Live and learn

Grant will help university meld residential life with curriculum
New programs to take effect in fall 2002

Home may well be where the heart is, but a series of initiatives at Puget Sound will increasingly make home, too, where the mind is. The university recently received a $120,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen the relationship between its academic and residential programs.

The proposed initiatives seize upon the timely intersection of a revamped core curriculum, the construction of a new residence hall (Trimble Hall; see story, page 5) and a planned review of Prelude, Passages and Perspectives, the university’s nationally recognized orientation for first-year students.

The grant will help the university meld living and learning on three fronts by:

  • integrating newly created freshman seminars with orientation;
  • building upon growing residential academic programming, such as theme houses and "Residential Colleges"–for example, faculty have expressed an interest in a Social Justice Residential College that would tap the talents of faculty and staff in a dozen different academic and administrative departments; and
  • developing new training for student resident staff members who work in the university’s nine residence halls, eight fraternities and sororities, and 60 converted single-family houses.

The grant will fund assessment of current programs, planning and implementation workshops over a two-year period.