<P>TXSTATE.EDU47 that, Proite says. Getting freshmen out of their rooms and into the community areas within the residence halls, both social and academic, is important to give students a sense of connection to the university and to each other. In the newest hall four double rooms and one single room share a bath in what Proite calls a pod. Each ?oor has an open lounge area, equipped with a microwave and sink. Additional spaces allow for small-group study or music practice. Learning Community One of the signature programs for Texas State is our learning communities. We currently have 10 living/learning communities (LLC), Proite says. A learning community is typically comprised of 30 to 40 students living together on one ?oor and generally is focused on an academic subject area. For example, when the new residence hall complex opens this fall it will serve as the home for the LLC for STEM students (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). LLC students are co-enrolled in courses with their peers and have opportunities to attend programs and service-centered events. Journalism and mass communication students in Tower Hall take ?eld trips together to visit television stations in San Antonio and Austin. Other examples include the Honors College LLC, in Laurel Hall, which is open to any student accepted into the Honors College and the Residential College LLC, which is open to freshman from any major. The Residential College is the oldest LLC and students participating in this program live in Beretta and Brogdon. The Res College is also home to a faculty-in-residence professor who teaches the co-enrolled courses. Currently, Dr. Jeff Helgeson, assistant professor in the History Department, his wife and their children live there. Maddie Brown, a junior elementary education major, is a resident assistant (RA) at Beretta who got her ?rst taste of Res College as a freshman in Laurel Hall. The reason I wanted to be an RA in Res College is that it is such a tight community and you get closer to the people, she says. Students are required to attend programs put on by the RAs – to get them out of their rooms, Brown adds. Programs range from pillow fort building in the lobby to educational programs to intramural sports. With just over 200 residents in the two halls, Brown says that freshmen dont feel overwhelmed; another advantage is that Helgeson is always accessible to residents who need his help. Weve studied our Learning Communities over the years, and what we have found is that students who live in our LLCs have better GPAs, and they remain enrolled at Texas State in higher numbers than students who dont live in LLCs, Proite says. In planning for new residence hall communities, Proite says the university takes its cues from students. When we began the planning process we worked with a group of about dozen students, she says. For the newest campus residences, they did things a little differently bringing in 35 students living on and off campus. That group worked with the housing of?ce and architects throughout the design process. Each time the design changed, the group came back. At one point, they put tape on the ?oor to see where the beds were going to be, Proite says. - BIG NUMBERS, BIG FUTURE housing by the numbers Gold LEED certi?cation awarded to Chautauqua and Gaillardia halls from the U.S. Green Building Council Residences closed since 1986; residences open since 2001 Living/Learning Communities Buildings purchased from San Marcos Baptist Academy in 1979 Dollars paid by male students to live in Harris Hall (1937) for room, board and linens Dollars in monthly stipend for RAs Distance in miles that exempts freshmen students from living on campus Student employees in Housing & Residential Life Beds planned for Moore Street Complex (coming 2016) Beds on campus by fall 2014 thousand Dollars needed to build Sayers Hall in 1936 million Cost of Womens Residence Tower (now Tower Hall) in 1971 161017 2510060300 5856,8251252.47</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/688/emtmyzymj/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a 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