New hall programs create same-interest communities

Residential Services is providing yet another opportunity for students to bond together.

Rachel Siron, hall director for Samuelson and Carter halls, said seven new residential programs called Living Learning Communities will begin next fall.

The programs offer students a chance to live in communities based on common interests, Siron said.

Siron said the communities will be available to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Siron said these communities will be located in Samuelson and Carter halls and each community will live on a different floor based on one of the seven themes.

The seven communities are Faith and Spirituality, Health and Wellness, Green House, Social Justice, Leadership and Strengths, Language and International House, and Honors House, Siron said.

To go along with each community’s main theme, each community will set goals. For example, one of the goals for the Green House community is to explore eco-friendly environments from a global perspective, and the Social Justice community is a program seeking to connect students interested in advocacy, social justice and service learning.

Craig Allen, director of Residential Services, said students who are accepted to the program will have first priority in housing assignments for the fall. Students interested in the program need to fill out an application, which can be found on Residential Services’ Web site.

Allen said the acceptance of residents in these communities will be determined by answers they give on their applications. The questions ask what the applicants hope to gain from and contribute to the community.

“Living Learning Community students will have first choice, followed by students in the Tom Brown-Pete Wright apartments, and then rising sophomores,” Allen said.

Now that the school requires sophomores to live on campus, Residential Services felt sophomores needed an earlier say in where they wanted to live, Allen said.

Siron said giving Living Learning Community students first priority in room selection provides an added incentive for students to participate in the program.

Residential Services currently has 125 applications for the communities, Siron said, and the deadline for applications is Feb. 27.

For Your Info

Living Learning Community options
Faith and Spirituality
Health and Wellness
Green House
Social Justice
Leadership and Strengths
Honors House
Language and International House

Application deadline: Wednesday