Ann Blackford

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College: Communication & Information

Communication and Information Students to Join UK's Living Learning Community Fall 2014

Published: Jan 15, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2014) — Although the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) Living Learning Program won't officially be up and running until the 2014 fall semester, faculty are already in the process of creating engaging and informative programs and activities designed to immerse first-year communication and information students in the world of their chosen major while living together as a community with other CI students.

 

The CI Connect community will provide programs that highlight internships and career options in communication and information, strategic partnerships with professionals in the field, interaction with CI faculty and staff, academic support for technological software related to their major and on-site courses that foster interdisciplinary learning from the College of Communication and Information. 

 

As a community, students will have opportunities to explore their career options within the major to choose the best fit, develop the skill sets they need to be successful in their field, and prepare for post-graduation success.

 

"The CI Connect Learning community provides new UK students with opportunities to learn about the campus and about our college while making new friends," said Alan DeSantis, academic director of the CI LLP.

 

Approximately 23 first year CI LLP students will reside at Champions Court 1. A current upper level student will reside with students to assist with the transition to college life and act as a peer mentor and liaison to the academic director.

 

"CI Connect offers opportunities for early registration, small connected courses that are relevant to their major, access to senior faculty, and experiences that allow them to connect with peers and mentors and build life-long friendships," said Derek Lane, senior associate dean for Student Success and Administrative Affairs at the College of Communication and Information. " In addition, students who participate in our Living Learning Program have a definite advantage over their peers who choose not to participate."

 

The CI Living Learning Program will offer a seamless interface between the living and learning environments. Put simply, the CI LLC is designed to provide a coherent integrated approach to helping ambitious first-year students who are part of the community to develop and document the skills needed to become successful in their field.

 

Celebrating its 25th year on campus in fall 2014, the Living Learning Program at the University of Kentucky provides students with an environment to learn where they live and to live where they learn. The Division of Student Affairs Office of Residence Life, creators of the program, collaborated with academic and other student success partners to complement the classroom experience. Through Living Learning Communities and Residential Colleges, UK offers students an opportunity to live and learn together in an integrated academic residential environment.

 

This dynamic residential experience offers specialized programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff, and a supportive community that focuses on student success. The program has grown exponentially in recent years with 965 students participating in 13 programs this year. Six more programs will be added in fall 2014, nine times more than in 2008. For more information, visit http://uknow.uky.edu/content/students-live-and-learn-uk.

 

To view additional videos about living and learning at UK, visit this YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0vC9-Q8LFczrqJaZ70CeGluwq4D912xB.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

 

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