One of RHA's main focuses is putting on community and campus-wide programs with the goal of building community. RHA's Vice President of Programming and Programming Board is responsible for coordinating our campus-wide events while individual community councils are responsible for their own halls. Here is a list of program ideas that you can implement for your residence hall and/or campus. Know that these programs are not set in stone and you can mix and match different elements to fit your target audience. If you wish to find out more about some of these program ideas or require help setting up your event, feel free to contact our Vice President of Programming. Their information can be found under the 'Contact' tab above.
Battle of the Air Bands
Similar to lip sync battles but you play air guitar, air drums, etc. with a group of friends and fight for the chance at greatness. This event could even be changed on a yearly basis depending on the theme such as 70's, 80's, 90's, or whatever music you want people to embarrass themselves with.
A typical cookout with volleyball, yard games, inflatables, etc. Open locations usually are best for this.
You can have different carnival games such as ring toss, knocking down cups, etc. Someone can dress their dog up as a lion because who doesn’t enjoy puppies? There can also be food such as cotton candy, popcorn, and funnel cakes.
Buy some tater-tots and watch Channing Tatum movies.
A formal dance where ladies show up first and hand over their shoes to the hosts of the event. They would be assigned a bracelet with a number. The gentlemen then enter the event, once all the ladies have handed over their shoes, and receive a pair of shoes at random. They then must intermingle/dance with different ladies and place the shoes on them to see if they are their Cinderella.
Dive-In Movie Night
Your community council can ask the Colvin Recreation Center if you can watch a movie in the outdoor pool on a hot day. You can also play a large game of marco-polo or other water type activities.
Put your chef caps on because it is a delectable French cook-off, college style. Challenge students to make their own home made ramen or dish of their choice while watching Ratatouille. For a fun twist on advertising, you can always use mimes to advertise to go with the French theme.
Residence halls compete with each other building ships out of cardboard and then take it to a pool or other large body of water. Halls then compete in either races or water battleship, depending on the category they compete in, and fight for prizes. The boas can either be meant for people to get in or smaller scaled depending on budget restraints.
Teach residents how to bake their own cupcakes. You can even do it in a fashion where you record it in a baking show fashion and send out the video link to residents to draw attention to your community council. You can also buy Smallcakes if your budget allows it.
Hawaiian party with different activities such as volleyball, hula hooping, hula dance instructor, volleyball, etc.
Olympics but office supply themed: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/office-olympics/
It can include paint twister, paint balloons, tie-dye shirts, or whatever mess your heart desires.
PJ's and PB&J's
Host a pajama party where you serve Uncrustables while watching a movie.
Rock and "Roll" Diner
Make a 50’s diner where people roller-skate to deliver food. You can also do swing dancing and rent a juke-box.
A dance where everyone is wearing headphones. The headphones are connected to channels the DJ controls. The catch is there are multiple channels for people to listen to. So while you may be listening and dancing to pop music, the person next to you could be jamming out to country.
A two-stepping event with line dancing, a mechanical bull, white trash costume contest, hale bale tossing contest, etc.
For all the Harry Potter fans out there, there is your event. You can have different teams compete against each other for prizes. You can also host a formal dance and even a quidditch match if your school has a club or team for it.