Our Traditions

Community Dinner

One of students’ most beloved traditions, Community Dinner brings friends and faculty together to share in fine food and good discussion.  The evening serves as a gathering of intentional community and usually features a keynote speaker.

<i>The Community Dinner provides a place for residents and friends of the HRC to gather over food and enjoy friendship.</i>
The Community Dinner provides a place for residents and friends of the HRC to gather over food and enjoy friendship.
<i>Last fall, Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone joined us for the event.</i>
Last fall, Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone joined us for the event.
<i>Many students choose to celebrate their individual hall communities at the event.</i>
Many students choose to celebrate their individual hall communities at the event.
<i>Students share their musical talent to provide a festive atmosphere.</i>
Students share their musical talent to provide a festive atmosphere.
<i>Hall community.<i>
Hall community.

Formation Series

The Formation Series is an opportunity to discuss what it means to be formed as a whole person, in heart, soul, mind and strength - the fundamental commitment of our community. The Formation Series brings our community together around the love of learning in three engaging lectures that are open to the Waco community.

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Formation Series
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Formation 4

Toasties

One of the most treasured HRC traditions, Toasties features a delicious take on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, offered in both sweet and savory varieties.  Students gather in the Alexander Reading Room to partake of this tasty HRC staple, socialize with friends, and listen to some awesome music.

<i> The evening almost always ends with a dance party! </i>
The evening almost always ends with a dance party!
<i>Students can pick between sweet or savory sandwiches. </i>
Students can pick between sweet or savory sandwiches.
<i>Toasties in the Alexander Reading Room </i>
Toasties in the Alexander Reading Room
<i>Student volunteers serve as Toasties chefs for the evening.</i>
Student volunteers serve as Toasties chefs for the evening.
<i> A gourmet Toastie... </i>
A gourmet Toastie...

Retreat

Each fall, students travel to Latham Springs for a weekend of fun activities and outdoor exploration.  The weekend features water games, community building, and even midnight kolache runs! 

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Lessons and Carols

Each December, students form a small orchestra and choir to perform A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Reflecting the tradition started by the choir at King's College Cambridge in 1918, Lessons and Carols helps the HRC community celebrate our Savior's coming and birth.

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Garden Party

Each year, the Honors Residential College hosts a beautiful garden party to honor the hard work of students throughout the year, and to celebrate the arrival of spring.  Students gather in the Garden of Contentment to eat fine food, chat with friends, and celebrate the closing of the school year.

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Tri-College Tournament

Each year, the Honors Residential College competes against Brooks Residential College and Teal Residential College for the glorious championship title.  Events include tug-of-war, Sailor Bear, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and much more. After an exciting tournament in fall of 2017, the Honors Residential College currently holds the title of Tri-College Tournament victor!

<i>The Honors Residential College competes against Baylor's Brooks Residential College and Teal Residential College.</i>
The Honors Residential College competes against Baylor's Brooks Residential College and Teal Residential College.
<i>The day is full of volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and many other games.</i>
The day is full of volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and many other games.
<i>In Fall of 2017, the Honors College took home the trophy, receiving first place for the first time!</i>
In Fall of 2017, the Honors College took home the trophy, receiving first place for the first time!
<i>The HRC has historically been very talented when it comes to soccer!</i>
The HRC has historically been very talented when it comes to soccer!
<i>It's a great day to bond with our friends within the HRC and from other residential colleges.</i>
It's a great day to bond with our friends within the HRC and from other residential colleges.

Spring Formal

Dance the night away at Spring Formal!  Students dress to the nines and close out the school year with an evening of fun, friends, and music.

<i>The formal is traditionally held in McLane Stadium's President's Suite.<i>
The formal is traditionally held in McLane Stadium's President's Suite.
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Humans vs. Zombies

Each semester, HRC students must face the most rigorous of tests, prepared only with their own cunning and creativity.  Humans vs. Zombies is a three-day battle between those hardy human students and the forsaken zombies.  This wildly popular game is a longstanding tradition of the HRC.

Faith Animated

In partnership with Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning, this event brings together an interdisciplinary group of professors from across the university to discuss the impact of their faith on their calling. An alternative texture to traditional lectures, this informal conversation series draws on the wisdom of the panel to illuminate ways that God has worked in their lives.

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Symposia

Each semester, the Honors Residential College hosts a few small dinners for students to meet with exciting faculty members and guests.  These intimate meals allow for discussion with great minds from a variety of fields.  

<i>Connections are made at the HRC!<i>
Connections are made at the HRC!
<i>Professors from across the university and beyond come to share a meal with students at Symposia.<i>
Professors from across the university and beyond come to share a meal with students at Symposia.
<i>meaningful reflection<i>
meaningful reflection

Discussion Clubs and Study Nights

Shared conversation continues at Discussion Clubs and Study Nights.  At Discusssion Clubs, students come together to discuss current events, relevant issues, and important subjects. Study Nights connect the classroom and the community, as students gather over cereal in the Memorial Dining Hall to work on homework and study alongside friends.

Move-In

There’s no need to lift a finger during HRC move-in!  Returning students and staff are there to carry new students’ belongings and guide them throughout the move-in process.

<i>HRC students are excited to welcome new students into the community.</i>
HRC students are excited to welcome new students into the community.
<i>New students are welcomed by friendly faces and helping hands!</i>
New students are welcomed by friendly faces and helping hands!
<i>We start the year off by serving one another.</i>
We start the year off by serving one another.
<i>a great new home...</i>
a great new home...
<i>Welcome new students!</i>
Welcome new students!

Tailgating and Watch Parties

Support your Baylor Bears with friends and good food!  Stop by the HRC tailgate before home games for conversation and tasty barbeque.  When the team is away, watch the game on the large Reading Room screen with other HRC students.

<i>Food and friendship complement a day of football.</i>
Food and friendship complement a day of football.
<i>The HRC backs the Bears!</i>
The HRC backs the Bears!
<i>Ready for football!</i>
Ready for football!
<i>Faculty love to join in on the fun!</i>
Faculty love to join in on the fun!
<i>enjoying great food...</i>
enjoying great food...

Intramurals

Embrace your inner athlete with HRC intramurals!  Compete against other teams in games such as flag football, ultimate frisbee, table tennis, basketball, canoeing, and more.

Assassins

Each semester, the game is afoot, as players try to deduce their assassin, while seeking out their target!

Memorial Chapel

The Memorial Chapel is the site of daily prayer, weekday mornings and evenings. Incorporating many modes and styles of worship, including Scripture reading, brief teachings, both traditional and contemporary music worship, and prayer, services provide attendees with a chance to pause amidst the busyness of life and to spend time with God. While morning and evening prayer are open to the entire community, the HRC offers chapel credit to any of its students who would like to attend HRC Prayer Services instead of Baylor Chapel. For those interested in enrolling in HRC alternative chapel, please contact Courtney_DePalma@baylor.edu.

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Chapel 5

SNOW

Once a month, HRC students gather in Memorial Chapel for Sunday Night of Worship (affectionately known as SNOW). Student musicians lead the group in both contemporary and traditional worship songs.

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Hall Prayer

Every Sunday evening, hall prayer is hosted by a student from each hall. As a closing to the Sabbath, students come together to pray in community. This is a unique opportunity to connect with the Lord and each other.