About First-Year Wings & First-Year Interest Group Communities
Welcome Home, New Lutes!
What are First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)?
All first-year students who enroll in a First Year Experience Program (FYEP) 101 course will be linked through that course to a Learning Community (LC). Participating in a Learning Community, whether that is through a hall with a theme or through First-Year Interest Groups, is an integral component of the PLU experience, adding to the learning that happens both in the classroom and beyond the classroom. Students who participate in LC linked courses have increased community and academic support to promote success in their first year at PLU!
For first-year residents, First-Year Wings are designed specifically to support your transition to PLU and staffed by returning student leaders who want to help support your success. These communities also provide a great place to meet other first-year students and explore the Parkland/Tacoma community. While first-year residents have a similar experience all across campus, each hall adds a unique community experience. Your LC FYEP 101 linked course corresponds either with the theme of your residence hall (e.g., Hinderlie, Hong, Ordal, some Tingelstad [STEM House, Wellness House], and some Harstad [those who opt into a themed LC]) -or- with a First-Year Interest Group theme created by linking courses of similar topics together and pairing these courses with co-curricular opportunities throughout the first year (e.g., Pflueger, some Tingelstad [First-Year House], some Harstad). By participating in LC linked courses, your classmates become your neighbors.
For first-year commuters, participating in a Learning Community through an FYEP 101 linked course also supports your transition to PLU and your success in your first year. Similar to First-Year Wings, Learning Communities also provide a great place to meet other first-year students and explore the Parkland/Tacoma community. Your LC FYEP 101 linked course will provide opportunities to connect with community both inside and outside of the classroom, through co-curricular opportunities throughout the first year. By participating in LC linked courses, you have an additional “home” on-campus.
Two FIG Learning Community Options for 2020-21
The Contemporary Issues Community is a First-Year Interest Group that promotes engagement with current topics, issues, and events that shape one’s understanding of politics, policies, and priorities in the world. For example, students will have opportunities to consider questions such as: What impact does the presidential election have on the future? What international policies impact me while living in the U.S.? How does climate change affect the world?
The Self & Society Community is a First-Year Interest Group that promotes reflection on identity development, both one’s own identity as an individual as well as group identity formation, within the cultural/era contexts of local, national, and/or global communities. For example, students will have the opportunity to reflect on the following questions: What does it mean to be educated? What is a “good life”? What does it mean to identify with particular cultural and/or religious groups? What role does counterculture play in the mainstream culture?
What are First-Year Wings?
First-Year wings are for first year on-campus residents, staffed by returning student leaders (Resident Assistants) to assist in the transition to PLU and the Parkland/Tacoma community. First Year Wings are located in traditional residence halls: Harstad Hall, Hinderlie Hall, Ordal Hall, Pflueger Hall, Kreidler Hall, and Tingelstad Hall.
Great For Students Who ...
are in their first year at PLU and looking to connect with others!
Program + Learning Outcomes
By participating in First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), students will:
- be enrolled in a linked First Year Experience Program (FYEP) course to make connections with faculty & peers
- be able to identify academic and personal support resources to support their success in their first year at PLU
- build relationships with students, faculty, and staff to develop a sense of community in their wing, hall, and at PLU
- build skills to navigate mature interpersonal relationships through use of tools and processes such as the roommate and community standards agreements
- explore wellness and care for themselves, their communities, and the world through the lens of diversity, justice, and sustainability
YES – All residential first-year students who enroll in a First Year Experience Program (FYEP) 101 course will be linked through that course to a Learning Community that corresponds either with their themed residential LC (e.g., Hinderlie, Hong, Ordal, some Tingelstad [STEM House, Wellness House], and some Harstad [those who opt into a themed LC]) -or- with a First-Year Interest Group LC created by linking courses of similar topics together and pairing these courses with co-curricular opportunities throughout the first year (e.g., Pflueger, some Kreidler, some Tingelstad [First-Year House], some Harstad).
Contemporary Issues Linked Courses
- Into the Wild | Rose McKenney | FYEP 101 Section 18
- US-Mexico Borderlands | Wendy Call | FYEP 101 Section 10
- 2020 Presidential Election | Michael Artime | FYEP 101 Sec 02
- Climate Justice & Resilience | Jenny James | FYEP 101 Section 11
Self & Society Linked Courses
- Stories About Jewish Women | Agnes Choi | FYEP 101 Section 21
- Counterculture | Jason Skipper | FYEP 101 Section 17
- The Art of Living | Ron Byrnes | FYEP 101 Sec 03
- Wonder, Curiosity, Praxis | Nathalie op de Beeck | FYEP 101 Section 14
- What Does it Mean to be Educated? | Paul Sutton | FYEP 101 Section 04
Harstad Hall is the most historic building on campus, once housing the entire university. Today, Harstad Hall provides a gender equity focused living experience for approximately 200 residents and is home to the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity Learning Community. Harstad also has some of the largest rooms on campus, with varying room sizes that add character to the five story hall. It is conveniently located between the library, Anderson University Center and Garfield Street, which is home to numerous stores and restaurants. To learn more please visit our Harstad Hall page.
Hinderlie Hall is located close to Mary Baker Russell Music Center and Ingram Hall and central to the entire campus, it is convenient to everything regardless of your major! Home to approximately 130 residents, this hall is also the home of the Community for Creative Expression. Whether you identify as an artist or just love to be immersed in a creative community, this hall has an energizing community that is inspirational for all residents. To learn more please visit our Hinderlie Hall page.
Ordal Hall was freshly renovated for the 2015-16 Academic Year and rooms fill up fast! Ordal is home to the Diversity, Justice and Sustainability (DJS) Community. It is one of two halls on campus with bay windows in most of the rooms and is home to approximately 170 residents. Ordal is conveniently located next to Ingram Hall, which houses PLU’s art and communications departments. Other buildings nearby are the Mary Baker Russell Music Center and the Hauge Administration building which houses both classrooms and many student services. To learn more please visit our Ordal Hall page.
Pflueger Hall residents enjoy Pflueger’s location adjacent to the tennis and basketball courts, as well as the only sand volleyball court and fire pit on campus. Pflueger is home to approximately 200 residents. It is a short walk from the back door of the Anderson University Center and across the street from the Columbia Center. Pflueger Hall boasts large study lounges with whiteboards and tables as well as large spacious lounges with flat screen TVs and a cozy fireplace. To learn more please visit our Pflueger Hall page.
Tingelstad Hall is the tallest building in all of Parkland and houses approximately 360 residents. Smaller “house” communities of 90 residents are formed by balconies with spiral staircases that join together two floors and open into spacious lounges and kitchens where residents enjoy hanging out with one another. Tinglestad is also home to the STEM House and the Wellness House. It is situated between the Anderson University Center and the Columbia Center. To learn more please visit our Tingelstad Hall page.
Below are a few examples of programs that have occurred in First Year Wing Communities in the past! If you have an idea for a wing or hall program, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate to see about planning it!
- Wing Events (e.g., wing Dinners, watching movies, weekly TV shows, and/or athletic games together, and/or attending PLU athletics and performing arts events as a wing)
- Craft nights (e.g., crayon melting, creating room planters, card making, and more!)
- Trips to Tacoma/Parkland attractions (e.g., apple picking, museums, theater, and more!)
- Events about picking a major with Academic Advising and vocational discernment with the Wild Hope Center
- Study sessions with Academic Assistance
For more information about this Learning Community option you may contact any of the Community Directors per the hall of your interest below or the Department of Residential Life (email@example.com):
- Jessica Cotton, Community Director for Harstad Hall | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharon Templeton, Community Director for Hinderlie & Hong Halls | email@example.com
- Dhaval Patel, Community Director for Kreidler, Ordal, and Stuen Halls | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dan Murray, Community Director for Pflueger and South Halls | email@example.com
- Zac Rakke, Community Director for Tingelstad Hall | firstname.lastname@example.org