President Albrecht Joins Living Learning Community for Dinner, Conversation
Thursday, Apr. 04, 2013
President Albrecht was a guest of the Living Learning Center for an evening of conversation and dinner (All photos courtesy Timothy Ledna)
President Stan Albrecht and First Lady Joyce Albrecht (center) joined the students for a special dinner in The Marketplace.
[Editor’s note: Timothy Ledna, the residence director of USU’s Living Learning Community shared his insights into the community and what he calls “special Aggie residents” and a special evening shared with USU President Stan Albrecht.]
President Stan Albrecht remembers the planning stages of Utah State University’s newest residence hall, The Living Learning Community (LLC). He also has fond memories of helping, several years ago, the LLC’s first residents move in during the opening of fall semester.
Since that time, the community has seen many students move in or out and the residents have met three different residence directors. Currently, Timothy Ledna, who arrived at USU in 2009, is the longest serving of the three. Each year, up to 500 students call the place home. These special Aggie residents and the president know the benefits of living on campus, Ledna said.
They eat conveniently at the Marketplace. They get help from trained peers called resident assistants. They bond and build community through their attendance at events like the LLC Pep Rally, Shanty Town Homelessness Awareness Program, Casino Night and the Holi Road Trip. They have higher GPAs and usually have higher levels of graduation.
Earlier in March, another positive milestone came for the president and the LLC: his first dinner with those special (exceptional) student residents.
On Wednesday March 20, 2013, after months of student planning, President Albrecht shared a meal, in the Marketplace, with the Living Learning Community.
The president and his wife, Joyce Albrecht, were treated just like the residents of the Living Learning Community. They stood in line with students for a variety of food items Dining Services provided for the night. Some had the prime rib, others the Chicken St. James and still others, including the president, sampled the fried shrimp. The residents who worked hard to make his visit special hoped he and his wife would not only eat well, but would also leave with a strong, positive image of the residence hall. In fact, they hoped that they achieved all their original goals.
They wanted to highlight their on-campus home to the chief administrator of the university. Check.
They wanted to illustrate the achievements of the LLC and its on-campus residents. Check.
They wanted to create a sense of accomplishment and LLC identity for their peers and staff in attendance. Check.
And finally, they hoped to market the LLC to current residents, like themselves, so others will consider the LLC as their home again next year. Check.
Many students and student staff enjoy the values that on-campus housing affords them, Ledna said, who admits he “loves his job” and is, in particular, very fond of his area — the Living Learning Community. He strongly believes that his residence hall exemplifies the educational mission of the university through the principles and vision of Housing and Residence Life. He also believes that the LLC is a place where one experiences exceptional living, transformative learning and an empowered community. It is a thriving and well maintained residence where the most engaged students on campus live and learn.
Ledna said he is very appreciative that President and Mrs. Albrecht were willing to share an evening meal with the above-average residents who call the Living Learning Community their home. He hopes the dinner will become an annual tradition.
Contact: Timothy Ledna, (435) 797-6811