The Living and Learning Communities are designated for those students majoring in:
- The Arts
- Criminal Justice
- PFLASH (Psychology, Political Science, Foreign Languages, Latin American Studies, Anthropology, Social Studies/Social Science, Sociology and History)
- The Performing Arts
- The Science, Management and Technology fields of Science, Math, Business and Nursing
Eligible students who choose to live in the Living and Learning Communities are choosing to live in a communal setting that fosters group identity and cohesiveness within their academic fields of study. This affords an atmosphere in which students with similar academic interests can share ideas and resources, creating a web of academic and emotional support. Networking that begins in these communities often lasts a lifetime.
Students gain, through increased exposure to academic activities, a greater scope and integration of their academic field. In addition, the Living and Learning Community facilitates interactions with faculty and staff outside of the classroom, increasing opportunities for tutoring and mentoring in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Throughout the academic year, programs that may be of interest to, and developed by, residents occur. These may take the form of study sessions, career development seminars, field trips, coffee hours, movie and fun nights, and other programs.
Throughout the semester, the Communities invite speakers such as recent graduates, graduate students, professionals and others, allowing for student interaction with people relevant to the students' course of study.
In short, the Living and Learning Communities provide a place where students with interests in similar academic fields can not only study together, but actually live together.
Click on the following link for additional information: Living-Learning Communities
The annual Mind Match is held in the Spring Semester in the Benjamin Wiley Arts and Sciences Building. This competition is held between all the Living/Learning Communities on campus. This fun competition helps fuse the Living/Learning floor philosophies of academics, camaraderie, and administrative support.
Each community sends at least one team, four members, from their floor to answer the game show style questions prepared especially for them. Dr. Marc Sylvester serves as Master of Ceremony for the evening. The event is a round robin to give each team a fair chance of winning the coveted, travelling plaque and pizza party for their Living/Learning floor. Everyone has a great time but it is hard not to shout out the answers from the audience!