University Housing will offer new service and learning opportunities for students on campus with the addition of two new Living and Learning Villages this fall. In addition, the Wood Wellness and the Sophomore Transitions and Transfer Experience (S.T.A.T.E) programs will officially move from pilot programs to Villages. Read on to learn more about these new opportunities!
The EcoVillage, located in Bragaw Hall, will focus on sustainability. EcoVillage residents will engage with faculty members to explore local, regional and global approaches for advancing sustainability. They will also receive support from upper-class mentors to ensure their academic success as well as personal and career development. The village is open to all students and majors. University Housing’s partners in the EcoVillage include the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the College of Sciences and the Environmental Sciences program.
“EcoVillage will bring students with diverse interests together to explore novel ideas for working and living in a rapidly changing world,” said Bill Winner, a professor in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources.
Engineering Village, located in Metcalf Hall, will serve students entering the First Year Engineering Program in the College of Engineering. The program will provide academic support and career exploration opportunities. The village will also employ upper-class engineering students to serve as mentors to students as they transition into their engineering major.
"Student success and engagement is our collective goal,” said Brian Koehler, Director of International Engagement with the College of Engineering. “The Engineering Village will be their first step in ultimately graduating with an engineering degree from NC State."
In its first official year as a Village, the Wood Wellness Village will be open to all students who wish to make health a personal priority. The Village is open to all majors and classes. Students will learn how to incorporate the seven dimensions of wellness into their college lifestyles. Students in this Village live in Wood Hall. A group of diverse partners has helped to make this pilot program a success including: University Recreation, Health Promotion, University Dining, the Counseling Center and the Department of Food, Bio-processing and Nutrition Sciences.
Kayla Akers, a participant in the pilot program, shared, "My experience as a member of the Wellness Advisory Council has been great. I have met so many new people that have similar interests of helping others become well in all seven dimensions. Being on with Wellness Advisory Council has made it all the more a wonderful experience."
The Sophomore Transitions and Transfer Experience (S.T.A.T.E.) provides second year and transfer students with opportunities to make the most of their NC State experience by focusing on the six core pillars essential to student success: Academic Success, Career Development, Community and Global Engagement, Diversity, Leadership, and Life Skills. Students in S.T.A.T.E. live in Wolf Village Red and Gray Halls.
Together these new communities allow NC State students diverse choices when connecting with the university. Campus Life’s work, with the help of many partners, will reshape the student experience at NC State.