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Specialty houses

In addition to the traditional residence halls experience, Hollins offers eight specialty housing options for students. These halls and houses allow students to explore interests in a dedicated, supportive community of fellow Hollins women. Membership in each house is determined by an application process. For more information about how to join each house, please contact current house members, their faculty advisors, or the office of housing and residence life.

 

The specialty houses are:

Fine Arts (NEFA)

Located in Near East, NEFA is devoted to increasing fine arts awareness and participation among Hollins students and members of the Roanoke community.

Faculty advisor: SJ Creek, visiting assistant professor of sociology

French House

French House is devoted to increasing the awareness and participation of all Hollins students in activities pertaining to the study of the Francophone world. It is intended especially for practice in speaking French.

Faculty advisor: Jean Fallon, professor of French

Global Village (Carvin)

The Global Village is a living-learning environment designed to foster peaceful interaction, understanding and friendship among all peoples. All students who have an interest in other cultures, a commitment to share their experiences and knowledge, a desire to learn from others and work as a community may apply to the Global Village.

Faculty advisor: Jeri Suarez, associate dean of students, cultural and community engagement

Hollins University Outdoor Hall (HOP)

Located in West, HOP is devoted to bringing together people who share a common love for the outdoors, the environment, and adventure. HOP is dedicated to the training of effective leaders and increasing the awareness and participation of all Hollins students in activities pertaining to outdoor recreation.

Faculty advisor: Jon Guy Owens, director, Hollins Outdoor Program

Otaku

Housed in Tinker, the purpose of the Otaku Hall is to create a community where everyone feels at home and to also expose others to the creative and imaginative appeal of fantasy, anime, and science fiction.

Faculty advisor: Michael Gettings, associate professor of philosophy

Service Learning House (Sandusky)

The Service Learning House is a special interest house devoted to increasing awareness and participation of all Hollins students in activities pertaining to community services. House members lead by example to encourage students to serve on campus, in the Roanoke Valley, and collaborate with S.H.A.R.E staff to reach this goal.

Faculty advisor: Jeri Suarez, associate dean of students, cultural and community engagement

Spanish House

Located in Middle East, the Spanish House strives to enrich the quality of the Hollins and greater Roanoke communities' experience of Hispanic culture while increasing their own oral and written proficiencies in the Spanish language.

Faculty advisor: Alison Ridley, associate professor of Spanish

Mind, Body, Spirit (MBS)

Mind, Body, Spirit (MBS) residents focus on exploring holistic personal balance through participation in campus events, creating community activities, and setting community standards that support personal well-being and academic achievement. Resident Assistants (RAs) in these communities will provide students with monthly lists of campus events that explore each area of mind, body, and spirit, and residents must attend one event in each per semester. Additionally, each resident will work with her roommate and RA to plan a hall activity at some point in the academic year. While each MBS hall will create their own community standards, all Mind, Body, Spirit residents are required to commit to a substance-free lifestyle. There are MBS communities for both new and upperclass students.