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Living Learning Communities

UAFS offers four exciting Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in the Lion’s Den Residence Hall. Each LLC has a floor reserved for each community. LLCs are for first-year students who live on campus. Students accepted into an LLC will receive a $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester) while funds are available. The four LLCs are The Myles Friedman Honors Program, Leadership, Business and Entrepreneurship, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

  • You will live in a community that bridges your academic interests to your new home.
  • You will interact with like-minded peers.
  • You will participate in programs, events, and initiatives specifically geared toward your LLC and only for LLC participants.
  • Data shows our students who participate in an LLC are more successful academically, so you will be more likely to have a higher GPA and to persist to graduation. 
  • You will develop relationships through frequent contact with faculty.
  • You will take a common workshop, class, or seminar with other LLC participants.
  • You will enjoy study groups with students in the same classes as you.
  • You will have networking and interaction opportunities with like-minded upper-class students.
  • There's no extra cost!
  • There are no GPA or test score requirements.

There is no additional cost to participate in an LLC. You pay the normal room rate and meal plan, and the rest is included. Also, you will receive an additional $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester) for your year of participation if you are accepted to the LLC while funds are available. This is in addition to and compatible with any other UAFS scholarship you may already be receiving, including housing scholarships.

Are you thinking of getting an apartment by yourself off campus? You may spend more than you would on campus, plus there are huge benefits to living on campus:

  •  A nine-month academic year contract means you will not be locked into a long-term lease.
  • All utilities, high-speed wired and wireless internet, laundry, and furniture are included. 
  • You may save time by enjoying your meal plan.
  • You will have dedicated 24/7 staff for events, assistance, security, and more.
  • You will have the shortest possible commute to classes and won’t spend time looking for a parking space.
  • Your room and meal plan are billed to your UAFS student account so your financial aid may help cover the cost.
  • Any UAFS merit scholarship covers at least 30 percent of your room cost. 
We’ve crunched the numbers for you. Not including food, you will save about $100 per month by living on campus. That is because our one rate includes electricity, water, amazing internet, laundry, and all the amenities mentioned above. There are no hidden fees and no worries about multiple bills a month. 

Business and Leadership LLC logoThe College of Business and Industry is proud to offer a Living Learning Community for students interested in business and entrepreneurship. This community supports student engagement, recruitment, and retention. Students will complete cohort freshman-level business classes and participate in co-curricular programming centered on themes of entrepreneurship and economic development, career and professional development, teamwork, and societal impact. Students should expect to engage extensively with peer and faculty mentors as well as business alumni and community stakeholders. This engagement will be promoted through both social activities and professional development activities such as visits to local and regional businesses, career exploration sessions, and campus/community forums about current business news/events.
Students interested in the Business and Entrepreneurship LLC will:
  • Identify themselves as effective learners and critical thinkers who are strongly committed to achieving their academic goals and life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate commitment to local and global concerns by contributing time, talents, and efforts in service to the community and realize the impact of that service.
  • Develop skills necessary to engage in diverse scholarly activities and creative endeavors.
  • Continue their pursuit of a business degree.
  • Collaborate effectively in teams, working through dissent to build consensus.
  • Communicate thoughtfully and effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Engage in project-based learning when possible.
  • Improve group and leadership skills that translate into a desire to become better student leaders.
  • Explore ways to bring bigger audiences to programs and classrooms.
  • Cultivate professional relationships with faculty, campus staff, alumni, business stakeholders, and other students.
At this time this LLC is open only to declared business administration majors. Once participation in the Business and Entrepreneurship LLC is confirmed, your R.O.A.R. advisor will make sure that you are enrolled in the reserved cohort LLC business sections of MGMT 1201 Planning for Success and MGMT 1203 Foundations of Business.

LEAD living learning community logoThis LLC is for first-year students from all majors who want to receive leadership training and skill development to become leaders in their own community. By training student leaders, this LLC will further support the mission of UAFS by preparing the students to succeed in an ever-changing world. The experience spans the fall and spring semesters, and students who are actively engaged in the LLC for the duration are recognized in May for their participation.
Students in the Leadership LLC will:
  • Differentiate between leadership strengths in themselves and others in the team and how to use those strengths as a cohesive unit.
  • Define characteristics of a leader and why they are important and understand the different leadership models.
  • Build personal leadership skills while participating in co-curricular activities.
  • Create and strengthen relationships with their LLC cohort by participating in LLC activities
  • Serve their community through co-curricular involvement.
  • Establish, define, and defend their own values and beliefs in the context of recognizing the importance of understanding privilege, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Retain to UAFS for their second year of study by enrolling and attending.
  • Monthly events could consist of:
    • Interaction with Fort Smith community leaders, including elected officials and military leaders.
    • Service learning opportunities.
    • Skills assessment.
    • Presentations on the International Leadership Association (ILA) (September).
    • Diversity, equity, and Inclusion training.
    • Presenting a program for peers and current residents.
    • Lunch and learns, which may include discussion on a scholarly article or workshop by a community leader.
    • Leadership theory exploration.
    • Etiquette dinners.
    • Field trips.
    • Partnerships with Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership Programs.
    • Clifton Strengths for Students assessment completion and discussion.
    • Cub Camp attendance (required in August).
    • Freshman Leadership Retreat (required in September).
    • Joining a Registered Student Organization with emphasis given to Lion Hearts, Residence Hall Association, Student Government Association, Numa Nation, and Leadership Student Association.
    • Leading Lions Conference (required in March).
    • Alternative Spring Break.
    • Common book reads.
  • Learn more about academic majors such as Organizational Leadership.

Myles Friedman Honors College Living Learning Community logoThe Honors International Studies Program was initiated at UAFS in fall 2012 and renamed in honor of its benefactor, Myles Friedman, in 2018. The program is designed to enhance the education of students in all UAFS majors by adding academic rigor and increasing focus on interdisciplinary and global aspects of their chosen fields of study. MFHP students are expected to participate actively in campus leadership and service opportunities as well as the mentoring and betterment of their fellow students. They agree to abide by an honors code which they themselves created. The Honors LLC is for those who receive the Honors Scholarship. Applications for the scholarship are due each fall for high school seniors.
Benefits of the Friedman Honors LLC include:
  • Enhanced interaction with like-minded peers.
  • A personal community that bridges your academics and social interaction to your new home.
  • Programs specifically geared to those students living on campus.
  • Future leadership opportunities.
  • Increased contact with faculty.
  • Natural study groups.
  • No additional cost.

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics LLC logoThis LLC is for first-year students who are majoring in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The STEM LLC started in fall 2019 and has had two successful cohorts. Students in this LLC are registered in the same STEM 1001 academic course to strengthen their community.
Objectives of the STEM LLC are to:
  • Create a personal community that bridges the classroom and the living environment, fostering a place where students taking like courses can form organic study groups.
  • Interact with peers in similar fields of study.
  • Meet students where they are for tutoring and office hours by providing both in the Lion’s Den and develop relationships/frequent contact with faculty during the freshman year.
  •  Foster future leadership opportunities.
  • Provide programs, events, and initiatives specific to the STEM fields that are exclusive for STEM LLC participants and shows the interconnectivity of all STEM fields. Previous programs include:
    • Visits to the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Smith Airport, and Mercy Hospital.
    • Chemistry showcase making ice cream using dry ice.
    • Lunch and Learn with STEM faculty.
    • De-stress Fest.
    • Biology showcase.
    • Physical science showcase.
    • Mathematics and computer science showcase featuring robots.
    • Career Services workshops.

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