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RHA Signature Events

Each year, RHA hosts a variety of events for the student body. The executive board works with each of the hall councils to put on events that will be of interest to the students. The following are some of the annual signature events that RHA sponsors.


fall fiesta Fall Festival
Fall Festival is the first big event of the year, usually held in late September. Each hall is charged to create a themed party for the students. Aside from being a party, it is also a competition between the halls to encourage hall spirit and cooperation. The hall with the most creative theme, decorations, and student involvement wins extra funds for the year. Representatives from RHA's Executive Board serve as judges, visiting each hall throughout the night. Great themes from the past include "Complex and the Chocolate Factory" to a Harry Potter themed party.

RHA Exec also hosts its own fiesta to bring together the campus, complete with food, entertainment, and great socialization. In the past, students have been encouraged to "Get Wild with RHA" at the petting zoo (lemurs & lynxs & pigs, oh my!) and enjoy homemade BBQ ribs prepared by Emory's own Pasta John. See you at the festival next year!

  Emory Cares
In November, RHA teams up with other student groups to encourage Emory's students, faculty, and staff to take one day for community service. Those involved go out into the Atlanta community to do anything from planting trees to painting houses to caring for children.
Last Lecture Series
Last Lecture Series
The Last Lecture Series is an annual program sponsored by the Residence Life Office. Students across campus are asked to nominate their favorite and most influential faculty members to speak during the lecture series. The nominated faculty members are asked to speak to the population at a large discussing any topic they wish. The premise of the lecture is that it is their very last lecture to give. Some faculty, discuss topics in their discipline and others talk about life, teaching, and the world today. This event has become an Emory tradition, one in which students living on and off campus come to hear the honored last lectures of the year.

  Superbowl Party
RHA co-hosts a party at the SAAC for the biggest sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl! The game is shown on big screens, and we provide the party favors. Oftentimes, there's a prize or two involved just for coming. Join us this spring to cheer on your favorite team (obviously the Falcons, right?!).
sandwich drive RHA Sandwich Drive
Starting in the spring of 2002, RHA has aligned with the Atlanta Food Bank to help produce thousands of sandwiches for the needy. For an entire week, RHA members and student volunteers work hard to make well-crafted sandwiches that are donated to local food banks, shelters, and other non-profits for the benefit of the populations those groups serve. More than 7,000 sandwiches were made this past year. Come on out and a make a few sandwiches!
crystal apples Crystal Apples Teaching Awards
The Residence Hall Association is honored to sponsor the "Crystal Apples." The 'apples' are the single most important accolade presented to faculty by students for their exceptional teaching ability. Blue ribbon panels of students select recipients in 8 categories. An elaborate dinner is held in the spring semester each year in which the honorees are feted and asked to speak in individual acceptance remarks. The title accurately describes the award presented to each faculty recipient, a crystal apple with stem that sits proudly atop a flat black onyx base.

For information on nominating a faculty member for a Crystal Apple award, please click here.