USM Residential Learning Communities Blog

Superbowl Party was a hit!

Posted in FW, General, ILLC, OE, UE by usmllc on February 7, 2011

Several learning community RAs (and non-learning community RAs) co-hosted a Superbowl Party in the Student Center last night. Complete with nachos and pizza, the game was projected on a big screen and there was plenty of comfortable seating! The RAs held a few contests, including a target football toss, a paper football field goal game, and a raffle for some team paraphernalia!

No matter the outcome of the Big Game, we hope you got to stop by and enjoy some of the entertainment these RAs put together for you! Nice job, everyone (and congrats to those of you who pledge allegiance to the Packers!)



Global Village takes on a N’awlins flair!

Posted in General, ILLC by usmllc on November 19, 2010

On Wednesday, several RHA members participated in the first annual Global Village in the Brooks Student Center. The students put together tables on New Orleans, Urban Myths, Germany, and the International Living Learning Community. Upton Hastings RA Danny Gay did a great job in organizing the event, and we look forward to offering this opportunity next year!

Philippi Hall Holds Grilled Cheese for Charity Fundraiser

Posted in General by usmllc on November 19, 2010

On Sunday, Philippi Hall RAs got together to make grilled cheese sandwiches for the residents. The event was a great success, and $70 was raised! The proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels. Nice job Philippi!

UE Pays it Forward!

Posted in General, UE by usmllc on September 20, 2010

As part of the Civic Engagement programming block, Upperclass Experience has begun their week-long Pay it Forward initiative on their floor. Please make an effort to reach out to community members – on UE as well as USM!

ILLC to start Culture Share season, culminating in Global Village at end of semester

Posted in General, ILLC by usmllc on September 13, 2010

On Sunday, September 19, ILLC will kick off the Culture Share season with the Maine Culture Share. Sign-ups for the semester will be conducted. The format for these programs will change a bit, for those of you who were regulars last year: this year, we plan to only hold Culture Shares once a month. At these programs, however, we will have multiple cultures represented in order to accommodate for everyone’s busy schedules.

Also, Jelena and Katie are in the process of organizing (with the help of various other RAs and outside funding) a Global Village for the end of the semester. This Global Village program will be campus-wide (as opposed to the Culture Shares) and we hope to have it be run much like an outdoor marketplace. We would like to see many cultures represented and have various presentations of arts and crafts, the selling of wares, and the availability of food specific to different regions of the world. Please keep this in mind as you progress through the semester and let Katie and Jelena know if you are interested in either or both of these opportunities!

UE and GEB cohost 9/11 Vigil in Student Center

Posted in General, UE by usmllc on September 13, 2010

To kick off UE’s Civic Engagement Programming Block, the learning community teamed with GEB to show the documentary entitled “9/11” as part of an effort to commemorate the events of that day in 2001. Along with the showing of the video, a temporary memorial was erected for students to add their own memories or dedications, PostSecret style. That memorial is hanging in the student center still; if you would like to add your own memory or dedication, please see your RA for a card to add.

LC Housing Selection For Returning Students

Posted in General by usmllc on March 5, 2010

The time has come to start thinking about your housing plans for the upcoming Fall.  If you are a returning student looking to participate in a Learning-Community for next year we have some important information for you about the process.  If you have attended any Learning Community events you will be receiving an e-mail from us with your current point tally.  This e-mail will be sent to your student e-mail address.

Important Dates

April 1st: Last day to earn housing points

April 2nd @ 4pm: Deadline for Reserving Rooms

April 7th: E-mail confirmation of room reservations

April 12th @ 5:30pm: Living-Learning Housing Selection Night in the lower level of Brooks Student Center


Retaining Spaces

If you are a returning Learning Community student wishing to retain your current space for the 2010-2011 school year you must meet the following criteria and follow this process (Please note that FYI & International rooms are not retainable):

  1. You must have obtained 10 or more participation points by the end of the day on April 1st, 2010. (Remember, it is your responsibility to sign attendance sheets at all events). You must also have a completed housing application, a $0 balance or current student bill and paid the $75 housing deposit at Student Billing.
  2. The Living-Learning Community Returning Student Application must be completed by 4pm on Friday the 2nd of April.
  3. You will be notified by e-mail on April 7th on the status of your request.
  4. If you are pulling in new roommate(s) into your current space for the next year, they must also complete a Living-Learning Community returning student application, a housing application, have a $0 balance or current student bill.
  5. If you are unable or uninterested in keeping your current room but would like to participate in a Learning Community, you need to attend the Living-Learning night on Monday April 12th at 5:30pm in the Brooks Student Center.

Housing Selection Process

If you are looking to participate in the Living-Learning Community Housing Selection night, you must come to the event with a completed Living-Learning Community Returning Application, a completed housing application, photo ID, a $0 balance or current student bill and either have paid the $75 housing deposit at student billing.  The process is as follows:

  1. At check in you will be given your general housing priority score.
  2. If you have earned additional housing points from participating in any Living-Learning program, you can have them added to your priority score at the computation table.
  3. Once forms are completed and scores are adjusted you and any roommates you wish to be with should sit in the waiting area for the community you are interested in.
  4. The process will start for all learning communities at the same time.
  5. Unlike General Housing Selection night, there is no preference given to students already living in a hall.
  6. Learning Community rooms will not be available on any of the other housing selection nights

If you have any questions about our Learning Communities or this process please feel free to contact Jason Saucier at .