All first year students will be housed within a Theme Living Communities (TLC). Theme Living Communities (TLCs) are supportive environments comprised of groups of students brought together around a common interest or purpose to make living on campus a more rewarding adventure. Students with similar interests can live together and participate in programs that focus on their academic, social, and personal needs. TLCs provide a structure by which the residence hall staff may facilitate, encourage, and promote lifelong learning.
Four themes (Approaches to Transition; Leadership; Service; Wellness) will serve as umbrella themes of the first year housing experience. On their housing application, students will rank their choices for placement into one of the communities. Once students arrive in the fall, students, with the guidance of the Resident Assistant on the floor, will develop a plan to carry out their theme. Each floor will decide upon, work together on, and implement a project each semester to carry out their specific theme.
Approaches to Transition
The Approaches to Transition TLCs are communities designed to help first year students explore all the possibilities and resources available to them on the college campus so that they may maximize their college experience. Such communities will assist students in making successful transitions to college in general, including experiences that teach how to create and maintain a strong community, as well as how to live in community effectively. Possible ways this umbrella theme may play out on a floor might include, but are not limited to: Transitions and Men; Transitions and Women; Cross-cultural Transitions; Lifelong Approaches to Transition.
Leadership TLCs will focus on the importance of leadership and its applications to both the community and the individual. The communities will familiarize students with the College's values and the opportunities for leadership across campus. Possible ways this umbrella theme may play out might include, but are not limited to: Outdoor Leadership; Women and Leadership; Men and Leadership; Leadership & Sustainability; Spiritual Leadership; Living Globally; Honors Housing.
Service TLCs will bring together individuals looking to help others and learn about themselves and the community. These communities will focus on providing service learning opportunities that are impactful and memorable. Possible ways this umbrella theme may play out on a floor might include but is not limited to: Servant Leadership; Service & Social Justice; Spirituality; Service & Community.
Wellness TLCs will foster balanced living through academic and personal journeys of wellness. These communities hope to cultivate and maintain a healthful lifestyle as it applies to self, spirituality and community. Possible ways this umbrella theme may play out on a floor might include, but is not limited to: Fitness & Physical Health; Community Wellness; Healthy Lifestyle; Emotional Wellness; Mental Wellbeing; Holistic Wellness; Creativity and Wellness; GREAT Housing.