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Innovation Living-Learning Community

DESCRIPTION OF THE LLC

Sponsored by the College of Engineering & Computing, the purpose of the Innovation LLC is to offer students majoring in Engineering, Construction Management, or Computing access to the best options for academic, personal, and social success within their first year at Georgia Southern University.  Through workshops, career development, tutoring, interactions with faculty, social events, and other activities, the Innovation LLC provides you with a variety of ways to strengthen your academic performance while learning more about your major, career, and networking in the field.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of living in this community, students will…

  • Establish relationships with faculty, peers, staff, and advisors to create a stronger sense of community and belonging at Georgia Southern University.
  • Explore majors within the College of Engineering and Computing to determine what major/career path best suits each students’ interest and strengths.
  • Be exposed to campus, community, and professional organizations that will enable them to succeed and network in their chosen field.
  • Identify resources that will aid in a successful transition from high school to college level academics in their chosen field.

 

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must hold and maintain a declared major in the College of Engineering and Computing.  If a students changes their major prior to spring break, they will be directed to the Housing Office to complete a room change process and move out of the community.
  • Students are pre-enrolled in required common courses by the LLC Academic Advisor.  These courses may be common courses that all first year engineering and computing students take, or an LLC-designated FYE 1220 section in the fall.
  • Students sign a participation contract that outlines a minimum amount of programs they should be attending throughout the year to stay a participant of the community.
  • Students are required to participate in yearly LLC programs, such as the Welcome Social, Fall Orientation, and Spring Retreat.
  • Most students in the LLC are first year students, with the exception of Peer Mentors who were previous first year students in the LLC.
  • All students in the LLC pay a $20 student activity fee each semester that helps pay for the cost of specialty programming.

 

SPECIALTY PROGRAMMING

There are many programs that are planned specifically for the students of the Innovation LLC.  Below is a list of a few events from previous years:

  • Teambuilding on the High Ropes Course
  • Faculty Chats with College of Engineering & Computing Faculty
  • Dinner with the Dean of the College of Engineering & Computing
  • Site Visits to local engineering, IT, and computing companies
  • Alumni Dinners
  • Attending STEM Night / STEM Fair together
  • Participating in social events with the Student Advisory Board
  • Women’s Inner Circle gatherings for the women of Innovation
  • De-stressing at Exam Break programs in the lounge
  • Floor Wars competition to see which floor can win the LLC Cup

 

LOCATION & ROOMMATES

Location: Statesboro Campus, Southern Pines

Room Type: Students who choose to live in this community will be placed in a 2 or 4-bedroom super suite, which includes a full size bed, kitchenette with full size fridge and sink, a living room within suite, and access to laundry, study rooms, and a full kitchen in the Innovation Lounge.

Preferred Roommates: Students may list a preferred roommate on their housing application, but roommate must also meet the requirements of the Innovation LLC, apply, list their preferred roommate(s), and opt into the experience before students will be roomed together.  We suggest that preferred roommates complete their application materials around the same time, as assignment to the community is on a first come, first assigned basis.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Students who are interested in joining the LLC must 1) fill out their housing application and mark their interest in the community on the last page of the application, 2) fill out the Innovation LLC Supplemental Questions within the application, and 3) accept their admittance to the LLC via email communication.  This communication typically starts in March and continues throughout the summer as spaces in the community are available.  Students who do not have a declared major in the College of Engineering & Computing will not be admitted to the LLC.

Priority is given to students who apply by March 1st.

 

LLC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

  • Dr. John O’Malley, Assistant Professor, IT Department, College of Engineering & Computing
  • Kathy Shepherd, Advising Center Coordinator for the College of Engineering & Computing
  • Bridges Adams, Career Development Specialist for the College of Engineering & Computing
  • Erin McFerrin, Assistant Director of Residential Learning in University Housing
  • Dominick Pitts, Resident Director of Southern Pines in University Housing

Last updated: 9/12/2018