Special Residential Experiences
In 1977, a group of students and Dr. Bob Alrutz, a biology professor at Denison, began an experiment. Their mission was to create an agriculturally based, self-reliant, democratic community. The land would serve as the experiment station; and they would test environmentally sound materials, agricultural and living practices. Faculty and students worked together performing research and constructing buildings. Homesteaders initiated seminar projects with a variety of teachers including Dr. Bob Alrutz and Dr. Paul Bennett. The original founders built three cabins to house twelve students, with the expectation that those cabins would come down and new ones would be built about every three to five years.
Today, the Homestead is a living-learning experience unique among American colleges and universities. It is a student-run intentional community with a focus on ecological sustainability.
Residency in Gilpatrick House is open to students involved in research, as Summer Scholars, Senior Research Scholars, or participants in another intensive research program. With housing for only nine students, Gilpatrick House offers a special environment promoting community with classmates who share the enthusiasm of doing individual research across all disciplines. One student is selected as the Gilpatrick Fellow who serves as a head resident and plans events for the residents. This atmosphere is particularly welcoming to students planning to apply for prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships such as Fulbright, Goldwater, Rhodes, and Truman.
Summer Scholar research students who are accepted to live in Gilpatrick House during the academic year will also be invited to reside there for the summer, thus eliminating the need to participate in summer housing lottery and move to a new residence hall in August.
- The Gilpatrick House has five double rooms that accommodate 9-10 students throughout the academic year. Priority is always given to students who are currently engaged in academic research (e.g., summer research, senior research).
- Kitchen, living, and dining areas are located within Gilpatrick House, as well as on-site laundry facilities.
- Gilpatrick also has the offices of the Gilpatrick staff and a seminar room.
Language & Culture House
The Language and Culture House is an exciting residential option that gives second, third, and fourth-year students a special environment where they can hone their language skills and participate in special cultural events.
If you choose this option, you will live in a small community of peers who share your enthusiasm for foreign languages and cultures. Special extracurricular activities and programming in the Language House will support your language acquisition and you will have opportunities for a close relationship with professors and language assistance from the department of Modern Languages. This option is ideal for students who want to sharpen their daily language skills, as well as for students returning from abroad who want to maintain those skills.
The Language and Culture House, largely administered by its residents with the help of the Modern Languages Department, will organize activities involving all modern languages that are taught at Denison: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Within the house, language clusters will be organized with the makeup of the clusters dependent upon the numbers of students enrolled in the program. The students within the clusters will determine whether or not the use of the target language will be required in the House.
Activities will include such things as visits by writers, scholars, and artists, performances by dance and theater troupes, a celebration of national holidays (for example Día de los Muertos and Mardi Gras), and introductions to Arabic and Chinese calligraphy.
Participants in Preston’s Language and Culture Program will enroll in a one-credit fall colloquium. The colloquium will center on the viewing and discussion of foreign-language films chosen for their appropriateness as vehicles for addressing issues of special interest to students of foreign languages and cultures, and for considering the topic chosen for community-wide attention.
HOUSING OPERATIONS & PLANNING:
Doane Administration - 102
For keys & IDs, housing selections, room changes
Curtis West Hall - Community Center
For programming in leadership development, civic engagement and creative problem-solving