Welcome to Rodin College House. You could not have chosen a better College House to live in over the next year here at the University of Pennsylvania. With a tradition of being the very best College House on campus, so much awaits you here. Rodin is a place that strives for excellence in all that we do.
We pride ourselves on creating a vibrant and diverse community for the students who choose to live in our House.
Most importantly, we are a family of students, staff, and faculty who are striving to make your year in Rodin memorable.
We are home to The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC), the Rodin Leadership Program (RLP), the Jewish Culture Studies (JCS) program, the Balanced Living Community (BLoC), and - coming in Fall 2022 - the Transfer Living Community (TLC).
Our faculty and staff host terrific programs that allow residents to thrive. You can further your research efforts with Dr. Daniel Gillion’s Research Roadmap. You can also explore the arts and music all over Philadelphia with House Fellows Dr. Mauro Calcagno and Dr. Jamuna Samuel, both faculty in the music department. House Fellow Dr. Ariana Chao loves to host programs about finding balance with Penn students' busy schedules, and is well renown for her bio-behavioral approach to researching obesity and healthy life habits. And if you have any questions or interest in Library Sciences, we encourage you to build a rapport with our newest House Fellow Dr. Katie Rawson. Learn or practice the craft of crocheting (while enjoying some snacks) with the House Director Kathryn McDonald through Scarf and Scarf. And if you are ever in need of a good chat, a quick answer to a simple question or to talk about doggies, you can usually find House Coordinator Julie Cooke in the house office during the week.
Our student staff help maintain and create the various traditions in our House such as Rodin_24, Sunday Brunches, Tower Hour, and Monday Morning Mirth. Keep an eye on our calendar for information on this events and many more.
We encourage you to engage with these opportunities, and to become active participants in shaping your Rodin experience!
The Rodin College House staff commits to Be Real, Be Compassionate, and Be Here...Thus, our motto is “To be rather than to seem.” We hope that through our efforts you can do the same!
-Dr. Daniel Gillion, Rodin Faculty Director &
-Kathryn McDonald, Rodin House Director