Dunster House Committee (HoCo) is the student organization for maintaining and developing the unique character and spirit of Dunster House. The Dunster community is a tight-knit group that really does live, work, play, and learn together to a degree not found anywhere else. HoCo’s duties are twofold: first, helping develop House life, and second, working with House staff on events and student concerns. All student residents of Dunster House are automatically members of Dunster HoCo. Active membership is demonstrated through attendance at meetings and participation in the organization and execution of projects and events.
Each December, the students elect two Co-Chairs, one Secretary/Treasurer, one Publicity Chair, one Administration Chair, and two Social Chairs, who serve from January to January. Dunster HoCo is responsible for the continuance of traditions as well as the institution of new ideas and practices reflecting the diverse and growing interests of the changing body of students. From the Goat Roast to House formals, HoCo helps to plan House-wide social events. Annual Dunster events include:
- Fall Hoedown: Celebrate the start of fall with music, games, food, and a petting zoo!
- Harvard-Yale Tailgate: Food, drink, and music all day at the Game.
- Winter Formal: A break from the pre-vacation grind to dance the night away.
- Freshman Welcome: A delegation of Dunsterites treks to Annenberg, complete with Moose suit, Dunster flag, and a Trojan Moose to welcome with t-shirts and other goodies the freshmen who have just won the housing lottery. Later they are welcomed back to the House for a celebratory ice cream bash!
- Goat Roast: A long-standing Dunster tradition. Stone tools provide a unique and educational preparation for a spring day of food, drinks, music, and games.
- Spring Formal: Dunster’s most elegant event. We bid farewell to graduating seniors and welcome the freshmen who will join us in the fall.
Other common activities include Stein Clubs, courtyard movies, candy grams, and seasonal cookouts. HoCo works all year to plan these and other events, and always welcomes new ideas, suggestions, and requests from students.
2018 House Committee Board