Freshmen Living-Learning Communities
What is a Living-Learning Community?
Living-Learning Communities (LLCs) provide an easier way for students to transition academically and socially into the Drury’s campus. Similar toFuse 101 courses, LLCs are organized around themes such as: The Arts, The Hunger Games and Dystopian Futures, Where are Your From?: An Investigation of Culture, Pre-Health Sciences and Emerging Leaders . However, unlike regular Fuse 101 classes, students who are accepted into the LLC program live together in the same wing of a residence hall – Sunderland Hall. As a result, LLC students quickly form social bonds with their peers and Frontiers professor. In doing so, LLCs bridge the gap between in-class and out-of-class learning.
What are the Benefits of Joining a Living-Learning Community?
Nationally recognized research has consistently shown a correlation between social wellness and academic performance. Students who feel comfortable with their peers are more likely to participate in class, have a higher rate of satisfaction with their class and are more likely to get involved in campus life.
LLC’s exemplify our commitment to creating an intimate learning experience and we wish that we could enroll all students in the program. However, due to size restrictions, LLCs are an application process and are capped at 16-20 students per LLC section. Students are not selected on a first-come first-selected basis. Drury selects students based solely on the quality of the applications and short essay answers received. Please read below for a list of this year’s LLC themes and the online application.
Living-Learning Communities encourage strong mentoring relationships between faculty and students, as well as the value of developing communities of shared purpose. Nationally, research has consistently shown benefits of the faculty-student interaction in Living-Learning Communities to include:
- Higher levels of student participation in class.
- Greater student satisfaction with class.
- Greater appreciation of the areas.
- More involvement in campus life.
- More time in group study (Pascarella and Terenzini, 2005).
2019-2020 Freshman Living-Learning Community Themes - Five themes to choose from!
The Arts LLC is designed for those students interested in music, theatre, visual arts and architecture. The course will explore all facets of art in our culture, how we view and respond to art, and the value of art to our society and world. Free activities may include trips to art galleries, theater productions, concerts and opportunities to view local architecture. All majors are welcome to apply for this LLC section.
This LLC section uses Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and other dystopian literature as the basis for exploring and developing the skills needed to survive at college. The class begins with a four week section on the things college students need to do in their first year to succeed. We will read The Hunger Games, the Handmaid’s Tale and similar novels. Discussions and research will revolve around such questions as the relationships Katniss Everdeen develops with other characters from District 12 and in the arena; the features of the Hunger Games arena and what these mean – both in the fictional world Collins creates and in our own world; and the messages Collins is communicating about the order of things in modern life. In the last section of the semester, we will look at how dystopian literature applies to modern issues – gender inequity, the unequal distribution of resources, the roles of government, and how, if at all, we can build a better future.
Participants in The Hunger Games class will have the opportunity to do research on contemporary issues, utopian and dystopian societies, and related themes. The class will be discussion and writing based, and will also include such outside activities and working with the local organization Ozarks Food Harvest throughout the semester
George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From” will serve as the starting point for a semester woven with story as we seek, together, to more clearly define our own culture and how culture shapes us, strengthens us, and, at times, limits us. We will explore Jonathan Kozol’s Fire in the Ashes, a book that returns to follow the stories of inner-city youth Kozol first met over 25 years ago. We will seek to understand why some of those children became adults who thrived while some did not fare as well. Some were able to escape their circumstances while others were not. We will identify the cultural elements that impacted their journey to adulthood. As we move toward this work of non-fiction, we’ll reflect on our own lives and view the lives of others through children’s and young adult literature that embody stories of who we are and where we’re from.
Only those freshmen planning to pursue a career in a health-science field should apply for this Living-Learning Community section. The majors and programs in the following areas must be of interest to students interested in applying:
- Exercise and Sport Science
- Pre-Dental, Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, etc.
In Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness in a Modern American Culture, we explore the role of health-care professions in American culture. In particular, we will consider the emotional and psychological aspects of healing, for both practitioners and patients alike. We will also examine how health-care professionals communicate with patients across racial, gender, and religious boundaries and how health-care workers can practice at the highest level of professional competence in a system that can be inefficient and fail some patients. Students will develop a research project on some aspect of patient care.
The Emerging Leaders LLC is a brand-new living learning experience that is unlike the rest. Instead of having this community attached to a student’s Fuse 101 class, this experience will be attached to a leadership course and yearlong programming. The programming will be both experiential and educational. This LLC will incorporate Clifton Strengths and focus on helping students understand themselves as a leader. Participants will:
- Engage in opportunities to explore their leadership style
- Have the opportunity to explore multiple leadership opportunities and resources on campus
- Grow their leadership skills to increasingly see themselves as capable and prepared leaders
- Understand their role and impact in the Drury community
- Become engaged in the Springfield community
- Create a close community with fellow participants of the Leadership ELC
This program is only open to maximum of 15 students. Students selected for this LLC will each live in a suite with a Resident Assistant and participate in programming at least once a month. They will be enrolled concurrently in the PDEV 282: Leadership and Team Dynamics course and added to the Leadership Drury program. Other experiences include:
- An introductory ropes course and team building experience
- Automatic acceptance into the 5-week Elevate leadership program
- A trip to the Heifer International Global Gateway Village
- Multiple service projects in the Springfield community
- A “Lasting Legacy” project on campus
- “Behind the Scenes Day” with successful business leaders from the Springfield community learning about their businesses and programs
*Please note that if accepted into this LLC you will still be placed in a seperate Fuse 101 class, but you may be in a different Fuse 101 class than the other participants of this LLC.
How to Apply:
- Apply and be accepted to Drury University.
- Return your 2019-20 Housing Contract to the Drury Admission Office with Freshman Living-Learning Communities in Sunderland Hall marked as your first residential hall choice.
- Pay the $200 housing deposit and $100 tuition deposit (refundable through May 1, 2019).
- Submit the online Living Learning Community application.
- All requirements (online application, deposit and housing contract) must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2019.
If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Stewart, Director of New Student Programs, at (417) 873-6919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review our Frequently Asked Questions below.