New Pew Campus living-learning communities welcome first students
Students who moved into the new Living-Learning Communities on the
Pew Grand Rapids Campus August 25 were exactly where they wanted to
"I was so excited that this was a housing option," said
Ashley Ouderkirk, a first-year student from St. Johns. "I like
Grand Rapids and I like the idea of city living."
Four LLCs opened in Winter Hall for first-year and transfer students,
following the successful model of the six LLCs on the Allendale
Campus. Three are for students who have chosen to major in social work, engineering or business. The fourth
— Momentum House — is geared toward students who are undecided or have
selected a different major.
Ashley Ouderkirk and her parents move her belongings into Winter Hall August 25. Ouderkirk joined a living-learning community, Momentum House.
Move-in day for the Pew Grand Rapids Campus was August 25.
Ouderkirk, who plans to major in political science, chose the
Momentum House LLC because of its social justice emphasis.
Teagan Russell and Rylan Bernhardt are roommates and both plan to
major in engineering. Russell, from DeWitt, said living in Winter Hall
gives him easy access to classes that might be in the engineering
buildings across Fulton Street.
"I love coming to Grand Rapids and this housing made sense
because it's so close to where my classes will be," Russell said.
Faculty members who serve as LLC directors were on hand to help
students move in. Students will participate in orientation activities
specific to the LLCs before joining other new students at Transitions.
Teagan Russell, in front, and Rylan Bernhardt push belongings into their Winter Hall room; both are engineering majors and have joined the Engineering LLC.
Vice President B. Donta Truss and President Philomena V. Mantella chat with Teagan Russell in his Winter Hall room during move-in August 25.