Month: August 2017
Social Program of the Month
Hitchcock Hangouts: Making Hitchcock Home
||Case Western Reserve University
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: ~115
||Time Needed to Organize: ~3 hours|
|Number of People in Attendance: ~75
||Date(s) of Program: 8/27/17|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 3
||Cost of Program: ~$40 (this is a guess)|
|On-Campus Population: 3400
||Chapter Size: 20|
|Origin of Program:|
Hitchcock Hangouts originated with this program! Hitchcock is a
first-year student residence hall within the Magnolia Residential
College, which houses about 300 people. Hitchcock itself is where
about 115 residents call home, and there are three Resident
Assistants(RAs) living within Hitchcock.
These three RAs decided to, this year, begin a programming series in
order to better build community within their residence hall. This
series is called "Hitchcock Hangouts."
The first Hitchcock Hangout occurred at the end of Orientation Week,
just as residents were starting to meet each other and get to know
their new friends. The program was used to create a new decoration
for the residence hall - the residents all worked together to create
one large canvas that is to be hung up on the first floor of the
Working together to create this decoration not only made their new
residence hall feel more homey, but it also helped the residents
become familiar with their new friends and neighbors - their Hitchcock
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
As I mentioned before, Hitchcock is a first-year residence hall that
about 115 people call home. It is a third of the Magnolia
Residential College, which about 300 people call home. At the
program, the three Hitchcock RAs, Acadia Fairchild, Matt Tavares,
and Kyra Arroyo, brought a canvas and water balloons outside to set
up for residents to make look cool and colorful.
The canvas was huge, probably at least 4’ tall and 2’ long, if I had
to guess. On the canvas, there was masking tape shaped into a tree
and the word “MAGNOLIA,” representing the residential college that
Hitchcock is a part of. It looked cool! This piece of artwork was
done before the program by the RAs.
The water balloons, also, were not any ordinary water balloons. To
start, the water balloons were filled with a mixture of water and
tempura paint, so that when they were thrown at the canvas, they’d
explode to get paint all over the canvas, except where the masking
tape covered. Additionally, the water balloons were biodegradable,
so that plastic wasn’t left behind as a result of the program! The
RAs made these water balloons before the program so that they were
At the program itself, the three Hitchcock RAs leaned the canvas
that they made against a tree, and they put thumb tacks sticking out
of the canvas (they put these in so that the water balloons would
explode upon impact). They had a large bucket of their pre-made,
paint-filled water balloons, along with residents already lined up
to throw some water balloons! The Hitchcock RAs also brought a snow
cone machine with them, along with the flavored syrup and a ton of
When the program began, residents had a blast! They loved going
crazy by throwing water balloons. In total, at least 75 people
came, likely even more. There was constantly a huge crowd
surrounding the person(s) throwing the water balloons, all of them
smiling and having fun. The snow cones to go with the program was
an awesome treat, too. The entire atmosphere of the program was
After the program, too, the Hitchcock RAs removed the masking tape
from the canvas, and it looked so cool! You can definitively see
the tree and the word “MAGNOLIA” on the canvas. The canvas is going
to be hung up on the first floor of Hitchcock!
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|Goals of the program:|
The ultimate goal of the program was to build a community within the
residence hall of completely new people! The residents were only a
week into their college career when the program was put on, so the
RAs put the program on for residents to meet and interact with one
another. Ideally, they’ll be interacting with each other with
smiles on their faces and, after the fact, with good memories in
Additionally, creating a new decoration was another goal that the
Hitchcock RAs had in mind. The canvas that the residents all worked
together to create would serve as a physical artifact that reminds
them of the program, where they may have met their new, lifelong
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
The first ever Hitchcock Hangout created the framework of a safe,
fun, and happy community. The program happened exactly one week
into the Class of 2021’s college career, which was the perfect time
for a social, community-building program.
People had fun at the program, which created the framework for
having great turnouts at future RA programs! This is great for the
RAs because it ensures that residents ill continue to come out to
their programs for food and fun!
Creating a new decoration was another lasting effect of the program.
The canvas that the residents all worked together to create now
serves as a physical artifact that reminds them of the program,
where they may have met their new, lifelong best friend! Now, every
time they see that canvas on the wall of their building, they will
think of the fun that they had at the first ever Hitchcock Hangout.
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
The program went incredibly well! The turnout was great, and
everyone who came had a ton of fun!
To start, the residents LOVED throwing water balloons at the canvas;
it was like a rush for them! Additionally, the residents really
enjoyed the snow cones – they were really, really delicious.
Lastly, the canvas that was created looks great – it serves as a
physical artifact of some of the residents’ first ever memories in
their new home.
All-in-all, the program achieved the goals it set out to, and a
whole lot more. For the month of August, it was, without a doubt,
the most fun program I attended.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
There’s not much that has to be changed to adapt this program to
other campuses, which is great! As long as there is a green area
that it can be done in, much of the program can be adapted to fit
To start, the image and text on the canvas itself would have to be
changed to better fit the university that this event is happening
at. It could, for example, be changed to another university’s name
along with their logo (i.e. – Case Western Reserve University;
*Spartan logo* (we’re the Spartans)).
Additionally, the food/snow cones aspect could be changed to almost
anything. An idea that the Hitchcock RAs played around with was
bringing watermelon instead of snow cones. They ended up going with
snow cones, but both would’ve gone great with the activity aspect of
the program (they’re both incredibly different snacks, too!).
Other than that, the program is ready to happen on any campus! Make
your new campus or building home to you!
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