Open House residents pose at the pumpkin patch

Open House Learning Community

Open House is by and far the most accepting and friendly communities. Everyone is welcoming and it will honestly feel like you’ve gained a second family.

DARREN SCHOENIKE, Open House Resident


Open House residents take a wagon ride at an outside orchard

Gender and Women’s Studies 100 | 1 Credit

Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) 100 is a one-credit course led by Open House Faculty Director and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Judy Houck. The course explores past and present topics in LGBTQ communities. Readings and discussions in the seminar will be extended and enhanced by impromptu conversations and experiences around the lunch table and within Open House and Phillips Hall. This fun class is exclusively available to Open House residents.


Each semester, Open House hosts a variety of events that support and expand upon the ideals of the learning community. The events vary from movies to speakers to cookouts. No matter what the occasion, all events aim to build a stronger community and give anyone and everyone the chance to express themselves. Other notable events from Open House’s include attending local and national conferences, bringing prominent speakers to campus, and working with our campus partners to have a lot of fun!

Below are some of the events and activities from recent years that Open House residents have participated in.

  • Speakers
  • Field trips
  • Movie nights
  • Workshops
  • Conference trips
  • Karaoke nights
  • Crafts
  • Cookouts
  • Study jams
  • Game nights

Open House Professional Staff

Whitney Anderson

Credentials: she/her(s)

Position title: Program Coordinator

Sara Bowlin

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Position title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Kayla Lentz

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Position title: Residence Life Coordinator

Dr. Sami Schalk

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Position title: Faculty Director of Open House, Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies