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House Description

618 Escondido Rd, Stanford, CA 94305
East Campus
Stern Hall

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Donner House is a coed, all-frosh house, with men and women located on all three floors of the residence.

Built in the early 1950'S and recently renovated in 1995. Lucie Stern Hall, represents Stanford’s brief departure into architectural modernism.

Stern Hall honors donor “Aunt Lucie” Stern, a popular local figure and friend of the University who often invited students to her Palo Alto house to make them feel at home.

Part of Stanford's East campus, Donner affords a one-of-a-kind experience in a classic residence.

Donner focuses on arts programs ranging from trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, to local ballet performances in Mountain View and Cirque du Soleil in San Francisco.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Linda Paulson

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Linda Paulson is the Associate Dean and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program and a lecturer in the English Department. 

She has her Ph.D. in comparative literature from UCLA, with specialization in nineteenth-century British and French literature

-- with particular concentration on Charles Dickens and Honoré de Balzac, as well as on Victorian novels and culture.

In 1989, she received Stanford's Dinkelspiel Award for distinguished teaching and service to Stanford.

Community Information

Residence Type: 

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Note About Recommendation Letters

 Donner requires two letters of recommendation -- preferably from RFs, or from someone with insight into Stanford’s residential system.  Please submit those recommendations in SAAS.

Additional Community Information

What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

Donner may be a frosh house, but we try to keep our “alumni” engaged as well.  They are frequently invited to join in house activities:  reading groups, outings to theater and opera, as well as our annual late-winter trip to Ashland, Oregon, for a weekend of theater.  

What qualities make a successful Donner staff team member? 

The Donner staff is a team, each member of which provide creative energy, responsible organization, and a supportive hand.  Staffers need to bring a willingness to be honest and clear with one another, and need to be consistent, reliable partners to one another in all the staff undertakes.  Staffers should be academically confident and broadly curious, and fascinated by challenge of creating a new adult community of a group of smart strangers.  

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house?   

I have several favorites:

•  For events that happen throughout the year, I like our Donner Dinners.  (We have between 10 and 20 of these in a year.)  We invite a prominent guest from campus or from the area; I cook dinner, with the help of ten students; and we gather for a good dinner and interesting conversation around my table.  

•  For once-a-year events, I have to choose our yearly trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.  We spend a weekend in Ashland, going to as many as 4 plays and a backstage tour, and enjoying an especially fine dinner on Saturday night, thanks to Helen Bing.

House Staff

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