Month: October 2017


Passive Program of the Month
Hamilton: A College Musical

School: Purdue University Region: GLACURH
Person in charge: Sedona Carey Nominator: Matt Higgins and Sedona Carey

Target Population: 60 Time Needed to Organize: 4 hours
Number of People in Attendance: 45 Date(s) of Program: October 16th - November 2nd
Number of People Needed to Organize: 1 Cost of Program: $0.00
On-Campus Population: 12300 Chapter Size: 123

Origin of Program:

The inspiration for this program came partially from the 2016 rap musical Hamilton: An American Musical, and partially from the educational need on Sedona’s floor about various resources at Purdue. Sedona admires the themes of diversity and resilience that underline Hamilton’s story. As Sedona was talking with her residents about how their semesters were going, she found that many women did not know about Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services, CAPS. So, Sedona found a way to bring her passion for helping her residents succeed and her love for Hamilton the musical by utilizing characters from the musical to portray different academic and personal health resources, and the things that keep us from achieving a healthy mind, body, and study habits. Through this, residents learned about campus resources in a more relatable, and entertaining way.

Word Count: 139

Please give a short description of the program:

Sedona created a bulletin board that inspires her floor of about 60 women to achieve academic and personal health success through a shared passion. The board features a yellow and black theme similar to the musical's color scheme, which aids in attracting people’s attention as they pass by it in the hall. The general layout for the board was 7 character’s pictures accompanied by a description of who they represent. This is shown below: Alexander Hamilton - You Aaron Burr - Procrastination Maria Reynolds - Distractions Angelica Schuyler - CAPS Elizabeth Schuyler - PUSH Peggy Schuyler - SI George Washington - Your Professor Each of these character’s roles in the musical directly correlate with the resources or obstacle it portrays. Making Alexander Hamilton the reader gives the participate a sense of connectedness to the advice they are reading about. Aaron Burr was chosen to demonstrate procrastination since this can be just as much a hero as it is a villain. In the musical Burr is Hamilton’s rival and pushes him to achieve more than he ever would as a lawyer and Founding Father than he ever would alone. This is similar to how procrastination can be beneficial since it helps drive oneself to work harder than they would without an approaching deadline. In addition, Maria Reynolds in the story leads to Hamilton’s main downfall as he ends up having an affair with her when he was extremely stressed out trying to create a financial system. Sedona metaphorically demonstrates how distractions (social events, Youtube, etc.) can lead us to “cheat” on our work by casting Maria as a distraction to resident’s studies. These are just two examples of the deep connections that the content of this board was able to utilize to help residents recognize what difficulties they can expect in college. Furthermore, Angelica, Elizabeth, Peggy, and George Washington collectively support Hamilton throughout his journey from a young orphan, immigrant to a respected literary scholar responsible for our government’s financial system today. This is not unlike our their corresponding resources like professors and PUSH can also act as a team that helps the resident navigate their journey through college. At a glance, this bulletin board is inspired by Hamilton, but at a closer look, each character is intertwined into the many struggles students will face and the entities on campus that can help them when they are in need.

Word Count: 399

Goals of the program:

The primary objective of this bulletin board was using the Hamilton musical to relate to residents and relay important tips for life as a college student. The Hamilton musical was a common, shared interest amongst her residents. Multiple references to the musical were used to address a variety of topics. One major goal of the board was relaying information about personal health. With an appropriate dose of quotes from Hamilton, she presented information regarding Purdue’s health centers such as CAPS and PUSH. CAPS is Purdue psychological services and PUSH is the student health center. The important information she gives includes hours and services, particularly those most applicable to her residents. A second major goal was to give useful information on academic success. She discusses distractions and how to avoid them, supplemental instruction sessions that are free tutoring for freshman year classes, and Purdue’s Academic Success Center. Again, Hamilton quotes are integrated smoothly into the bulletin board. The final major goal was inciting discussion about your legacy. Her bulletin board wraps up well saying “Legacy! What is a legacy?” “It’s planting seeds in the ground you never get to see.”

Word Count: 190

Positive and lasting effects of the program:

This bulletin board creates a positive association with things that students would otherwise not consider to be important or interesting. The success of this connection lies in the passion that Sedona found her and her residents shared. At the first floor meeting, during Halloween decorating, and more, Hamilton’s music was always present and reminded them of all the fun times they have enjoyed so far. By incorporating Hamilton into this bulletin board, she reinforced the memory of the enjoyable moments they have had and educated them at the same time. Due to this, now when future conversations about Hamilton occur, Sedona can use this as a gateway to talk about topics like mental health and academic difficulties that the board tackled.

Word Count: 122

Short evaluation of the program:

Viewing the bulletin board myself, I was surprised to see a board that was so relatable yet effective in discussing a variety of important topics. Most bulletin boards are focused around one topic. While they can be creative, some of references can be forced or are only prevalent in the title of the board. Sedona’s Hamilton bulletin board seamlessly braids together the information with quotes from the show. The visual presentation was the icing on the cake. Images from the musical and art of relevant quotes were placed around the information appropriately. The most striking part of the bulletin board was the slide detailing the cast. She puts her residents at the center of the bulletin board by casting “You” as Alexander Hamilton, the main character. This shows them that with the “supporting cast” of people and services, they are not alone in their college journey. In my year and a half as a resident assistant, Sedona’s October bulletin board has been the bulletin board that best balances fun and informational elements.

Word Count: 173

How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

Any community where resident assistants or counselors make bulletin boards for students can easily adapt this program to their community. Someone who works with students and creates bulletin boards can look for a common, shared interest amongst their community or students they work with. By building relationships with the people in their community they will be able to find that shared topic, and then relate it to an educational aspect that would also benefit the community. Based off of Sedona’s experience, it helps to be aware not only of your community’s interest, but also what they may benefit in knowing the most. It might take some considerable thought to so effectively integrate this shared passion into a bulletin board, but nothing that is good will come easy.

Word Count: 128

Date of entry into database: 2017-11-03 20:36:30

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