2007-08 Online Catalogue
Academic Policies and General Information
The Living/Learning Center is an academic resource whose mission is to create an environment for students to integrate their academic studies and their residential experiences. To expand the intellectual horizons of students, the Center encourages faculty, staff, and student programs that foster innovative and interdisciplinary academic experiences that bring the intellectual life of the University in close alliance with the students' lives outside the classroom. Every program sponsors educational activities to which the entire UVM community is invited, making the Living/Learning Center a focus of campus cultural and intellectual activity. An evening's activities might include a sign language workshop, conversational Russian, artistic performances, gallery exhibits, faculty lectures, or a presentation by one of the Center's programs. In addition to being an academic and student support unit, the Living/Learning Center is also a residence, housing 588 students, as well as faculty and administrative offices, including the Center for Career Development and the Learning Cooperative.
The foci of the Living/Learning Center are the 30 to 35 academic programs, each of which is a year-long plan of course work, independent study, seminars, field trips, and other special activities which support a specific program theme. Recent programs include: Africa House, Geology and Ecology of the Lake Champlain Basin, La Maison Francaise, Creative Writing, The Art of Photography, and Women in Science. Programs are designed and directed by students or faculty members and reflect educational interests of the program leaders and participants. The Center provides a unique environment for each of the University schools and colleges to offer particular curricular elements in an atmosphere which fosters broad opportunities for intellectual discourse.
The first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students who reside in the Center live with fellow program members in five-, six-, or seven-person suites adjoining a living room and private bathroom facilities. This fosters close friendships and communication among the program members. Suites are located in each of the five interconnected buildings, as are classrooms, laundry rooms, common living rooms and kitchens, as well as apartments for resident faculty and their families. The Center has a reading room/reference library, microcomputer laboratory, music practice rooms, a grocery store, dining hall, preschool, an audiovisual room, Post Office, a central lounge with fireplace, and an art gallery. Through the efforts and expertise of accomplished staff artists, the Center has pottery and photography studios that provide direct program support for the Living/Learning Center community, as well as providing all members of the University community with the opportunity for informal instruction and access to the facilities and equipment.
The Living/Learning Center contributes to the University's mission in its emphasis on the integration of the personal, professional, and intellectual growth of the student. The Center further encourages programs with interdisciplinary, international, and multicultural themes that promote creative excellence. The Living/Learning Center offers the opportunity to be part of a community of people; students, faculty, and administrative staff, who share the goal, work and excitement of improving the breadth and quality of their University experience. To learn more about the Center, visit the Living/Learning Center Web site or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.