Sunday, October 18, 2015

LLC Gathering at Homecoming

We just finished participating in Homecoming weekend- which is always a blast! AU students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community members, etc- all come together and it's very fun! This year was a little bit more chilly than last year but smiles and laughs still ensued. 

Our annual LLC Homecoming event was next to the Pizza Pizza Pizza tent. (Because you know you have a prime location when you are right next to the pizza.) Win win. 

This was an event for ALL Living Learning Community members. Door prizes and goodies were at the event. There was even time for pictures! This is a picture of some LLC students with the HPL-LLC Advisor, Dr. Karen Estridge. 

One LLC member is in the band!

Ashland University always hosts a welcoming and fun Homecoming Weekend. Everyone is able to enjoy the festivities and then watch the football game in our beautiful stadium. Very fun. 

Our next event...

Another event approaching is a MAGIC SHOW! It's hosted by the College of Business and Economics LLC ("COBE Connections") and EVERYONE is invited. Any student can come, any faculty member, staff, etc. Come join! Cost is $2 to attend and all money goes to the COBE Connection LLC micro-loan program which lends money to small businesses all over the world. This program has worked with small businesses from 20 countries over the last three years.  

Magic Show, starring "Jake the Magic Man"
November 17th at 9:00pm
Student Center Auditorium
$2 minimum admission
LLC members: Please RSVP to
All are welcome!

Again, this event will be a charity event, and all donations will directly benefit Kiva; “a micro-lending charity that allows you to invest in startup companies in impoverished countries”
 Learn more at

What a great weekend... and please SAVE THE DATE for the Magic Show!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Our Living Learning Communities are in full swing!

Autumn is here. Falling leaves and pumpkins, chilly temperatures which only require a light jacket, students socializing and ordering Starbucks drinks while preparing for upcoming midterm exams...which can be stressful. 

Typical items for an October at AU. 

Side note. Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes are available at the Eagles Nest. Go get one. Delicious. 

But the students in the Living Learning Communities (LLC) are really experiencing the benefits of their LLC membership as this fall semester unfolds. These freshmen students who live and learn with other like-minded students are soaring. We already know of numerous LLC students who have shared their gratitude for being part of this group with various faculty, staff and fellow students. In only 8 short weeks, these freshmen students have seen the benefits and advantages of being an LLC member- the relationships they can foster and gain, and the additional assistance they have available during their transition to college. We even had additional students wanting to be part of this group after hearing the positive feedback from friends. Word of mouth. It's awesome. 

So despite papers and tests, lectures and group projects, all our LLC groups have been meeting monthly and even participating in charity and/or social events within their LLC organization.

For example, The College of Business and Economics has already started another year of micro-lending with Kiva, "a micro-lending charity that allows you to invest in startup companies in impoverished countries." This annual project allows students to raise money and then lend the money out. This year they are lending out five loans in 3-4 countries. One of their upcoming large fundraising events is approaching on Nov 17th at 9pm- a Magic Show! All are welcome! It's in the Student Center Auditorium, and it's $2/person admission, and additional donations are accepted for the purpose of the micro-lending project. The College of Business and Economics LLC is also planning a picnic social at Mohican on November 8th.

Another example- here is a picture of some of the LLC students from the Health Professions Collaborative (HPC) participating in the annual American Heart Association's HeartChase event on-campus! They formed a team and some even took a picture with one of their LLC advisor's, Laura Kruger! These students in the HPC-LLC have an invested interest in serving in the healthcare industry. Participating in the HeartChase event was a perfect correlation to their future professions.

We are so thrilled to join together and collaborate for the benefit of student success! Teamwork, communication, and empowerment- it's going to be an excellent year!