Homestead Advisory Board (HAB)
What is HAB?
HAB as it currently exists was established in 1996. According to the Homestead Constitution, HAB’s duties include:
- Review and approval of all major physical changes affecting the University’s property including the building of facilities.
- The purchase or construction of major equipment items.
- Review of the curricular elements of the Homestead Program.
- The auditing of fiscal transactions.
- All contractual arrangements affecting the University.
- All matters normally covered under the Student Life Policies of the University.
Who is on HAB?
Anyone who is interested in the welfare of the Homestead and its inhabitants may serve on HAB. The Homestead Constitution calls for a mixture of Homestead residents, faculty, and staff. At least two Homesteaders and the Homestead Coordinator MUST serve on the Board.
HAB is currently chaired by Linda Krumholz, Associate Professor of English. Past chairs are:
- Prof. Tammy Lewis, chair from 1996 to 2000
- Prof. Linda Krumholz, chair from 2000 to 2005
- Nedda Ahmed
Other HAB members include (by no means a complete list):
- Art Chonko, Director of the Physical Plant
- Maureen Feeney, Associate Director of Career Services
- Steven Gauger, Director of Auxiliary & Risk Management Services
- Daniel Gibson, Professor of Physics
- Tom Henshaw, Homestead Coordinator
- Kristan Hausman, Assistant Director of Residential Life
- Linda Krumholz, Professor of English
- Jonathan Maskit, Professor of Philosophy
- Greg Phlegar, Assistant Dean of Students
Who is the Homestead Coordinator?
Tom Henshaw is the current Homestead Coordinator.
The Homestead Coordinator position was created in the spring of 2002.
- Matty West
- Colin McCrate
- Hans Goursch
- Chris Hersberger
Coordinator Roles & Responsibilities:
Perhaps the most important function of the Homestead Coordinator is to provide continuity and guidance for Homestead residents. Some of the other duties currently assigned to the Homestead Coordinator are:
- Work with the Homestead Advisory Board to oversee projects and maintain safety at the Homestead.
- Act as a liaison between the Homestead and appropriate academic and administrative offices (such as Physical Plant, Campus & Residential Life, Auxiliary & Risk Management, Campus Safety & Security, and Public Relations)
- Assist in planning and facilitating new cabin building project(s).
- Provide assistance regarding operational issues, such as photovoltaic electrical storage systems, water supply, outhouse, maintenance items, cooking practices, and gardening
- Help to coordinate regular maintenance of facilities
- Plan and direct regular work parties
- Help to create links between the Homestead and the academic community
- Assist with the Homestead Seminar
- Serve on the Homestead Advisory Board
To see a complete list of all the Coordinator’s responsibilities, click here.
The Homestead seminar was officially accepted by the Academic Affairs Committee in 2002 as a two credit course taught every semester. The intent of the seminar is to strengthen the living-learning connection through academic inquiry into issues relevant to the Homestead experience. All Homesteaders are required to take seminar at least one semester per year.
List of Past Seminars:
- Dave Ball (1996): Strawbale construction
- Amy Green, History (fall 2002) & Linda Krumholz, English (spring 2003)
- Jonathan Maskit, Philosophy (2003-2004): “Sustainability in Theory and Practice”
- Priscilla Paton, English (2004-2005): “Keeping a Record, Finding a Form”
- Bill Nichols, English (fall 2005): “Finding Home”
- Gill Miller, Dance (fall 2006): “Movement Analysis”
- Jonathan Maskit (2007-2008): “Sustainability in Theory and Practice”
- ETHEL String Quartet (fall 2014): “Unconventional Community Development”
In the spring of 2008, the Homestead and HAB decided to restructure the Homestead seminar to hear about more diverse topics than one professor could offer. Every other week, an invited professor comes to the Homestead to lead a discussion on the area of his or her expertise. No credit is given for the new seminar.
Please e-mail Linda Krumholz, Homestead Advisory Board Chair, if you would like to lead a Homestead Seminar discussion!