CONNECTING WITH LEARNING COMMUNITIES DURING VIRTUAL SOAR

Dear Future Falcons,

Welcome to the BGSU Learning Community (LC) web page! If you are going to be a new student next year, we have put the following information together to help get you prepared for fall 2020 and answer any of your Virtual SOAR questions. If you are already a LC member, we are so happy to have you. If you are still interested in being a member but haven't applied yet, it's not too late! Information for current members and students still considering joining a LC is available below.

If you have any questions pertaining to any of the learning communities on campus, please feel free to contact the respective directors or reach out to the Office of Learning Communities at 419-372-9979.

I wish you the very best for a good, restful summer. We are excited to see you in the fall! Welcome to the Falcon Family!

Sincerely,

Brett-Holden-s-Signature

Brett Holden, Ph.D.
Academic Affairs Coordinator of Learning Communities, Office of the Provost
Director, Chapman Learning Community

LEARNING COMMUNITY MEMBERS
We are so excited you chose to join a learning community (or maybe two)! We are sad we won't be able to connect with you in person like we normally would do but happy to offer Learning Community Hangouts during SOAR days. They will be a fantastic way to meet your director, learn more about the community you joined, talk about your membership benefits and meet your future friends.

Find Your Community Hangout

NON-MEMBERS
Learning communities have a profound impact upon those who join them. They help foster deep friendships; connect members with important faculty, staff and peer mentors; support academic success; and help prepare students for their professional futures beyond college.

It's not too late to join! We invite you to join one of our virtual community hangouts if you are interested in one of the communities hosting an event. A list of all the LCs that are still accepting members is listed below. 
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LCs ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

These communities are still accepting 2020 new members and do not have (or waived) the requirement to live in their room block. Click on each of the titles to learn more about the benefits and to apply. You can join up to two communities.

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Air Force ROTC | For all students in the Air Force ROTC program at BGSU.
Army ROTC | For all students in the Army ROTC program at BGSU.
Arts Village | For students interested in exploring the arts.
Chapman | For students interested in service leadership.
ECCO | For students in an education major.
Finding Your Voice in Social Justice | For students passionate about social justice and community activism.
Global Village | For international and American students.
NHSRC | For students a science, health or pre-professional program.
SEARCH | For students interested in investigating the BIG questions of life.

Learning Community Virtual Hangouts

The following learning communities are hosting virtual hangouts during SOAR. Current members and non-members interested in joining are invited. You don't have to attend the one during your SOAR date if you don't want to. Just pop in and hang out when you want!

  • No need to sign up. 
  • Add the date and time to your calendar so you don't forget.
  • Come back to this page and click on the learning community links below when it's time to hang out.

We will be using the Webex platform to host these events. You do not have to sign up for an account to join, but if you want to test how it works beforehand, you can try it here.


AVAILABLE HANGOUTS:

  • Time | 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Dates | June 6, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 and July 1 & 2

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

  • Time | 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Dates | June 6, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 and July 1 & 2

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

  • Time | 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Dates | June 6, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 and July 1 & 2

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

  • Time | 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Dates | June 6, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 and July 1 & 2

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

  • Time | 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Dates | June 9, 16, 23 & 30

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

  • Time | 4 – 5 p.m.
  • Dates | June 9, 16, 23 & 30

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

  • Time | 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Dates | June 6, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 25, 26, 30 and July 1 & 2

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY

Please Note: Due to technical difficulties, Zoom will be used instead of Webex for this hangout.

  • Time | 2 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Dates | June 6, 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30 and July 1 & 2

JOIN HANGOUT

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY


If BGSU was a city, a Learning Community would be your neighborhood and your next-door neighbors would be your new best friends down the hall.

When you join a Learning Community you move into an environment where friendships are natural and campus more quickly feels like home.

Living with individuals who share your same interests, you enjoy unique resources and opportunities that help you succeed in your personal, professional and academic lives.  

Live and Learn with Students who Share Your Passions

  • Experience a smoother transition to university life
  • Earn higher grades
  • Graduate at higher rates
  • Participate in unique activities and trips
  • Get a head start with career networking that will help secure a job after you graduate.

New This Year

NON-RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Members of learning communities that are 'non-residential', receive the great benefits of belonging to a Learning Community but the community currently doesn't have a block of rooms inside a residence hall available to students to live in. A non-residential Learning Community may become a residential Learning Community in the future.

If you are having trouble applying, please contact Lenee Hammersmith at 419-372-9979 in our Learning Community Office so she can assist you. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Each Learning Community is unique in its own way. Some communities are made up of students with the same major or in a specific program; others are centered around a common interest and include students from all majors. Each community also offers their own unique programs and experiences.

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If the community you are interested has a fee to join, the fee is applied per semester and is in addition to your Residential Fees. The fees are determined based on the types of experiences the community provides.

Some communities require students to live in the community in order to be a member. Others accept students regardless if they choose to live in the community.

Some communities allow pull-ins, meaning you can choose to live with someone from the community or choose a roommate outside of the community. If the community doesn't, you must select a roommate who is a member of the community.

Major and Program Specific

Academic Investment in Math and Science Community

For all students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.     

AIMS

Residence Hall: Offenhauer Towers
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more the AIMS community

ACTION

Residence Hall: Offenhauer Towers
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members?
Yes

Learn more the ACTION community

Air Force ROTC Community

For any student who is in the Air Force ROTC program at BGSU.

Air Force ROTC

Residence Hall: McDonald Hall
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? No

Learn more the Air Force ROTC community

Army ROTC Community

For all students in the Army ROTC program at BGSU.          

Army ROTC

Residence Hall: McDonald Hall
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? No

Learn more about the Army ROTC community

Aviation Community

For any student in the aviation program, including Air Force ROTC.

Aviation

Residence Hall: McDonald Hall
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? No

Learn more about the Aviation community

Business District

Residence Hall: Kohl Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? Yes
Roommates can be non-members? No

Learn more the Business District community

Fee | $200 per semester

If this community allows upper class students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

Education and Human Development

For students in an EDHD major.

EDHD

Residence Hall: McDonald Hall
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more the EDHD community

Educators in Context and Community

For students in an education major.     

ECCO

Residence Hall: McDonald Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more Educators in Context community

Fee | $300 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

Forensic Science Community

For students in the BGSU Bachelor of Science Forensic Science degree program

Forensic Science

Residence Hall: Offenhauer Towers
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more about the Forensic Science community

Fee | $300 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

Natural & Health Science Community

For students in a science, health or pre-professional program.

NHSRC

Residence Hall: Offenhauer Towers
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more about the Natural & Health Science community

Fee | $200 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

All Majors Accepted

Arts Village Community

For all students interested in exploring the arts.                                           

Arts Village

Residence Hall: Kreischer Quadrangle
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? Yes
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more the Arts Village community

Fee | $200 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

Batchelder Music Community

Preference goes to College of Musical Arts students but all students with the passion for Music can apply.

Batchelder Music

Residence Hall: Kreischer Quadrangle
Fee to live in the community? No
Must live in this hall to be a member? Yes
Allows roommate pull-ins? No

Learn more about the Batchelder Music community

Chapman Community

For all students interested in community engagement, service and leadership.

Chapman

Residence Hall: Kohl Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? Yes
Roommates can be non-members? No

Learn more about the Chapman community

Fee | $300 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

Global Village Community

For all students interested in meeting, and learning about, people from other countries and cultures.

Global Village

Residence Hall: Kohl Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more about the Global Village community

Fee | $200 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

Honors Learning Community

Honors College and all students in any major looking for an atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.

Honors Learning Communit

Residence Hall: Founders Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? Yes
Roommates can be non-members? No

Learn more about the Honors Learning community

Fee | $200 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

La Comunidad

For all students who are passionate about the Spanish-speaking world.

La Comunidad

Residence Hall: Kohl Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? Yes
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more about La Comunidad

Fee | $125 per semester

If this community allows upperclass students to join, the fee will be $75 per semester after being a member for two years.

La Maison Française

For all students who are passionate about the French-speaking world.

Frensh House

Residence Hall: Kohl Hall
Fee to live in the community? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more La Maison Française

SEARCH Community

For students of all backgrounds, interested in investigating the BIG questions of life.   

Batchelder Music

Residence Hall: McDonald Hall
Fee to join? Yes
Must live in this hall to be a member? No
Roommates can be non-members? Yes

Learn more about the SEARCH community

Fee | $75 per semester

Criminal Justice Learning Community

For all students in the Criminal Justice program.

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Non-Residential Learning Community* 
Fee to join? No

Learn more about the Criminal Justice Community

History Village 

For all students curious about history and the importance of it in their lives.

History Village

Non-Residential Learning Community* 
Fee to join? No

Learn more about History Village

Finding Your Voice in Social Justice Community

For all students passionate about social justice and community activism.

Finding Your Voice in Social Justice

*Non-residential communities receive the great benefits of belonging to a Learning Community but the community currently doesn't have a block of rooms inside a residence hall available to students to live in.

Other organizations to consider:

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Thank you for taking an interest in joining one of our Learning Communities. We know there is a lot of decisions students have to make when they are getting ready for college life. Fill out this form and we will get you all the information you need to help you choose the community that is right for you.

CommunityResidence HallDirectorE-MailPhone
Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS)Offenhauer TowersSarah Jurden
Email419-372-5401
ACTION ProgramOffenhauer TowersWendy StandingerEmail419-372-6561
Air Force ROTC
McDonald HallAndrew Peterson
Email419-372-2176
Army ROTCMcDonald Hall
Nathan A. DavisEmail440-315-3471
Arts Village
Kreischer QuadJoel O'DorisioEmail419-372-3537
AviationMcDonald Hall
Mark ElyEmail419-372-2873
Batchelder MusicKreischer Quad
Bill MullinsEmail419-372-8577
Business DistrictKohl HallErik Chiarelott
Email419-372-8001
Chapman Learning CommunityKohl HallBrett Holden - DirectorEmail419-372-0593
Criminal Justice Learning CommunityNon-ResidentialCatherine PapeEmail419-372-9177
Education and Human Development Community (EDHD)
McDonald Hall
Claire HooverEmail419-372-1003
Educators in Context and Community (ECCO)McDonald Hall
Patrick VroomanEmail419-372-9185
Finding Your Voice in Social JusticeNon-ResidentialSusana PeñaEmail419-372-7117
Forensic Science
Offenhauer Towers
Jeffrey Lynn
Email419-372-6224
Global Village
Kohl HallKefa OtisoEmail419-372-9352
History VillageNon-ResidentialMichael BrooksEmail419-372-8333
Honors Learning CommunityFounders HallJodi DevineEmail419-372-8501
La Comunidad
Kohl HallRuth Martinez OlmosEmail419-372-7693
La Maison FrançaiseKohl HallElizabeth VossEmail419-372-4913
Natural Health and Science Residential Community (NHSRC)Offenhauer TowersErika ScheuflerEmail419-372-0117
SEARCHMcDonald HallMichael BrownEmail419-372-9019

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As you prepare to select your room, please become familiar with some of the expectations that your Learning Community may have. If you have questions about these items, you should contact your Learning Director. Some of the items you will want to review are the following:

Some Learning Communities require a student to live in their Community's rooms to participate in the community. It is the responsibility of the student to place themselves into the Learning Community space during Learning Community room selection time. (See the Room Selection Tab on this page)

Learning Communities may require that your roommate be a member of the community to live within the designated Learning Community rooms. If this is the case, both students need to enroll in the Learning Community in order to be roommates.

If you have a roommate that is not enrolled in the community, you will need to contact the Office of Residence Life after you selected your room. You should place yourself in a room in the community space and then call the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011. The Office of Residence Life will then assign your confirmed roommate to the room.

Your roommate who is not a member of the community will need to confirm their room selection in May during their housing selection time.

CommunityResidential or Non-ResidentialHallFee Per SemesterMust live in this hall to be a member?Roommates can be non-members?
Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS)ResidentialOffenhauer Towers$0NoYes
ACTIONResidentialOffenhauer Towers$0NoYes
Air Force ROTC Community
ResidentialMcDonald Hall$0NoNo
Army ROTCResidentialMcDonald Hall
$0NoNo
Arts VillageResidentialKreischer Quadrangle$200
YesYes
Aviation CommunityResidentialMcDonald Hall$0NoNo
Batchelder Music CommunityResidentialKreischer Quadrangle$0YesNo
Business DistrictResidentialKohl Hall$200YesNo
Chapman Learning Community
ResidentialKohl Hall$300YesNo
Criminal Justice Learning CommunityNon-ResidentialN/A$0N/AN/A
Education and Human Development Community (EDHD)ResidentialMcDonald Hall$0NoYes
Educators in Context and Community (ECCO)ResidentialMcDonald Hall$300NoYes
Finding Your Voice in Social JusticeNon-ResidentialN/A$0N/AN/A
Forensic Science Community
ResidentialOffenhauer Towers$300NoYes
Global VillageResidentialKohl Hall$200NoYes
Honors Learning CommunityResidentialFounders Hall
$200

Yes

No
La ComunidadResidentialKohl Hall
$125YesYes
La Maison FrançaiseResidentialKohl Hall*
See LC PageNoYes
Natural Health and Science Residential Community (NHSRC)ResidentialOffenhauer Towers
$200NoYes
SEARCHResidentialMcDonald Hall
$75NoYes

* One suite is reserved in Founders for La Maison Française members who are also accepted in the Honors LC. If interested in living in this suite, you must reach out to the HLC Director for approval.

IMPORTANT

If your community allows roommate pull-ins and you want to live with someone who is not a member of the community, you are be eligible to live with your roommate in your designated community room; however, you will not be able to assign your roommate through this room selection process. Here are the steps to get your roommate assigned with you:

  1. Log in to the housing system during your assigned room selection time and select an open room (a room that shows 2/2)
  2. Call the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011 and provide your name and your roommate’s name. The Office of Residence Life will assign your confirmed roommate to that room (as long as space is available in your room) 
  3. Your roommate's room assignment will be in your room, but they will need to log in during their selection time in May to confirm their assignment and select a meal plan

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 419-372-2011 or email at reslife@bgsu.edu.