Learning Communities – QUAESTIO by liberalartsduq
03.26.09, 12:30 pm
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quaestioThe time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

QUAESTIO (KWY’-STEE-OH)
seeking, searching, inquiry, investigation

Ask better questions; work toward more satisfying answers.

Director: Dr. Therese Bonin
Department of Philosophy

Read a statement of QUAESTIO’s theme and objectives or print a description of its timeless goals and aspirations.

QUAESTIO resident students live in St. Martin Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Martin, 5th floor
Women – St. Martin, 10th floor

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Martin is #31 on the map.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Timothy Ruppert
UCOR 132C, Basic Philosophical Questions, Dr. Therese Bonin
WDLT 101C, Classical Heritage/Christian Middle Ages, Dr. Bernard Beranek

Spring 2009

UCOR 142C, Theological Views of the Person, Dr. Jean Donovan

Here’s what other Quaestio students have said:

“The availability of my professors has been the most helpful as they have given me the due amount of attention needed to understand concepts that are taught in class.”

“All the classes are interconnected.  One idea from a class can work with another class.  I like that the classes make the world come into perspective.  They make me think and want to ask questions about my life and the world.”

“I always enjoy our conversations before our classes.”

“You have the same classes with a majority of the same people, thus making it easy to get help and study with your peers.  Being around the same people all the time really helped me bond and make friends a lot easier.”

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Learning Community – PERSONAE by liberalartsduq
03.26.09, 12:24 pm
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personaeThe time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:

PERSONAE (PER-SOH’-NYE)
parts, roles, characters, personalities

Consider how individuals and groups shape one another.

Director: Dr. Leswin Laubscher
Department of Psychology

View a slide show that describes the exciting program PERSONAE has planned for 2008-09.

Watch a movie about PERSONAE’s organ donation service-learning project in 2007-08.

PERSONAE resident students live in St. Ann Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Ann, 3rd floor East
Women – St. Ann, 3rd floor West

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Ann is #34 on the map.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Ms. Christine Gipko and Ms. Erin O’Driscoll
COMM 103C, Exploring Interpersonal Communication, Dr. Bell O’Neil
PSYCH 103C, Introduction to Psychology, Dr. Leswin Laubscher

Spring 2009

PJCR 100C, Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution, Dr. Daniel Lieberfeld

What students have said about Personae:

“It has helped me to be more comfortable with my transition into college.  I was able to form friendships with this group of people where I think I would not have as much if we only had a single class together.  I have also been able to get to know these instructors better than others.”

“Our service learning, although frustrating to do at times, was very interesting and eye-opening to me.  It allowed me to bond with my group in working towards an important cause.”

“The learning community really helped me warm up to Duquesne since I didn’t know anyone when I got here.”

“I really enjoyed the service-learning project.  I think it was a great way to start off my service career here at Duquesne and I had a lot of fun doing so.”

“The most fun part of my learning community was our service-learning project.  I felt like I was helping to give back to the community.”



Learning Communities – RATIO by liberalartsduq
03.26.09, 8:30 am
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The time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:

RATIO (RAH’-TEE-OH)
reckoning, reason, judgment, method

Improve your analytical thinking skills.

Director: Mr. Alex Lipecky
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

View a slide show of RATIO’s exciting plans for 2008-09.

RATIO resident students live in St. Martin Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Martin, 4th floor
Women – St. Martin, 9th floor

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Martin is #31 on the map.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Ms. Gina Bessetti and Ms. Michelle Gaffey
MATH 125C, Fundamentals of Statistics, Mr. Alex Lipecky
SOC 101, Survey of Sociology, Dr. Michael Irwin

Spring 2009

UCOR 151C, Philosophical Ethics, Mr. H.A. Nethery


Here’s what previous Ratio students said:

“I really liked the learning community.  I was extremely hesitant at first because I thought it was going to be lame, but it definitely made the transition into college much easier, and I am grateful I am a liberal arts major so I could have this experience.”

“I really enjoy applying our topics in fun ways, like watching movies together and having food.  I also like learning about issues through our service projects.”

“I had a wonderful experience in my learning community and I think they are a fabulous idea.  I truly enjoyed each of the classes, especially the professors and classmates.”

“The service learning was interesting and engaging because it allowed us all to reach out to the campus.”



Learning Communities – LITTERAE by liberalartsduq
03.25.09, 8:30 am
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litteraeThe time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:

LITTERAE (LEE’-TER-AYE)
letters, literature

Read and create the best of the written word.

Director: Dr. Stuart Kurland
Department of English

LITTERAE resident students live in St. Ann Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Ann, 6th floor East
Women – St. Ann, 6th floor West

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Ann is #34 on the map.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Dr. Timothy Vincent
CLSSX 123C, Classical Mythology, Dr. Sarah Miller
ENG 109C, Great Ideas through Time, Dr. Stuart Kurland

Spring 2009

ENG 113, Literature and Diversity, Dr. Laura Callanan




Learning Communities – Orbis by liberalartsduq
03.25.09, 8:30 am
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orbisThe time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:

ORBIS (OR’-BESE)
circle, the world, the earth

Study other lands, cultures, and states.

Director: Dr. Douglas Harper
Department of Sociology

ORBIS resident students live in St. Ann Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Ann, 5th floor East
Women – St. Ann, 5th floor West

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Ann is #34 on the map.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Dr. Helena Liddle
HIST 151C, Shaping of the Modern World, Dr. Charles Hier
SOC 124C, Global Sociology, Dr. Douglas Harper
Language

Spring 2009

WDLT 102C, New Voices, Questions, Realities, Dr. Mark Frisch
Language

Here’s what students said about Orbis:

“Studying similar material from three different perspectives (three different classes) helped me gain greater understanding of the subject.”

“Having the same classmates creates a sense of security.”

“Being around the same people helped me to get to know everyone a little better and to study better.  The best part was being around the same people and being able to study, ask questions, and hang out together.”

“We all know that if we have a question or concern we can come together and try to figure it out.  We can also study together for tests and manage our time together involving our three classes we have in common.”



Learning Communities – POPULUS by liberalartsduq
03.24.09, 12:30 pm
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populusThe time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:

POPULUS (POE’-POO-LOOS)
people, crowd, multitude

Explore the dynamics of cultures and societies, masses and movements.

Director: Dr. Charles Hanna
Department of Sociology

POPULUS resident students live in St. Ann Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Ann, 2nd floor East
Women – St. Ann, 2nd floor West

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Ann is #34 on the map.

View a PowerPoint presentation describing the the faculty team’s plans for POPULUS for 2008-09.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Dr. Gregory Barnhisel and Ms. Marianne Holohan
ENG 112C, Pop Culture and Literature, Dr. Thomas Kinnahan
SOC 101C, Survey of Sociology, Dr. Charles Hanna

Spring 2009

SOC 104C, Cultural Anthropology, Dr. Matthew Schneirov

Here’s what Populus students have said:

“I just really liked our learning community.  It was really fun to be in classes together and live on the same floor.  I think that the learning community idea is a really good idea for helping freshmen adjust to college.”

“The learning community was excellent in helping me adjust to college, academically and socially.”

“The service-learning project was very beneficial and fun.”

“I’m glad I am in a learning community since it eased the transition to college and helped me establish an identity.”



Learning Communities – FIDES by liberalartsduq
03.24.09, 8:30 am
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fidesThe time is coming for all incoming freshmen to make the decision about their learning communities.  This Saturday, at the Open House, everyone will be able to ask questions at a panel concerning the learning communities.

In anticipation of that, we will be highlighting different learning communities this week with basic information and some quotes from past students of that community.

As always, if you have any questions about the communities email liberalarts@duq.edu

From the Duquesne website:

FIDES (FEE’-DES)
trust, confidence, belief, faith

Challenge and strengthen your most important beliefs.

Director: Dr. Jotham Parsons
Department of History

FIDES resident students live in St. Martin Living-learning Center:
Men – St. Martin, 2nd floor
Women – St. Martin, 7th floor

For a look at Duquesne’s campus, take the virtual tour. St. Martin is #31 on the map.

CURRICULUM:

Fall 2008

UCOR 101C, Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum, Mr. Justin Kishbaugh and Mr. Sean Martin
UCOR 132C, Basic Philosophical Questions, Dr. James Swindal
UCOR 143C, Global and Cultural Perspectives, Dr. Aimee Light

Spring 2009

HIST 171C, History of Christianity, Dr. Jotham Parsons

Here’s what past students have said about Fides:

“I really liked being in a learning community because everyone that was in my particular learning community all had the same classes together and it was easier to make friends.  We could also have study sessions for our classes because we all had the same classes together.”

“The learning community allowed my entrance and transition to college to be very easy and workable.  The aspect of community of students where you have the same classes together allowed for this advantageous effect on my education.”

“The learning community helped me make friends and close bonds easier.  Having my classmates as neighbors is great.”

“Service learning has been enlightening and informative.”

“Living on the same floor and having three or more classes with many people in the learning community is helpful.”