Outdoor AdventureLiving-LearningCenter To Open
This fall, Baylor students will have the opportunity to merge their love for the outdoors with academics in an Outdoor Adventure Living-Learning Center (OA-LLC). The OA-LLC will focus on leadership, social, academic, and the spiritual aspects of students' lives. The purpose of all Living-Learning Centers is to fuse personal growth with intellectual growth.
The OA-LLC is a joint venture between the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation; Campus Recreation; and Campus Living & Learning. Students in the program will be housed in the North Village Residential Community.
"What attracted me to the Outdoor Living-Learning Center was that I had gone on a trip with the (group). We went to Arkansas cave diving and rock climbing, and the people, the leadership graduate students, were amazing," said sophomore Jessica Belmares.
Students involved in the OA-LLC will take part in weekend outdoor trips, take classes together as a cohort, attend evening guest and faculty member lectures, participate in social events, and take part in a semester-long service project. These activities are designed to create a seamless learning environment to build relationships, foster insight, develop strengths, and help students discover more about their passions.
The program is open to students from any major. Dr. Dale Connally, associate professor and director of the recreation and leisure services program, said, "Our majors will be better prepared for outdoor-related professions, and non-majors will gain leadership skills that will help them to succeed in any profession."