Adams Hall Neighborhood
“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living”
Welcome to the Adams Neighborhood! As you begin your time here at Dickinson there are a few things you should know.
First, being a college student is an exciting time as I’m sure many of you know! There are lots of opportunities that await you. Picture your first year as a college student as a choose your own adventure story. Within the first few weeks you will find that there are many opportunities to get involved in the community. Below are a number of ways to get involved with the Adams community.
Downtown Carlisle Connection- Neighbor to Neighbor-is the first year neighborhood community service opportunity. Throughout the year there will be different projects and ways to serve the Carlisle community. Adams Hall is working with the Downtown Carlisle Connection which is a board of community members that are working to give a voice to community members and are an active part of making Carlisle a great place to live! Bernadette Brandt is the student who will be working with the Carlisle board to bring ideas and activities to Adaminians (people that live in Adams). Some things that have been done in the past are working with others on neighborhood clean-up projects, community gardening, enhancing local parks, and many other area projects! Bernadette Brandt will be working in Adams neighborhood to help connect you to these exciting projects.
Association and Programming Board- Consider joining one of these boards within our neighborhood! They are a great way to plug into a leadership position quickly here at Dickinson. Each group meets weekly and all work with the Residential Community Director (RCD), who is a live in professional staff member.
Association- The Adams Association is a group within Adams that serves as a voice for the community. This particular group connects with others living in Adams and asks the question, “What do you want this community to look like?” This group also serves to address community concerns that arise from living together. One way for students to voice concerns is through the First Year Tab on Gateway. This concern is shared with the RCD who is then able to bring the issue to the Association. Living in community can sometimes be a challenge and the Association helps students navigate some of those challenges, helping to make Adams such a great place to live!
Not only does the Association work to create community standards for the Adams neighborhood, but they also have been significant in working to make Adams their home by giving some of the common spaces a makeover. The Association has also had the opportunity to work with not only the Adams RCD, but also with a faculty member, Marcus Key, and an Administrator. Occurring twice a semester is the faculty dinner which is a time to have a (free!) meal over good conversation with Marcus, Becky, and the other administrator. In many ways this particular group works as a liaison between the college and the Adams neighborhood and is a great way to get connected here at Dickinson!
Programming - The Adams Programming Board is active in planning programs for Adams residents. Some signature events to look for are the Adams Art Gallery, Sundaes on Sundays, Open Mic Nights, and the Adams Floor Olympics. These are just a few events that happen yearly, but with your ideas there is potential for many more programs! If you have a passion for planning and implementing events for our community then this is the group for you!
Some other events to look for…
The Dickinson Duel is a competition between the three first year areas (Adams vs. Drayer vs. the Quads). It is kicked off by the Quiz bowl at orientation and then a full day of competition September 22! Look for more details coming about this! It’s a great way to show Dickinson what Adaminians are made of!
Late Night Breakfast Study Snack is put on by Becky, Marcus, and the other administrator during finals week as a quick snack of breakfast foods to help with studying!
Cultural Night-A night of great food, dancing, and fun in Adams basement! Held during the first few weeks of school as a great way to get connected to others living in Adams!
Fall Fest- a day full of fall like activities, including pumpkin carving, tarot card readings, bouncy houses along with food and fun!
“I really enjoyed being on the Adams Neighborhood Association because it gave me the chance to be more involved in the neighborhood and to meet people, both students and staff, that I would not have otherwise. It gave me the opportunity to be a large part of the discussions and decisions in how to make dorm life more convenient and more enriching, and I was offered my present job on campus because of my involvement in the Association and my desire to contribute to the community in which I lived. I would strongly suggest becoming involved with your neighborhood in some way as it is great experience and a wonderful way to both meet more people and improve life for Adams residents for years to come.” - Katie Roy, Adams Alum
Have an interest in any of these groups feel free to get in touch with your RA or with your RCD, Becky Eby!
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected or email@example.com to share programming ideas!
We’re also on Facebook- Adams Hall check us out!