bring life into the living areas and that includes programming.  We don’t want our students to be bored, plus it gives our staff a chance to mingle with the residents and find out how their doing, so we can tailor their living environment to their needs.

How Do I Get Involved?

Well, how do you want to get involved?  Do you want to participate in a program? Then all we have to say is show up to the date, time, and location that the RA/HA sets up.  Do you want to help develop a program? Wow, you are fast tracking to be the RA/HAs best friend!  Don’t be afraid, just tell them that you would like to help out, I am quite sure they will not say no.  Do you want to join an organization that plans multiple programs? Well then, we have the perfect thing for you.  Join the Residence Hall Association or your Complex’s Living Council.  Talk to the Resident Assistant or Complex Residence Director for some more information.  We are always welcoming members!

We’ll see you at our next program!