Hinman traditions

Dorm Wars

A weekend long tradition in the fall semester where each building comes out to represent themselves under a theme chosen by Hinman’s big e-board. They proceed to compete in athletic, intellectual and goofy events, earning their building points. At the end of the weekend, the points are tallied and one building is determined to be the victor.


A week of long tradition under a new theme chosen by a Hysteria committee. This time in the spring semester, buildings will once again come out to compete and have fun. Each day will consist of an event during the day and an event in the evening. Points are counted at the end, and one building is determined to be the victor.

Student-Faculty Dinner

During the fall, the Academic Vice Presidents of Hinman put together a community dinner in the Hinman Commons. It involves students going out and inviting their favorite professors to join them at a potluck feast. This is a great time to sit down and get to know each other in a new, more social environment.


A fall tradition where each building creates a football team. There are a number of unique rules. For instance, the quarterback must identify as a woman. On the weekends, the buildings will come out to compete in games of two hand touch football. The season eventually concludes with an exciting championship game!

ALIVE Program

Community service and leadership are both key pillars of the Hinman community. The Achieving Leadership In Volunteer Experiences (ALIVE) program gives students an online medium through which they can record and share their volunteering hours using ALIVE points. Gratitude and rewards are then bestowed to those depending on the level of service they’ve achieved, yet all volunteering is encouraged and recognized.

Theme Week

A week of events centered on service and the community. The RAs of each building proceed to throw a different event each night and all proceeds of these events go towards a decided upon charity or organization that is connected with the theme of the week.