Photography, University & You
This Residential Learning Community brings together students living in Hashinger Residence Hall, who have an interest in taking a specially designed section of UNIV 101.
Photography, University & You is a Learning Community focused on thinking about photography’s role in society and the way in which photographs allow us to negotiate our relationship with the world and people around us, as well as helping students to develop visual literacy skills. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with photography on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that photography and image-making plays in our lives.
Ellen Cordero Raimond, First-Year Experience
The two-credit-hour UNIV 101 or Orientation Seminar course associated with this Learning Community is small, enrolling about 19 students. In addition to addressing issues concerning photography, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Photography, University & You community, you will come to know campus better, will more fully understand your individual and team strengths, will practice and develop critical thinking skills, will learn about information literacy and research, and will gain memorable experiences.
Ellen C. Raimond was born in Chicago, Illinois. Although she has called Larryville (i.e., Lawrence, KS) home for the past fifteen years, her Windy City origin betrays itself by her occasional telltale emphasis on the short “A” sound, as in “cat” and “hat.” After graduating with a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago, she taught English in Yunomae-machi, a village in Japan. Ellen’s move to Kansas was brought about by her acceptance into KU’s Clinical Child Psychology Program. As she pursued her degree, the university’s Spencer Museum of Art came to be a source of endless curiosity. Who made these works? Why were they made? What, if anything, can these objects tell us about our past, our present, and our future? After obtaining her M.A., Raimond changed her focus to art history and was awarded her doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in spring 2016.
Hashinger Residence Hall is a Center for the Creative Arts and to participants in the KU Academic Accelerator Program (a program for international students). Located atop Daisy Hill, the hall was renovated in 2005 to include a small theater, studio, rehearsal and performance space for residents. The Academic Resource Center in Hashinger also houses a satellite office of the KU Writing Center.
Brian Tu has served as KU’s Hashinger Residence Hall complex director for the past year. Tu earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The University of Iowa. His previous experience includes serving as an area coordinator at Coe College, a small, private college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and as a hall coordinator at the University of Missouri, Columbia.