Living and Learning Community
Moravian College is excited to offer opportunities for select students to take part in an intentionally designed Living and Learning Community that combines residential life with academic and social pursuits. A Living & Learning Community offers students the chance to live with others who share common interests and to interact with Moravian College faculty in our newest residence hall known as the HILL (Hurd Integrated Living & Learning).
The HILL is the most advanced residence facility at Moravian College. The facility includes student suites, fitness center, technology resource center, café, dining room, and classrooms. There will be two Living and Learning Communities housed in The HILL where freshman will have the opportunity to live with other freshman who are interested in studying a specific topic of interest. Each individual will be granted his or her own single room in a 16 person suite.
Each of the two Living and Learning Communities will be centered on a precise topic. The topics will be History of Rock 'n' Roll and From Genes to Pine Trees: What Really Keeps Us Healthy? To become a member of one of our living and learning communities please fill out the online application below by Friday, April 26, 2013.
Moravian College Living & Learning Community Topic Descriptions
Topic #1 - The History of Rock 'N' Roll – Dr. James Barnes
What does Rock ‘N’ Roll mean to you? What kind of Rock ‘N’ Roll do you like? To help answer these questions, students will research and explore the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll via papers, journal-keeping, drafting, interviews, and readings. Each student will develop a personalized sense of the history of Rock ‘N’ Roll by studying and writing about three rock bands (or soloists): a current band chosen by the student that was established since the year 2000, an earlier band that influenced the 2000s band, and a band from the 1950s/60s that influenced the second band.
Topic #2 - From Genes to Pine Trees: What Really Keeps Us Healthy? – Dr. Diane Husic
With advancements in biomedical research and technologies have come a better understanding (and definitions) of wellness and disease, new therapies, and new information on disease prevention. We now know that many factors influence our health including genetics, diet and activity levels, other lifestyle choices, educational level, economic status and access to health care, stress levels, and our environment and workplace. Emerging data indicates that time in nature (or lack thereof) can also affect our physical and mental well-being, not just because of the aesthetic beauty and relaxation we can experience, but also by exposure to beneficial chemicals emitted from plants, including trees. Other studies suggest that exposure to environmental pollutants may not only be associated with toxic health effects, but may contribute to obesity as well. Sorting through the scientific details, conflicting research results reported in the media, and false claims can be challenging. In this FYS section, students will explore the factors that impact their personal health and examine ways to separate fact from fiction in medical reporting.