Application Process for Special Interest Communities & FSL Townhouses


Community Development is pleased to open an application process for Special Interest Communities (SICs) and two Fraternity/Sorority townhouses in East Campus for the 2013-2014 academic year.  This process is open to all Columbia College and Engineering students with guaranteed housing.  

Residential Programs (RP) offers learning opportunities beyond the classroom that support the academic mission of Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. RP provides experiences to students in residence that promote intellectual, social, emotional and interpersonal growth and development. RP fosters a variety of living and learning environments that allow for the expression of individuality balanced with a shared sense of responsibility for the Columbia community using the following five core values:

Engagement, Development, Responsibility, Inclusivity, and Learning

Recognizing that student interest and enthusiasm assist in shaping a vibrant residential community, we work with interested students to create communities within the residence halls where living and learning are interrelated.  The unique SIC spaces provide facilities that offer exciting potential for student-faculty or student-administrative interaction and collaboration. 

We are pleased to announce this application process for the following spaces in advance of the room selection process:  

Special Interest Community (SIC) House at 619-623 West 113th Street (aka the Convent)

Existing Special Interest Communities (SICs), recognized student groups (ABC, SGB, CI, and Club Sports), new SICs, student-run programs with administrative oversight, or other populations with specific needs are encouraged to apply. 

Given this is Columbia’s first opportunity to have multiple SICs within a designated space, groups applying to a specific floor within this house should demonstrate innovation and creativity and an ability to work in collaboration with other groups assigned to the space.  

In addition to tremendous potential for co-sponsored programming, students will have the opportunity to share a weekly common meal. 

Building AmenitiesNewly renovated interconnected brownstones opening in fall 2013.  The 1st floor features a Public Safety guard, a professional staff member living in residence, and a lobby area.  Small common areas are featured on floors 2-5.  RAs will be placed on floor 2 and 3.  The basement includes a programming space for up to 50 (thought it was 63), a large kitchen, bike storage, laundry and computer room.    

1st floor (capacity: 8; 4 double rooms)
2nd floor (capacity: 19; 3 singles; 8 double rooms)

                1 group of 19 students
OR

2 groups (1 group of 10 students and 1 group of 9 students)
3rd floor (capacity: 19; 3 singles; 8 double rooms)

                1 group of 19 students
OR

2 groups (1 group of 10 students and 1 group of 9 students)
4th floor (capacity: 15; 9 singles; 3 double rooms)
5th floor (capacity: 15; 9 singles; 3 double rooms)

Wallach Hall 2nd Floor – Living Learning Community (LLC)

Existing Special Interest Communities (SICs), recognized student groups (ABC, SGB, CI, and Club Sports), new SICs, student-run programs with administrative oversight, or other populations with specific needs are encouraged to apply. 

Building Amenities:  The LLC offers all-class integrated housing.  Floors 2-5 will be renovated (similar to floors 6-10) during summer 2013.  Within the suite, in addition to a kitchen and common area, a meeting space is featured.  The group will also have access to program in the first floor Wallach lounge and other residential lounge spaces.  A computer lab and game room are located in Hartley Hall, which is connected to Wallach Hall.

2C (capacity 11:  5 singles; 3 double rooms)

 

East Campus Townhouses 

Recognized Fraternities and Sororities in good standing (2011 ALPHA score of 4 or 5 Stars) are eligible to apply.

Building Amenities:  Each East Campus townhouse offers a full kitchen, common room, and bathroom.  East Campus also has computer labs available on the 10th and 18th floors and unattended exercise equipment available on the 8th and 16th floors that students may use at their own risk. The 2nd floor has a lounge with a piano and a large screen television.

H1004  (capacity: 6; 4 singles; 1 double room)
H1003 (capacity: 6; 4 singles; 1 double room)

Timeline:

  • Application available:  December 12, 2012  
  • Information Session I: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 @ 7:30-8:30 pm in Broadway Residence Hall (14th Floor)
  • Information Session II: Thursday, January 24, 2013 @ 10:30-11:30 am in Broadway Residence Hall (14th Floor)
  • Applications due: Monday, January 28, 2013 by 12 noon
  • Notification of Interview (not all applicants will be interviewed): Wednesday, January 30, 2013 after 5:00pm
  • Interviews: Friday, February 1, 2013 from 9:00am – 2:00pm. Any three members of the group are welcome to present
  • Notification:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Committee:

Overseen by Cristen Kromm, Assistant Dean of Community Development and Residential Programs, the selection committee will be comprised of professional staff members of the Office of Residential Programs and Housing Services and up to six undergraduate students.  The undergraduate students will be: two members of the student staff of Residential Programs (RAs and/or CAs); two members of the Housing Advisory Board (Student Services representatives from CCSC and ESC or CCSC/ESC Council designees); and two members of the Fraternity and Sorority community.  The committee will make recommendations regarding placement.  Dean Martinez will make the final decision.

Any questions before the first info session can be directed to Dean Cristen Kromm, cs867@columbia.edu

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