Two New Learning Communities Created
Starting in the Fall 2011 Semester. Residence Services will be offering two new learning communities to an already diverse and impressive list of learning communities, residential colleges, and theme communities.
The first, the International Village Experience, is in collaboration with the Office of International Affairs and is designed to join together international and American students. IVE will create an environment of cultural diversity and offer students diverse cultural experiences. Located in Beall and Van Campen halls, IVE is a community focused on students interested in learning and experiencing cultural similarities and differences by living in a community that focuses on concerns of this nature. Students involved in IVE will have the opportunity to join in on fun social programming focused on bringing US and international students together.
Residence Services and the Office of International Affairs will also be starting an Ambassadors leadership opportunity that will encourage both US and International students to take on a leadership role in the community to serve as a representative of their respective home culture and country. Students who choose to take on these roles will reach out to the greater KSU community with assistance from Residence Hall staff, working together to plan, host, and participate in dinners, study groups, group discussions, or larger events in the community. Roughly twenty-five to fifty students will be accepted into this community, so if you’re interested in joining be sure to sign up soon! International and US upper class and first-year/transfer students are all eligible to join.
Sign up information can be found here.
Also being added in Fall 2011 is the Valor through Education and Training learning community, in collaboration with the Center for Adult and Veteran Services. VET has been created to help veteran students transition from military to civilian student life, surrounding them with peers and a supportive environment focused on positivity. VET has been created for military service men and women who are looking to take advantage of their Veteran’s GI Bill benefits. The community has been designed to meet the specific needs and interests of veteran students who are older and more experienced than traditional students, but want to experience traditional college life experiences, such as living in a residence hall, meeting new people, and interacting with students who are also working towards achieving a degree of higher education. The students involved in this community will be among others who understand each other’s past experiences and appreciate the issues of college transition that they are experiencing.
VET students will engage in a wide variety of activities connected to the Center for Adult and Veteran Services (CAVS). CAVS and the college of Arts and Sciences (CAS) will be working together to provide academic support programming and social support programming geared towards the needs and interests of these students. Students in the VET program will be taking some classes together, namely their First Year orientation course.
VET will be located in McDowell Hall in the Fall 2011 semester and will start off with about twelve students.