UNH has a student governing board in each residence hall. They are often referred to as Hall Council or sometimes an Activity Board. These boards primarily organize social programs for their hall with dues that are collected from students in
the building. In addition to building community via programmatic efforts, hall council also provides opinions for decisions in which campus administrators are seeking a student voice.
At the beginning of the school year each hall holds elections and the staff are looking for folks who are just like you and want to get involved. It’s a great way to learn leadership skills and gain great experience in running socials and managing budgets. Many of our hall council and activity board members go on to different levels of leadership including Resident Assistant, Student Senate members, and executive board members across the campus. Hall Councils and Activity Boards are FUN!!!
Example positions include: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, campus activity board rep, Residence Hall Association (RHA) rep, community partnership rep, and senator. Each hall also has an energy captain who helps to educate residents about saving natural resources and encouraging wise energy and water usage around the halls. In addition, each floor can have a floor representative who takes hall council information back to the residents of their floor.
The Hall Councils and the hall staff work to provide non-alcoholic activities for students in each residence hall. Events might include hall barbecues, ice cream socials, pizza nights, Halloween parties, ski trips, and hiking trips. Hall Dues are collected during opening as a means to fund these events throughout the year. Dues are between $25-$30 and are good for activities for the whole year! Look for a hall dues table during check-in.
Leadership development is a big part of the learning that also goes into Hall Councils and Activity Boards. You’ve got some great responsibility on your hands if you sign up. But, we’re here to help you. Every Hall Council has an advisor – either the Hall Director or the Senior Resident Assistant (in Williamson, Christensen, the UQ, and Stoke). This person helps direct the group, give suggestions on what to accomplish, and develops your leadership style.
- Have you ever wanted to duct tape someone to a wall?
- Ever had the urge to put on as many t-shirts as possible within in minute?
- Want to have fun with a group of people competing to win the pride and admiration of your hall?
Well, Floor Wars is what you’ve been looking for! Get your floor together and compete against the other floors in your building in an all out, drag out, fun competition in the hall. There’s a ton of zany and different competitions for everyone of all abilities to get involved. Each hall does things a little differently. Our Hall Councils, Activity Boards, Hall Directors, and RAs have some really great imaginations to get you sloppy, smart and socially conscious. And it’s all about you! Have a great idea? Pass it along, we’ll use it!
Are you into sports? Then you’ll want to know about UNH's intramural sports program. Each year from across the campus, different teams from nearly every residence hall on campus compete against one another. The competition is tough
but all in good fun!
You can compete in sports like volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, flag football, pool games, and the ever popular Broomball! Don’t worry if you have never played broom ball before – nobody comes to college knowing how to run around the ice hockey rink hitting a ball with a broom – bring a camera!!
Check out the Campus Rec website for more information