Housing and Residence Life Adds to Mason Experience

Posted: July 21, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

As part of its program to assist students who reside on campus to make the most of their university education and overall experience, the Office of Housing and Residence Life runs the Mason Experience, which offers Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in the residence halls to enhance students’ learning environment. This fall, select students enrolled in the School of Management (SOM), Dance, and the Army ROTC programs will be able to reside in new LLCs.

“In the Mason Experience, we collaborate with faculty to create LLCs, which are organized to house a cohort of students who take classes together,” says Teresa Metzger, the office’s residential academic coordinator. “Some of the LLCs are designed to support a major and others are designed to support academic programs. On all of these floors, the students are required to take certain courses together.”

The new SOM program offers first-year students an opportunity to develop relationships early on with other students, faculty, and advising staff within the university’s business-related academic fields. All students who choose to participate in the SOM LLC are required to enroll in the appropriate section of a University 100 course that will assist them in making the transition to their academic and social life in college.

First-year students who have been accepted into the Dance program within the College of Visual and Performing Arts will be able to enroll in an LLC that will introduce them to fellow majors and provide them with the opportunity to develop an academic and social bond. In addition to meeting weekly in a seminar-style University 100 course, students will also be able to participate in the University 100 Performing Arts Floor program.

The Army ROTC program is open to both first-year students and upperclassmen, and is designed to provide cadets with academic and social support as they move through their academic and ROTC courses together. Students who choose to participate will enroll in courses together and participate in programs with faculty involved in the military science/ROTC program.

The new programs will join 15 other LLCs available to first-year students and upperclassmen. For more information on any of the programs, visit the Housing and Residence Life web site.

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