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Bridging Opportunities in Leadership & Diversity (BOLD)

Majors Eligible to Join

Multicultural students (American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino/a, Multiracial) in any College of Liberal Arts and Sciences major.

 

Program Description

Are you looking forward to building a community with students of color this fall?

Do you want to learn more about campus resources and opportunities to get involved?

Would you like to develop a great relationship with a current multicultural student leader who could serve as your peer mentor, and become a life-long friend?

BOLD is a fantastic opportunity for first-year and new transfer students who are striving for academic, social and professional success. The BOLD Learning Community is designed to support the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ diverse student population with representation and retention, and you can be a part of it!

The BOLD Learing Community offers three main components:

  • Orientation course in the fall and seminar course in the spring
  • 1:1 peer mentoring
  • Academic and social events with all learning
  • community students and peer mentors

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing Up

http://www.las.iastate.edu/bold/

 

Contact

Lexi Dant 
number
email@iastate.edu

Christy Oxendine
515-294-2545
oxendine@iastate.edu

 

Website

http://www.las.iastate.edu/students/multicultural-services/

 

Bridging Opportunities in Leadership & Diversity (BOLD)

Majors Eligible to Join

Multicultural students (American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino/a, Multiracial) in any College of Liberal Arts and Sciences major.

 

Program Description

Are you looking forward to building a community with students of color this fall?

Do you want to learn more about campus resources and opportunities to get involved?

Would you like to develop a great relationship with a current multicultural student leader who could serve as your peer mentor, and become a life-long friend?

BOLD is a fantastic opportunity for first-year and new transfer students who are striving for academic, social and professional success. The BOLD Learning Community is designed to support the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ diverse student population with representation and retention, and you can be a part of it!

The BOLD Learing Community offers three main components:

  • Orientation course in the fall and seminar course in the spring
  • 1:1 peer mentoring
  • Academic and social events with all learning
  • community students and peer mentors

 

Living Options

Non-residential

 

Signing Up

http://www.las.iastate.edu/bold/

 

Contact

Christy Oxendine
515-294-2545
oxendine@iastate.edu

 

Website

http://www.las.iastate.edu/students/multicultural-services/

 

Kinesiology Transfer/Change of Major

The best part about a learning community is knowing that you’re not alone when trying to figure out how to survive as a college student – Chris M
You should join a learning community because of the networking opportunities as peers are in relevant majors and are considering related career plans…have a social network to extend beyond academic opportunities – Kyle Z.

 

Majors Eligible to Join

All entering transfer students and those who have recently changed their major to Kinesiology and Health or Pre-Athletic Training are automatically enrolled. 
 

Program Description

The purpose of this learning community is to assist new students in making a successful academic, social, and personal transition to Iowa State University and the Department of Kinesiology. Students engaged in this learning community identify as transfer students or students who have recently changed their major into the department. The learning community is affiliated with the orientation course, KIN 253, which students complete during their first semester in the department. This course provides opportunities for career exploration, transfer credit evaluation, building an academic plan and utilizing campus resources. Upperclassmen Peer Mentors actively assist with the course, providing support and guidance to new students as they navigate Iowa State University and the Department of Kinesiology.
 

Living Options

None
 

Signing Up

Students will register for Kin 253 their first semester and will be part of the learning community through enrollment in this course.

 

Contact

Janessa Boley
515-294-3100
boleyj@iastate.edu

 

 

 

Future Teachers - Future Leaders

Majors eligible to join 

All entering transfer students majoring in Elementary Education automatically enroll as well as current Iowa State students who are changing their major to Elementary Education.  Other students wanting to explore teaching as an option are also invited to join. 
 

Program description 

This learning community meets two times a week for eleven weeks during a transfer student’s first semester at Iowa State.  It is designed to bring together transfer students majoring in Elementary Education that will lead to K-6 teacher certification.  Throughout the semester, with the leadership of the instructor and peer mentors, the students will have an opportunity to learn about our teacher education program, useful resources on campus and participate in study groups and special group activities.  Students will come to know more about themselves and the type of teacher they want to become through class presentations and reflective writing opportunities.

 

Living options 

None

 

Enrolling 

New students to Iowa State enroll during transfer orientation.  Current ISU students would enroll if they are changing or considering changing their majors to Elementary Education.

 

Contact 

Alicia Edwards
515-294-5465
aliciaed@iastate.edu

Kathy Christensen
515-294-5153
kathyc@iastate.edu

 

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AESHM Transitions

Majors eligible to join

New Event Management and Hospitality Management transfer students and change-of-majors are eligible to join. 
 

Program description

The AESHM Transitions Learning community is designed to assist students in their overall transition to their new major in Event or Hospitality Management, to the College of Human Sciences, and to Iowa State University. Specifically, students will learn about academic policies, procedures, resources, programs, as well as have opportunities to explore personal and professional goals and develop as a leader. There is an emphasis on connecting students to peers, faculty, and opportunities that will promote growth and success through in and out-of-class activities that allow for teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-management concepts. 

 

Living Options

None 

 

Signing Up 

Students will have an opportunity to register for this learning community during Transfer Orientation and class registration.

 

Contact

Stacey Wertzberger
515-294-3459
staceyw@iastate.edu

 

InDustrial Engineers Are Leaders Transitions (IDEAL Transitions)

Learning communities are a great way to meet new friends, adjust to college life, and learn about the college/area in general. I personally still am friends with quite a few people from my learning community that I was in during my Freshman year. I think learning communities are a great thing for everyone to join. – Cole

 

The best part of being in a learning community is building an academic network of students. This helps academic performance since you have people to go to for help. Also helps make school a more enjoyable place since you’ll know people wherever you go. – Meghan

 

Majors eligible to join

Students transferring in or continuing within the Industrial Engineering major.

 

Program description

The IDEAL Transitions Learning Community provides academic and social support systems for Industrial Engineering students. Students have the opportunity to take common courses and participate in social, professional, and study group experiences lead by peer mentors.

 

Living Options

This is a non-residential learning community.

 

Signing up

Students will have the opportunity to register during the Fall/Summer and Spring registration periods.

 

Contact

Heather Robinson
3036 Black Engineering
Phone: 515-294-7797
hrobins@iastate.edu

 

Devna Popejoy-Sheriff
3038 Black Engineering
Phone: 515-294-1603
devna@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.imse.iastate.edu/undergraduate-program/learning-communities/

 

InDustrial Engineers Are Leaders First Year (IDEAL First Year)

Majors eligible to join

Industrial Engineer majors

 

Program description

IDEAL works to assist new Industrial Engineering students while they are transitioning into college life through academic and social support systems. This will be accomplished by developing a supportive network of students, peer mentors, faculty and staff. The IDEAL Learning Community students take clustered courses to build interactions based on similar academic interests, while learning together to enhance their experience.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

All first-year students who declare Industrial Engineering as a major before or during the school year automatically become members of the IDEAL Learning Community. They receive information through mailings and at summer orientation.

 

Contact

Rhaechel Ohge Fritz
3034 Black Engineering
515-294-1683
reofritz@iastate.edu

Devna Popejoy-Sheriff
3038 Black Engineering
515-294-1603
devna@iastate.edu

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Web Site

https://www.imse.iastate.edu/undergraduate-program/learning-communities/

 

Electrical Engineering

Majors eligible to join

Open to all majors, the emphasis of the problems and demos are based on interesting problems in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

Program description

EELC offers a great environment to know your peers and many people in the department including professors, advisors, juniors and seniors. Students will take classes together in the first terms, such as:
Math 165
Chemistry 165/or 155
EE 185
Engr 101

And in the second term:
Math 166
Physics 221
EE 186
EE166

The students have opportunities to work with mentors, as well as help sessions for math and chemistry and physics. The learning community emphasis team work, group projects and group activities that will enhance students social and educational lives within the univeristy. Activites are encouraged, mentors are available but not mandatory.

 

Living options

Students have the option to live-in with CprE learning community students in Friley Hall.

 

Signing up

You need to sign up after you take the math placement exam. Your academic advisor can sign you up.

 

Contact

Tony Moore, Co-Coordinator
515-294-3485
awmoore@iastate.edu


Dr. Mani Mina, Co-Coordinator
515-294-3918
mmina@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

https://www.ece.iastate.edu/

 

Construction Engineering Cornerstone

Majors eligible to join

Open to Construction Engineering majors
Other students with permission from instructor

 

Program description

The purpose of the Cornerstone Learning Community is to help freshmen and transfer students in Construction Engineering adjust to life at ISU, learn what resources ISU offers, and to introduce students to faculty and industry members early in their careers at ISU. The activities we engage in encourage teamwork and team building, as well as help our students learn more about themselves and others in the ConE program. A large part of our purpose is to help foster and develop the 'soft skills' that industry is looking for in our graduates while developing competent leaders and future employees.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing Up

Sign up for the learning community takes place at summer orientation.

 

Contact 

Emily Bowers
515-294-1069
ebowers@iastate.edu

 

Web Site

http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/

 

Chemical Engineering Upper-Division

Majors eligible to join

Chemical Engineering majors enrolling in ChE 325 and English 314.

 

Program description

The Chemical Engineering & Technical Communication learning community links two of our junior-level courses: Engl 314 – Technical Communication and ChE 325 – Chemical Engineering Lab 1. This links allows for assignments to be coordinated between the two classes and provides in-depth instruction on how to write technical lab reports.

A student peer mentor, who has previously completed both courses successfully, will assist learning community members with report format requirements. This peer mentor must be capable of evaluating reports from the perspective of style requirements and clarity to ensure students are receiving a consistent message from both courses. In this format, student motivation and performance has improved by the very evident connection between report writing in principle and in the context of conveying their own results.

 

Living Options

None

 

Signing up

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

Registering for the learning community will allow you to register for the reserved sections of English 314.  Registration for the learning community is by using a Reference number, which can be obtained from CBE Department Advisers.  The learning community must be the first course entered onto your schedule to allow you to add the appropriate English 314 section.  If any course is entered before the learning community, you will not be allowed to add the learning community section of English 314.  Any courses on your schedule prior to enrolling in the learning community will need to be removed from your schedule, then enroll in the learning community, continue enrollment in the semester’s courses.  Registering for the learning community does not automatically enroll you in English 314 or in ChE 325; you must add these courses separately.

Contact 

Stephanie Loveland
2052 Sweeney
515-294-3024
prairie@iastate.edu

 

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