About the SophoMORE Initiative:
SophoMORE is a comprehensive, campus-wide initiative including school- or college-specific programs open to all UMass Amherst sophomores. The goal of SophoMORE is to maximize success during students’ sophomore year by providing customized support for academic achievement, setting career direction and life goals, and building important skills, such as stress and time management.
SophoMORE Living-Learning Communities (LLCs):
For sophomore students interested in enhancing their education, Residential Life, in partnership with several Schools/Colleges, has developed four living-learning community options centered on specialized academic focus areas. For the 2014-2015 academic year, these include: Creative Expressions, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Technical Solutions, and Explore, Engage, Connect for Social Justice. These living-learning communities are not restricted by major and are open to any sophomore who is interested in one of the community focus areas.
Interested in Applying?
The application to live in a 2015-2016 SophoMORE hall is currently open and will close on Monday, March 2, 2015. Please click here for the SophoMORE application.
Approved students will receive instructions from Student Services on how to reserve a space through the room selection process. If you have questions about the selection process, please contact Karen Magness-Pokornowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is eligible to participate in a SophoMORE Living-Learning Community?
Students who are in their second year of college are eligible to apply to live in a SophoMORE Living-Learning Community.
What will be expected of me if I sign up for one of these communities?
Students living in SophoMORE communities are expected to:
• Have an academic or personal interest in the community's focus area
• Participate in program-related activities as part of the community
• Be a responsible and considerate member of the community and adhere to all housing policies
The following residence halls will house the sophomore living-learning communities for the 2015-2016 academic year:
SophoMORE: Creative Expressions
Creative Expressions is a community for students who are passionate about the arts and humanities. Whether pursuing a program of study within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA), a related career, or simply interested in humanities subjects such as English, history, languages, philosophy, or the visual and performing arts, this community fosters conversations and networks that support your interests. Within this community, there are opportunities to connect with key resources on campus, including the CHFA Advising Center staff and the HFA Student Leadership Board. Creative Expressions students also enjoy access to intentional study spaces, a dance studio, and a music practice room. No matter what your major or academic pursuits, this community will engage your interests and provide you with unique opportunities to explore the campus and beyond.
The Creative Expressions Living-Learning Community spans two buildings, one designed for first-year students (Van Meter) and one designed for sophomores (Butterfield). Van Meter is a Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) hall. Within this building, students have opportunities to join Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) linked to the Creative Expressions theme. Students also have access to undergraduate Peer Mentors who offer academic support and staff the Residential Academic Success Center located in Van Meter.
SophoMORE: Innovations & Entrepreneurship
Innovations & Entrepreneurship is designed for sophomore students who are passionate about business, science, engineering, and related fields of study. Whether pursuing a degree, career, or hobby within these fields, Innovations & Entrepreneurship provides students with an environment where like-minded individuals can live together and support each other in pursuit of their own "great idea”. Within this community, there are opportunities to interact directly with faculty and staff members from the Isenberg School of Management. Students will also have access to workshops, faculty programming, in-hall advising, and one-on-one interactions with innovators and those who have experience with entrepreneurship. Innovations & Entrepreneurship students have the option of enrolling in Sch-Mgmt 292V, "New Venture Creation”. This team-taught experiential course will prepare students to create and implement business plans.
SophoMORE: Technical Solutions
Technical Solutions is a living-learning community for students who are committed to innovative technical problem-solving. Whether pursuing a program of study in Engineering or another technical field, this community provides a unique opportunity for students with similar academic interests to form study groups and explore career opportunities related to their majors. Students will have opportunities to attend company information sessions, resume workshops, career fairs, and other events that facilitate mentoring, retention, and incremental career planning. By residing in the Technical Solutions community, students will be equipped to help motivate others in their cohorts to prepare for future careers in Engineering and the sciences.
The Technical Solutions Living-Learning Community spans two buildings, one designed for first-year students (Leach) and one designed for sophomores (Hamlin). Leach is a Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) hall. Within this building, students have opportunities to join Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) linked to the Technical Solutions theme. Engineering Major RAP residents will share required coursework as well as participate in an Engineering career seminar. Students also have access to undergraduate Peer Mentors who staff the Residential Academic Success Center located in Leach, provide academic support to all students, and offer baseline peer advising for Engineers.
SophoMORE: Explore, Engage, Connect for Social Justice
In close collaboration with the Nuance Defined Residential Community, this living-learning community is designed specifically for sophomore students who want to explore and bridge commonalities and differences across their diverse social identities including race/ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. Whether pursuing a program of study related to social justice or simply interested in dialogue and exploration of these issues, students will have opportunities to take classes together, engage in dialogues with each other, and connect with campus organizations and centers focused on social justice. Students will have opportunities to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills to collaboratively create an inclusive residential community.
Have more questions?
If you have questions about the Room Selection process, please contact Residential Life: Student Services at 413-545-2100. If you have additional questions about these SophoMORE programs, please contact the Residential Learning Communities Office at email@example.com.