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!

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 ILLC to get their diplomas tonight…

Posted in ILLC, UE by usmllc on April 7, 2010

Well, almost anyway. Tonight, April 7, timelines for post-graduate options will be available in print form. In keeping with the goal-setting block, the two communities should find this information useful for their goals. Each “diploma” will include three timelines: one for applying to graduate school, one for applying to a service organization such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America, and one for applying to jobs.

Hopefully, in getting this information residents will be inspired to evaluate what they have done for themselves and for meeting their goals. Have you been doing all you can to improve your resume? Are you using your resources wisely? Have you taken advantage of opportunities presented in living in these learning communities?

Have fun planning!

Culture Shares get a revamp due to decreased numbers

Posted in ILLC by usmllc on March 3, 2010

Due to the decreased presence of International Students on the International Living-Learning Community, Culture Share events have been combined into one event (for the time being). In hopes of sparking more interest for later in the semester, we will be hosting a Culture Share this Sunday, March 7, at 8 pm in the Philippi TV Lounge. Plenty of refreshments and opportunities for sharing experiences thus far in America will be had! Please join us!

Culture Shares

Posted in ILLC by usmllc on December 1, 2009

Some International Students enjoying tea and conversation after the British Culture Share.

Over the past semester, we have been lucky enough to have many of our International Students share their cultures. Many of the presenters cooked delicious food for the group, and we are thankful for their generosity in preparing their dishes (they often spent most of the day cooking!)

For the next semester, the ILLC staff have decided to continue the Culture Shares but with a new twist. Please keep a lookout for some differences in presentations!