Drayer Hall Neighborhood
Drayer Hall is part of the First-Year Neighborhood at Dickinson College and is located on the Benjamin Rush campus. Drayer residents have the opportunity to be active participants in their residential environment through participation in Drayer Hall’s Programming Board or Community Association. Throughout the academic year, these groups are responsible for many aspects of community living that require student involvement such as community safety, energy consumption, academic life, and planning social events that bring the Drayer community together and help to create an healthy, inclusive, and exciting first-year neighborhood experience! Over the past several years, Drayer Hall has hosted numerous, socially and academically enriching events that have become hall traditions:
The Drayer Olympics occur within the first two weeks of school and is a great way for students to gather as a community and begin to build relationships with their fellow hall mates, all while participating in some quality Olympic fun! Students put their physical and intellectual skills to the test by participating in five events such as: Tug o’ War, a Relay Race involving hula hoops, jump ropes, and puzzles, an Oreo challenge, Big Block Jenga, and Jumbo Checkers! The Winning team is awarded a prize and the pride of being crowned Drayer Hall Olympic champions!
Drayer Farm Festival
Over the past two years, the Drayer Programming Board has organized the Farm Festival as an opportunity for students to celebrate the Fall Harvest. Gathering together at the Dickinson College Farm, students can feast on local produce, grass fed burgers, and homemade apple cider as they relax around a bonfire. Live music is always playing in the barn…..so be ready to dance!
Throughout the academic year, Resident Assistants host Multicultural Dinners to build community, promote diversity, and gather for great food and entertainment with their residents. The menu possibilities are endless! Students have enjoyed catered dinners from local BBQ, Thai, Indian, and Italian restaurants. After dinner, student volunteers entertain the crowd with dance performances, spoken word and poetry slams, and essay reading sessions….and these are only a few examples!
Flapjack Fridays are a bi-weekly tradition in Drayer Hall and are a time for students to take a break from their busy schedules and catch up over some freshly made pancakes! During the 2011-2012 school year, the event was incredibly well attended and will certainly be a part of the Programming Board’s agenda for the 2012-2013 school year!
Drayer Poker Tournament
Organized by the Drayer Programming Board (they sure are busy!) in March, the Drayer Poker Tournament is a great way for the community to gather together, catch up, and have fun after being apart for Spring Break. Of course, it’s free to play and prizes are awarded to the winners. Past poker champions have won a stuffed Drayer Dragon, poker chip sets, and gift certificates to local restaurants!
For more information about the Drayer Neighborhood or ways to get involved, please contact Drayer's Residential Community Director, Mike Elias. The contact information is listed below:
Mike Elias; Residential Community Director