Residence Life Offers New Upperclassman Faith and Service Living Learning Community
Residence Life at St. Edward's University is excited to announce their new Faith and Service Living Learning Community. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to apply for the university’s first upperclassmen LLC next academic year.
In Living Learning Communities, students choose their housing based on a common theme, and throughout the year, they explore the topic and deepen their knowledge of the subject. The Faith and Service LLC will be in Lady Bird Johnson Hall and take part in weekly gatherings that include dinner and a shared prayer, a monthly service project, and will incorporate the McCarthy and Nostra Aetate Lecture series.
Professor Ed Shirely, PhD, will teach The Thought of C.S. Lewis in Fall 2012, a three-credit course that will fit into the students’ degree plan, regardless of major, as it fulfills the religious studies/philosophy requirement for all undergraduate degrees. The group will also take a one-hour course, Exploring Inner Space, in Spring 2013.
Molly Hynes, a junior studying Religious Studies, became interested in the idea of a faith-based LLC after interacting with different students and seeing a need for this type of community.
"As a school that is so influenced by kindheartedly serving others and openly discussing religion, I was surprised that St. Edward's didn't have a way to incorporate that into a fraternal group on campus," Molly said.
Hynes explained that her time as a resident assistant caused her to crave a faith-based community for the residence halls. This will give students that become part of the Faith and Service LLC the opportunity to build relationships with one another, while also growing together in their faith. They will focus on reaching out to those around them and work together to make an impact on the community.
“Living with a group of fellow St. Edward’s students who are passionate about their neighborhood and faith will remind you that life is enjoyed when it is spent with others, serving others,” Hynes said.
The Faith and Service LLC is open to people from all faiths and spiritual backgrounds and previous living learning community experience is not required. Residence Life is currently accepting applications for the next academic year.
The Faith and Service application is due is February 6, 2012.
Freshmen also have the opportunity to be a part of a Living Learning Community, and the new French Language LLC will be available next academic year. For 2012-2013, freshmen can choose from six different Living Learning Communities, including:
- French Language
- Global Understanding
- Natural Science
- Social Justice
The priority deadline for freshmen to apply for an LLC is April 9, 2012.