Traditions

The inaugural community of residents in New College House were actively engaged in creating memorable activities that will become the fabric of the NCH experience! 

 

NCH Welcome-- the staff and student leaders of NCH welcome residents and their families during Move-In Days. We encourage everyone to stop by our welcome station in the Living Room for snacks from Philly Pretzel Factory, instant photos to capture your move-in memories, and "notes from home" for encouragement during the first week of classes.

 

Ribbon Cutting/NCH Anniversary Celebration-- on September 13, 2016, President Amy Gutmann officially kicked off the NCH community by hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony in NCH's Heyman Courtyard. Each September, NCH staff will host an anniversary celebration in the courtyard to commemorate the ribbon-cutting and bring residents and house alumni together.

 

"How Did It Go?"-- House faculty members gather residents in the Living Room at the end of the first day of Fall classes and last day of Spring classes for snacks and poll questions reflecting on a day's worth and year's worth of academic life at Penn. Residents share their experiences and have a chance to learn about the successes and challenges of their peers throughout the house.

 

Global Citizenship Forum-- each Spring, Faculty Director Cam Grey hosts an afternoon of dialogue with an esteemed panel of faculty and guest experts sharing their perspectives on concepts of Global Citizenship and our continuously adapting world.

 

Courtyard Cookouts-- In addition to being our Faculty Director, Cam is also the king of everything grilling in NCH-- several times each semester, Cam grills up pizzas, veggies, burgers, and hot dogs for the NCH community-- residents come to the couryard to enjoy each other's company and delicious food!

 

HalloweeNCH-- The Traditions Commission hosts an evening of Halloween festivities for NCH residents and the families of our faculty and staff. Residents enjoy an evening of trick-or-treating and handing out candy.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner-- House Dean Trina Sokoloski opens her home to residents to enjoy an afternoon of turkey dinner with all the trimmings, American football, and good conversation. We make sure to have options for various dietary needs.

 

Winter Holiday Party-- House Council hosts festivities to help students unwind and share some holiday cheer! 

 

SpriNCH-- Traditions Commission hosts a celebration of the first day of Spring-- residents gather on the Lifted Lawn to plant seedlings in their own pots, share Rita's Water Ice, and play outdoor games like tug o' war, giant soccer, and giant Jenga.

 

NCH T-Shirt Design Contest-- Each Spring, current and future residents of NCH are invited to submit designs for the following year's house t-shirt. The designs are put to a vote during Next Fest.

 

Next Fest-- Each Spring, NCH welcomes the rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will call our house their home for the following academic year. The event features giveaways, meet & greet with faculty and staff, cook-out, and voting for the house t-shirt design.

 

Moving Up Day-- As the junior class celebrates officially becoming seniors during Hey Day festivities at the end of the year, NCH honors the contributions and accomplishments of the freshmen and sophomores, who also "move up" to the next class year. A brief ceremony in the Courtyard features remarks from house faculty and staff as well as student representatives from the freshman and sophomore classes. Freshmen receive an NCH hat to celebrate their year, and sophomores receive an NCH scarf.