Residence Hall Spotlight: Drinker House

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Drinker House is located next to Dravo House and Richards House, and nearby McClintic-Marshall House. Drinker was built in honor of Henry S. Drinker, Class of 1871, and University President from 1905 to 1920.

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131 first- and second-year students will live on one of Drinker’s four floors this year, either in a single, double, or triple room. While the residence hall is co-ed, the floors are single-gender. All rooms include movable furniture, including a bed, mattress, dresser, closet, and desk with shelves and a chair.

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The first floor of Drinker has a TV lounge, study lounge, kitchen, vending machines, and a laundry facility. Students can play a game of pool, relax, and watch TV!

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This year, Drinker House is home to the Global Lehigh Themed Community. Global Lehigh residents explore different cultures through programming, events, meals, and guest speakers. Students work closely with the Office of International Students & Scholars, the Study Abroad Office, and the Lee Iacocca Institute. Although select activities are reserved only for those living in the specific themed community, others will be open for all students living in Drinker to participate.

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Each of the residence halls is managed by a full-time, Master’s-level professional who supervises the Gryphon staff in addition to central office responsibilities and planning. Ethan Fields, an Assistant Director of Residence Life, oversees both McClintic-Marshall and Drinker House. Ethan lives in an embedded apartment in M&M so that in case of an on-campus emergency he can respond quickly.

What advice does Ethan have for students living in Drinker next year? “(1) Have an open door policy as much as possible. You will really get to know people by just reaching out to the residents who pass by your door. (2) Spend time in the common spaces in your building. Your peers are your greatest resource. (3) Get to know your Gryphon and the rest of the Gryphons in your building. Gryphons are here to help and to make the community a better place to live. (4) Utilize the basketball court in between Drinker and M&M for pick-up games. (5) Run for your area’s Residence Hall Council to serve as a leader in your community. Through RHC, you have access to funds to put on programming for your community and you will serve as the voice of the community to the Residence Hall Association and greater campus.”
We are so excited for MOOV-In Day and to meet Drinker’s new residents!

Meet the Head Gryphons: Samantha Randall

 

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  • Preferred Name: Sam
  • Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
  • Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
  • One thing I can’t live without: Being the nerd I am, I couldn’t live without Harry Potter!

 

  • Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
  • Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation
  • Favorite thing about Lehigh: My favorite thing about Lehigh is all of the unique opportunities offered. The amount of clubs and activities available help keep me busy and widen my horizon beyond just my academic classes!

 

  • Favorite thing about being a Gryphon: My favorite part of being a Gryphon is the mentor aspect. I love being there for my residents and helping them through tough times and just being a friend for them!
  • Favorite thing about living in a Residence Hall: Community all the way! It’s so nice to live on a hall with a bunch of people your age and always having the opportunity to chat with someone no matter the time!
  • Favorite thing about Bethlehem: As a Bethlehem native, I know a few spots around town that many Lehigh students don’t, specifically on the Northside. My favorite thing about Bethlehem is a park called the Archibald Johnston Conservation Area. It is the old mansion and grounds of Bethlehem’s first mayor that has been turned into a public park. The grounds are absolutely beautiful!
  • One thing on my Lehigh Bucket List: My number one activity for my Lehigh bucket list was to go abroad and I’m happy to say I’m currently doing just that! I’m in Tubingen, Germany on an Iacocca Internship!
  • Fun fact about me: My go to fun fact is that I’m so obsessed with Harry Potter that I’ve read each book in the series at least 8 times!

 

 

Lehigh in Croatia -Jessica Kendzor

The Lehigh in Croatia program exceeded my expectations in every way possible.  The three day leadership conference was exceptional and I found myself taking extensive notes throughout the discussions. We worked side by side with successful Croatian business men and women where we each analyzed our personal leadership style and learned how to strengthen the leadership skills we already possess.  On the days we were not hard at work in the conference, we spent our time exploring the beautiful cities of Opatija and Rijeka.  Our program leaders were fantastic and did everything they could to stay in contact and make sure we were all comfortable in our home stay and throughout the trip. Our hosts went over and beyond to make us feel at home. I made valuable friendships that I hope to keep forever and I can’t wait to see some of my new friends at Global Village this summer! 

For more information on the Lehigh in Croatia Program check out this link: http://www.lehigh.edu/~incis/lehighincroatia.html 

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