What is a Living Learning Community (LLC)?
Living Learning Communities bring first-year students, upper-class mentors, and faculty members together to form a tight-knit, cohesive unit aimed at facilitating a smooth transition to college. Simply put: Living Learning Communities are about living, learning, and having fun together!
One of the greatest challenges facing new college students is becoming part of a new community while also accepting all the responsibilities of independence that come their way. Living Learning Communities increase the academic, social and residential connection among first-year students while fostering independence within a supportive academic residential community.
All first-year students take a RCC course, which is an academic seminar that includes added attention to integrating and engaging first-year learning. All RCC courses are Living Learning Communities. Living Learning Community students will live together in the same residence hall, meet together in that hall to share reading, assignments, presentations, discussions, and other academic endeavors.
Meet the LLC Faculty Director
This year the Director of Living Learning Communities is Professor Rachel Simmons, a Rollins alumna ('97) and Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History. As Faculty-In-Residence, Simmons is looking forward to getting to know our first year students better as the LLC initiative encourages them to "Imagine the Future" through a series of engaging activities and programs. Professor Simmons, her husband Jason Boyette, a filmmaker and teacher, and their daughter Parker, a blossoming creative genius in her own right, enjoy running, biking, soccer and basketball games and paddle boarding on Lake Virginia. You will see them walking their frisky black Chinese sharpei Hunter along the nature trail on campus. Professor Simmons teaches visual journaling, printmaking and book arts courses along with interdisciplinary courses on the intersection between contemporary art and the environment. She enjoys traveling with her students and colleagues and has led field studies for both to the Galápagos Islands and Antarctica. She is thrilled to be living on campus once again with her fellow Tars!