Join a Learning Community

Learning communities connect students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know upperclassmen peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and gather just for fun.

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Food Science and
Human Nutrition

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Human Development and
Family Studies

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Adult Nontraditional Students

Get the most from your experience by joining the learning community before orientation. Click on the departmental names below for learning communities opportunities within a major or read below the chart for other learning communities that CHS students may be interested in joining. For more information, email the coordinator listed for each group.

Apparel, Merchandising, Design, Event Management and Hospitality Management

Directions: For students with a major in Hospitality Management and Event Management (in the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management).

Common Threads: For students with a major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design.
Coordinators: Chris Wise
ct@iastate.edu
Dawn Fiihr 
dmfiihr@iastate.edu

Food Science and Human Nutrition

FSHN Learning Community: For students with a major in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Culinary Science, Dietetics, Diet & Exercise.
Coordinators: Anne Oldham 
aoldham@iastate.edu
Suzanne Hendrich
shendric@iastate.edu

Transfer FSHN Learning Community: For transfer students with a major in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Culinary Science, Dietetics, Diet & Exercise.
Coordinator: Amber Kargol
akargol@iastate.edu

Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community: For students with a major in Early Childhood Education; Child, Adult, and Family Services; Financial Counseling and Planning; and Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies.
Coordinators: Pat Walsh 
pwalsh@iastate.edu
Lisa Sharp
lsharp@iastate.edu

Kinesiology

Kinesiology Learning Community: For students with a major in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training.
Coordinators: Kyle Holtman
holtman@iastate.edu
Lisa Phillips
lisap1@iastate.edu

Transfer Kinesiology Learning Community: For transfer students with a major in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training.
Coordinator: Deb Sharar
dsharar@iastate.edu

School Of Education

Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers: For students in Elementary Education.
Coordinator: Charles Achter 
cachter@iastate.edu

Future Teachers, Future Leaders: For transfer students in Elementary Education.
Coordinator: Alicia Edwards
aliciaed@iastate.edu

School of Education Doctoral Learning Community: For doctoral students in Education.
Coordinators: Zina Alaswad
agustina@iastate.edu
Malika Butler
mbutler@iastate.edu

More Learning Communities to Consider!

Interest or Status Learning Community

Adult non-traditional students

Adult Non-Traditional Students (ANTS): For students who are over the age of 25 as well as those who are married, have children, work full-time while attending classes part-time, or who have had a break in their college education.
Coordinator: Darlene Fratzke, ants@iastate.edu

First-year College of Human Sciences Multicultural Students

Connect Four: For first-year students of color in the College of Human Sciences. The goal is to develop a community of students of color and give you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about campus resources. It is a place for you to connect to the university community and the College of Human Sciences.
Coordinators: Carmen Flagge and Yvette Rodriguez, hsdiversity@iastate.edu 

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Learning Community: For all ISU students who have have ever thought about starting their own business, who are currently running their own business, or who are simply looking to gain skill sets in entrepreneurship, leadership, and small business management.
Coordinator: Judi Eyles, eyles@iastate.edu

College of Human Sciences, undecided

Making Informed Decisions (MINDS): For first-year incoming freshman who are interested in exploring their educational possibilities in the College of Human Sciences.
Coordinators: Sarah Wilson or Darlene Fratzke,
minds@iastate.edu

Veterans

Veterans’ Learning Community: For all ISU Veterans. The goal of the Veterans’ Learning Community is to use a writing course (Eng 250) to identify and mitigate common challenges veterans face in college, while integrating incoming veterans with the larger veteran community at ISU and beyond. In addition, members of the veteran community want a way to give back, something to be responsible for. Veterans will have the chance to mentor new members of their community, as well as learn how to use their inherent strengths to contribute to the civilian students around them as they go out into their other classes.
Coordinator: Jathan Chicione, jathan@iastate.edu

Science, engineering

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE): For first-year incoming freshman women who major in a science or engineering field of study.
Coordinator: Lora Leigh Chrystal, lchrysta@iastate.edu

Still looking? Don’t worry! There are many more to consider. See a full listing of other ISU Learning Communities.

  • Important Dates

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    Your adventure starts here - but not until you apply for admission! Apply for Fall 2015.

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