Maintain an Intellectually, Socially and Spiritually Vibrant College Community
Inspired by the Jesuit commitment to cura personalis, the personalized care and attention to the development of the whole person, Le Moyne College seeks to be a vibrant campus community that offers a rich array of opportunities for growth. As a premier Jesuit college, we must undertake a new direction to integrate academic and student development services through initiatives such as learning communities, student leadership development, distinctive programming, and collaboration for dynamic experiential learning.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE 4:1
Develop the Collaborative Campus where integrative learning across curricular and co-curricular experiences contributes to students’ holistic development.
A. Integrated Services: Develop the Center for Creativity and Innovation together with Academic Affairs (see Priority #2) as an interdisciplinary and engaging web of curricular and co-curricular services for students, integrating learning communities, orientation, retention efforts, student conduct, service learning, career planning, e-portfolio advisement and academic advisement.
B. Space and Features: Create distinctively “Le Moyne” interior and outdoor features and enhance the physical space on campus to promote community. Designate spaces for specific student uses in order to build class identity (e.g., first-year students living in a cohort). Designate physical space to house the Center for Creativity and Innovation as a point of initial contact for the campus community and visitors. Develop a “concierge”-style protocol and staffing to welcome visitors and disseminate information on admissions, guest speakers, campus performances and directions to campus facilities.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE 4:2
Facilitate opportunities for growth and transformation as part of student transitional experiences.
A. Learning Communities: Develop a comprehensive residential life program to include developmentally appropriate living and learning communities, including interdisciplinary learning communities for all first-year students, vocational mentoring programs with alumni for sophomores, and self-directed thematic housing for juniors and seniors.
B. Leadership Development: Through the new Center for Campus Life and Leadership, develop mission-based, peer mentoring curricula and programs to foster leadership (orientation leaders, multicultural organization leaders, study group leaders, club and organization presidents, Student Senate, et al.). Cultivate an ethic of “giving back” among upper-division student leaders in order to assist new members of the community in key transitional moments.
C. Orientation: Recast first-year orientation to provide the incoming cohort with an opportunity to immerse itself in discovering each other and developing a class identity. Change the structure of first-year orientation from several, separate events over the summer to one intensive four-day event in the fall held prior to the beginning of classes and connected to Le Moyne’s themes: “Spirit, Inquiry, Leadership, Jesuit.” Design mission-themed welcome/immersion opportunities for other populations, including transfers and commuters.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE 4:3
Enhance Le Moyne’s celebratory traditions and common social experiences in order for students to have fun, develop life-long friendships and develop pride in the Le Moyne community.
A. Distinctive Programming: Establish a distinctive Center for Campus Life and Leadership within Student Development with a shared focus on campus-wide programming and leadership development. Clearly define Le Moyne’s student culture and select initiatives and activities that reflect student interests and that expose students to wider experiences. Connect Campus Ministry offerings (retreats, service) to learning communities, resident chaplains, residence life, and mission and ministry.
B. Athletic Offerings: Strengthen recreational options (intramural and club sports); foster College/class/residence/ team pride; and connect popular traditions such as Spring Olympics, Harvest Festival, and Winter Fest to pride and support for student-athletes. Develop winter sports and activities (e.g., skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) and encourage other ways to engage the resources of the Syracuse area.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVE 4:4
Provide opportunities for experiential learning through internships, service opportunities and entrepreneurship to complement course work.
A. Service: Provide opportunities for faculty development in service learning and consider separating community service (Campus Ministry) from service learning (Center for Creativity and Innovation) in mission but continue coordinated efforts with community partners.
B. Engagement: Support student initiatives such as entrepreneurship, activism, co-curricular passions, participation in community change, etc. Develop an atmosphere that publicly encourages all students to be heard, through both formal and informal channels.
C. Celebrate Student Leadership: Support student leadership development with collaborative training grounded in mission and inclusion. Recognize student leaders in all areas across the College. Collaborate across units to identify and mentor students for post-graduation fellowships, awards and career opportunities.