Each learning community connects students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know upperclassmen peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and even hang out for fun.
Get the most from your experience by joining the learning community before orientation. Click on the departmental names below for learning communities opportunities within a major or special interests for other learning communities that College of Human Sciences (CHS) students may be interested in joining. For more information, email the coordinator listed for each group
Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management Learning Communities
Common Threads: For freshman students with a major in apparel, merchandising, and design.
Coordinator: Marina Boes, email@example.com
Directions: For freshman students with a major in hospitality management and event management.
Coordinator: Chad Reis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transitions: For transfer students in apparel, merchandising, and design, hospitality management and event management.
Coordinator: Sarah Frette, email@example.com
Education Learning Communities
Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers: For students in elementary education.
Coordinators: Becky Koenen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonya McCormick, email@example.com
Future Teachers, Future Leaders: For transfer students in elementary education.
Coordinators: Alicia Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Christensen, email@example.com
School of Education Doctoral Learning Community: For doctoral students in education.
Coordinators: Zina Alaswad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Malika Butler, email@example.com
Food Science and Human Nutrition Learning Communities
Food Science and Human Nutrition Learning Community: For students with a major in food science, nutritional science, culinary food science, dietetics, diet & exercise.
Coordinator: Anne Oldham, firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Development and Family Studies Learning Communities
Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community: For students with a major in early childhood education; child, adult, and family services; financial counseling and planning; and family and consumer sciences education and studies.
Coordinators: Liz Harris, email@example.com
Raquel Zuniga, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kinesiology Learning Communities
Kinesiology Learning Community: For students with a major in kinesiology and health or athletic training.
Coordinators: Tom Parker, email@example.com
Lisa Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer Kinesiology Learning Community: For transfer students with a major in kinesiology and health or athletic training.
Coordinators: Tom Parker,email@example.com
Special Interest Learning Communities
First-Year College of Human Sciences Multicultural Students
Connect Four: For first-year students of color in the College of Human Sciences. The goal is to develop a community of students of color and give you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about campus resources. It is a place for you to connect to the university community and the College of Human Sciences.
Coordinators: Carmen Flagge, firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrepreneurship Learning Community: For all Iowa State University students who have ever thought about starting their own business, who are currently running their own business, or who are simply looking to gain skill sets in entrepreneurship, leadership, and small business management.
Coordinator: Judi Eyles, email@example.com
College of Human Sciences, Undecided
Making Informed Decisions (MINDS): For first-year incoming freshman who are interested in exploring their educational possibilities in the College of Human Sciences.
Coordinator: Clayton Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t worry! There are many more to consider. See a full listing of other Iowa State learning communities.
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College of Human Sciences Welcome Center
118 MacKay Hall
2302 Osborn Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011-1078