University Housing recently announced the creation of two new Living and Learning Villages. The EcoVillage and the Engineering Village join 11 other Villages providing students with enhanced living and learning environments on campus. Both Villages will open fall 2013.
EcoVillage,located in Bragaw Hall, will focus on sustainability. Students living in EcoVillage will lead, serve, create, problem-solve and engage in complex issues facing the energy and environmental challenges of society. Beyond the classroom, EcoVillage residents will also engage with faculty members to explore local, regional and global approaches to advance sustainability.
“EcoVillage will bring students with diverse interests together to explore novel ideas for working and living in a rapidly changing world,” said Bill Winner, a professor in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources.
EcoVillage is open to all students and majors with upper-class mentors serving as support to enhance academic and co-curricular success and involvement at NC State. Through the foundation of sustainability, mentors will aid students’ transition to the University and promote personal and career development.
University Housing’s partners in the EcoVillage include the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the College of Sciences, and the Environmental Sciences program.
The new Engineering Village, located in Metcalf Hall, will focus on students entering the engineering discipline and provide academic support and career exploration. Through a direct partnership with the College of Engineering, this Village is designed specifically for students entering the First Year Engineering Program (FYE). Upon acceptance to this program, students may live in the Village with fellow FYE members.
Engineering Village directly supports the goals of FYE by introducing students to the field of engineering, encouraging thoughtful consideration of complex challenges facing our world, connecting academic and career goals, and challenging residents to become leaders and active contributors to society.The Village will also employ Engineering Ambassadors acting as upper-class mentors within the Engineering program to help students as they transition into their engineering major.
"Student success and engagement is our collective goal,” said Brian Koehler, Director of International Engagement with the College of Engineering. “The Engineering Village will be their first step in ultimately graduating with an engineering degree from NC State."
Villages are small, interest-based communities where students live and engage around a common theme. Living and Learning Villages also help students entering the University find their place, make connections, build community and feel like “more than a number” in a sea of students.
“We’re excited about the new Village options for residents,” said Susan Grant, Director of University Housing. “Participating in a Living and Learning Village has shown a positive impact on student success. Students in Villages have higher GPAs than their non-Village cohorts and also progress to graduation at a higher rate. The community built in Villages enhances the feeling of competence and achievement.”
University Housing’s other Living and Learning Villages include:
- Arts Village
- First Year College Village
- Global Village
- Honors Village
- Impact Leadership Village (ILV)
- Student Advocating for Youth Village (SAY)
- Second Year Transitions and Transfer Experience Village (S.T.A.T.E.)
- University Scholars Village
- Wood Wellness Village
- Women in Science and Engineering Village (WISE)
- Women of Welch (WOW)
For more information about Living and Learning Villages, visit our "What is a Village?" page.