Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.
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Community Connections: News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life.

News and Notes from the Director of Residence Life

Welcome back! This spring 35 students joined our residence hall community and I am pleased to welcome each to Hood. Living in college housing offers a variety of enriching opportunities, and I hope that returning students will assist new residents with finding ways to take advantage of all we have to offer.

I encourage each new resident to become familiar with the staff members in your new home. The resident assistants and area coordinators are available and willing to help you in a number of ways—from providing answers to simple questions, to navigating through new roommate relationships, to finding campus events and programs that are of interest to you. It is also important to meet the student leaders on your house council. These leaders work closely with hall staff to organize events and advocate for student concerns.

In this newsletter you will find information regarding upcoming events and important dates to remember. One event of particular importance is room lottery and selection. While this process does not take place until the end of March, it is important to begin now to think about your plans for fall 2012, especially regarding roommate selection. Remember, as further information is distributed, it is important to read it carefully and adhere to all deadlines, many of which occur prior to spring break.

I wish you a productive and exciting semester!

Zachary A. Luhman
Director of Residence Life


Plan Ahead for Room Lottery and Selection

The annual room selection process is scheduled for March 27, 28 and 29. It is important that all students begin planning for this process now. Here are some steps you should begin to take:

  • Find a roommate. During room selection, you and your roommate select a room together. If you do not have a roommate in mind, you will be placed in a pool of students who need to be assigned a room and will not be able to pick a room during the selection process. If you intend to select a double, triple, quad or apartment, you will need enough roommates to fill the space, so begin confirming your roommates now.
  • Have a plan B. It is important to remember that room selection is a lottery process during which students are assigned a random number that determines the order of selection. Consider what you will do if your intended roommate changes her or his mind about living with you at the last minute. Also consider several buildings in which you would like to live in case your first choice is unavailable when it is your turn to select.
  • If you will be a junior or senior in fall 2012, consider the off-campus, College-leased apartments. Hood offers a number of two-bedroom apartments at the Sunset complex, housing four students each. Students in this type of housing enjoy additional independence and amenities such as a full kitchen and in-unit laundry. You must apply in advance for an apartment and your request must be approved, so planning ahead is key. Single rooms are not available at the apartments and to be considered all requests must include four students to fill the apartment to capacity. Additional information will be included in the room selection information that is e-mailed to students in mid-February.
  • Read the information and ask questions. Room selection can be a confusing process if you aren't aware of how it works. It is critical, therefore, that you read all of the information e-mailed to you around Feb. 15. After you have done so, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (301) 696-3577 if you have additional questions.
  • Be aware of deadlines. While you won't select a room until the end of March, several parts of the selection process have deadlines well before selection itself. You are responsible for meeting all deadlines that apply to your situation.
  • Watch your e-mail. Information on the room selection process and your lottery number will be e-mailed to your Hood account. Be sure to check your Hood e-mail frequently.
  • Renew documentation. Students who have special housing needs, such as a medical need for a single room, must renew documentation verifying this need by March 9. The paperwork for those with special needs requires detailed information—a simple doctor's note is not sufficient. It is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor now. The appropriate special accommodation forms are available at www.hood.edu/campus-life/residence-life/forms-and-policies.html and are due March 9.


Spring Break Reminders

Spring break is March 10-18, 2012. All residents are reminded to plan accordingly and make travel arrangements early. The residence halls, language houses, Sunset apartments and duplexes close at noon Saturday, March 10 and re-open Sunday, March 18 at 9 a.m.

Students in need of housing during this period must apply in the Student Life Suite (Whitaker 221) by Feb. 24. The cost for break housing is $170 for the period (or any portion thereof). Fees are waived only in the circumstances detailed on the break housing application.

Please note that students must adhere to the above closing and re-opening times unless approved for break housing. Students who depart late or return early without approval will be charged additional fees. The minimum fee for unapproved early arrival is $50 and is subject to additional increases if abused. Additional information regarding closing will be distributed in mid-February; be sure to read all materials carefully.


Living Learning Communities

The Office of Residence Life is excited to announce the application process for fall 2012 Living Learning Communities. LLCs provide students the opportunity to combine their academic pursuits with an enriching living environment. In much the same way as Hood's language houses, LLCs are designed around an educational topic that a group of students wishes to explore more fully. LLCs may range from major-specific and class-specific to topical areas of interest that transcend any one major or program at Hood.

Forming your own LLC
Students have the opportunity to propose communities that reflect their own interests and goals. Each community is required to have a faculty or staff adviser to assist in defining and meeting goals. Each proposed community must also include a minimum of 10 students who have expressed initial interest in the LLC.

If approved, students in LLCs will be placed in adjacent rooms within a residence hall to permit ongoing educational experiences. Rooms will be assigned to approved LLCs prior to the room selection process and students approved to live in the LLC will be permitted to select a room within the assigned area on March 26.

Residents interested in proposing LLCs for the 2012-2013 academic year should make note of the following:

  • Proposal forms for new LLCs will be available Feb. 13 in the Student Life Suite (Whitaker 221).
  • Information sessions for students who wish to propose LLCs will be held in the Coblentz Seminar Room Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Students will be given information on the proposal process, factors affecting approval of new LLCs and next steps. Students proposing an LLC should plan to attend one of the two sessions.
  • LLC proposals are due in the Student Life Suite (Whitaker 221) Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. Late proposals will not be accepted.
  • Once approved, each LLC is required to actively solicit applications from students interested in residing in the LLC. A minimum of 10 students is required to form the LLC.
  • Additional information can be obtained from Christine Malone at (301) 696-3627 or malone@hood.edu.

Living in an LLC next year
Resident students who are interested in residing in one of the LLCs for the 2012-2013 academic year must apply and receive approval. Approval is based upon the student meeting the requirements for the specific LLC to which she or he is applying. Requirements will vary by LLC but may include GPA requirements, class schedule requirements/pre-requisites, etc. Each student who plans to be a part of the proposed community must submit an application, even if listed amongst those who expressed initial interest when the LLC was proposed.

Approved LLCs will publicize their community Feb. 27-March 9. During this same period, application materials for individual students who want to reside in an LLC will be available in Student Life (Whitaker 221). The Office of Residence Life will also e-mail basic information on all available LLCs to students on March 5, along with room lottery numbers. Completed applications from individual students are due March 9 at 5 p.m. in the Student Life Suite (Whitaker 221). Students will be informed of the status of their application on March 19.

The Office of Residence Life will provide reminders about the LLC process via our Twitter feed (@HoodResLife) with the tag #LLCs.


Make An Impact: Become a Resident Assistant

The Office of Residence Life is excited to announce the application process for fall 2012 Living Learning Communities. LLCs provide students the opportunity to combine their academic pursuits with an enriching living environment. In much the same way as Hood's language houses, LLCs are designed around an educational topic that a group of students wishes to explore more fully. LLCs may range from major-specific and class-specific to topical areas of interest that transcend any one major or program at Hood.

All students are encouraged to consider applying for the anticipated RA position openings for 2012-2013. Basic requirements for the position include:

  • 2.25 or higher cumulative GPA at the time of application (2.5 or higher preferred)
  • Good judicial (disciplinary) standing
  • Enrollment as a full-time, undergraduate student at Hood
  • Appreciation of diversity
  • Sincere interest in working with other students
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have lived in College housing for at least one semester by the date of hire (or have comparable, transferrable experience)

Students interested in RA positions at the off-campus, College-leased apartments must also have attained at least sophomore standing by fall 2012; students with junior standing or above will receive preference for placement in the apartments.

Further details about the application process, requirements, responsibilities and compensation for this position are available as part of the application packet and will be discussed during information sessions. Upcoming information sessions will be held Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in Whitaker 220 and Feb. 23 at 12:45 p.m. in Library 2007. All applicants are required to attend one of the information sessions; applicants should sign up for one of the information sessions when picking up an application.

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of reminders about the selection process by following the Office of Residence Life on Twitter (@HoodResLife). Selection-related tweets will carry the tag #MakeAnImpact.

Upcoming Programs

iBody
Thursday, Feb. 16 | 8 p.m. | Memorial 50s Lounge
Bring your friends and find out what makes you special!

Presidential Puzzles
Monday, Feb. 20 | 9 p.m. | Meyran Formal Lounge
How much do you know about our founding fathers? Celebrate President's Day by taking a quiz and find out! Prizes awarded to the top history buffs!

1 Vote 1 Voice
Friday, Feb. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Coblentz 2nd Floor Lounge
Come play a fun voter registration and presidential trivia game!

Open Your Eyes
Saturday, Feb. 25 | 7 p.m. | Smith Tiki Lounge
Learn more about homelessness and how you can help in the local community.

Next Top Model: Business Style
Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 8 p.m. | Shriner Basement Lounge
Whether you're gearing up for your post-graduation career to begin or just looking for a summer job, this program is designed to help you dress for success when you go to an interview and prepare for questions you may be asked.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 13
    Living Learning Community proposal materials available in Student Life (Whitaker 221)
    Living Learning Community information session, Coblentz Seminar Room, 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 15
    Room selection information e-mailed to residents
  • Feb. 17
    RA selection information session, Whitaker 220, 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 22
    RA applications due, 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 23
    RA selection information session, Library 2007, 12:45 p.m.
    Living Learning Community information session, Coblentz Seminar Room, 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 24
    Living Learning Community group proposals due, 5 p.m.
    Spring break housing applications due, 5 p.m.
  • Feb. 27
    Applications available to students who want to reside in a Living Learning Community
  • March 5
    Room lottery numbers e-mailed to current residents
  • March 6
    Hall meetings, all residence halls
  • March 9
    Requests for special housing accommodations due, 5 p.m.
    Apartment, suite, Living Learning Community, language house and Honors House applications due, 5 p.m.
  • March 10
    College housing closes for spring break, noon
  • March 12-16
    Spring break, no classes
  • March 18
    College housing re-opens, 9 a.m.
  • March 19
    Classes resume, 8 a.m.
  • March 20
    Individuals approved to live in apartments, suites, Living Learning Communities, language houses and Honors House notified by 5 p.m.
  • March 26
    Early room selection for language houses, Honors House, and Living Learning Communities
  • March 27
    Room selection for class of 2013
  • March 28
    Room selection for class of 2014
  • March 29
    Room selection for class of 2015

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