What is Theme Housing?
The Theme Housing program at Nebraska Wesleyan University provides a unique living experience that enables a group of students to live together and explore a common area of interest or “theme”. This group of students is self-directed and self-governed through the use of goal setting and a house contract. Currently, there is one house along Madison Ave. that has been designated as a Theme House.
A competitive process identifies Theme House residents based upon selection criteria that emphasize a commitment to engage in service learning and volunteer projects throughout the academic year. Each year, interested students apply in groups of 6-11 students, creating a proposal that speaks to what their group would like to accomplish by living together in community for the year. The proposal includes their theme and describes how the group would like to “live out” the chosen theme. These proposals include a plan for service projects for the academic year, focus on how the theme will enhance individual curricular and co-curricular experiences at Nebraska Wesleyan University and address what the group would like to gain from living together.
The current theme is:
The Fit House: “Leading and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the NWU community.”
The Fit House believes in a holistic approach to healthy living, and will promote their mission by organizing events that will stress the importance of daily exercise balanced with a healthy diet. This year's goals are to volunteer at programs that support this way of life, including the Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Lincoln Marathon, Road Races, and speaking to middle school students in the community. They also plan to build community within Nebraska Wesleyan by creating both active and passive programming to educate on the importance of physical activity and a proper diet.
Past theme houses have included:
Global House: The goal of the Global House is to create a welcoming community for international students and to create long-lasting relationships across the globe while gaining additional knowledge and appreciation of different cultures to develop into well-rounded global citizens. Both traditional NWU students and international students live in this house together and work closely with the International Relations Organization on campus.
Green House: The Green House promoted a lifestyle that embraced humanity's freedom to have a positive impact on our environment. Some of their activities included relief work with Project C.U.R.E. to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world, weekly discussion groups, environmental workshops with area elementary schools, and a spring break camping trip.
Dream House: The goal of the Dream House was to reignite the desire for the children in the community to always dream big. Students living in this house adopted a local elementary school and worked with students, teaching them that big dreams are attainable and instilling the value of a college education.
Watch a video made by the students living in the Dream House:
The Theme House may be occupied during winter, spring and summer breaks. An additional fee will be charged for summer break housing.
- Study rooms
- Central air conditioning
- Full kitchen facilities with refrigerator, stove and sink
- Stacked, full-size washer and dryer (not coin operated)
- Cable TV provided
- Cable internet access
- Private phone jack ready, can be purchased
- Carpeting provided
- Multiple bathrooms in each house
- Students are required to clean their houses. Inspections for safety and health may occur from time to time with 24-hour notice.
Blinds are provided, as well as a small storage space. Each bedroom is furnished with a desk, a two-position chair, a four-drawer dresser, and a single bed for each student. Students may configure their furniture to fit their living spaces.
- Upper classmen only by application
- No ADA accessible rooms available
- Students are selected through a proposal process in the spring semester.
Theme house requests are due to Brandi Sestak, Director of Residential Education.