Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.
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Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.

On behalf of the residence life staff, I extend a warm welcome to the nearly 800 students who call Hood home. Nearly 300 new first-year, transfer and exchange students have joined our community this year, and I call upon all of our returning residents to help connect these newest members of the Hood family to our campus.

The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing an enriching and comfortable environment to all residents. Please be reminded of the information below to help you have a great year in your hall, house or apartment:

  • Use your resident assistant! As the staff member directly responsible for your floor or area, your RA is often your best first resource when you have a need, question or concern, and can assist you with a variety of matters. If the need arises, your RA is well equipped to put you in touch with other residence life and College staff members.
  • Talk to your roommate! Living with someone else requires ongoing communication, a willingness to work through differences and reasonable compromises. Talking with your roommate face-to-face and in a respectful manner is the best way to develop a great living situation. If you need help from a staff member to work out roommate relationship issues, seek some one out early on; it may seem difficult to express concerns, but ignoring them will only make it more problematic.
  • Get involved! The leaders you elect to House Council work to provide fun activities that help you meet others and make you feel at home. House Council members also regularly bring student needs and concerns to staff members so we can serve you better. Talk openly to the representatives in your hall about what you are interested in doing and how Hood can improve the residential experience so they can get the ball rolling on your behalf!
  • Try something new! The RAs provide regular programs that are designed to be both fun and educational. Attend, participate and get the full college experience! At Hood, learning occurs all the time—not just in the classroom—and RA-led programs often provide great opportunities to expand your horizons.

I also invite you to follow us on Twitter; @HoodResLife will keep you connected and provide quick updates and reminders about programs and deadlines. Please note that our tweets are not a substitute for more complete information provided in other formats such as e-mail and print. For privacy reasons we will not follow your Twitter account when you follow ours. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the residence life staff should you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Zachary A. Luhman
Director of Residence Life
(301) 696-3577
residencelife@hood.edu


House Forum News

House Forum has begun preparations for another exciting year at Hood College! This body, made up of hall, apartment and language house presidents, represents all residential students and plans many of Hood's traditional events each year. The group is off to a strong start planning Policies for Dollars, an annual event that allows for friendly competition between first-year students in each residence hall. This year, a team of first-year commuter students will also join the festivities.

During Policies, teams from each hall and the commuter population will compete for additional House Council funds and the coveted Pink Spoon. Policies will begin Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. with an obstacle course on the residential quad, immediately followed by the traditional spirit chant competition. The event will wrap-up with skits and policy jeopardy in Hodson Auditorium.

House Forum members are also committed to fulfilling the role of advocacy for residents. As a group, House Forum works to ensure that ideas and concerns are brought forth to the director of residence life during regular meetings. Students are encouraged to inform their hall presidents of campus-wide needs, potential improvement projects, and any other ideas that may benefit the entire residential community so that each president can bring these items to the group.

If you have questions or ideas for House Forum, you may also contact Erin Buchanan, House Forum chair, at elb10@hood.edu.


Fall Break

While the year has just gotten underway, it's already time to start thinking about fall break, which will provide a short respite from classes for all students. During fall break, residence halls remain open and College offices maintain their normal hours. There are no classes Monday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 11. Classes will resume Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

During fall break, the Nonacademic Sessions (or "Dry Campus") portion of the alcohol policy is in effect. This policy states, "Alcohol is not permitted on campus when classes are not in session (i.e.; fall and spring semester breaks, spring holiday, J-term, orientation and summer sessions). Any student who is found in violation of this policy will receive a sanction and may find him or herself in jeopardy of automatic suspension or dismissal from the College."(Student Handbook, page 60)

Most undergraduate classes will end on Friday, Oct. 7, marking the official beginning of fall break. After Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., alcohol possession or consumption is not permitted within the residence halls, houses or in College-leased apartments and duplexes, regardless of your age. This restriction remains in effect until Oct. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

For those who are planning to remain on campus during fall break, Hood will offer several events to help you relax and enjoy yourself. Further information on these events will be coming soon.


Health and Safety Inspections

Residence Life staff members will conduct routine health and safety inspections in all residence halls, houses and apartments Oct. 12-19. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that all rooms are in compliance with the various policies governing cleanliness, hygiene, fire safety, electrical appliances and furnishings. These policies can be found on page 27 and pages 62-64 of the Student Handbook and Planner.

With your help and cooperation, the inspection process can be quick and easy. Please take note of the following tips to ensure a smooth and worry-free inspection process for your room.

  • Use the upcoming fall break as an opportunity to take any prohibited items home and leave them at home, including candles, incense and extension cords without a "UL" label.
  • If you are unsure whether certain items in your room are permitted, ask your area coordinator prior to Oct. 12. There is no penalty for being proactive.
  • Make sure your room is not a health hazard—excessive trash and spoiled food attract pests and bacteria. Your room doesn't have to be spotless, just reasonably presentable.
  • If you fail the inspection, don't stress! You will be given time to correct any problems, but be aware that staff may confiscate prohibited items.
  • Staff will re-inspect all rooms with violations after five business days.
  • Staff will attempt to conduct these inspections when you (or a roommate) is present, however, if staff members are unable to find you or your roommate in your room after several attempts, inspections may be conducted without you (staff will key into your room, if necessary).

Featured Programs

Guys vs. Girls Minute to Win It!
Monday, Sept. 19, 8 p.m.
Meyran Formal Lounge
How much can you accomplish in 60 seconds? Based after the popular game show, this program will have you doing all sorts of tasks in order to bring home the Minute to Win It prize!

Health and Games
Thursday, Sept. 22, 8 p. m.
Shriner Basement Lounge
This program will focus on the importance of making smart sexual choices and how those choices affect not only you but other people along the way.

Do It with Sand
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.
Smith Tiki Lounge
Residents will have the opportunity to create sand art while discussing the importance of recycling.

Yoga Rocks!
Thursday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
Location TBA
A beginner level yoga session will introduce the benefits of participating in yoga for relaxation and exercise. Contact Luke Berry at lb15@hood.edu for more information.

Celebrity
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
Memorial Formal Lounge
This mash-up of Pictionary and Charades will help you explore the diverse backgrounds and personalities of others on campus.


Important Dates for Residents: September to November

  • Sept. 20
    Floor meetings as determined by RAs
  • Sept. 23-25
    Fall Family Weekend
  • Oct. 4
    Hall meetings in all residence halls
  • Oct. 5
    Policies for Dollars, 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 7
    Dry Campus Policy in effect, 9 p.m.
  • Oct. 8-11
    Midterm recess, no classes
  • Oct. 12
    Classes resume, 8:30 a.m.
    Dry campus ends, 8:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 18
    Floor meetings as determined by RAs
  • Oct. 28
    Fright Night in Whitaker Campus Center
  • Nov. 1
    Hall meetings in all residence halls
  • Nov. 4
    Advising Day, no classes
  • Nov. 6
    Daylight Savings Time ends; set clocks back one hour
  • Nov. 7
    Spring semester registration for seniors
  • Nov. 8
    Spring semester registration for juniors
  • Nov. 9
    Spring semester registration for sophomores
  • Nov. 10
    Spring semester registration for first-year students
  • Nov. 11
    Last day to withdraw from a class
    Thanksgiving Break Housing Applications due, 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 15
    Floor meetings as determined by RAs
  • Nov. 22
    Dry Campus Policy in effect, 9 p.m.
  • Nov. 23
    Thanksgiving recess begins, no classes
    Residence halls close, noon
  • Nov. 27
    Residence halls re-open, 9 a.m.
  • Nov. 28
    Classes resume, 8:30 a.m.
    Dry Campus ends, 8:30 a.m.

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