To the editor:
I was very pleased to read the Record April 4 front-page article, entitled, “Report: Residential facilities should connect and engage students.”
It is clear that learning and discovery are well fostered in communities that connect academic and residential life. I also applaud and concur with the University’s desire to be a “good city,” where students, faculty and staff are engaged with each other and with the community at large.
I was very surprised, however, to see that there was no mention in this article of the LSA’s Residential College (RC), a national renowned living-learning community that will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2007.
Five years in the planning, the RC has been offering since 1967 a unique living-learning experience in which students benefit from being members of a small college community with full access to a world-class research-oriented university. The RC still emphasizes excellence in writing, foreign language proficiency, the development of initiative, creativity and a sense of responsibility to the greater world community.
Graduates of the RC have forged successful careers in a great variety of fields, notably those that involve effective communication, public service and the creative arts.
Finally, and most importantly, the RC is not just a building. It is a community based upon a shared culture, which students, faculty, staff and alumni work hard to nurture. As a U-M staff person and RC ‘72 graduate, I encourage the Presidential Task Force on Residential Life and Learning to look to our own national showpiece as a partner as they plan future residential communities.
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