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2011 Freshmen Learning Communities Setting the PACE for your College Experience Major Related Learning Communities Art & Design Living Lea rning Community (Art majors only) (limited space) Interested in an opportunity that encourages art majors to develop design skills and be inspired by fellow artists? Students will work on their artist statement in their ENGL-101 (Freshmen English Composition). Students will be co-enrolled in ENGL-101 and ART-100 (Drawing I) courses in the fall semester and ENGL-102 and ART-103 (3D Design) in the spring. Early Childhood Education Learning Community (Early Childhood Education majors only) (limited space) This learning community is for students that aspire to make a difference in the lives of young children and interested in exploring the art of teaching. First semester linked courses will be ECE-100, (Introduction to Early Childhood Programs) and HDFS-124, (Human Development: Early Childhood Development). Students will enrolled in ECE-303, (Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Infants/Toddlers) during the spring semester. Students will have the opportunity to attend a professional conference and be part of a professional organization on campus. Food Network Groupies (HRT M)(limited space) This living learning community of hospitality and tourism freshmen will encourage a common connection of a love of food applied to the hospitality industry. Students will be involved together in service learning projects, food cooking competitions in the residence halls, tours of restaurants and dining facilities in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and will have industry leaders participate with the learning community in intimate group settings. Make connections with passionate restaurateurs, faculty members, and other future colleagues. Students will co-enroll in Principles of Economics (ECON 210) a general education course and Principles of Foodservice Operations (HT-121) in the fall and Hospitality Organization Management (HT-200) in the spring semester. The Common Good – Social Justice / Civic Engagement This learning community is designed for Applied Social Science majors and students who are interested in learning about and redressing inequalities of social class, race, gender, sexuality, etc. The courses will draw from the fields of sociology, geography, and philosophy to explore the notion of "the common good" and how to work toward a more just, equitable, and democratic society and world. Students will co-enroll in Introductory Sociology (SOC 110) and World Geography (GEOG-104) in the fall semester and Social Problems (SOC 225) and Multicultural Philosophy (PHIL 220) in the spring semester. Applied Science Living Learning Community (Applied Science majors only) The Applied Science department is dedicated to supporting the successful transition and integration of their new students. All incoming freshmen will participate in a learning community track based on their interests. B IOTEC H/HEALT H SCIENCE concentration This living learning community of applied science freshmen will encourage connections with the Applied Science program, the UWStout campus, and businesses and organizations of the City of Menomonie. Live on the same residence hall floor with other freshmen Applied Science majors and enroll in the same section of APSC-101, (Applied Science Profession I). This learning community will include opportunities to be leaders in community-wide service-learning experiences, interact with experts from industry other professionals in the applied sciences, and participate in the community-wide wellness fair hosted at UW-Stout. Environmental concentration - “Environmental Justice” This living community is for freshmen environmental science concentration students and other students interested in exploring the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to their living environment. Students will live on the same residence hall floor with other freshmen Applied Science majors and enroll in the same section of APSC-101, (Applied Science Profession I). This learning community will include opportunities that encourage connections with the Applied Science program, the UW-Stout campus, and non-profit social services organizations of Dunn County. Students will participate in a service learning opportunity that assists the community-wide Christmas for Kids program hosted at UW-Stout. NANO/MATER IALS concentration This living learning community of applied science freshmen will encourage connections with the Applied Science program, the UWStout campus, and businesses and organizations of the City of Menomonie. Students will live on the same residence hall floor with other freshmen Applied Science majors and enroll in the same section of APSC-101, (Applied Science Profession I). This learning community will include opportunities to be leaders in community-wide service-learning experiences, interact with experts from industry other professionals in the applied sciences, and participate in a nano/materials project focused on conducting consumer product claims of safety. Vocational Rehabilitation Lea rning Community (Vocational Rehabilitation majors only) The Vocational Rehabilitation department is dedicated to supporting students who aspire to make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, older persons, and offenders. All incoming freshmen will participate in the Voc Rehab learning community. All students will enroll in REHAB-101 (Intro to Rehab) and link to either BIO-132 (Human Biology), MATH 010 (Fundamentals of Algebra) or ENGL 101 (Freshmen


Composition) as deemed appropriate by their advisor and program director. This learning community will provide students opportunity to participate in study groups, social activities, professional conferences, and involvement in the Voc Rehab Club.

Interest Based Learning Communities Green Living Lea rning Community This is a community for students who care about the environment. Learn more about the interplay of environmental science, politics, and the economy and the effects on your local community. This learning community combines the opportunity to engage in local environmental issues and activism with the skill of communicating complex environmental science issues. Students are linked in two general education courses in the fall: BIO-111, (Science, Society and Environment) and SPCOM-100, (Fundamentals of Speech). Body of Knowledge Are you interested in knowing how to maintain health and wellness and learning techniques that will help you to reduce the stress in your life by relaxing more? Do you believe that a healthy body leads to a productive mind? In this learning community you will learn about the human body, how it works, how stress impacts your health, then you will put theory into practice by staying fit and healthy through walking, jogging and learning techniques that will minimize your stress and maximize your relaxation for better physical and mental health; just some of the things you need to be a successful student. Students will take three classes together in the fall: Human Biology (BIO 132), Walking & Jogging (PE 135) and Relaxation (PE 148). The Google Generation Do you find new technologies fascinating? Are you interested in learning how technology, vis-a-vis life on a laptop campus, affects your reading, writing, researching, and learning? If so, this is where you belong. Students will evaluate their experience and growing reliance upon Google, course management systems, social networking sites, and other emergent media platforms through linked courses which include ENG 101, (Freshman Composition) and ICT-103, (Information and Communication Technologies). Theater The Theatre Learning Community is for actors, designers, writers, technicians, and anyone else who loves theatre. Develop friendships with likeminded theatre artists, and get involved in all aspects of production in both the Stout Theatre Program and the Menomonie Theater Guild. Develop collaborative performance works and take exciting and enriching trips to see groundbreaking theatre. During the fall semester, students will be enrolled in the same sections of ENGL 101 (Freshman English Composition) and THEA 232 (Introduction to the Theater). World T ravelers Are you interested in learning about and experiencing other cultures as well as sharing information about your own? This living learning experience is ideal for students planning to study abroad or returning from studying abroad; for international and exchange students; for students studying foreign languages; and for any student simply interested in world affairs. Join this learning community and engage in the opportunity to make friends with similar aspirations from across Wisconsin, the US and the world. Students will take GEOG-104 (World Geography) fall semester. LivingOUTloud! This living learning community is for first-year students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or any other sexual orientation or gender identity /expression--and their friends and allies! Students will create a supportive and inclusive community that encourages academic and personal growth and forges alliances with students in other diversity and social justice focused learning communities. Members of the community will be connected by one course per semester, SOC-110 (Introductory Sociology) in the fall and GEOG-104 (World Geography) in the spring. Instructors are very supportive and courses are LGBTQ-inclusive. Interested students can contact the LGBTQ Program Office, millerjul@uwstout.edu , # (715) 232-5622, for more information. The Ha rmony of Math and M usic Do you have a fascination with music? Do you enjoy mathematics? If so, this learning community will encourage you explore connections between math and music. Students will be in the linked courses MATH-120 Introductory College Math I and MUSIC-132 Music in Our World. Activities will include attending a performance, class projects, and group discussions.

By Invitation ASP IRE to Educate If you are looking for a connection with other education majors, this is where you belong. To be a good teacher you must be a good learner. This learning community will offer you opportunities to work with others to explore questions that all teachers and learners deal with, such as: Why is learning certain things so difficult for some of us but easier for others? How can we learn faster and better? Can we help ourselves and others to be "smarter"? Through this exploration, you will develop close friendships; have access to academic support geared towards preparing you for the PPST, cutting edge college study strategies and opportunities in education to solidify your choice to become a teacher. Students will be connected by two classes in the fall: Strategies for Academic Success (TRDIS-120) and American Government (POLS-210) and two classes in the spring; Speech communication (SPCOM-100) and Foundations of Education (EDUC-326). The instructors are very supportive and care about your success as a college student and as a future educator. This learning community is sponsored by ASPIRE-Student Support Services and is available to eligible students only. Eligibility requirements include students with eligible income (receiving the PELL grant), first generation (meaning neither parent has graduated from a 4 year college or university) and/or students that have a documented disability recognized by University Disability Services.


ASP IRE to a Career Choice Not quite sure what to major in yet? Our ASPIRE to a Career learning community provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other students in and outside the classroom that are also exploring their career choices. Together, students will discover their unique interests, values, and skills; match those to potential occupations and UW-Stout majors. Students will co-enroll in the Career Exploration Seminar (TRDIS-101) and American Government (POLS-210) which fulfills a general education requirement for most every major offered at UW-Stout). This learning community is sponsored by ASPIRE-Student Support Services and is available to eligible students only. Eligibility requirements include students with eligible income (receiving the PELL grant), first generation (meaning neither parent has graduated from a 4 year college or university) and/or students that have a documented disability recognized by University Disability Services. Honors Learning Community (For U N I VERS I TY HONORS PROGRAM Students Only) For the first time, the UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM is offering a learning community that links Freshman English Honors 1 (ENG 111) and Survey of Art (ART 223). These courses will introduce students to literary texts and visual arts from antiquity to the late medieval period and explore ways in which early literature and art are in conversation with each other. This dialogue will provide us with models to explore connections between beliefs and cultural expressions in our world and pave the way for student inquiry based research and writing. Classes will run as seminars and introduce students to the Honors approach of deeper and experiential learning.

Bridge Programs (Early Start) Stoutward Bound (linked courses + living + early start) This popular two week summer bridge experience for first year racial and ethnic minority students is designed to facilitate a successful transition from high school to college. This residential living and learning community provides a unique opportunity for students to build a strong and diverse support network with peers, faculty and staff while maximizing the use of services at the university. Students move into the residence hall two weeks early and begin two general education classes, Psychology (PSYC-110) and Fundamentals of Speech (SPCOM-100). These five credits are part of the students’ fall course schedule and help to lighten the feel of the fall semester course load. This program is sponsored by Multicultural Student Services (and supported by University of Wisconsin System Inclusive Excellence initiatives) and is available to African American, American Indian, Latino/a and Asian first year students.

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Learning Community Descriptions for Fall 2011

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