All of the Residential Areas have a history, but Dickinson's has been filled with change and tradition all at the same time. This will give some insights into where we have come from and where we are going in the upcoming years.

To learn about where the halls and the community received their names, click here.


The buildings were built.


Loose-knit community, halls interdependent, with no apparent community or collegiate structure.

January 1966

Colville Report issued from a committee formed to look at collegiate structure.

Fall 1967

Acting on Colville Report, the area became Dickinson College with its first Master, Professor Paul Smith. At this time, five halls made up Dickinson as Rafuse was a graduate hall.

Fall 1969

Professor Carroll Coates became the new Master of Dickinson College.

Fall 1972

Digman joined Rafuse as a graduate hall. Johnson, O'Connor, Champlain and Whitney made up Dickinson College.

Spring 1973

College-in-the-Woods opened and Whitney and Champlain residents were moved to CIW.

Fall 1973

Remainder of Dickinson residents went to CIW; Johnson, Whitney, O'Connor and Champlain were unoccupied during the Spring of 1974.


Champlain was reoccupied as part of Newing; Johnson and O'Connor were reoccupied as part of CIW; Whitney became the third graduate hall.

Fall 1975

Johnson, O'Connor and Champlain were reorganized to form Dickinson Community; Rafuse, Digman, and Whitney remained graduate halls.

Fall 1980

Whitney was reoccupied by undergraduate residents and became part of Dickinson Community.

Fall 1983

Dickinson Town Hall Meeting, an unoffical community government, begins the process of forming Dickinson Town Council, Dickinson's student government. The process concludes once Digman and Rafuse become undergraduate halls and part of DTC.

Fall 1984

With the opening of the Apartments known as Graduate Community, Rafuse and Digman became part of Dickinson Community.

Fall 1985

Steve Erber became the third Master of Dickinson Community.

Winter 1985

Maria Carra becomes Coordinator of Dickinson Community

Spring 1987

The first Mutant Mania competition is held. Digman Hall becomes the first hall to win Mutant Mania. So far this is the only time Digman has won Mania.


Rumors abound that Rafuse Hall will be shut down and converted into an office building because of an abundance of open beds in campus housing. DTC and spirited residents of Rafuse form a "save Rafuse committee" in order to maintain the building's status a residence hall.

Spring 1990

Suzi Howell becomes Coordinator of Dickinson Community

Fall 1991

Professor Libby Tucker became the fourth Master of Dickinson Community.

Norma Ergler becomes first full time secretary for Dickinson Community

Fall 1994

Dickinson's newsletter renamed "Frontal Lobe." The name "Poor Dick's Almanac" had been used previously.

Fall 1995

Dickinson Town Council adopts a new constitution.

The Dickinson Academic Center opens for the first time.

Spring 1997

Dickinson Community launches the Dickinson website, created by members of O'Connor Hall's CoRE module. Dickinson is the first community to have a website up and running.

Fall 1997

Full-time Resident Directors come to Dickinson

The first full-time RD staff is: Steven Crudup (O’Connor); Diane Nast (Johnson); Theresa Bakaitis (Whitney); Jay Familant (Digman); Ron Jean (Rafuse); Lisa Hyman (Champlain) - Lisa starts in January 1998

November 1997

The East Wing of Digman Hall is evacuated for structural concerns

Summer 1998

Digman Hall is closed indefinitely for structural concerns and testing

Spring 1999

Digman Hall reopens

Spring 1999

Dickinson Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

April 1999

Academic Center in Rafuse Hall is renamed "The Elizabeth Tucker Academic Center" in honor of Libby’s dedication to Dickinson Community

Summer 1999

Professor Stan Masters becomes 5th Faculty Master

Thank you to Libby Tucker, Faculty Master of Dickinson Community from 1991-1999, and Eric Eichenholtz, Academic Vice-President of DTC (1997-98), for this information


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