|U of M Celebrates Opening of Living Learning Communities
For release: Aug. 31, 2006
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The University of Memphis celebrated the formal opening of its Living Learning Communities on Aug. 31. The newest student residences are part of a planned expansion on the western edge of the Carpenter Complex between Central and Poplar Avenues.
The four new units and one renovated unit, which can accommodate a total of 88 residents, are the on-campus home for students involved in the University's newest Living Learning Community. The program, which is being launched this semester, brings students together in academic pursuits and housing.
The residences house students from foreign languages and architecture. Some sororities with chapters on the U of M campus also occupy the new spaces. Each of the buildings contains two residential units, with each unit consisting of nine bedrooms, three baths, a large kitchen, and a common area.
In addition, an existing residential townhouse in the Carpenter Complex has been remodeled into a similar configuration to include meeting and classroom space.
The common areas serve multiple functions. For example, the Architecture House has a studio and seminar room for special tutoring sessions and other learning and professional development opportunities. Each student in the Community is provided with a personal work station, which includes a fully equipped design table and shared computer facilities.
A credit class is being offered in the International House (Foreign Languages), in addition to a variety of programs that will internationalize the University.
“Architecture House brings together students from different academic year levels to work together within the framework of special topics or independent study courses designed specifically to meet individualized learning and community needs,” said Michael Hagge, assistant professor and coordinator of the architecture program. “Architecture House provides a living and learning community for architecture students to work together to enhance their educational experiences through expanded academic, social, and professional development activities. Within this unique, integrated home and studio environment, residents build leadership and shape intellectual and ethical development.”
A three-bedroom manager's apartment also was built, and 49 parking spaces were added. The brick fencing between the Carpenter Complex and Poplar Avenue was extended.
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