The name Spark Houses comes from the sparking of ideas, creativity, and relationships that start from the kindling provided by these social and intellectual hubs.

2015-2016 Spark Houses

Art House

Blue Note
Jazz House

Civil War Era
Studies House

Diaspora House

Education House



German House

Hillel House

Humor House

International House

Middle East and
Islamic Studies House

Peace & Justice House

Public Policy House


RISE House

Science House

Writing House

Spark House Directory and Map

Spark House Characteristics

• Serve as a social and intellectual hubs for students, faculty, and staff.

• Connect academic departments, courses, College programs, and student clubs/organizations with a shared commitment to an interdisciplinary topic with an annual focus selected by house members.

• Provide an opportunity for deep involvement by the students in residence while also inviting the broader campus community to actively engage the interdisciplinary focus.

• Foster focused exploration, knowledge exchange, and respectful dialogue.

Spark House Descriptions and Contacts

Hutchison House

Art House
Hutchison House

Art House seeks to promote the arts and to establish a stronger artistic community within the campus and local area. Located across Washington Street from Schmucker Hall, Art House is situated near the epicenter of art at Gettysburg College.

House Leader: Charlotte Scheper
House Mentor: Tina Gebhart

Lau House

Blue Note Jazz House
Lau House

The Blue Note Jazz House is a unique community of students who both perform and appreciate jazz music. The Blue Note works in tandem with their affiliated club, Jazz Appreciation Society (JAS), to promote music, specifically jazz, throughout the Gettysburg College campus and surrounding community. The house is also closely related to the jazz program offered at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. The only criterion for living in the house is participation in a college musical ensemble. By working with JAS and the Sunderman Conservatory the Blue Note provides performances, speakers, organized trips to local jazz concerts, and other jazz related events in order to facilitate interaction with music in a social and intellectual setting.

House Leaders: Michael Counihan
House Mentor:  Dr. Buzz Jones 


Civil War Era Studies House
Appleford Inn and Carriage House

Appleford Inn and Carriage House are the historic home to the Civil War Era Studies (CWES) House, the residential component to the academic minor program focused on the study of the Civil War Era. Our community is made up of CWES minors, members of the Pennsylvania College Guard reenactors club or the Civil War Club, or those who are interested in the Civil War. More information is available at

House Leader:  Abby Currier 
House Mentors: Dr. Ian Isherwood


Diaspora House (D-House)223 Carlisle St.
223 Carlisle Street

The mission of Diaspora House is to promote, educate, and foster cultural diversity awareness of African diaspora, meaning the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa. D-House works closely with the Intercultural Resource Center and other campus groups.

House Leaders: Alexa Laboy
House Mentor: Quiana Young

Education HousePeace House
Carlisle House

Education House strives to promote the importance of a good education through working with college students and local schools. Using our passion and appreciation for education, we plan to encourage critical thinking, instill a love for learning, and provide academic stability for students in our area.

House Leader: Blair Cox
House Mentor: Dr. Chloe Ruff


Corner Cottage

Our mission is three-fold:
1) To use food and agriculture as a catalyst to explore the connection between environmental issues and social justice issues and better understand our ability and responsibility to fuel the just sustainability movement.
2) To experiment with different methods of living a more sustainable lifestyle with the goal of making sustainable living in today's world accessible to all.
3) To create, educate, and support a community of socially and environmentally conscious individuals through experiential learning and direct engagement with the values of sustainable living.
More information is available at

House Leader: Vishal Bajpai
House Mentor: Dr. Salma Monani

German House

German House
215 N. Washington Street

German House is connected with the German Studies department and provides a common space for immersion in German culture for language learners at multiple levels of fluency. In addition to serving the residents, German House also offers programs on campus.

House Leader: Jared Richardson
House Mentor: Dr. Henning Wrage 

Writing House

Hillel House
133-135 N. Washington Street

Hillel is intended to be a home-away-from-home for Jewish students at Gettysburg College. Hillel serves spiritual, cultural, and social needs for Jewish students and also introduces the campus to Jewish life. The group strives to build a close-knit community among Jewish college students while reaching out to the non-Jewish college community.

House Leader: Monica Langer
House Mentor: Kim Davidson


Humor House25s
25 S. Washington Street

Humor House aims to provide a fun, humorous, positive and lighthearted atmosphere to students of all backgrounds. We foster an atmosphere of self-expression and creativity that many students find attractive and refreshing. The house also provides a stable base for the Gettysburg Improv Club and Shots in the Dark, the show troupe affiliated with the club.

House Leader: Brendan Morgan
House Mentor: Dr. Christopher D'Addario


International HouseIH
102 W. Water

The International House (IH) strives to create an international presence on campus through social activities and debates on campus hosted by the IH. The majority of the students are international, but US students are more than welcome in the house. The house will provide rich opportunity for students to explore different cultures while deciding where to study abroad and stay in contact with it when they return to campus.

House Leader: Lewis Holder
House Mentor: Brad Lancaster


Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) House
Writing House133-135 N. Washington Street

Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) is a minor that enables students from any discipline to gain an understanding of a most critical part of the world: home to our oldest civilizations, cradle to three great monotheistic religions, and a most vital and dynamic focus of current events. The minor reflects the need to understand more about this region, the peoples who live there, and the ways that Islam has shaped societies around the world. MEIS House is an extension of the MEIS minor.

House Leader: Ian Carr
House Mentor: Dr. Abdulkareem Said Ramadan

Peace & Justice House
Albaugh House

Peace and Justice House is a community that promotes Human Rights around the world and on campus through its actions and relation with Amnesty International. Peace and Justice House prides itself on creating an atmosphere where students are able to be themselves and be accepting of others. Peace and Justice House works hand in hand with Amnesty International, Q&A, and others to promote Peace and Justice both in the United States and internationally. The students are not only a peaceful and positive influence on campus, but focus on issues of a global scale as well.

House Leader: Amy True
House Mentor: Dr. Lisa Portmess


Public Policy House at The Eisenhower Institute
Eisenhower Institute

The Public Policy House at the Eisenhower Institute is the residential extension of programs offered by the Eisenhower Institute and the Public Policy major. PPH@EI provides students opportunities to explore problem-solving in domestic and international arenas by learning firsthand from visiting experts, trips to Washington, DC, and diving into discussions about real issues.

House Leaders: Spencer Bradley
House Mentor: Dr. Gary Mullen

QHouseBregenzer House
Bregenzer House

QHouse raises awareness about social justice issues, queer life on campus, and LGBTQ issues at Gettysburg and in the world at large. In order to create an atmosphere not only of equality, but also one of safety, QHouse maintains an open room for any student who may feel threatened because of their perceived gender/sexual orientation/identity, race, faith or lack thereof, or any other reason.

House Leader: Ela Thompson
House Mentor: Dr. Mike Wedlock


RISE HouseTudor
Tudor House

Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Student Expectations about alcohol). RISE is designed to help students connect with alternative social programming that focuses on implementing on and off campus substance-free programming, building student relationships, and healthy lifestyle choices. Students who choose participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices. Learn more about the RISE Program.

House Leaders: Aileen Routledge & Ashley Lookenhouse
House Mentor: Megan Bailey

Science House
Lamp Post

The Science House is the residential component of the recent $1.3 million Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant that enhances the undergraduate student experience for science majors at Gettysburg. Science House serves as an incubator for budding scientists and provides a common space for connecting ideas outside the classroom and hosting visiting lecturers and researchers.

House Leaders: Mark Mednikov & Lizzie Donovan
House Mentor: Dr. Michael Wedlock

Hillel HouseWriting House
Smith House

Each year, eight students live in the Writing House, where they are exposed to a diversity of visitors, speakers, and activities. Students meet regularly with professors and professional writers who are interested in expression . . . both how it is realized and how it is received. Specific activities include dinners with nationally known writers, readings, and field trips to cultural events. The goal of The Writing House is to bring together students who share a common interest in writing. The forms of writing are varied, and include journalism, writing science, writing history, fiction writing, poetry writing, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing.

House Leaders: Erica LeFebvre
House Mentor: TBD


Updated 2/4/2016