The Mass Communication Residential College (MCRC) is sponsored by the Manship School of Mass Communication and opened in fall 2010. This residential college is specifically designed to offer an educational and social community for the next generation of journalism, public relations, advertising, and political communication professionals. The program will be open to first-year students, and any undergraduate international exchange students who are enrolled in the Manship School of Mass Communication. The MCRC is home to approximately 100 students who will live in South Hall, part of the Residential College One living-learning community. Residents in the MCRC will have the opportunity to engage in activities that will strengthen both their educational and professional careers.
Res College One – South Hall
The Journalism Building
Students will take at least two classes every semester with other MCRC students, with some of them in one of the on-site community classrooms in the Residential College One Complex. The MCRC have on-site academic advisors with scheduled office hours, and students will have priority scheduling for their Mass Communication classes.
Students take classes in the on-site community classrooms, and instructors have office hours in the residence hall.
Faculty Involvement and Student Development
The MCRC provides a component of student life that interfaces learning both inside and outside the classroom and improves the academic atmosphere of LSU. An important part of the mission of the MCRC is to help acclimate students to the diversity of the mass communication field and empower them for successful careers. The Manship faculty and staff will conduct a variety of special seminars on topics such as resume writing and business etiquette to give students a head start in the professional environment.
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There will also be study groups, an AP writing style tutoring program, and a one-on-one mentoring program designed to help new residents adjust to college life both socially and educationally.
As part of the living-learning programs in the Residential College One Complex and all residence hall communities, Residential Life sponsors the Faculty Friends Program. This program brings together students and faculty outside of the typical teaching experience in the classroom. Since 1994, Residential Life has invited all faculty members to participate in students’ lives in their campus living room! Faculty can become as involved as they want by actively participating in the hall programs, lectures, and fun events. Faculty Friends are leaders, mentors, teachers, advocates, role models and friends. Click here to learn more about the Faculty Friends Program.
The Mass Communication Residential College has required courses for first-year students living in the residential college for fall and spring semesters. (click on “MCRC Course Requirements” for more details). Below are additional courses offered that will satisfy the two-course per semester residential college requirement.
First-year course offerings
MC 2000 – Introduction to Mass Media
MC 2010 – Media Writing
MC 2015 – Visual Communication
HIST 1001 – Western Civilization to 1500
THTR 1020 – Introduction to Theater
For more information on required courses and scheduling, please contact Helen Taylor (225-578-2336 / email@example.com).
MCRC Admission Requirements and Eligibility
The MCRC is open to first-year students with a declared major in Mass Communication.
Students must register for a minimum of two classes with the Mass Communication Residential College, and scheduling preference will be given to MCRC for the required and additional courses listed above.
One of the goals of the Mass Communication Residential College is to prepare students for their eventual sophomore or junior year entrance into the Manship School of Mass Communication.
The MCRC has five learning outcomes which are the governing goals and objectives that guide all course development and requirements, workshops, activities, faculty involvement and programs within the residential college.
1. Demonstrate an understanding of Diversity
2. Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics in pursuit of truth and accuracy
3. Think critically, creatively and independently
4. Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve
5. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness
Each of the above learning outcomes has 3 – 5 related activities that will help students achieve the respective outcomes.
How do I apply for the Mass Communication Residential College?
1. Apply to the University through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at www.lsu.edu/admissions.
2. After you have been accepted to the University, you may apply for the MCRC.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students must be accepted to the University before applying to MCRC, or any on-campus housing and living-learning programs.
3. Using your LSU PAWS account, complete and submit the Residential Life online housing application. The application can be found on the Residential Life website by selecting “Incoming Students”, then “Apply Online”.
3. On the first page of the on-line application, eligible students should select the Mass Communication Residential College.
4. Residential College One – South Hall will automatically be listed as the choice of buildings for MCRC.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To be considered for acceptance into the MCRC, you must put MCRC as your housing preference. Students can submit roommate preferences on their housing application.
1. Students will be notified of their acceptance into MCRC by the Manship School of Mass Communication in mid-spring.
2. Students will be notified of their acceptance into MCRC by the Manship School of Mass Communication in mid-spring.
3. For the MCRC, and all residential colleges, room assignments will be completed manually by the Residential Life staff in March, and students will be notified by email of their room assignments. The Res Life assignments staff will work to satisfy as many roommate requests as possible.
4. For questions on the requirements or required courses for MCRC, please contact the Manship
School of Mass Communication at www.manship.lsu.edu, call 225-578-2338, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or come by the College office in the Journalism Building on Field House Drive.
5. For questions on the housing application process, contact the Department of Residential Life at 225-578-8663, email email@example.com, or come by Grace King Hall Monday – Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and speak to an assignments officer.
MCRC & the Manship School of Mass Communication Contact Information
The Manship School of Mass Communication
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Offices: Journalism Building (on Field House Drive)
Lisa Lundy – Rector
245 Hodges Hall
Nicole Dahmen – Associate Rector
Residential College One – South Hall Features
South Hall is part of the Residential College One Complex that opened in spring 2008. It is a state-of-the-art residential community with all of the amenities that the 21st century student has come to expect. The rooms have suite-style bathrooms. Each suite has two rooms (two students each) which share a connecting bathroom.
It has spacious common areas, a modern kitchen and laundry facility, and study rooms throughout the building.
MCRC residents living in South Hall will use the 24-hour front desk in the newly constructed faculty-in residence building in the complex. The building will also be home to a faculty member and his or her family, a computer lab, and faculty offices.
Residents will enjoy South Hall’s and the complex’s many common areas including several lounge and study areas, a computer lab, outdoor courtyards and seating areas, as well as a large common area with a big-screen television that students call “the living room”.
The 5 Dining Commons, located right outside the Pentagon’s back gate, is currently being completely renovated and is scheduled to reopen in fall 2009. It will be a state-of-the-art dining hall, with a mini-mart and late-night fast food restaurant similar to popular 459 Dining Commons on the east side of campus.
Students enjoy a meal together
The 5 has many choices of meals to choose from every day.