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Well-Being, University & You

This Residential Learning Community brings together students living in Oswald Residence Hall, who have an interest in taking a specially designed section of UNIV 101.

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! 

UNIV 101
Jenny McKee, Health Education Resource Office

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 well-being, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Well-being, 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.

Photo of Jenny McKeeHi! My name is Jenny McKee. I was born and raised here in Kansas and spent the majority of my childhood in a (very) small town in the south-central part of the state. Lawrence became my home in the fall of 2000 when I started my journey at KU; the Health, Sport, and Exercise Science department is where I spent most of my time academically. There I was able to explore my passions for health and wellness and eventually received a B.S.E in Exercise Science and an M.S.Ed in Community Health Education. When I am not on campus I enjoy time spent with my family, watching sports, and exploring Lawrence and the surrounding areas either running or on my bike.



The brand-new Oswald Residence Hall opened in August 2015 to about 350 KU freshmen. Room types include two- and four-person suites, and single-occupancy suites. The new hall features a variety of spaces on each floor for collaboration and studying. An academic service center and a community kitchen in the Daisy Hill Commons, which connects the two halls and provide gathering spaces for all Daisy Hill residence hall students to socialize and study. Two buildings share the Daisy Hill Commons: Oswald Hall, named for Charley Oswald, and Self Residence Hall, named for the late Al and Lila Self. ​

Nicolas Babarskis, who will be complex director for the new Oswald and Self Residence Halls, has been at KU for the past year as director of McCollum Residence Hall. Babarskis earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Wheaton College, near Chicago. He earned his master’s degree in higher education from Florida State University. His professional experience includes two years working at a small liberal arts college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Babarskis, born in Chicago, Illinois, spent most of his childhood in Nabire, Indonesia.

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