The Residence Halls
Residence Halls Staff
The Office of Campus Life has primary responsibility for the operation and living environment of the residence halls. In coordinating on-campus living, the Dean of Campus Life is assisted by a professional staff, Resident Advisers (RAs), Head Sponsors and Sponsors. All members of OCL are advisors and a resource to many other students and groups.
Ric Townes, Dean of Campus Life, is responsible for the oversight of Campus Life programs. He is responsible for all residential programs (e.g. the Sponsor Program, Walker Coffeehouse, etc.). He is a member of the on-call staff and the Student Affairs Committee which sets policy for the campus. He is a member of the Vice President of Student Affairs leadership team and a co-advisor to the student lead Judiciary Council.
Frank Bedoya, Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Housing and Operations, coordinates all aspects of housing, room assignments and key distribution. The Senior Associate Dean and Director works closely with our dining hall staff and the Food Committee of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC) with regard to the board plan. He advises the Advocates for Sexual Assault, a peer support group for survivors of sexual assault, and he serves as co-adviser to the Residence Hall Committee (RHC).
Angela Grundy, Associate Dean of Campus Life and Director of Residential Life, is responsible for oversight of the Residence Hall Staff (RHS) including the Sponsor Program, and many activities related to residential life on campus. This individual serves as co-adviser to the Residence Hall Committee (RHC).
Andrew Castro, Campus Life Coordinator, supports the RAs, assists with residence hall programming, coordinates logistics for Orientation and works closely with other student groups (e.g. Walker Coffeehouse).
Brigitte Washington, Campus Life Coordinator also supports the RAs, assists with residence hall programming and works closely with other student groups.
Kirk Bernal, Campus Life Coordinator, supports the RAs, assists with residence hall programming and works closely with other student groups.
The Resident Advisers (RA’s) are usually juniors and seniors who are part of RHS. Their goal is to help build a sustainable community by establishing a safe, nurturing and intellectually stimulating living environment in the residence halls. RAs serve as the first point of contact for the personal, educational, and social needs of students. They enforce College policy and are prepared to respond to emergency situations. An RA is on call throughout the night and all weekend. RAs are generally available to help with any problem or concern; even if it’s just to sit and talk. In addition to the RAs, each living area has a Residence Hall Programmer (RHP). They are responsible for educational and social events in residential spaces.
The Head Sponsors help guide the Sponsor Program. With the supervision of Deans Townes and the Associate Dean and Director of Residential Life, they assist with Sponsor selection and training, housing the first year class and mentoring the Sponsors. During the school year, they supervise the Sponsors and help them develop a sense of community in their residence area. They are available throughout the year and respond to issues or problems that may arise for a first year or in Sponsor group interactions.
Residence Halls Overview
The residence halls at Pomona are located in two main areas known as North Campus and South Campus. All first-year students are housed on South Campus. There are sophomores, juniors and a few seniors living on south campus as well. Each residence hall has a distinct atmosphere with focal points of interaction, and a very active “hall life”. All South Campus residence halls are non-smoking, and residents may not smoke in public areas designated smoke-free or in individual rooms.
First-year students are housed in:
MUDD-BLAISDELL is the largest residence hall on South Campus, with over 280 students. It is situated around a grassy courtyard and very near to tennis courts and a swimming pool. Two large central lounges provide students with a break from hall life. Other facilities in the residence hall include two kitchens, a conference room, two laundry rooms in the basement, and a sun deck on the roof. Most first-year students live in doubles with a roommate. Mudd-Blaisdell was named after Mrs. Della Mulock Mudd, the wife of former trustee Colonel Seeley W. Mudd and Florence Carrier Blaisdell, the wife of former President Dr. James Blaisdell. It was completely renovated and air conditioned during the summers of 2000 and 2001.
GIBSON HALL houses 36 students in 21 rooms. Nestled in the courtyard behind Mudd Blaisdell, Gibson provides residents’ air conditioning and spacious rooms and a short walk to Pendleton Pool. Gibson was named after former Dean of Woman Jessie Gibson who had a very distinguished career while at Pomona. She is credited with starting the Sponsor Program, a chapter of the Mortar Board and she was instrumental in raising the funds to rebuild the College’s retreat center (Halona) in Idyllwild, California.
HARWOOD COURT is the oldest residence hall on South Campus. Built in 1921, it was most recently renovated in 2007 to provide modern facilities and preserve the original charm of the building. Harwood is arranged around a central courtyard. The residence hall has a large main lounge with its own kitchen, television room and grand piano. Laundry facilities are in the basement. Both single and double rooms are available. Harwood is home to one of the College’s faculty residents. Harwood Court was named after Catherine Henry Harwood, wife of longtime Trustee Judge C.E. Harwood.
WIG HALL is a three-story residence hall that houses primarily first-year students. Most rooms are one-room doubles. Wig has a large lounge that contains a piano and a television and is adjacent to a small patio. A central kitchen is available, and laundry facilities are in the basement. Just south of the residence hall is a large grassy area known as Wig Beach, which provides sand volleyball and basketball courts. Pendleton Pool borders one side of Wig Beach. Wig Hall was named after Anna May Wig, the wife of Rudolph J. Wig who served Pomona College as a trustee for thirty-eight years. It first opened in the fall of 1959 and was renovated during the summer of 2005.
LYON COURT, an 80-bed residence hall, houses primarily first-year students. The rooms in Lyon Court are quite large and most are one-room doubles. There is a comfortable lounge, a kitchen, study rooms, laundry facilities and a computer lab. Lyon Court offers easy access to Pendleton Pool and Wig Beach. It was completed in 1990 and renovated in 2004. Lyon Court was named after E. Wilson Lyon, who served as Pomona College President from 1941 to 1969.
After the first year, students may also draw rooms in one of our north campus residence halls.
The OLDENBORG CENTER for Modern Languages and International Relations offers a unique living and academic experience to its 140 residents. The Center provides language sections in Spanish, French, German, Russian, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese, directed by graduate student language residents who are native speakers of their languages. Residents representing a wide range of academic concentrations participate in a program emphasizing foreign languages and international relations. The formal requirements for living in Oldenborg after the first year include a year’s study of a foreign language on the college level (or the equivalent) and a willingness to join in the Center’s extracurricular activities. Oldenborg was completely renovated in 1998 and has air-conditioning. Oldenborg Center was named after Diederick C. & Maisie Oldenborg.
SMILEY HALL, Smiley houses 60 men and women, all in singles. Smiley residents have the use of a lounge and laundry room. While Smiley is considered a north campus residence hall, it is centrally located, and its residents have easy access to the Smith Campus Center and both north and south campus facilities. It was built in 1908 and renovated in 1990 and again in 2006. In 2007, new energy efficient windows were added. It is the oldest residence hall on campus and was named after Albert K. Smiley who was a trustee during the early years of the college.
WALKER HALL provides the largest lounge on campus, as well as laundry and kitchen facilities for its residents. Most of the rooms in Walker are singles arranged along two main hallways. Walker wings are adjacent to Walker’s main halls. The Walker wing rooms are singles and two-room doubles, and have outside entrances from small courtyards. The residence hall faces Honnold Library to the north. A large grassy area to the north and east, called Walker Beach, provides a good place to play frisbee, study, or sunbathe.
Walker Hall was first completed in 1953 and completely renovated during the summer of 1999. It was named after Helen R. Walker of Glendale who bequeathed a major portion of her estate to Pomona College in 1951. Mrs. Walker was not an alumnus “but she knew Pomona alumni whom she greatly admired, and her regard for them led her to leave…the largest gift Pomona had received up to that time.” (The History of Pomona College, By E. Wilson Lyon, page 439)
CLARK I, CLARK V, LAWRY, and NORTON-CLARK III are additional residence halls on North Campus, housing primarily seniors and juniors. Rooms vary from two-room doubles with bath facilities and outside entrances to single rooms opening onto a central lounge and bath, or singles sharing a short hall entered from landscaped courtyards
SONTAG HALL and "Building B" are the the newest residence halls on campus. Completed in Spring of 2011, these residence halls feature over 30 suites with approximately 153 single bedrooms. Suites range in size from 3 bedroom to 6 bedrooms, and each suite has a common livingroom.
Standard Room Furnishings
Each student is provided with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and waste basket. Students must bring their own sheets, pillows, blankets, bedspreads, and bath linens. The mattress measurements are 38 by 80 inches (twin extra long). All rooms have overhead lighting and private closet space. Most rooms have concrete or vinyl tile floors.
Pets are not permitted in the residence halls unless they are small, consistently caged, legal in California, benign, non-poisonous, and not objectionable to staff or other residents in the living area. Dogs and cats are prohibited.
Although your room will be furnished with the items listed above, a personal touch or two will make it more your own. Students are not allowed to paint their rooms, but you should consider bringing an area rug, bookshelves, posters, pillows, a desk lamp, and a radio or stereo. Small refrigerators are also allowed. Items not permitted in rooms due to fire hazard and circuit overload are window unit air-conditioners, hot plates, sun lamps, coffee makers, and electrical cooking equipment. If a medical condition requires that you have an air-conditioned room, contact the Office of Campus Life prior to July 1.
Useful Items to Bring or Get at the ReCoop Store
A few useful items to bring are a bicycle (with a strong U-shaped lock), an electric fan, desk light, hangers, extension cords, head phones, an Ethernet cable, a power strip, space savers, a bedspread, blankets, a pillow, towels and personal effects such as posters to improve the atmosphere of your room. These items may also be available at the ReCoop sale during opening weekend or at the ReCoop store on campus which is located in Walker Hall.
Please be aware that all beds are “twin extra long” and that regular fitted sheets will not stretch to fit. (Twin extra long sheets can be purchased at Target, Sears, J.C. Penney or linen stores). Later this summer, you will be contacted by your Sponsor who will be able to answer questions concerning your specific residence hall. Please ask her or him about anything that concerns you.
Each student room is equipped with a phone jack with a private extension. If you choose to activate the phone line, you must provide your own phone. Long-distance calling service is available only through the use of a calling card or cell phone. Please refer to the section on Telephones in this guidebook.
Items not allowed in the residence halls include firearms (including BB guns and air rifles), swords, nunchucks, blackjacks, knives, or any other items that can serve as a weapon, even if they are not illegal, are ornamental, or used for decoration. Serious disciplinary consequences may result from violating this prohibition.
Pomona College is strongly dedicated to reducing its environmental impacts through conservation, innovation, green building, and many other programs. It is the responsibility of every member of the campus community to help us meet our sustainability goals! There are many things you can do to help, but here are a few suggestions:
Before you arrive:
- Reconsider what you need to buy before you come to campus. Please take the time to consider what appliances you will really need in your dorm room. Did you know that mini-refrigerators, televisions, and video games can use more energy than all of your other appliances combined? If you do decide you want one of these items, please buy it from ReCoop! This program helps reduce waste that goes to the landfill and the environmental impacts of producing new items.
- If you buy, buy EnergyStar. If you do bring a new mini refrigerator, televisions, or other electronic items to campus, please look for items with the EnergyStar logo. Those items use far less energy, which will reduce your impact and help us meet our energy conservation goals.
- Buy a power strip, and turn it off! Did you know that most electronics (e.g. computers, televisions, phone chargers) still use energy when they’re turned off? An easy way to cut down on these “phantom loads” is to plug your equipment into a power strip, and turn the power strip off when you leave your room. Bring at least one with you!
Once you’re here:
- Check it out – the Sustainability Office has compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), laundry drying racks, and compost buckets you can check out (for free!) to use in your room. Contact the Sustainability Coordinator for more information.
- Recycle. Pomona has a great recycling program – please use it! Every dorm room, classroom, and office should have a blue recycling bin with white bags, and there are larger bins scattered throughout campus. In this bin you can put plastics #1-7, paper, cardboard, metals, and glass. At the Mail Room, you can recycle small electronics, used CDs/DVDs, batteries, printer cartridges, packaging materials, and cardboard.
- Conserve. Pretty simple – turn off lights when you leave a room, take shorter showers (Pomona’s in a desert, you know …), turn the water off while you’re sudsing up and while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving, … there are a million different ways to conserve resources and reduce your environmental impact while at Pomona.
- Sign up for the campus sustainability newsletter at the College’s sustainability website: www.pomona.edu/sustainability.
- Get involved! There are a variety of curricular, extra-curricular, and work-study options available to get involved with campus sustainability. If you’re interested in being a part of the College’s sustainability programs, contact the Sustainability Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the College’s sustainability programs and how you can get involved, check out www.pomona.edu/sustainability.