As a member of a UNL Learning Community, you will be invited to participate in exclusive events and activities only available to LC students. These experiences provide you with opportunities to explore possible majors and career paths, make connections with faculty and staff in your academic interest area, and get to know other first-year LC students. Participation in these outside-of-class events is always voluntary, but we're confident you'll find many memorable, can't-miss experiences!
Each Learning Community will host individual events for its members. Examples of possible experiences include behind-the-scenes tours of relevant businesses or organizations, dinners with faculty or alumni, meetings with visiting scholars or presentations by on-campus speakers, academic success workshops, and hands-on activities that are both social and educational. In addition, all Learning Community students will be invited to participate in other program-wide experiences, such as the Fall semester Welcome Event and the LC Study Challenge.
Picnic, Painting, and the PrairieResponsible Design LC Service Trip to Red Cloud, NE
In October, 2013, the Responsible Design: Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture Learning Community participated in a service learning trip to Red Cloud, Nebraska. The trip was led by the group’s faculty sponsor, Dr. Kim Wilson, professor and Interim Dean of the College of Architecture.
Red Cloud is home to Nebraska author Willa Cather, and in preparation for the trip, the students read and discussed selections of Cather’s work. In Red Cloud, they enjoyed a sunset “picnic on the prairie,” including hide-and-seek at sunset and s’mores around a campfire after dark, in order to experience the land that is so integral to Cather’s writing. The next day, the students volunteered by doing clean up and repairs on a historical building project, contributing a collective 120 volunteer hours.
Behind-the-Scenes in AgribusinessAg Futures LC Visits KC
In March 2014, the Ag Futures: Entrepreneurship and Leadership Learning Community traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, to meet with agricultural business leaders and entrepreneurs. During the two-day trip, the students and their faculty sponsors, Dr. Tom Field and Dr. Lindsay Hastings, met with leaders at three companies. First, they visited with the American Angus Association and its subsidiary Angus Productions. During this site visit, the students attended a panel discussion—which was filed for televised broadcast—about strategies for using social media to promote agriculture. Next, the group toured FarmTek, a risk management/info tech start-up. During this visit, eight of FarmTek’s ten employees were available to the students for one-on-one discussions with students about the ins-and-outs of successful start-ups. Finally, the group visited Cabela’s Outdoor to learn about retail design concepts and marketing strategies for connecting consumers with outdoor products.
Behind the BenchPre-Law LC Visits Nebraska State Supreme Court
In November 2013, the Pre-Law Opportunities: Preparing for your J.D. and Beyond Learning Community toured the Nebraska State Supreme Court. Accompanied by their faculty sponsor, Tracy Warren, Assistant Dean of Admissions at UNL’s College of Law, the students learned about the role the state’s highest court plays in the judiciary system, what it takes to become a state Supreme Court judge, and what they should expect, should they ever appear before the court as a lawyer. They even go to enjoy the view customarily reserved for the Justices, sitting behind the bench.
From Cow Hearts to Roadkill CSIPre-Vet LC and Biological Sciences LC Practice Dissection Skills
For many students interested in the life sciences, they will have to wait before gaining practical experience. However, both the Pre-Vet: The Path to Veterinary Success Learning Community and the Biological Sciences: Research on the Cutting Edge Learning Community offer their students unique hands-on experiences with dissection. During the fall 2013 semester, the Pre-Vet students participated in a cow heart dissection, learning about appropriate safety procedures and how dissection skills may benefit them as future veterinarians. During the Spring 2014 semester, the Biological Science LC students participate in “Roadkill CSI,” an activity in which the students dissect roadkill to practice life sciences skills and attempt to identify other biological conditions the animals may have had.
“Coming In Hot”Exploring Medicine LC Tours the Mayo Clinic
In September 2013, the Exploring Medicine Learning Community traveled to Rochester, Minnesota for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mayo Clinic. During this tour, students met with health care professional from a variety of departments, including surgery, radiology, the ER, nursing, and life flight. Students learned about cutting-edge medical technologies being developed and used at the Mayo clinic, the realities of various health care career tracks, and possible career tracks they had not yet considered. They even were witness to the arrival of the emergency helicopter “coming in hot,” carrying a patient in need of immediate medical treatment.