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New community of artists coming in Fall 2010

Jan. 21, 2010

By Stephanie Lee
Reporter

A new Living-Learning Center will soon become a welcoming home for fine arts students.

Campus Living and Learning and the fine arts department have developed a Living-Learning Center, which will launch this fall.

Steven Pounders, an associate professor of theater arts said the idea to begin this project was promising.

"I and a few of my colleagues in the theater arts department began meeting to discuss the potential for an LLC for theater students about two years ago," Pounders said.

For two years, Pounders has been the faculty-in-residence at the North Village Residential Community, where the Living-Learning Center will be housed.

For students, living in a learning environment provides endless possibilities and benefits.

China Spring sophomore Erica Wilson said she has enjoyed her experience while living in the Heritage Square LLC for engineering and computer science majors in North Village.

"This is my first year to live in the LLC. I enjoy the people I live with, and there are a lot of study groups available," Wilson said.

Sarah Mudd, the North Village director said she is excited about this new venture.

Mudd said the LLC is currently home to three LLC's, and she is looking forward to adding one more. The fine arts LLC will include students from the music school, film and digital media department and theater arts.

"(Currently the) University House is a home for the Outdoor Adventure LLC, the Entrepreneurship LLC, a group of students in the engineering LLC, a number of fine athletes and those who simply enjoy the community life of North Village," Pounders said.

Pounders said learning, experience and knowledge are the keys to success.

"We want our students to branch beyond their own fields of study to gain knowledge in other areas," Pounders said.

As a whole, the LLC inspires high hopes for the future.

"The goal of the Fine Arts LLC is to build a community of artists, to engage students in meaningful exchanges and activities with faculty and guests from many disciplines outside of the classroom, and to have students interact with other fine arts programs on campus other than their own," Pounders said.

Pounders also said student engagement and academic development is essential.

"We want students to attend events outside their disciplines, not because their roommate is part of it or just because they have to," Pounders said. "The possibilities are endless."

Communication played an integral part in attracting students to live in the LLC.

Pounders said they received high volumes of interested students during the recruitment process.

The most rewarding part of Mudd's job is seeing her students grow.

"I have seen a lot of benefits from LLC involvement during my time here. Generally speaking, students who participate in an LLC are more connected to the community and faculty members," Mudd said.

The new addition to the LLC will bring bright and talented students into the working world, Pounders said.

The LLC will house 80 students, consisting of 40 men and 40 women.

Forty current Baylor students have been accepted, and 40 more spaces are available to incoming freshmen.

For more information, visit www.baylor.edu/fineartsllc.