The most important requirements LHSP has are to (1) learn; (2) to take risks with your writing and artwork; and (3) have fun while you're doing it. You can't learn much of anything and can't have any real fun if you're sitting in your dorm room eating microwave popcorn, pondering whether you should do whites or colors on your next laundry trip, so participation is expected. We require students to participate in selected Welcome Week activities, community meetings, and in clubs and projects. Of course, this isn't to say that we're discouraging from doing your laundry; we encourage that as well.
- One LHSP 125 (Introduction to College Writing) course in fall term. This also fulfills the introductory writing requirement for LSA. A regular ENG 125 class will not substitute for this requirement. If you are an Honors or Engineering student, please contact LHSP staff during registration.
- At least one other LHSP course during winter term. These courses may include LHSP 140 (Studio Art), LHSP 130 (Writing and the Arts I), LHSP 228 (What Is Writing), and LHSP 230 (Writing and the Arts II)
- LHSP Classes: Common Threads
All first-year LHSP students are required to take at least one LHSP class per semester. Within those LHSP classes, ten percent (5%) of students’ grades will be designated for LHSP community participation. The following briefly describes the requirements.
Students must attend each of the all-LHSP meetings. The Fall 2013/Winter 2014 dates are: August 29, November 6, January 15, and April 9, 7-8pm. Please make sure you reserve these dates and times for LHSP community meetings. If you have concerns with these dates, please let us know right away.
Writing and Arts-Related Clubs and Groups
Each month students will be required to participate in LHSP clubs and/or events that are sponsored by the clubs. They generally meet twice a month and are run by student leaders or LHSP staff.
Each LHSP student is asked to submit a portfolio of his or her best work. These portfolios will be shared with our Portfolio Review Board and submitted to the LHSP Art and Literary Journal. Students can submit work completed in LHSP or other classes, or any creative work completed outside of class. All portfolios will be returned to students.
This portfolio is the final piece of the participation puzzle and is worth 3 points. If you have full participation for September through December, turning in one of these portfolios will give you COMPLETE participation for the semester, the equivalent of getting 100% on an assignment in class.
Remember, a portfolio must have three pieces, be they class essays you're proud of, creative writing pieces, artwork, music you've recorded, skits you've recorded—just about anything artistic can be a portfolio piece. Also, you may include an optional introduction page, describing anything you feel portfolio readers should know about your work. Finally, if you do NOT want your work to be considered for publication in the LHSP Arts and Literary Journal, please provide a short written statement explaining why.
Students may submit hard copies to the LHSP office, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. E-portfolios; portfolios may include original artwork or photographs of artwork. Writing may be printed or multimodal, including video pieces, sound essays, or music.
Please note if you are interested in joining another organization,
such as a sorority or fraternity:
Students who become involved in other organizations, particularly those that require a significant time commitment during the first semester, may have difficulty balancing the needs of two communities. Over the years, we've found that students who choose to defer fraternity or sorority rush until their second year have better experiences in both their new organization and the LHSP program. Keep in mind: Failure to meet program requirements will result in a loss of membership in the program as well as a loss of residence in the residence hall. Only you know what you can handle, but adjusting to college can take some time, so make your choices wisely.