The Office of Residence Life plays a huge role in your first year experience! The ORL is responsible for fostering a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive residential environment. Gryphons, known as Resident Assistants at many colleges, live in the residence halls and serve as an immediate source of support and assistance. Gryphons are concerned with the growth and development of each individual in their building, and they are a wonderful resource that you should fully take advantage of! You can look forward to getting to know your Gryphon in G-chats, which will happen twice each semester.
There are many activities and opportunities that you can look forward to this year in your residence hall!
The Office of Residence Life and the Center for Academic Success sponsor the Residential Studying & Tutoring program (RST), which helps promote effective study habits and brings academic support for some of the University’s most challenging and demanding courses into the residence halls. RST study sessions are held on a weekly basis Sunday-Wednesday from 8 PM-10 PM in the study lounge of each residence hall for all Calculus courses, Physics 11, and Chem 30.
Gryphon staffs will plan Community Development Experiences throughout the semester that will enable you to meet residents and Gryphons in your area, enjoy delicious food from local vendors within the South Bethlehem community, and learn more about a particular topic from a faculty or staff member. You will also have the opportunity to form connections with your floormates by attending campus events with your hall and Gryphon.
Additionally, every Thursday, the Office of Residence Life, along with Lehigh After Dark and Student Auxiliary Services, hosts Trivia Night in Hawks Nest from 10 PM-12 AM! Stop in for an evening of fun, food and prizes!
If you are looking to get involved, consider running for your building’s Residence Hall Council. RHCs serve as the primary means of communication between residents and the administration, and provide programming to meet the needs and interests of residence hall students. RHC is a wonderful way to meet other students in your area and gain valuable leadership skills.