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Letters of Love generates over 1,000 cards for kids battling cancer

November 30, 2023

The Advertising and Public Relations Learning Community hosted the event in partnership with the Letters of Love (LOL) Iowa State Chapter. A group service project is part of the curriculum for the Advertising and Public Relations Learning Community.

BOLD Resource Fair to showcase opportunities for underrepresented students

November 29, 2023

The BOLD learning community is hosting its first Student Resource Fair to introduce campus organizations that provide academic, professional, and social support to students.

Biomedical Engineering learning community debuts

October 19, 2023

This is the first year of the biomedical engineering learning community, a coordinated effort by the university to foster out-of-classroom connections among students sharing a major.

Grassroots effort becomes 'bedrock' of Iowa State experience

February 22, 2021

Twenty-five years after learning communities began at Iowa State University, they are now a thriving and integral part of the first-year student experience. And for the nearly 93,000 students who have joined a learning community during that time, the relationships and connections made often extend beyond their college years.

New learning community stretches the limits of 'connections'

October 08, 2020

One of Iowa State's seven new student learning communities this fall occurs 100% online. Understandable, perhaps, in a global pandemic. But by necessity the International Adventure learning community (IALC) relies on websites and smartphone apps because it's connecting 58 students in 20 countries on four continents who were unable to get to Ames for their first semester of college. While most learning community members share a major, this group is enrolled across all six undergraduate colleges.

Helping Students Pilot Career Pathways

January 21, 2020

“Teaching is an incredible experience,” says Jennifer Bundy, assistant professor in animal science. “It is so rewarding to observe students when they have those “ah-ha!” moments and get excited about a topic.”

Learning communities at Iowa State have spent over 20 years helping new students adjust academically and socially (video)