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The Living Learning Community

Freshman Seminar is a requirement for almost every college student, but this year Bluefield College has decided to try something different: the Living Learning Community (LLC).

September 13, 2010

Freshman Seminar is a requirement for almost every college student, but this year Bluefield College has decided to try something different: the Living Learning Community (LLC).

 

Dr. Cynthia Bascom, Professor of Communications and the LLC Faculty Mentor, gave an overview of the program.

 

“Seven students, freshmen, with a variety of majors and backgrounds were chosen,” Bascom said. “They take Dr. Boozer's class, and then do an hour of enrichment activities every week. The class combines to be three credit hours.”

 

Bascom explained that the class is based upon the idea that students go through a variety of changes when they go to college. The LLC has four main objectives: increased success in the classroom, increased sense of self purpose, increased interactions with and sensitivity to other people, and broadened horizons. These goals are to be met through cultural, social and academic activity.

 

“The class is meant to help cross boarders into a life of inquiry,” said Bascom. “This will help retain students, along with helping them find their place in the world.”

 

The in-class portion of LLC takes place in Dr. Robert Boozer's class, 'Invitation to Inquiry.” The class is designed to help students become more comfortable with seeking out answers.

 

The other portion of the class is composed of enrichment activities. These activities range from team building exercises to field trips. Students involved in the LLC have gone zip-lining and will visit a coal mine.

 

Because the coal industry is a large part of the Appalachian culture, students in the LLC spend time looking at the coal industry.

 

“Coal is one of the themes we're delving into,” said Bascom.

 

The students are expected to create their own mission statement, which they learn to do through books like Steve Covey's, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

 

At the end of the semester, the concluding project for the students will be to paint their mission statements of fabric panels. These panels will be strung onto clothesline and placed in BC's quad.

 

“The panels will be pictorial representations of their mission, hope for the world and for themselves,” said Bascom.

 

At the end of the first year in the LLC, Bascom hopes that the program will culminate with a trip to Chicago, which would support the goals of the LLC and allow students to cross multicultural borders.

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