Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

Creativity Takes Center Stage at Roselle Hall

Published: Sep 25, 2013


UK student Sarah Fahmy talks about her time in UK's living learning community dedicated to the arts.

A transcript of this video can be found here. Video by Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser/UK Public Relations and Marketing.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2013) — Between the classroom, studio and stage, many of the University of Kentucky's creative minds find respite in Roselle Hall — a place where some of the university's most talented can live and learn from one another.


From dedicated rehearsal space to a community that encourages individual forms of expression, David P. Roselle Hall, was designed as a home away from home for first-year students in UK’s Fine Arts Residential College. While many of its residents are artists, actors and musicians, the living learning community also is home to students from other majors who are interested in the fine and performing arts.


Members of this community are quickly bonding. "I thought it would be really hard because I am moving away from home, and I'm leaving all my friends and family behind and my culture and everything. I didn’t know anyone here before I came, and then I walked in and I met all of these different people," said arts administration freshman Sarah Fahmy, of Alexandria, Egypt. "But everyone is so much like me; we are all into the arts. We all express ourselves in the same way, and it's just like one big family."


Roselle Hall Resident Director Bridgit Smith is also a fan of the dynamics the Fine Arts Residential College creates in the residence hall. "It is great to work with a group of students who are so dedicated to learning and the creative process. They are passionate and full of artistic energy that flows throughout the whole hall. I believe that this community helps our students transition to the UK experience in a streamlined way."


The Fine Arts Living Residential College is part of the University of Kentucky's Living Learning Program (LLP), a growing initiative that involves partnerships between the Office of Residence Life and various academic and nonacademic units across campus. The Living Learning Program provides students the opportunity to live and learn with other students in an environment that takes education beyond the traditional classroom.


Like many of the university's living learning communities, Roselle Hall is home to classroom space for arts courses but it is the other amenities and programming that makes this community stand out. Members of the Fine Arts Living Residential College get free tickets to College of Fine Arts performances, they present Open-Mic Nights showcasing residents' talents, and they periodically dine on desserts with UK College of Fine Arts Dean Michael Tick and hear his tips on succeeding in the college.


This year, the community first came together as a group to create a piece of art.

"One of the very first events was that we had to create a canvas. So we got put in different groups. And you had to do this little canvas and then we joined it up to make this huge painting," Fahmy said.


Academically, the living learning community also provides rehearsal space, a free music theory tutor twice a week for its music students, and it presents mock juries for its artists to prepare them for major presentations with faculty required annually in many of the College of Fine Arts programs.  


Other academic benefits of participating in a living learning community are more intrinsic in nature. "It's learning outside of the classroom in a fun way. And I don’t have to be taking that class to learn something. With music especially, because I am not taking any music classes, I'm just looking at what they are doing, I'm listening to what they are doing because I am around it so much, and I'm starting to pick up on that. So I am definitely learning a lot of things that I wouldn’t usually learn if I wasn’t in this program — if I wasn’t in the living learning community," Fahmy said.


For future students, Fahmy thinks choosing to participate in a living learning community is a no brainer. "It gives you a community from the very first day. You meet a lot of really good people and you get along because you are similar in a lot of ways but then you are different. You should definitely get involved in something like (LLP) because it just helps you settle in and make new friends."


Roselle Hall, formerly North Hall, is a 144-bed residence hall named for UK President David P. Roselle, who served from 1987 to 1989. The residence hall opened in the fall of 2005. 


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 fall. 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.


The UK College of Fine Arts is the vibrant arts hub of UK. It's an incubator for creativity and discovery, offering quality educational opportunities for students and engaging arts experiences for the community. The college is comprised of the School of Music, the School of Art and Visual Studies, the Department of Theatre, the Arts Administration Program, the Singletary Center for the Arts and the Art Museum at UK.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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