Established during the 2005-2006 academic year, the mission of the College House system is to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni to meet, share ideas, and support one another, develop individual capacities, and enrich the intellectual experience of each. In doing so, the Houses encourage development of intellect, society, and community across the campus. Working in each house, faculty dons and prefects stand committed to creating space that is neither solely academic nor solely residential, but is a third space where all members of the College community meet and explore mutual intellectual and social interests.
As the College strives to add physical spaces that will support this model of student, faculty, and alumni engagement, it is with gratitude that Franklin and Marshall College dedicates, in 2011, the fourth House – Weis College House. Made possible by the vision and deep generosity of Robert and Patricia Weis and the Weis family, the Weis College House stands as a steadfast reminder of their deep commitment of time and resources to the College.
Our House colors are sky blue, navy, and maize. Sky blue represents air, which is vital to life. Just like the sky, we hope to be ever-present in student life as we strive to positively affect the campus. Navy represents the confidence and trust we have amongst one another in our pursuit of knowledge and education. Maize symbolizes the joy, growth, and stimulation of higher mentality felt throughout our halls as students gather to strengthen our community. The maize also symbolizes our connection with the sun, and therefore life and energy.
The Weis College House crest, an escutcheon designed by Alexandra Lortie ’14, is an example of landscape heraldry and depicts vines growing on a trellis that complement the sun against a blue sky. The South-facing Weis Great Room tracks the path of the sun. The Sun in the Weis crest encourages students to begin each day fresh with energy for intellectual stimulation. The climbing vines represent the aspirations, growth, and vitality of all House members. The vines also symbolize Weis College House's two gardens and green roof. The trellis symbolizes the support for the Franklin and Marshall community provided by Weis College House.
Our motto is socii mundi, or united under the sun. It is our call for students to join together in our House community to pursue knowledge and truth.
Standing tall with wings outstretched, our dragon mascot represents courage and reason. The flames of the dragon light our path throughout our journey at Franklin and Marshall and beyond.
Picture coming Soon!