Special Interest Housing is a co-curricular program seeking to enhance the academic, relational, and spiritual experiences of Messiah College students by providing specific housing placement to groups gathered around the purpose of exploring common interests or issues. These placements are in independent houses surrounding the campus. Through this placement, Special Interest Housing promotes a living and learning environment that helps to bring students, faculty, and administration together around common interests.
Research indicates that retention is highest for individuals when the following methods are used: (1) discussion groups, (2) practice by doing and (3) teaching others. For this reason these three methods will be incorporated into the structure of special interest houses. Student will use their time living in the special interest houses to educate themselves and each other about their chosen theme. The expectation is that residents will engage in discussions and practial, hands on learning as a household. The houses are to be a place where residents can share their passion with others who are also passionate about the topic and in doing so, learn from each other. Special interest house residents will move to the highest level of learning & retention in the spring when they assist with recruiting students for the following year by doing a 5-7 minute presentation about their learnings at the Special Interest House information meetings in February 2012.
Each Special Interest Group needs to have at least one Advisor. Eligible advisors may be faculty members or approved administrators at Messiah College. The role of the advisor(s) is to work with the members of the group to develop their interests, to hold the group accountable to the goals set, and to meet at least monthly with one of the house members to process the experience of the group members. Advisor(s) should also make efforts to meet with the special interest group and visit the house if possible. Advisor(s) will also provide links between club, organization or academic department(s) and administrative offices. The biggest role of the Advisor(s) is to help supply support and information for the Group. An Advisor meeting will be held at the beginning of the academic year.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rhonda King, Director of Housing, at RKing@messiah.edu or extension 7291 for more information.