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Themed Learning Communities

Themed Learning Communities extend your learning by connecting you with other new students who share your passions.

Themed Learning Communities

  • Special sections of UNIV 101 that explore the university through a particular theme (sports, leadership, volunteering, well-being, global culture, and creativity)
  • Get to know other new students who share your passion for the course’s theme
  • Have memorable experiences, plan for academic and personal wellness, and develop strategies to be successful at KU
  • 2-credit-hour experience for incoming freshman students

For more information about how COVID-19 impacts the UNIV 101 side of your Learning Community, please refer to our COVID-19 Seminars Update page.

CREATIVITY, UNIVERSITY, & YOU

Creativity, University & You

Section 26364, TR 3:00-3:50pm, WES 4019

Creativity, University & You is a Learning Community focused on thinking about the role of the creative arts in society. We will focus on the ways in which creative arts allow us to negotiate our relationship with the world and the people around us, as well as the ways they enhance and support our transition to college. 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 the creative arts play in our lives. 


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Meg Kumin, Marketing Communications

Photo of Meg Kumin Meg Kumin is a photographer with KU’s Marketing Communications Office. She first fell in love with photography at age fifteen, where she spent all of high school behind the camera and under the dim, red light of the darkroom. As a curious collector of knowledge and experiences, her career path into photography was long and circuitous. The journey led her all over KU’s campus, where she received both a BA in American Studies and an MS in Computer Science. She later became a software developer at KU’s Natural History Museum. It wasn’t until after three babies and a couple family crises, that Meg rebooted, and emerged in her early dream of being a professional photographer. She returned to KU in 2015 to become a university staff photographer, where she delights in documenting Jayhawks and all of their unique adventures. Learn more about Meg here.

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LEADERSHIP, UNIVERSITY & YOU

Leadership, University & You

Section 2236, TR 3:00-3:50pm, WES 4012

Leadership, University & You is a Learning Community focused on leadership and society, career and leadership development, and the role of leadership at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with leadership on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that leadership plays in our lives.


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Kirsten Andrews, Student Housing

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Image of Katie Stites in the outdoorsKatie Stites, Undergraduate Advising Center 

Katie Stites is an Academic Advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center at the University of Kansas. As a 4th generation Jayhawk and Lawrence native, KU and the Lawrence community holds a very special place in my heart. She is a huge fan of traveling, volunteering in my community, and outdoor adventure. All of these hobbies have developed as an undergraduate student at KU by participating in experiential learning opportunities like Alternative Breaks, study abroad programs, and an internship. As an Advisor, she is passionate about connecting you to different opportunities that will expand your experience at KU. You can find her walking around town with her adorable dog Luna. Stop by Katie's office for proof of her adorableness.

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SPORT, UNIVERSITY & YOU

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Sport, University & You

Section 22366, TR 3:00-3:50pm, WES 4075

Sport, University & You  is a Learning Community focused on sport and society, sports careers, and the role of sports at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with sports on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that sports play in our lives. 


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Christian Robinson, Student Housing 

A Professional Photo of Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is a Complex Director in Ellsworth Hall here at KU. Christian is a first-generation college student and graduated from The University of Mississippi where he earned his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2015. Christian earned his Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 2018. During undergrad, I never missed a home football game in the mighty SEC and sports have always been one of my passions. Also, Christian is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. When not in the office you can find him listening to Drake, J. Cole, traveling, watching movies, outdoor adventuring, playing video games, nerding out, and eating good food! 

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WELL-BEING, UNIVERSITY & YOU

Well-being, University & You

Section 19737, TR 3:00-3:50pm, WES 4014

Well-being, University & You is a Learning Community that employs the social ecological model of public health, so that students gain insight into how their own health knowledge and behaviors shape their relationships with others, how those personal practices show up in communities, and explore the connection between the eight dimensions of wellness and academic success. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with wellness on campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about how they can achieve academic success as well as life-long wellness! 


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Paige Freeman, Office of First-Year Experience

A Professional Photo of Paige Freeman  Paige Freeman serves as the Associate Director of Orientation Programs for the Office of First-Year Experience. In this role, she oversees the university orientation program and works directly with the orientation assistant staff team. In addition, she provides strategic leadership to Hawk Week and is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all students, families and guests while visiting the university. Prior to serving in this capacity, Paige served as a Complex Director for KU Student Housing.

Paige is a graduate of Western Kentucky University where she received her B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Meeting, Convention and Exposition planning. In addition, she earned her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Personnel at the University of Mississippi where she had the opportunity to serve as a Graduate Community Director for the Department of Student Housing.

Paige’s campus involvement includes serving as a member for the KU Student Affairs: Grad to Pro committee which is dedicated to preparing graduate students enrolled in the Higher Education program for job search preparation and career readiness. Paige, was one of the co-founders for this initiative at KU. In addition, Paige serves as a co-founder and advisor for G.E.M.S (Gifted, Empowered, Motivated, Sisters), an organization brought to fruition at the University of Kansas in 2018. This organizations primary focus is to encourage undergraduate women to access their voice and being women of societal change. Paige also serves on the Advisory Council for the Black Student Union at KU and serves as the Treasurer for the Black Faculty and Staff Council. Lastly, Paige is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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WORLD, UNIVERSITY & YOU

World, University & You

Section 22368, TR 3:00-3:50pm, WES 1046

World, University & You  is a Learning Community focused on exploring KU through a global lens. The community provides a platform for meaningful dialogue on global perspectives, global issues, and the various lived experiences that come together at KU to create a diverse community of Jayhawks.  Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become connected and involved with the larger world beyond KU. 


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Michele Arellano, Office of Study Abroad

Portrait of Michelle ArellanoMichele Arellano is the Associate Director of Student Services for the Office of Study Abroad and has called Lawrence home for the past 21 years. Her love for advising and assisting students began at the start of her KU journey, working as a work-study student in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and then ventured into the Office of Study Abroad upon completion of her Undergraduate degree. Having received both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees from the University of Kansas, she is a diehard Jayhawk. ROCK CHALK! Michele has a strong passion for international relations and study abroad, and although Michele did not study abroad in the traditional sense in college, she spent most of her youth abroad (12 years), living in the Philippines, Yemen and Indonesia and traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Western Europe. Her most recent travels have taken her to Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, and to visit family in Vietnam.

 

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VOLUNTEERING, UNIVERSITY, & YOU

Volunteering, University & You

Section 19745, TR 3:00-3:50pm, WES 1016

Volunteering, University & You is a Learning Community focused on service and society, what it means to be service-oriented, and the role of volunteering at KU. Field trips, visitors, projects, and discussions help students understand how and where they can learn about and become involved with leadership on and off campus. Using critical and intersecting lenses, course readings and assignments challenge students to think about the varied roles that volunteering plays in our lives. 


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Madelyn Mueller, School of Business 

Madelyn Adams, Academic AdvisorMadelyn Mueller is an Academic Advisor in the School of Business. Growing up a mile onshore in Virginia Beach, Virginia she was excited to move to the Midwest and attend KU as a third-generation Jayhawk. Madelyn earned a B.S.E in Elementary Education. During her time at KU, she got involved with various student involvement activities including, Sorority and Fraternity Life, a campus ministry, and numerous volunteer opportunities on campus and within the Lawrence community. Through these service opportunities, Madelyn recognized her true passion was working with college students and went on to pursue a Master’s in Higher Education Administration at KU. Madelyn is passionate about helping students get involved at KU and discovering their purpose.

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