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Education, Health, & Wellness Learning Communities

Are you planning on going into a career in the field of education? Or, are you interested in the health industry? Or maybe you just like living a healthy and active lifestyle and want to live with other students who feel the same? These five learning communities offer a variety of ways for you to explore your passions while receiving support to ensure your success in college.

Please visit our Education, Health, & Wellness learning community partners, for additional information about programs they offer: School of Education; Writing Program; Department of Health and Exercise Science; Department of Recreation Services; Office of Residence Life; Office of Health Promotion.

Education Living-Learning Community

The Education Living-Learning Community (ELLC) is designed to bring first-year education students together with School of Education faculty and staff members to ease the transition into the Syracuse University community and contribute to their success within the School of Education and beyond. An important component to the ELLC is the opportunity to take two of your required introductory courses, EDU 101 and WRT 105, within the close-knit and supportive environment of your residence hall. In addition to in-hall discussions and guest speakers, students in the ELLC will have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities outside the University environment, attending cultural events, team-building ropes course, and social activities in and around the Syracuse community. These activities help students become comfortable with the residential and academic aspects of University life in a short period of time.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate education students only (including dually enrolled students with Arts and Sciences, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, and Visual and Performing Arts).
  • Students register for two required first-year courses: WRT 105 Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits) and EDU 101 First Year Forum (1 credit).
  • Location: Flint Hall on the 2nd floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Health and Exercise Science Learning Community

The Health and Exercise Science Learning Community is designed to provide an atmosphere in which first-year students in Health and Exercise Science can explore issues related to health, exercise, and performance as well as receive support from faculty and staff around the transition into the academic program and the Syracuse University community.  A variety of experiences in the Health and Exercise Science labs will give you hands-on knowledge of the labs, help you discover how your body performs on some tests, and exposes you to ongoing research. To immerse yourself in the Health and Exercise field, there will be a variety of in- and out-of-hall activities designed to explore career options and provide opportunities to meet with professionals in the field. Joins us and share your interest in exercise with your peers as well as learn how to become involved in research and application.
  • Open to first-year undergraduate Health and Exercise Science major students only.
  • Open to selected upper-class students serving as peer mentors.
  • Students register for PPE 295: Introduction to Exercise Science (3 credits) and WRT 105: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits) in the fall semester.
  • Students register for HEA 332: Personal Health and Safety (3 credits) for the spring semester.
  • Location: Dellplain Hall on the 5th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

LIFE (Living In a Free Environment) Learning Community

LIFE is a housing option for those students looking for a community where neighbors choose not to use alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. LIFE is a lively and active community where residents are encouraged by their peers to participate in and plan both formal and informal social events.  The LIFE floor is highly recommended for students interested in an enjoyable, substance-free undergraduate experience.
  • Open to all undergraduate SU students.
  • Location: Haven Hall on the 5th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Outdoor Pursuits Learning Community

The Outdoor Pursuits Learning Community is a place for people who enjoy outdoor recreation. Students will take part in shared outdoor adventure trip experiences and workshops, discuss various aspects relating to outdoor pursuits with faculty and staff, and engage in outdoor recreation opportunities with their floor.    
  • Open to first-year undergraduate SU students.
  • Students are encouraged to register for PED 289: Backpacking (1 credit).  Note: there is a $65 fee associated with this class.  Offered in the first half of the fall semester and second half of the spring semester.
  • Students are encouraged to register for PED 209: Adventure Activities (1 credit). Offered in the fall semester only.
  • Students are encouraged to utilize the opportunity to participate in the pre-orientation program “Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program” (LOOP).
  • Location: Haven Hall on the 6th floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Wellness Learning Community

Make personal wellness a priority!  When most students think of wellness, they think about exercising and eating a balanced diet, but wellness is more than that.  Wellness is the integration of one’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  The Wellness Learning Community provides students the opportunity to engage with the eight dimensions of wellness to improve their quality of life and enrich their academics.  The eight dimensions of wellness are:
Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual, Physical, Financial. Emphasis is given to a broad range of college and life skills.  As members of the Wellness Learning Community, students will engage in fun activities and connect with offices on-campus that work to promote wellness for students.  Each month, students will participate in activities that incorporate one or more of the eight dimensions of wellness.  Examples of activities that may be offered include white water rafting, soulful sit-down dialogues, nutrition demonstrations, yoga, meditation, coloring, movie viewings with discussions, Fitness classes, or intramurals.
  • Open to all first-year undergraduate SU students.
  • Required participation in one community service/engagement component each semester. The Office of Health Promotions Wellness Ambassador Program, the LC Welcome Activity and Wellness Workshop during the fall semester, as well as additional events during the spring semester.       
  • There is no course requirement for this learning community.
  • Location: Flint Hall on the 3rd floor for the 2017-2018 academic year.