Our Vision

The Lloyd Hall Scholars Program is a diverse and creative living-learning community for students passionate about writing and the arts. Through our curriculum, programs, student leadership, faculty involvement, and cultural events, we hope to cultivate students' critical reading, writing, arts, and thinking skills, and promote the link between creativity and academic excellence. LHSP challenges students of all skill levels and academic disciplines to take initiative in shaping their intellectual talents, to work collaboratively with their peers, to make meaningful connections with faculty and staff, and to become leaders in their community.

In the Lloyd Hall Scholars Program, students will develop in the following areas:

Writing and the Arts

Writing skills

Students will improve as critical readers, writers, and thinkers to better prepare for academic life in the University, regardless of their chosen discipline or field of study. As members of a writing community, students will become familiar with the writing and revision process, be able to serve as peer critics for their fellow students, and utilize the various writing resources available at LHSP and throughout campus, such as the Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing

Arts Skills

Students will have direct experiences with the arts, producing mixed media arts projects and/or analyzing and critiquing works of art. Students will gain a greater appreciation for the arts, and, through the LHSP studio arts courses and programs, explore and enrich their talents and skills in the visual arts.

Critical Creative Thinking Skills/ Arts Literacy

Students will develop sharp analytical skills, learn to question their assumptions about what they see and read (or look beyond what is expected or predictable in a text or image), and ultimately express the uniqueness of their vision with clarity and insight. By actively participating in LHSP writing and arts activities and events, as well as those events occurring throughout campus, students will cultivate a lifelong passion for the creative arts, will learn to seek out arts opportunities in their communities, and will be able to reflect on the roles of artists and writers in their communities. Students will be challenged to take risks as they discover—in the world and in themselves—complexities, nuances, and unexpected possibilities. Students’ intensive engagement with the creative arts will have a positive impact on their overall academic success.

Personal and Social Development

Diversity Awareness

Through meaningful interactions with others in the LHSP community, students will gain a greater understanding of diversity, valuing and learning from difference in order to broaden their understanding of the world. By developing writing and art skills, students will not only discover and reflect on their own identities, but also be able to communicate them to others.

Leadership

Students will become active participants and leaders in their community, both in LHSP and throughout the University. They will initiate, coordinate, promote, and attend events, and, if they choose to stay in the program in their second year, serve as role models and mentors for first-year students in the program.

Collaborative Learning/ Community Building

Through classes, community projects, and shared interests, students will work with and learn from their peers, and will use their creative talents to influence and ultimately improve their living-learning environment. Students will also organize and pursue meaningful service-learning activities connected to reading, writing, and the arts, in order to improve the broader community in which they live.

Connections to Faculty

Students will utilize the many opportunities to work closely with faculty—and not just in the classroom. Working one-on-one or in small groups with LHSP faculty and seeing them in many different contexts will allow students to develop important relationships with their professors and instructors and expand their intellectual life at the University.