Carnegie Mellon University

Involvement & Leadership

One of the best parts of living on-campus at Carnegie Mellon is that there are many ways to get involved and develop leadership skills that can be applied at the university and beyond. From formal leadership roles to opportunities for reflective conversations, there is a way for everyone to feel like they are part of their community.

House Traditions

Each residential community at Carnegie Mellon is unique. Over time, our communities have developed traditions that have endured from year to year. These traditions reflect the values of our communities, and engender a great deal of spirit and fun in the residence halls.

Donner House

Pohlees is an annual Donner tradition envisioned by a former resident, Justin Chua, and hosted in his memory. Pohlees transforms Donner into a community variety fair featuring food, games, crafts, and a coffee house stage where residents can showcase their musical, comedy and performance talents. Leading up to Pohlees is Whale Week, a week of programming celebrating all things blue! In 2017, Pohlees celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Hamerschlag and Scobell Houses

Each year, Hamerschlag and Scobell join together for Schlagmare. Ever October, Hamerschlag is transformed into a haunted house for the entire Carnegie Mellon community. Each year the house is designed, set up, and operated by the HamSco House Council and residents of the building. Hundreds of guests walk through Schlagmare each year.

Welch and Henderson Houses

Each spring, Welch and Henderson plan a garden party in the courtyard outside of WeHe for the community to gather and enjoy time together. WeHe also has a well-known campus mascot: a gnome! During orientation, that year's physical gnome statue is presented to the residents, along with their backstory and some fun facts about their adventures before arriving in WeHe. The gnome spends the year in the community lounge for all to see and enjoy.