The Office of Residence Life at Spring Hill College believes in the benefits of integrating living and learning to provide students with a cohesive learning experience. Living Learning Communities (LLCs) offer students the ability to live among other students who are mutually interested in certain languages, majors, and experiences. Through collaboration with faculty, staff, and resident advisers students in LLCs participate in shared learning, programming and events tailored towards their interests, and develop friendships that support their academic achievements.
LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Benefits of a Living Learning Community
Research shows that students participating in Living Learning Communities experience a wide arrange of benefits ranging from academic to social. Here are a few reasons why you should be in a Living Learning Community at Spring Hill College:
- Develop close friends with shared common interests
- Increased interaction and mentorship with faculty members and staff
- Positive impact on student academic achievements
- Increased peer accountability and support
Living Learning Communities and Specialty Housing options are offered based on enrollment and occupancy needs. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to cancel an LLC or Specialty Housing option based on the enrollment and occupancy needs of a given academic year.
The Spanish House is an LLC offered to upperclassmen students who are native Spanish speakers, or students who are currently, or plan to be, enrolled in an academic course relating to the Spanish language or culture.
Living in the Spanish House offers students with opportunities to speak Spanish, learn about Spanish and Latino/a culture, and engage with faculty and staff members. Through a collaboration with faculty and staff members, regular social and educational events will occur in the residence hall to promote language use and acquisition as well as providing cultural opportunities for students to engage in.
The Spanish House is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in the Spanish language, culture, or thinking of having an international experience to broaden their perspectives, improve their language skills, and learn more about various Spanish and Latino/a cultures.
Students who would like to live in the Spanish House LLC must:
- Be currently, and continue to be, enrolled in a Spanish language course, be a native Spanish speaker, or be a Spanish major/minor
- Participate in a majority of the weekly faculty sponsored social events or “coffeehouses” where you will engage in cultural experiences as well as practice the Spanish language
The Italian House is an LLC offered to upperclassmen students who have been approved to study abroad in Bologna, or have returned from Studying abroad, at the Italy Center or are taking Italian classes.
Living in the Italian House offers students opportunities to engage in pre-departure meetings, re-integration meetings, programming and events to help students learn about Italian culture, and develop or maintain an understanding of the Italian language. For students returning from the Italy Center, the Italian House offers a unique opportunity to reflect on your experiences and engage with faculty and staff to navigate being back at Spring Hill College.
Through a collaboration with faculty and staff members, regular social and educational events will occur in the residence hall to promote language use and acquisition as well as providing cultural opportunities for students to engage in. Participating in the Italian House LLC is a great way for interested students to prepare for their study abroad experiences, or share their experiences with interested students. A partnership with staff members who are native speakers will give participating students the tools to learn elementary Italian to help ease the transition to Bologna.
The Italian House is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in the Italian language, culture, or thinking of having an international experience to broaden their perspectives, improve their language skills, and learn more about the cultural and social traditions in Italy.
Students who would like to live in the Italian House LLC must:
- Be approved to study abroad, or have returned from studying abroad, at the Italy Center or be enrolled in Italian courses
- Participate in a majority of the weekly discussions and predeparture meetings relating to cultural and lingusitic differences for living in Bologna
- Participate in a majority of the monthly “coffeehouses” or “ conversation hours” hosted by native speakers in order to help students informally learn and practice fundamental Italian.
CLIMB in Residence
CLIMB in Residence offers Sophomore and Junior students the opportunity to fulfill their CLIMB graduation requirement through a service-based program in their residence hall.
Housed in Skips Place, 24 students will complete 10 hours of community service throughout the course of the fall semester. These students will participate in guided reflection and planning meetings with Residence Life staff members in order to explore the impact that their service has on the community. Successful participation in the CLIMB in Residence LLC will result in students receiving credit on their transcripts for completing their CLIMB requirement.
Students who would like to participate in the CLIMB in Residence LLC must:
- Be enrolled in the zero credit hour CLIMB in Residence course
- Actively participate in the 3 required planning and reflection meetings throughout the semester
- Organize and complete 10 hours of community service with an approved community partner prior to the last week of classes
- Complete and upload the mandatory CLIMB response through digication
First Year Student Nursing LLC
The First Year Student Nursing LLC is geared towards entering first year students who are interested in the nursing field.
Students in the Nursing LLC will be enrolled an introductory required course together and have opportunities in their residence hall to engage with their faculty member as well as upperclassmen nursing students.
By developing a cohort of students interested in nursing, students will easily be able to study together in one of the designated Nursing LLC study lounges in the residence hall. In hall events that focus on the specific needs and interests of nursing students will be provided so that students are engaged both in, and out, of the classroom. Students in the Nursing LLC will be able to explore career options, internship opportunities, as well as developing mentoring relationships with faculty and staff members.
Students who would like to live in the First Year Student Nursing LLC must:
- Be a currently enrolled or entering first year student who has either declared a nursing major or is interested in nursing
- Be enrolled in the fall semester LEAP course tied to nursing
The Honors LLC is available to first year students participating in the Honors Program.
Housed in New Hall for underclassmen, Honors LLC students will be given the unique opportunity to live and learn with other Honors students while taking some of courses directly in New Hall. Faculty members teaching in the Honors Program will host social and educational events in the residence hall and students will be able to interact with faculty and staff in purposeful and meaningful ways through social engagement.
Students who would like to live in the Honors LLC must:
- Be active participants in the Honors Program and maintain the requirements laid out by the Honors Program
Spring Hill College is comprised of a variety of students who have a number of different interests, passions, and needs. The Residence Life Department wants to meet the needs of our students by offering a variety of specialty housing options.
Beyond The Hill Housing
Students who are participating in paraprofessional courses of certification processes (i.e nursing clinical, students teaching, internships, etc.) have special housing needs due to the wide range of hours students need to be off-campus. In order to meet the needs of these students Beyond The Hill Housing offers the ability to live in apartment style accommodations with other students with similar schedules.
Students who would like to live in Beyond the Hill Housing must:
- Be participating in your programs certification process (i.e. student teaching, completing clinicals, completing an internship) during the 2016-2017 academic year.
- Follow all living requirements associated with Portier Place
Transfer Student Housing
Students transferring to Spring Hill College from other institutions of higher education have specific needs that differ from non-transfer students.Transfer Student Housing offers the opportunity for transfer students to live together in a community of individuals that are new to campus and looking to build and develop friendships and connections to campus.
Transfer student housing partners with the Spring Hill college community and Residence Life staff members to providing programming and events that are specifically designed for the needs of transfer students on campus. Students will be able to participate in community building activities, career exploration, and educational programs geared towards their specific needs.
Students who would like to live in the Transfer Student Housing must:
- Be a currently enrolled spring Hill College student transferring to Spring Hill College from another institution of higher education
Quiet Lifestyle Housing
Some students know that they need a quiet environment to best succeed on campus. For students who believe that they would be most comfortable living in a community of other students who also value leading a quiet lifestyle are encouraged to participate in the Quiet Lifestyle housing option.
Students who would like to participate in the Quiet Lifestyle Housing must:
- Adhere to the 24 courtesy hour policy
- Adhere to an elongated set of quiet hours (10pm-9am Sunday-Thursday and 12am-9am Friday-Saturday)
FIRST YEAR THEMED HOUSING
First Year students are able to indicate a preference to live in a themed community that matches their interests. Themed housing is offered in a variety of First Year residence halls and allows students to connect with other first year students interested in similar hobbies, activities, and values.
Fitness and Outdoors Healthy Living
The Fitness and Outdoors Healthy Living community is comprised of first year students who are interested in being physically fit, living a healthy lifestyle, or exploring the outside world. Resident Advisers provide events and activities that align with these interests and engage students in community building. Past events that Fitness and Outdoors Healthy Living students have participated in include hiking, paintballing, bonfires, and cooking demonstrations.
Arts and Culture
The Arts and Culture community is comprised of first year students who are interested in exploring the arts and cultural activities. Resident Advisers provide events and activities that align with these interest and engage in community building. Past events that Arts and Culture students have participated in include painting, ballet performances, and attending international food festivals.
The Service community is comprised of first year students who are interested in participating in community service. Resident Advisers provide events and activities that bring students into the community and engage students in community building while participating in service opportunities. Past events that Service community students have participated in include volunteering at local hospitals, hosting Halloween events for low-income children, and participating in awareness and fundraising activities for cancer patients.