Agronomy - AGRON

ID: 
2368
Abbreviation: 
AGRON
Type (major or minor): 
curriculum
Department Code: 
01150
Major Code #: 
11102
College ID #: 
1
Level (U or G): 
undergraduate

CALS Transfer

Majors eligible to join

All transfer students in their first semester with a major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). 
 

Program description

The purpose of the CALS Transfer residential learning community is to assist new students in making a successful academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University. Activities include guest speakers, agriculture tours and social activities. Students in the CALS Transfer learning community will also enroll in a common section of ENGL 302 (Business Communication). The learning community will have a transfer student peer mentor that will support students with the transition to Iowa State University.


Living Options

Housing in Frederiksen Court, the University owned apartments, is required for transfer students who participate in this learning community. CALS Transfer men and women are housed in separate 4 person (1 per bedroom) apartments.


Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Registration for ENGL 302 takes place during transfer student orientation.

 

Contact

Stephanie Zumbach
szumbach@iastate.edu
515-294-5179

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Brandau
abrandau@iastate.edu
515-294-6147

 

Leadership ISU

Majors eligible to join

All students in any major are eligible to join Leadership ISU.

 

Program description

Leadership ISU is a leadership focused Learning Community designed to help students develop capacity for practicing leadership on campus and preparing them to facilitate organizational and community-based change. This community is partnered with Campus Leadership Development (LD ST 270), a course designed for students who want to learn about exemplary leadership practices and engage in experiential campus leadership opportunities.

The Student Activities Center is a critical partner providing key connections for students in this learning community to lead the amazing possibilities for students at Iowa State. This learning community provides highly interactive experiences that create opportunities for students to be leaders on campus, shape change in their communities, and establish a professional network leading to success at Iowa State and after graduation.

Through LD ST 270 and the Student Activities Center, students will participate in dynamic lectures, engage in student-centered discussions, participate in large and small group activities, and identify opportunities to build community within the group as well as network with others on campus. Leadership Studies program faculty, Student Activities Center staff, and peer mentors ensure students feel supported in their academic growth and leadership development.

Leadership ISU and LD ST 270 are open to all students, though specifically geared toward first-year and new transfer students. All students enrolled in LD ST 270 will be a part of the Leadership ISU learning community.

 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

All students who register for LD ST 270 be participating in the learning community.
 

Contact

Hayley Goddard
515-294-4354
lisu@iastate.edu
 

Web Site

www.sac.iastate.edu/lisu

 

Writing Opportunities in Workplaces (WOW)

”Students who join learning communities have a special opportunity to connect with classmates---form study groups, serve as sounding boards for one another, and even develop lasting friendships throughout their four years at ISU. Seeing the same familiar faces in two classes every week creates a comfort level many college first-years don't experience, and finding comfort in the classroom setting inevitably leads to smoother learning and more permanent retention of vital communication skills that translate to the workplace."

 

Majors eligible to join

Students of any major (including Open Option) who register for English 214 and English 250.
 

Program description

Students will learn about the background, practical application of, techniques of, and demand for technical writing and web design/usability in the U.S. and worldwide. Through written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills, they will complete summaries and rhetorical analyses related to topics in technical communication. They will also delve into visual website design and rhetoric and learn to analyze and evaluate visuals both in terms of their messages and in their creation as TComm deliverables. Finally, they will master argumentation, acting as mediators in debates centered around technology, its use/misuse in the workplace, and its presentation in writing and multimedia. Because all students enrolled in this section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of English 214, this will encourage a sense of community and create shared learning opportunities. Within this single learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement and an ISUComm Foundations requirement! Students will also gain a greater understanding of technical communications as a field, potentially adding it as a major, second major, or minor. Tech Comm was recently rated the 14th best job in the U.S. by Career Cast and other sources, meaning that majors in English and related fields are becoming more and more lucrative as the demand for strong communicators rises!
 

Living Options

None 
 

Signing up

Students will have the opportunity to register for this learning community during spring registration and June Orientation.
 

Contact

Samantha Robinson-Adams
515-294-5206
slr@iastate.edu


 

Writing Gender

Majors eligible to join

Any first-year majors who’ve met the qualifications for entry into English 250.

 

Program description

Writing Gender is a learning community open to students of any major (including Open Option) that links a section of WS 201 with a section of English 250. Students will learn about the contemporary status of women and gender diversity from social, economic, historical, political and literary perspectives. Through writing, oral and visual communication skills, they will analyze the intersection of gender, race, class, nationality and sexuality in the US and globally. Because all students enrolled in the section of English 250 will also be taking the same section of WS 201, this will foster an additional sense of community and collaborative learning experiences. Within this one learning community, students can satisfy an Arts and Humanities requirement, an ISU Comm requirement and a US Diversity requirement. Students will also gain more insight into the nature of a major or second major in WS.

 

Living Options

None 

 

Signing up

Sign up will take place during Orientation. Please ask your adviser for details.

 

Contact

Christiana Langenberg
Ross 343
515-294-1655
clang@iastate.edu

 

Web Site 

https://womensstudies.las.iastate.edu/

 

Chemistry Learning Community (CLC)

The best part of learning community is all of the connections I've made.  I met some of my best friends when I was taking it as a freshman and I continue to meet new people all the time.  It has also allowed me to connect with a lot of professors who have been valuable resources to me throughout my college career. - Kate

 

Majors eligible to join

The Chemistry Learning Community is intended for first-year and transfer majors in chemistry, but is open to any student with an interest in chemistry.
 

Program description

The Chemistry Learning Community (CLC) seeks to build a community environment that fosters the educational and emotional growth of chemistry students. Because of the importance of research in chemistry, the CLC is centered on a research theme. 
The CLC holds weekly meetings and activities with freshmen and transfer students throughout the year. Students enroll in Chemistry 101A (fall only) and Chem 101B (spring only) “Chemistry Learning Community Orientation.” We will introduce students to support services, resources, and opportunities at ISU including AccessPlus, Canvas, and the Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) – our chemistry club. We will develop team-building, problem-solving, and professional skills, provide educational and service-based field trips, and invite faculty to discuss their research.  We will also have some activities just for fun!

Our goals include:

  • building a supportive community for our freshmen and transfer students by creating and promoting connections between the majors, peer mentors, faculty and staff,
  • exposing freshmen and transfer students to undergraduate research opportunities, and
  • helping students learn coping, problem-solving and communication skills.

 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community.
 

Signing up

All incoming first-year and transfer chemistry majors will automatically become part of the Chemistry Learning Community when they register for courses at summer orientation. Be sure to show up in August for the learning community orientation events which will be held just prior to the start of classes.
 

Contact

    

 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Majors eligible to join

Open to all undergraduate students in any major, including open option, undecided and undeclared.


Program Description

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community provides a unique learning experience for students from all majors who have ever thought about starting their own business, who are currently running their own business, or who are simply looking to gain skill sets in entrepreneurship, leadership, and small business management. Students majoring in chemistry, marketing, engineering, and all other disciplines learn together in a hands-on entrepreneurial learning environment.

Students in the program are connected to mentors and speakers who contribute to student learning by sharing experiences and offering advice. Students have access to a support network rich in resources to help them develop new innovations or even launch their own companies. Students from a variety of majors will learn about entrepreneurship and innovation through classroom and extracurricular activities.

Students should register for Bus Ad 292 to participate in the weekly seminar class, which includes field trips, speakers, and fun team activities. 
 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community program.
 

Application Process 

Register for the required weekly seminar course, Bus Ad 292, or contact Judi Eyles for more information about getting involved.

The course is open to all majors and includes field trips, speakers, networking, and more. The one-credit course meets on Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 am in the Student Innovation Center.

Contact

Judi Eyles
Program Coordinator
ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
515-296-6754
eyles@iastate.edu

 

Website 

http://www.isupjcenter.org/learn/elc/

Agronomy

Majors eligible to join

Agronomy

 

Program description

The Agronomy New Student Learning Community was established in 1998, providing both freshman and off-campus transfer students in Agronomy an easy assimilation into the Department and the University, which will increase retention and student satisfaction. We seek to improve academic achievement and enhance career understanding by increasing the relevance of course work and improving professional skills. We hope to increase collaborative interactions among students, faculty, and staff. Activities include a two-day field trip before classes start in the fall, which allows the new freshmen to meet one another and to meet practicing agronomists. Many students have commented that the field trip helped them further clarify their career goals and made the transition to Iowa State much easier. An afternoon field trip is organized for the new transfer students, allowing them to have an opportunity to interact with one another outside the classroom and to introduce them to research faculty in the Department. We also meet weekly to continue to discuss information that would improve the students’ learning and career goals. We have established a successful link with English150 and English 250. The topics in the classes center around agronomic issues, i.e. food production and water. During the semester the peer mentors provide social activities and organize a service project.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

Students enroll during summer orientation.

 

Contact 

Heidi Ackerman
heidia@iastate.edu
515-294-6636

Mary Wiedenhoeft 
mwiedenh@iastate.edu
515-294-3274

 

Web Site 

http://www.agron.iastate.edu/

 

Agricultural Community Encourages Success (ACES)

Majors eligible to join

Any major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 
 

Program description

ACES is a residential learning community with space for 25 men and 25 women. Activities include meals followed by informal talks by guest speakers, visits to area agribusinesses, tours of special interest facilities on campus, study groups, and service projects, and social activities.


Living Options

ACES men and women are housed on separate floors in Maple Hall, with an upper class ag student peer mentor living among them on each floor.


Signing up

To sign up for a residential learning community simply click on the “Learning Community” tab when filling out your Department of Residence contract on AccessPlus. You can go in and update or change your learning community preference information at any time up until the deadline without losing your “priority date.” Sign up for the learning community course(s) takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Cindy Haynes
chaynes@iastate.edu
515-294-4006