Getting Integrated: Transfer Learning Community Showcase

Getting Integrated: Transfer Learning Community Showcase

Visible projects representing 15 different courses for University of San Diego Fall 2018 semester incoming transfer students were on display at the Transfer Learning Communities Integration Showcase event on Dec. 5 in the Hahn University Center Forum rooms.

Nearly 300 new transfer students arrived at USD this fall. International students, including five who are here through a new USD dual degree program connected to Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid and others, were involved in the event, too. In an effort to help all transfer students transition to USD successfully, academically and socially, USD created the Transfer Learning Community, which is a complement to the longer-running Living Learning Community program for first-year students (freshmen) to better acclimate to college life.

TLC Showcase Fall 2018

Spread throughout the three forum room spaces were works done by transfer students who had taken courses in Architecture, English, Language, History, Political Science/International Relations, Psychology, Theology and Religious Studies and Philosophy. Each of the projects had an interdisciplinary component that came through collaboration with students from different majors or, in one case, with other schools.

Many projects were on poster board — some were trifolds — and some had physical project models such as the introduction to architecture students who had both drawings and small model versions of their work to display. Some, too, also had a video presentation for those who stopped by to learn more about their work.

For the History of Food (History 160) class with History Professor Dr. Colin Fisher, students had posters to spotlight big business companies such as Nestle, Kellogg’s as well as one on John Deere. In Dr. Turner Nevitt’s Philosophy 335 course, Death and Dying, students were instructed to conduct an ethical analysis and evaluation of killing in self-defense, war, capital punishment, euthanasia or assisted suicide. Two Theology and Religious Studies professors, Dr. Joel Gruber and Dr. Louis Komjathy, each taught a THRS 110 class on Exploring Religious Meaning. A few of the poster presenters examined the morality of the mass consciousness while another delved into religious ethics and world views in relation to business. Students in Dr. Juliana Maxim’s Introduction to Architecture 101 collaborated with students from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering to design a mobile desk. The project was done for a client who is a professor in the Kroc School.

One of the best uses of a project was one that could be eaten. Students in an English 358 class with Dr. Marcelle Maese opted to make a cake that had four photo images that were taken at different points of the semester as they were getting to know each other. They were able to transfer the images into an edible form that was placed on top of the cake they had at the event. They handed out square pieces to anyone visiting their space to eat and enjoy.

The event marked the third semester — it was previously done in both the fall and spring during the 2017-18 academic year — for the TLC Integration Showcase.  Being in a TLC allows students to expand their intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom and helps to establish a sense of community at USD with faculty and fellow students. Participation in the Integration Showcase fulfills a core requirement for the transfer students.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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