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Sport, University & You - II

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

UNIV 101
Jessica Mattes, 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 KU’s global connections, students develop capacities and have learning experiences that will transfer to a variety of campus and life contexts. By becoming a part of the Sport, 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 Jessica MattesJessica Mattes grew up in an athletic family; she played soccer, her brother was a wrestler, both of her parents coached. Sports led to many of her family’s travels—she has seen the majority of the Midwest thanks to her past soccer schedule. Her family’s competitive edge and sports fandom bridged the majority of their dinner conversations and shaped her strengths as a student and professional. Jessica’s passion for competition and athletics drives her to support students transitioning away from their athletic identity. You may not be playing a D1 sport, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t an athlete.




The brand-new Self 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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