New Living Learning Communities offer environmental sustainability, scholastic options

July 30, 2010 | Features, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

Two new Living Learning Communities this fall will add opportunities for students living in Dowd, Nash and White halls.

The Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community will be in White and Nash halls, and Dowd Hall will host the Scholastically Enriched Environment.

“Dowd, Nash, White is our oldest building, and we wanted a culture change there and to give students something that would attract them to those residence halls,” Director of Residence Life Jo Campbell said.

The Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community will house students in all areas of study who have an interest in being “green,” Campbell said.

Plans are under way to have a First-Year Experience course related to environmental sustainability taught at the residence hall, as well as a film series, community garden plot and more. Students who live there also could get involved with events for Earth Day or RecycleMania.

Scholastically Enriched Environment will be a 24-hour quiet study community, Campbell said.

There will be tutoring, peer mentors, supplemental instruction and more offered in Dowd to help students with their academic success. It is open to students of all majors.

The Living Learning Communities enrich the college experience for first-year students, and UT is continuing to add those options for students, Campbell said.

Last year, the College of Engineering Living Learning Community and the Politics, Law and Society Living Learning Floor were added to Parks Tower and the Health Professions Living Learning Community in Carter East.

“I would love to have all our first-year students in a living learning community,” Campbell said. “Students who live in a residence hall do better overall, and those in a living learning community do even better. It is really about the support and connection those students get to their school, and there are far more opportunities to do that when they have these experiences.”

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