2014-2015 Theme Houses

Seven theme house communities are housed in three different residences:

223 Carlisle Street

    Fit House
            

      209 N. Washington Street

        Animal House
          Circle of Life House
            Special Olympics House
                    

              Constitution Apartments

                Cure Duchenne House

                Disney House

                Who House

                  Theme House Characteristics

                  • Provide an opportunity for students who share a common interest to live together.

                  • Serve as a medium through which the students in residence can make a meaningful impact in the community pertaining to their theme.

                  • Most theme houses serve a sophomore population and tend to be a one-year commitment.

                  Theme House Program Requirements

                  • Plan and execute three programs each semester
                    • At least one must be hosted in the group's residential space
                    • One must be a partner program with a spark house
                  • Create one bulletin board in a first-year residence hall
                  • Meet with House Mentor two times each semester

                   Theme House Descriptions and Contacts

                    223 Carlisle Street

                    223 Carlisle St.

                    Fit House

                    The purpose of the Fit House is to increase mindfulness of obesity and to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.  Manifesting the value of staying fit by encouraging daily exercise and a healthy diet are cornerstones of the Fit House, and we are determined to make these principles a bigger focus on campus.

                    House Leader: Nate Grosskopf
                    House Mentor: Dr. Bob D'Agostino

                    209 N. Washington Street

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                    Animal House

                    Animal House members are passionate about animal welfare, whether that is related to animal testing, diet, or animals living in captivity.  Animal House’s purpose is to consolidate this group of students and faculty to help strengthen existing beliefs, assimilate other’s views, and spread awareness of animal welfare.

                    House Leader: Anna Bucci
                    House Mentor: Dr. Daniel DiNicola

                    Circle of Life House

                    We hope to create a stronger bond with the Gettysburg community through finding ways to be more active within the town. Not only do we plan to help families out of poverty, we also hope to educate Gettysburg College on the difficulties of trying to make ends meet while raising a family. We feel that Circles is an amazing foundation because Gettysburg College students can be involved in it. We want to meet and get to know the families that are involved with Circles and do as much as we can to raise money, assist the program and bring awareness.

                    House Leader: Ella Wilson
                    House Mentor: Dr. Kathy Cain

                    Special Olympics House

                    Unlike other themes, Special Olympics is not solely focused on raising money for the organization, but it will allow us to interact and form friendships with the athletes we will be working with. Special Olympics is not only rewarding for the athletes, but it is rewarding for the group members as well.

                    House Leader: Taylor Swanson
                    House Mentor: Amanda Davis

                     

                    Constitution Apartments

                    Cure Duchenne House

                    The purpose of the Cure Duchenne house is to raise money for the Cure Duchenne Foundation and awareness of the disease to aid in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

                    House Leaders: Jim Arnold
                    House Mentors: Monya Guise & Nicki Biesecker

                    Disney House

                    The Disney Theme house reintroduces the innocence of our childhood and everything Disney taught us. Disney was the joy of our childhood because we were serenaded with “happily ever after”. However, some children are not as fortunate. We are dedicated to spreading happiness on the Gettysburg College
                    campus and helping a child make their “happily ever after” come true by donating to the Make a Wish Foundation.

                    House Leaders: Mel Veshi
                    House Mentor: Jo Ann Zeman

                    Who House

                    Through endorsing networking and service on campus and in society, we aim to create an increased awareness of the inner workings of community and the impact of our individual roles on campus and beyond. Collaboration with Alumni Relations, CPS, and Admissions will help us actively engage with others across generations through events of networking, service and reflection.

                    House Leaders: TBD
                    House Mentor: Dr. Jocelyn Swigger

                    Updated 5/28/14