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Living/Learning Communities

Being part of a community is about making connections with others who have common interests. Community is about getting involved and contributing to something larger than you. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) at Central Washington University bridge students' academic interests with their residence hall living experience.

Students with common academic interests live together in the same residence hall and develop personal and academic relationships with other students and faculty from a field of study. Students participate in out-of-classroom enrichment activities that support their academic pursuits. As noted below, some LLCs are connected to specific courses that students take together.

Theme Communities are not connected to a specific academic discipline, but allow students the opportunity to live and learn with students who share common interests. As with Living Learning Communities, they allow students to build relationships with other students and faculty and staff who share their interests.

Coming Soon:

In Fall 2014 we will be introducing a new LLC called the "Future Business Students". Current residence hall students have the opportunity to participate in the Future Business Students LLC by filling out the LLC Application and obtaining the required faculty signatures by February 14, 2014.

2013-2014 Living Learning and Theme Communities

  1. Aviation
  2. Casa Latina
  3. Education
  4. Leadership House
  5. Music
  6. S.T.E.P.
  7. Students for the Dream
  8. William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC)
  9. Recreation & Sustainability
  10. International House


Aviation - Wendell Hill Hall 

Mission Statement:

The purpose of the Aviation Living Learning Community is to help develop and enhance a sense of fraternity and support for those students involved in the major.  Quiet study settings, mentoring between upperclassmen, and tutoring amongst residents are all aspects of this academically based living learning environment.  Students will also be able to further their career ambitions by connecting with industry partners.  In addition, students will develop close connections with faculty, flight instructors, and peers through experiential learning and social events.

Vision Statement:

The LLC will assist in the preparation of safety conscious professionals in the aviation industry.

Goals:

  • Provide an environment conducive to learning
  • Provide opportunities for life-long mentoring
  • Enhance student/instructor interface
  • Provide opportunities for studying the FAA exams and checkrides
  • ​Provide opportunities for extracurricular aviation activities

Learning Outcomes of the LLC/TC:

First Year Students:

  1. Develop good study habits and time management skills necessary for a career in aviation.
  2. Explore opportunities for interacting and mentoring with upperclass students in the aviation program. 
  3. Explore career opportunities in the aviation industry.

Upperclass Students:

  1. Develop skills to mentor first year students.
  2. In the mentoring process, increase the student's own knowledge in aviation-related subjects.
  3. Continue to explore career opportunities in aviation.

Faculty:

Teresa Sloan
Black Hall 225-5
(509) 963-3691
sloant@cwu.edu


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Casa Latina - Meisner Hall

Casa Latina is a multicultural LLC open to all students who share an interest in Latina/o heritage and culture. Casa Latina offers a common academic experience through a variety of social and cultural events, mentoring and support programs, and community outreach activities.

Faculty:

Stella Moreno - LLAS Co-Director
L&L 102J
(509) 963-3347
morenos@cwu.edu

For more information about the Latino & Latin American Studies program, please visit http://www.cwu.edu/latino-latin-american/.


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 Education - Kamola and Sue Lombard Halls

Mission Statement:

The Education LLC provides residence hall students an opportunity to interact with faculty in an out-of-classroom environment to enhance students’ interests and studies in an education career.  Students and faculty will engage formally and informally on three levels of participation in the Education LLC.

  • First Year-Exploration. Faculty and residence hall staff will create avenues to explore possibilities for students who are considering an education career.
  • Sophomore Year-Affirmation. Students will participate in programs that prepare them to declare a major, serve as a resource for first-year program planning, participate in service learning projects, and engage in activities to affirm their interest in working with children and youth.
  • Junior & Senior Years- Confirmation. Students enrolled in the education program will be involved in leadership opportunities, educational research, and internships.

Goals:

  • Information Resource Understanding
    Experiential Learning
  • Networking Opportunities 

Learning Outcomes:

Students in the Education LLC will...

  • Build a community through their interactions with their peers in the hall and in the classroom.
  • Connect their classroom experiences with their living experiences.
  • Engage with faculty on a regular basis in order to become comfortable working with them and to build relationships with potential mentors.

Faculty:


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Leadership House - Kamola Hall

Mission Statement:

To foster a community of adaptive 21st century leaders who are continuously cultivating self-knowledge and competencies that poise them to creatively respond to complex, multi-faceted professional and community-based challenges. This is accomplished by:

  • Purposeful and continual development of knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Exploration of critical issues through meaningful conversations with others
  • Collaborations with a broad base of academic scholars and community partners
  • Engagement in community-based settings focused on contemporary and enduring real-world issues
  • Participation in structured opportunities for critical reflection. 

Vision Statement:

To accomplish the mission and learning outcomes for participating students.

Goals:

To accomplish the mission and learning outcomes for participating students.

Learning Outcomes:

All residents of the Leadership House will:

  • Create and maintain a socially supportive environment through their interactions both in the LLC and during organized activities;
  • Develop an increase in personal awareness;
  • Work collaboratively and across disciplines on projects that will benefit their academic/professional portfolio while simultaneously supporting positive change in their communities;
  • Establish an LLC environment where commonalities and differences among people are recognized and honored;
  • Understand the importance of working in teams with individuals who have viewpoints that differ from their own.

Faculty:


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Music - Alford-Montgomery and Wendell Hill Halls

Mission Statement:

The Music LLC provides residence hall students an opportunity to interact with faculty outside of the classroom. Formal and informal activities are designed to enrich each student's musical/academic learning opportunity. An emphasis will be placed on fostering a supportive atmosphere that is sympathetic to the rigors of the musical curriculum

Learning Outcomes:

Freshman Year - Fundamentals

  • Goal 1: develop fundamentals in the area of music theory.
  • Goal 2: establish strong practice habits.
  • Goal 3: explore a wide variety of musical styles.
Sophomore Year – Growth and Refinement
  • Goal 1: refine and perfect practice and study habits.
  • Goal 2: explore musical career paths and networking/promotional skills.
  • Goal 3: sharing: bringing music to the community.

Junior/Senior Year – Leadership

  • Goal 1: facilitate quality programs that encourage faculty involvement and promote positive academic growth.
  • Goal 2: highlighting strengths and successes of the LLC to promote active future membership and greater community awareness.
  • Goal 3: maintain consistent communication to evaluate and assess the goals of the program toward positive outcomes.

 

Faculty:

Mark Goodenberger
Music 167
(509) 963-1618
goodenbm@cwu.edu

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Science Talent Expansion Program (S.T.E.P.) - Kamola and Sue Lombard Halls

Mission Statement:
The STEP LLC seeks to involve all students who have an appreciate for and an interest in STEM related disciplines. Those students who desire to major in science-related fields will become familiar with possible careers, meet STEM professionals who can augment career networking, and become part of a strong STEM learning community.

Vision Statement:
We envision students participating in the STEP LLC and engaging in enriching STEM-related social and co-curricular activities with other STEP students, STEP/STEM faculty members, and with STEM professionals.

Goals:
The goals of the STEP LLC include the following: (1) Students build a community with other STEP students in the STEP LLC and in the STEP classroom; (2) STEP students connect their experiences in the classroom with their living experiences in the STEP LLC; (3) Students engage with STEP/STEM faculty and other STEP students in order to provide a social support network to help increase retention in CWU STEM disciplines and to build relationships with potential mentors; and (4) Students gain increased awareness of STEM-related careers available in the state of Washington and Pacific Northwest region.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will build a community through their interactions with their peers in the hall and in the classroom.
  • Students will be able to connect their classroom experience with their living experience.
  • Students will engage with faculty on a regular basis—when appropriate and when they are available—in order to become comfortable working with them and to build relationships with potential mentors.

 

Faculty:

Jessica Nye
Department of Geological Sciences
Lind Hall 108
(509)-963-3002
nyejess@cwu.edu


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Students for the Dream - Meisner Hall

Mission Statement:

The Students for the Dream Living Learning Community is a diverse and inclusive community based on the core values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s philosophy of the essential dignity and advancement of all human beings. The Students for the Dream Living Learning Community is open to students from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Vision Statement:

We will be a premiere Living Learning Community designed to facilitate academic success in a residential and academic community.

Goals:

  1. Facilitate students’ development and learning and outside of the class.
  2. Assist students in navigating and negotiating the university community.
  3. Build a bridge for student of diverse populations to university academic and student life departments and programs.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will explore their own cultures and identities, deepen their understanding of other cultures, and enhance their cross-cultural skills and cultural competencies through an organized series of   intellectual, cultural, and social programs.

Students will develop a sense of community and critical leadership skills as they collaboratively plan and implement campus programs.

Students will enroll in University 101, which is designed to ensure the academic and personal success of first-year students in a supportive and nurturing campus environment.

Students residing in this Living Learning Community will be assigned peer mentors and will receive mentoring, academic advising, financial aid counseling, and leadership development and training throughout the academic year.

Student will upon successful completions of their first year with the Students for the Dream Living Learning Community will assume prestigious student leadership positions in the university centers and departments while others will serve in leadership positions with various student organizations.

Faculty:

Keith Champagne 
Bouillon 204
(509) 963-1515
champagn@cwu.edu
Bobby Cummings
Michaelson 133.104
(509) 963-1659
cummings@cwu.edu


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William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC) - Barto Hall 

Students Admitted into the Douglas Honors College are eligible to live in this LLC. Faculty and students collaborate in creating opportunities of broad exposure in the areas of liberal arts and the natural and social sciences. Students engage in a number of different activities that enhance their work in the classroom, such as informal discussions with DHC professors and guest lectures, but they also explore extracurricular interests with games and cultural events. For more information about DHC please visit their website at: http://www.cwu.edu/douglas-honors/

Interested students should contact the DHC Office, 509-963-1206 or dhc@cwu.edu

Faculty:

Dr. Anne Cubilié
Language & Literature Building, Suite 103
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7521
Phone:(509) 963-1445
Fax: (509) 963-1206
e-mail: dhc@cwu.edu
Christina Denison
Language & Literature Building, Suite 103
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7521
Phone:(509) 963-1445
Fax: (509) 963-1206
e-mail: dhc@cwu.edu

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Theme Communities

What is a Theme Community?

Theme communities are not connected to a specific academic discipline, but allow students the opportunity to live and learn with students who share common interests. As with Living Learning Communities, Theme Communities allow students to build relationships with other students and faculty and staff who share their interests. Theme Communities differ from Living Learning Communities in that the Theme Communities are primarily focused on shared interest rather than a specific area of academic study. 

Outdoor Recreation & Sustainability - Beck Hall

Mission Statement:
The Recreation and Sustainability Living Learning Community connects students to academic opportunities, the surrounding community, the university, and the natural environment. As a collective, student share common interests through outdoor resource recreation activities, environmental stewardship, and community-based conservation.

Vision Statement:
Students in the AOES learning and living community develop life-long knowledge, values, and practices that promote healthy lifestyles, healthy communities, and a commitment to sustainable living principles.

Goals:

  1. Connect students who share common interest with one another to create community.
  2. Provide students with opportunities to engage in outdoor recreation activities that enrich academic learning and instill leadership experiences.
  3. Generate student driven eco-friendly practices in the dorm that model sustainable living practices.
  4. Serve as a gateway for recruitment for potential students with personal values and career ambitions that revolve around nature, conservation, and the value of outdoor experiences.
  5. Promote and develop a campus culture that reflects the University’s mission of stewardship of the earth.

Learning Outcomes:
Identify and implement sustainable living practices within the LLC house.
Apply leadership theory and practices to outdoor adventure activities and community service projects.
Connect the principles of sustainability to personal living practices.
Identify and pursue how the three pillars of sustainability, “people, planet, and profit”, relate to students’ academic and professional pursuits.

Faculty:

Dr. Ken Cohen
Michaelson 136
(509) 963-1967
cohenk@cwu.edu

International House

Mission Statement:

To encourage learning about different cultures by living together and having open communication about cultural differences.

Vision Statement:

To contribute to the internationalization of the CWU community in conjunction with the Office of International Studies, World Languages and other global initiatives. We seek to broaden students’ understanding of the world and prepare them for the global workforce.

Goals:

The learning outcomes of the I-House include realizing that the world is larger than the “world” we live in, that our way of doing something isn’t the only way of doing it, understanding the importance of global knowledge in the working world, allowing what we learn to shape our character and potentially adopt new interests, and become more comfortable with sharing our culture and/or learning what pre-existing opinions may exist about our country or culture.

Faculty:

Roz Moes
International Center 106
(509) 963-3614
moesr@cwu.edu

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