Living Learning Communities are an important part of the Residence Life program at The College of New Rochelle. They bring together students with similar needs and interests, integrates academics with outside-the-classroom experiences, and builds meaningful relationships.
The College of New Rochelle has three Living Learning Communities.
Twelve to 15 traditional nursing students, from first-year students to seniors, live in the same section of Ursula Hall. A faculty representative works with their RA, also a nursing student, to organize activities, such as skills workshops and explorations of various specialties in the field.
The program provides students with an introduction to the culture of nursing, and the environment encourages upperclassmen to mentor younger students.
Creating Opportunities for Success in Math or Science is a community designed for students majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, or mathematics.
The 15 to 18 students who live together on the second floor of Ursula Hall participate in study sessions, and activities on and off campus. Recently, students took part in a cooking class using ingredients from The College of New Rochelle's sustainability garden, and visited the Museum of Mathematics and Hayden Planetarium.
The result of a student initiative, Honors Housing was originally designed for freshmen in the School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program. As such, the two Honors courses first-year students are required to take are fully integrated into the space in Ursula Hall.
For Honors 105, which covers the foundations of research and writing, students often have writing sessions in their community lounge. A kitchen allows professors to come in for breakfast and discuss course readings. The living area also includes a tech room and a silent lounge.
Honors Housing is open to all years and all majors, and is home to around 25 students at any one time. Commuters also have access to the space, although the majority of Honors students live on campus.
Residents are academically motivated and set many of their own living rules, such as quiet time.
They also regularly attend events for classes they aren't taking. Recent activites include a talk with a post-doctoral research in cognitive neuroscience, for the junior colloquium's project on memory, and a field trip to Washington Irving's Sunnyside for "December in America," a seminar on the holidays.
CNR QUARTERLY: LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES
In addition to the Living Learning Communities there are three themed-housing communities based on the needs and interests of the resident students.
HEALTH & FITNESS
This community is designed for students who are interested in promoting and learning more about healthy lifestyles. In conjunction with CNR departments that seek to educate the college community on the importance of overall wellness, residence life programming in this area will introduce students to techniques to maintain good physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual health.
EXTENDED HOME HOUSING
The Extended Home Housing community is designed for students who will reside on campus during periods when the residence halls are closed such as Intersession, Spring Break, etc. This is a great option for students who live a great distance and are unable to travel home during closings.
WOMEN IN TRANSITION
Between 30 and 35 seniors from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Nursing live together in Angela Hall as part of the Women in Transition Community.
These students, who will have 87 or more credits entering the fall semester, are preparing to leave college for the "real world," which puts an emphasis on career development. Programs for this community include workshops on putting together a resume, interviewing for a job, and managing one's finances.