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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


Human Development and
Family Studies


Adult Nontraditional Students

Get the most from your experience by joining the learning community before orientation. For more information, email the coordinator listed for each group.

Interest or Status Learning Community
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,
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,
Fashion, apparel, textiles Common Threads: For students with a major in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design. Coordinator: Chris Wise,
Hospitality management, family and consumer sciences Directions: For students with a major in Hospitality Management and Event Management (in the Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management). Coordinator: Dawn
Food science, nutritional science, culinary science FSHN Learning Community: For students with a major in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Culinary Science, Dietetics, Diet & Exercise. Coordinators: Anne Oldham, Suzanne Hendrich,
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, Lisa Sharp,
Kinesiology Kinesiology Learning Community: For students with a major in Kinesiology and Health or Athletic Training. Coordinator: Kyle Holtman,
Elementary education Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers: For students in Elementary Education. Coordinator: Charles Achter,
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,

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