School of Communications students move on campus, settle in living learning communities

The school supports two residential learning communities including the new Sport Management & Media Living Learning Community in Sloan Hall.

Elon University welcomed to campus the largest first-year class in its history Aug. 24, and 2018 Move-In Day featured plenty of familiar sights.

Mackenzie Wilkes ’22, a Communications Fellow from Greensboro, North Carolina, chats with School of Communications faculty members during Move-In Day. Pictured (from left) are Wilkes, Visiting Fulbright Scholar Mercy Ette, and Assistant Professors Alex Luchsinger and Jane O’Boyle. 
Energetic Orientation Leaders raced boxes and luggage to dorm rooms, parents unpacked and rearranged furniture, and new roommates bonded over the excitement – and uncertainty – of the day. This scene played out across campus, including Elon’s residential learning communities, which bring together students with shared interests and academic pursuits.

The School of Communications supports two such communities, both located in Sloan Hall in the Historic Neighborhood.

David D’Ardenne ’22 maneuvers a rug into his dorm room located in the Communications Living Learning Community.
The Communications Living Learning Community connects students who are considering a career in communications, housing them on the first floor. And new this year, the university expanded its housing options, offering a Sport Management & Media (SMM) Living Learning Community on Sloan’s second floor.

Communications Fellow Drew Weinert ’22 unpacks his second-floor dorm room with the help of his parents.
Photos of students moving into Sloan Hall can be found on the School of Communications’ Flickr page.

The communities offer students an opportunity to connect with faculty on a more personal level, learn from others on the floor who share common academic and extracurricular interests, and participate in field trips and on-campus speaking engagements. Plus, Sloan is conveniently located to McEwen Communications Building, Dwight C. Schar Hall and Long Building.

David D’Ardenne ’22, a first-year student from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, said Sloan’s proximity to the School of Communications sold him. “I’m going to study film and television, so I wanted to be close as possible,” he said, while setting up his bed frame.  

The advisers of the Communications LLC are Assistant Professors Jane O’ Boyle and Alex Luchsinger, who were both on hand during Move-In Day to welcome residents.

Likewise, Associate Professor Cara McFadden, adviser of the SMM community, greeted her new cohort of students as well.