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VWC Living and Learning Communities 2013-14

Six exciting residential options await freshmen wanting an integrated academic, co-curricular and social experience. Connect with a small group of faculty and freshmen as you share First Year Experience (FYE 101) and a General Studies course during the fall semester. You will study together, live in the same freshman residence hall, and participate in activities related to the community's theme. Living and learning communities are open to students interested in pursuing any major.

"Living and Learning Communities transform the educational experience so that intellectual inquiry and debate are as likely to occur beyond as within the classroom. Students examine topics more fully, engage one another more frequently, and think more deeply because Learning Communities create boundless opportunities for interaction with each other, participating faculty, and outside experts."

Dr. Timothy G. O’Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College

Why should I participate in a community?

  • make new friends immediately upon arriving on campus                                  
  • adjust to college expectations
  • get to know your professor/advisor
  • form study groups and gain peer support
  • pursue a common interest
  • become involved in campus life
  • achieve higher grades

Will participating in a living and learning community limit me in meeting other students and getting involved in other activities on campus?

No! The community is one aspect of your freshman experience. You will:

  • take the remainder of your courses with a mixture of students from the larger campus community
  • live in a residence hall that also houses students from outside of your community
  • get involved in other campus organizations, co-curricular activities, community service, recreation, and spiritual life

What are the community themes for 2013-14?

American PoliticsDoes the government created by the 226-year-old Constitution still work well, or at all, in an age of partisan bickering, fiscal cliffs, international terrorism, trillion-dollar deficits, a growing dependency on governmental programs, and fundamental demographic shifts that promise to transform the American political system. Introduction to American Government (POLS 112) is a survival course for citizens in the 21st century.  It tells you how the system works and how you can work the system to affect who gets elected and what policies get made. And it explains why you, no less than the Founders of two centuries ago, hold the fate of the American democratic experiment in your hands.

The Arts Collaborative – Throughout history, artists have sought communities that value self-expression and creativity. This living and learning community is definitely for you if you have an interest in the arts and want to develop your skills. In a Drawing I (ART 201) studio course, you will learn basic drawing concepts and creatively express yourself using various media. Outside of class, you will have opportunities to develop a deeper appreciation of the rigor and benefits of a life-long pursuit of the arts in different forms of studio art, music, and theater.

Community Service - Connect your passion for community service with building civic responsibility, strengthening communities, and working for positive social change.  In this living and learning community, you will learn about social issues in Introduction to Sociology (SOC 100) and participate in service projects in your First Year Seminar that
address needs in the campus and local community.

Into YOUR Wild – If life is a journey, where will yours take you?  College is a time of discovery. Through Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services (REC 101) and the First Year Seminar, this community will investigate the outdoor activities beyond VWC that may add to your life’s journey.  Utilizing the best-selling book “Into the Wild” you will consider the life of Chris McCandless who graduated from college and set out into the wild to challenge himself like few others have.  Chris’ sister, Carine, will spend time with the community and provide the insight that most people will never receive.  You will also work closely with the college’s RecX outdoor recreation office to go on its own weekend adventure.  If your idea of adventure is to watch something new on TV this community isn’t for you.  If you’re ready to explore the area, get dirty, and discover what your “wild” is then join us!

PORTfolio Program: You Learn More When You Do More! – Do you want to get the most out of your college experience?  Join this community to connect to the 'real world' with practical “hands-on” learning experiences that will allow you to explore career options, apply new computer skills, and help others through community service.  In the paired Self and Circumstance (PORT 121) class, you will learn more about yourself and who you want to be.  Unique to PORTfolio is the development of an Electronic Portfolio which will chronicle your journey through college and become a 3-D resume upon graduation.  By being part of PORTfolio, you will meet new people and form friendships that will last a lifetime. 

STEM Scholars Program – Designed to promote student participation in disciplines, graduate programs and career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Student participants live in the same residence hall, take classes together, and engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary research.  Virginia Wesleyan faculty and Career Services specialists provide workshops and a network of STEM professionals to assist students with career opportunities. Acceptance into the STEM Scholars Program is required.

How do I become involved in a community?

You will receive an online questionnaire with living and learning community and other important housing information to complete after you have been accepted and paid your deposit to Virginia Wesleyan. Indicate your top preferences for a community at that time. If you decide that you want to participate in a community after you have completed the housing questionnaire, simply contact:
Ms. Deborah Hicks
Associate Dean for Academic Support

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