About the Movement Science House

Welcome to the Movement Science House!

All Movement Science Majors (Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Sport Leadership, Physical Education) are invited and encouraged to participate in the Movement Science House. The co-curricular (common courses) cohort will be aimed towards Freshman and Transfer students. We encourage students at all stages of their college experience to consider living in this community.

The mission of the Movement Science House is to provide opportunities for students to become and remain engaged in the Movement Sciences while enhancing their academic, social and professional development. This will occur through the development of diverse and open perspectives, critical thinking and personal investment in their field.

Students sitting in lounge of Movement Science House


Why Live in MSH?

Living on campus gives students like you opportunities and advantages that can make your college experience more memorable and more enjoyable.

As you consider whether you should live on campus, consider this compelling fact: students who live on campus get better grades and are more likely to graduate than those who don't. Even more compelling is that students that are part of an Academic Community have higher academic achievement (higher GPA), persist better (don't drop out) and matriculate through college faster (graduate sooner) than those who aren't.

Additionally, residing in a living-learning community will allow you to connect more intentionally and naturally with peers, faculty, and staff. You will have a built-in cohort to support you and connect with similar passions and experiences. Research shows that living in a community has a strong effect on student learning and achievement.

The Movement Science House (MSH) is a rapidly expanding academic community at GVSU. It originally was developed in 2012 as an attempt to provide advanced support and opportunities for student engagement within the Movement Sciences. With an original resident membership of 12 students, the word regarding the benefits of being apart of the MSH have spread tremendously. Current members total 42 with growth set to expand to the entire 1st floor next year of South Apartments - D, all 50 beds. The five year goal is to fill an entire building. We are well on our way, join our effort today and benefit from your immersion into your field.


Program Description

Mission

The MSH provides opportunities for students to become and remain engaged in the Movement Sciences while enhancing their academic, social and professional development. This occurs through the development of diverse and open perspectives, critical thinking and personal investment in their field.

  • Allow for ample engagement with and between students (peers) and faculty related to their academic areas of interest.
  • Allow students to experience and appreciate the diverse perspectives, activities and beliefs that exist between those in related areas of academic interest.
  • Offer opportunities to facilitate a smooth matriculation through the college experience. (socially, academically, professionally)

Activities/resources offered to assist in achieving the above stated goals:

  • Faculty will be present in the MSH during the week for office hours.
  • Tutoring services will be coordinated within the MSH.
  • Workshops and lectures will be hosted on-site.
  • Peer Mentors who are current majors in a Movement Science program will live within the MSH.
  • Extra-curricular activities will be hosted and organized within the MSH.
    • Student groups (clubs) will have access to meeting space within the facility and hold their meetings on-site.
    • Guest speakers will be invited
      • i.e. Healthy eating, Stress management, Wellness.
    • Service learning and community service opportunities
    • Fieldtrips
  • Advising services will be provided within the MSH right on-site.
    • Through faculty office hours
    • Departmental Advising Nights
  • Co-curricular activities will be hosted and organized within the MSH.
    • Academic program meetings hosted on site.
    • Undergraduate research collaborative experiences/opportunities
    • Workshops related to professional development, resume building, interview preparation etc.
    • Integration of course required service learning opportunities to involve those within the MSH.
    • MSH specific readings will be used to supplement LIB 100 and MOV 101 teachings.

Rationale

The added student integration, support and planned discourse that will result from activities within the MSH will result in an increase in 1st > 2nd year student retention with a long term goal of increasing the 6 year graduation rate. This has been supported by Tinto et al. and articulated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Students who engage early in their academic experience persist and matriculate faster and more successfully than those who do not take advantage of such programming.

Co-Curricular Model

Students of all years within the MOV majors will be recruited. However, the co-curricular model within the MOV-Living Learning Centers will be MOV 101 offered in the fall and a section of LIB 100 to be offered in the winter term annually. These courses will be taught and permitted for those within the MOV-Living Learning Community. Understanding that residents may not be able to exclusively be enrolled in the dedicated sections of these courses, planned readings and activities will be communicated and encouraged across all residents. The instructors of these classes will cross pollinate material and facilitate the learning of those not enrolled but reside within the MOV-Living Learning Center.