Month: March 2016
Social Program of the Month
||Appalachian State University
|Person in charge:
||Kaity D. Antonoli
|Target Population: 250
||Time Needed to Organize: 30 Minutes|
|Number of People in Attendance: 30
||Date(s) of Program: 15 March 2016|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 5
||Cost of Program: $30|
|On-Campus Population: 5500
||Chapter Size: 55|
|Origin of Program:|
This program was created by the Appalachian Panhellenic Hall (APH)'s
Hall Council members. The ladies on this Hall Council wanted to have
an event for the residents of the APH to celebrate the start of
spring. The intent was that by having this program to celebrate
residents would come together and the sense of community would be
strengthened. Many girls on the Hall Council witnessed their neighbors
and other people in the building talking about how much they liked
plants and wished that they had one in their room. The residents said
that having a plant in their room would make it more like home and
create a welcoming atmosphere. The president of Hall Council, Kaity
Antonoli, brought this up at the executive board meeting and all
members decided that having a program where residents could decorate a
flower pot and plant seeds in it would be a great way to engage those
living in the APH and increase the bonds within the residence hall.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
This program was created in an effort to increase the sense of
community within the Appalachian Panhellenic Hall (APH). It was
created and hosted by Hall Council members. They advertised for this
event by putting up flyers around the building and talking to those
on their halls.
The Hall Council members set up a table in the lobby of the APH and
provided supplies for the residents. Supplies included plain flower
pots, paint, brushes, soil, and seeds. As residents entered the
residence hall they passed by the table. Ladies who were not busy
stopped by the table to gather information about the program. Many
people who stopped by were enthusiastic about the program and stayed
to decorate a flower pot and plant seeds inside of it. Some girls
made their flower pots for themselves and some made them for a gift.
Everyone who attended found themselves giggling at their artwork on
the pot and bonding with their fellow residents.
After everyone left the Hall Council members cleaned up the program.
They cleaned the paint brushes, stored extra supplies in the
Resident Assistant’s office, broke down the tables, and vacuumed.
The program was successful in strengthening bonds among residents in
the building, introducing people to one another, and increasing the
sense of community. Furthermore, girls who were wanting flowers in
their room got them without having to go to the store and spend
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|Goals of the program:|
The goals of this program were to create and strengthen bonds within
the residence hall, provide residents with something they had all
been wanting, celebrate the beginning of spring, and increase the
sense of community.
The Hall Council members were also hoping to target more residents.
Living in a residence hall for women in sororities can make
community a challenge, at times. Almost all residents in the
building are a part of one of ten different sororities. This being
said, it is easy for the members to stay in their comfort zone on
their floor with their sorority sisters. The members of the
Appalachian Panhellenic Hall Council strove to reach all members of
the building and create ties between girls on different floors and
associated with different Greek organizations.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
Girls from different floors and sororities bonded during this
program. Many girls who may not have normally spent time together
did and they found that, despite previous beliefs, they had a lot in
common with one another.
Obviously, the flower pots and the plants were a lasting and
positive outcome of the program. Those that attended will be able to
remember the friendships that they formed and the laughs they shared
at this program every time they see their flower in their room.
This program increased the sense of community and spurred a
realization in those that attended. Even though many residents have
different interests and values and are involved with different
sororities and organizations, they can all come together for a fun
event and bond with one another. Hopefully this mindset will stay
with those who attended and motivate them to branch out and engage
in more community building events.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
This program was very successful. While it did not meet its target
population, it did have a higher attendance rate than most of the
other programs that the Hall Council has hosted this year. Every
resident that attended walked away smiling because they got to take
a break from their studies, engage in an artistic experience, and
get a plant. All of this was free, which is always an appealing
aspect of events for college students.
The only way that the program could have been improved, in my
opinion, is if the advertising had been done in a little more
advance. Flyers and emails were not sent out until the day before
the event. While this is not a significant issue in a college
setting, it may have put a damper on the amount of people in
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
This program could be adapted to any other campus. It was an indoor
event at Appalachian, but other campuses could make it an outdoor
event if this would help engage the target population more
The only requirements for this program were planning the event
(time, place, date); minimal advertising; writing a purchase
authorization request to get the materials needed; and dedication
among members to set up, stay for the event, and tear down.
Any Hall Council or other organization at another campus could
easily and effectively organize the same event, or one similar to
it. It is an appropriate, fun, and simple way to celebrate a new
season, provide residents with decoration for their room, and engage
members of the community/residence hall.
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