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Living Learning Communities

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What is a Living Learning Community?

Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are groups of students who live together in the residence halls based upon common interests – and they’re a fabulous way to get connected on campus!  More than just social opportunities, LLCs have peer advisors and residential mentors working with each group to provide academic support.

There’s no extra cost to live in an LLC, but the benefits are huge – Data has proven that LLCs increase students’ satisfaction at school and in Residence Halls, increase the chance of them graduating within four years and also increase their interaction with faculty.

Students participating in an LLC live in the same area of a residence hall or apartment community and have frequent opportunities to interact with other students, staff, and faculty who share common academic, professional, and/or personal interests. LLC residents also benefit from Faculty Advisors and specially-trained student staff who work together to provide an experience that bridges the gap between students’ academic and social lives, and increases their chance for success in college.

As a resident of an LLC, you get to help shape the personality and activities of the community to meet your needs and interests.  There are also special opportunities – like the annual Murder Mystery Night event – that are available only to LLC residents. LLCs are an outstanding way to get involved on campus, be supported academically, and have fun!

Living Learning Community Descriptions

Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)
Business
Education
Engineering
Fine Arts
Global Village
Honors
Innovation Den (iD)
Natural Sciences
Pre-Pharmacy
Professional Golf Management (PGM)

Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Where is it?: The ACES LLC is located in Garcia Hall.

Who lives there?: The ACES LLC offers students the opportunity to participate in activities that reflect the many majors and career choices within the College of ACES and is a great fit for students who want to live and learn with other ACES majors. This diverse community is home to students from a variety of majors from the ACES College.  Anyone may apply to live in the ACES LLC.

What do they do?: Activities sponsored by the ACES LLC are as varied as the majors within the College itself! Residents have created floral arrangements, sampled chiles from NMSU’s Chile Pepper Institute, taken a horticultural hike in the Organ Mountains, and learned how to overcome test anxiety.

 

Business

Where is it?: The Business LLC is located in Garcia Hall.

Who lives there?: Whether they’re interested in marketing, international business, accounting, finance, business administration, economics, or any other area within the College of Business, students will find the Business LLC to be a great match for their interests and career ambitions.  Anyone may apply to live in the Business LLC.

What do they do?: The opportunities for activities and discussions in this LLC are as diverse as the students who live here! Some past events include presentations by successful NMSU alumni, competing in a stock market game, volunteering at a local soup kitchen, and “Pizza and a Prof” presentations on a variety of business-related topics.

 

Education

Where is it? The Education LLC is located in Garcia Hall.

Who lives there?: This LLC caters to students who are studying any of the many majors within the College of Education. In addition to receiving academic support, students in this LLC often take advantage of the many opportunities to practice education-related skills in a hands-on environment. Anyone may apply to live in the Education LLC.

What do they do?: Residents of the Education LLC have volunteered as face-painters at the Halloween Howl, received tips from a professional story-teller, made ice cream in plastic baggies, and learned from experts how to stay ahead in college.

 

Engineering

Where is it?: The Engineering LLC is located in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall.

Who lives there?: This community is a great setting for students who are interested in majors and careers within the College of Engineering. The Engineering LLC encourages residents to connect with role models and helps them to learn to balance their academic demands while enjoying the college experience. Students must be a declared Engineering major and receive approval from the College of Engineering in order to live in this LLC. Additionally, residents are expected to be actively involved in community opportunities and are required to earn involvement points in this LLC.

What do they do?: Recent Engineering LLC activities have included a contest to build the best paper airplane, calculus review sessions, “Pizza and a Prof” presentations on everything from engineering abroad to the chemistry of beer, and a piñata bash.

 

Fine Arts

Where is it?: The Fine Arts LLC is located in Garcia Hall.

Who lives there?: The Fine Arts LLC is home to students with a broad range of artistic interests including music, theatre, art, filmmaking, and more. Creative energy brings residents of this community together for fun, hands-on programs throughout the year. Anyone may apply to live in the Fine Arts LLC.

What do they do?: The Fine Arts LLC has offered a wide variety of programs, including visiting a sculptor’s studio, painting flower pots and planting seeds, a movement workshop, a duct tape crafts night, and recital nights.

 

Global Village

Where is it?: The Global Village LLC is located in the Vista Del Monte apartments.

Who lives there?: The Global Village is an internationally-renowned model that brings international students studying at NMSU together with students from the US who have an interest in international affairs and/or travel. Many languages, cultures, majors, and backgrounds are represented in this truly diverse community. In order to apply to the Global Village LLC, students must have sophomore standing or above.

What do they do?: Because of the enormous range of interests and experiences represented in this LLC, Global Village allows international students participate in activities that share the culture of the United States and the unique flavor of the Southwest while also exposing both domestic and international students to cultures from around the world. Previous events have included an international pot-luck, enjoying America’s pastime: baseball, sushi night, “Pizza and a Prof” presentations on a broad variety of topics, and language tables.

 

Honors

Where is it?: The Honors LLC is located in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall.

Who lives there?: The Honors LLC is home to students from every College and major across campus. As NMSU’s oldest Living Learning Community, it has become an LLC with a strong sense of identity, community, and pride. Students who live here must qualify for Crimson Scholar status (or submit a special request to be approved by the Honors College). Residents of the Honors LLC tend to work hard and play hard!

What do they do?: The Honors LLC offers events and activities that appeal to a wide range of interests. Previously, they’ve sponsored events like sustainable residence hall living, volunteerism and service learning, “Pizza and a Prof” presentations on topics ranging from the history of medicine to border issues to religion and everything in between, and a pajama fashion show.. The possibilities are endless!

 

Innovation Den (iD)

Where is it?: Innovation Den is located in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall.

Who lives there?: iD is a new LLC for students pursuing all imaginable majors.  We are looking for those with an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation in any field of study.  We are developing a community of engineers and writers, designers and business majors, musicians and biologists; in short, we’re looking for you.  Be a part of leading the new economy. Don’t be afraid of the job market, create it!

What do they do?:  Meet new friends with the same passion for entrepreneurship as you have.  Compete in Innovation Challenges, learn about the process of new venture creation, be connected to the student business incubator Studio G, network with local entrepreneurs will be arranged, learn new ways of thinking about and approaching the problems in creative ways, explore opportunities for collaboration across majors , get expert support from the NMSU Entrepreneurship Institute on your own endeavor, and have access to the Innovation Den where brainstorming will be the order of the day (or night).

 

Natural Sciences

Where is it?: The Natural Sciences LLC is located in Garcia Hall.

Who lives there?: Formerly the Biological Sciences LLC, this community has expanded to include students with majors, interests, or classes in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geology, Psychology, and more!

What do they do?: As the Biological Sciences LLC, this community engaged in a number of varied activities including a talk from a medical school student about the application and transition process, study groups, watching popular forensics shows and learning what’s real versus what’s TV magic, and health and wellness activities like yoga for stress management. Now as the scope of the community has broadened, the possibilities for programs are unlimited!

 

Pre-Pharmacy

Where is it?: The Pre-Pharmacy LLC is located in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel Hall.

Who lives there?: This LLC gives students interested in majors and careers related to pharmacology the chance to socialize and study with others who share their ambitions. In order to live in the Pre-Pharmacy LLC, students must be admitted to the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program and approved by the program’s coordinators.

What do they do?: The students in the Pre-Pharmacy LLC have had opportunities to participate in a variety of community service projects, received academic help during study and advising sessions, learned about compounding using ice cream, and heard presentations from professional pharmacists.

 

Professional Golf Management (PGM)

Where is it?: The PGM LLC is located in Garcia Hall.

Who lives there?: This community is the ideal setting for students interested in majoring in or learning more about Professional Golf Management. In order to live here, students must be admitted into NMSU’s PGM program and receive approval from the program’s Director.

What do they do?: The only one of its kind in the country, this dynamic community offers students the chance to attend golf outings, support each other at tournaments, and connect with others who share a love of golf.

 

For additional information regarding Living Learning Communities, please contact the Department of Housing & Residential Life at (575) 646-3202. Living Learning Community offerings and qualifications are subject to change.