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ROTC Program Will Become Newest Living Learning Community University News
For release: April 28, 2009

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The ROTC program has been selected as the next new Living Learning Community at the University of Memphis.

The program has been awarded space for up to 40 students in the new residence complex being constructed on Patterson Avenue. The program will combine classroom and extracurricular activities to enhance the program’s ability to develop “total officers,” promote service and support the program’s educational mission. It will be open to Army, Navy and Air Force cadets.

The program and students will be supported by 20 ROTC cadre/faculty members. This new Living Learning Community will join the Helen Hardin Honors Program, Emerging Leaders and music Living Learning Communities in the new residence hall. The building will open in summer 2010 and will house 496 students. In addition to double occupancy rooms and shared private bathrooms, the new hall will have two classrooms and music practice rooms.

“Being an ROTC cadet at the U of M offers an incredibly unique college experience,” said Lt. Col. Gregory Marinich, professor of military science and leadership with the Army ROTC program. “The privilege and opportunity that will come with being a part of the new ROTC Living Learning Community will simply make this experience the ultimate in leadership growth and development, and one I would predict to soon be the envy of many.”

This will represent the sixth partnership between Academic Affairs and Residence Life/Student Affairs in the creation of Living Learning Communities. The U of M currently has Living Learning Communities for Honors Program students, architecture, the Emerging Leader Program, foreign languages, and a partnership with ACAD 1100 called Freshmen First.  

The music and ROTC Living Learning Communities will be added in fall 2010.

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