President Philomena V. Mantella stands next to a car talking during move-in day on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

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 be: downtown.

"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 watches her parents push a cart of belongings into her living center room.
Ashley Ouderkirk and her parents move her belongings into Winter Hall August 25. Ouderkirk joined a living-learning community, Momentum House.
Kendra Stanley-Mills
student and parent push in a cart of belongings into Winter Hall
Move-in day for the Pew Grand Rapids Campus was August 25.
Kendra Stanley-Mills

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.

two roommates, wearing face masks, push belongings into their living cente room
Teagan Russell, in front, and Rylan Bernhardt push belongings into their Winter Hall room; both are engineering majors and have joined the Engineering LLC.
Kendra Stanley-Mills
B. Donta Truss and Philomena Mantella meet Teagan Russell, center, in his living center room.
Vice President B. Donta Truss and President Philomena V. Mantella chat with Teagan Russell in his Winter Hall room during move-in August 25.
Kendra Stanley-Mills