Apartment traditions

As you can imagine, things will look a little different as we reconfigure our normal spaces and revise our procedures and activities to create the safest possible environment for our community this fall. Below is a list of our typical traditions. These may change format but we will continue to plan traditions that help our residents connect while maintaining guidelines.

Welcome Back Weekend

Every year during the Welcome Back Weekend, the Susquehanna and Hillside staffs and student governments host events to welcome new students and welcome back returning students to the University and the Apartment Communities. The weekend includes fun events such as a transfer social, meeting up to attend University-wide events, a "drive-in" (sit-in) movie on the Hillside Quad, coffeehouse nights, team trivia and ice cream socials.

Family Weekend Duck Hunt

On Family Weekend, Residential Life staff hide hundreds of rubber ducks around the community in the late evening for residents and their families to find throughout the next day. Participants can turn in their rubber ducks for prizes. Most prizes are candy, but there are larger prize baskets full of independent living must-haves or University swag. The ducks disappear quickly, so happy hunting!


On a Saturday or Sunday in late September or October each year, the Hillside Village Council hosts a fall celebration with inflatables, music, a photo booth, fall crafts and tons of food, including Moe's and Pizza, free for all Hillside residents!

Susquehanna Thanksgiving Dinner

Each year, the Sunday or Monday before Thanksgiving Break, the Susquehanna Village Councils hosts a Thanksgiving Dinner in the Susquehanna Coffeehouse, where all Susquehanna residents are invited down for a free buffet-style Thanksgiving Dinner.

Groundhog Eve

Every year, right before Groundhog's Day, the Apartments hosts its own Groundhog Eve celebration with inside games, food and fun. Residents make predictions on whether Cornelius (the Apartments groundhog mascot) will see his shadow.

Hillside Havoc

Sponsored by Hillside Village Council, Havoc is a celebration of spring and the ending of the academic year with music, inflatables, food and fun on the Hillside Quad and inside the Hillside Commons. This event is free for students and a great chance to let off some steam in late April or early May!

Susquehanna Block Party

Susquehanna Community Council puts a different spin on their annual block party, but always with the same goal: to provide Susquehanna residents with a fun and free wrap-up to the school year. Block Party over the years has included everything from bands, to cultural performance groups, portable hot tubs, inflatables, carnival games and always delicious free food!