Theme Communities at River Crossing
Housing and Residence Life sponsors three theme communities. These are groups of students who wish to live near each other and engage in cocurricular activities that center are a topic or issue. Learning communities are based out of a specific house and residents are encouraged, although not required, to live in that house. Each theme community has a Resident Assistant assigned to be a peer mentor and a faculty member assigned to advise it. The theme communities will alll work together as one group to plan and travel on an Alternative Spring Break for the second semester. Each community is named after a titan from Greek mythology that represents the topic these communities will explore
Prometheus Student Success Theme Community
Prometheus is the titan who stole fire from the gods and gave it to humankind. This is often interpreted to mean that Prometheus gave humans the desire to learn and create. This learning community will focus on successful behaviors that lead to graduation. Topics will include study and time management skills, learning styles, faculty interactions, and learning through serving others. This community is based in Whitewater House. The Resident Assistant assigned as the peer mentor for Prometheus is Chris Boylan and the Faculty Advisor is Joshua Rubin.
Gaia Sustainability Theme Community
Gaia is the titan representation of "Mother Earth." She represents care for community and the earth. The goal of the Gaia community is promote earth and community sustainability. This learning community will focus on environmental education, reduce/reuse/recycle efforts, local community outreach, and experiential learning. This community will partner with the Sustainability and Wellness Club to maintain the community garden in River Crossing. This community is based in Creek House. The Resident Assistant assigned as the peer mentor for Gaia is Ian Spink and the Faculty Advisor is Deb Marr.
Atlas Intercultural Theme Community
Atlas is the titan representation of holding the world. He represents connecting and including all of the world's people. The goal of the Atlas community is to promote intercultural and multicultural education and communication. Topics will include social justice and equity, cross-cultural events and learning, and international issues education. This community will work with various offices and academic departments to promote inclusivity and appreciation of diversity on campus. The community is based in Bridge House. The Resident Assistant assigned as the peer mentor for Atlas is Hailey Hennessey and the Faculty Advisor is Scott Sernau.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about the learning communities.