First Year Residential Experience Housing Options (FYRE)
Fredonia students contribute to the world in many positive ways, both during their career here as a student and after they graduate. If this idea resonates with you, then the Leadership and Service House in Grissom Hall just might be where you belong! Students who live in the Leadership and Service House will grow as citizens, develop leadership skills, and practice civility. The Leadership and Service House is also ideal for students who are thinking about declaring a Leadership minor at Fredonia. (Students are permitted to declare a Leadership minor as early as their second semester of their first year.)
Learning Objectives | Skilled: Students will learn leadership skills which are applicable at Fredonia and later in life, including but not limited to communication, public speaking, and learning how to work effectively with others. Connected: Students will interact with the community beyond the Fredonia campus through participating in civic engagement programs, gaining exposure to different perspectives and an understanding that many others are not as fortunate as themselves. Creative: With the support of faculty and staff advisors, students will develop and execute a project working towards a solution to a local, regional, national, or world problem (e.g., animal cruelty, homelessness, school violence, etc.). Responsible: Students will learn how to treat others well and apply this knowledge in their interactions with roommates, friends, family members, professors, coworkers, and others
Diversity and inclusivity are central values not only in Residence Life, but at Fredonia, in general. The Global Connections House in Grissom Hall will provide a safe space for international and foreign exchange students to be themselves and to engage with American students who are genuinely interested in learning about and experiencing different cultures.
Learning Objectives | Skilled: Students will learn how to communicate with each other and respectfully work through potential barriers such as language, customs, and stereotypes, regardless of their nationalities. Connected: Students will stay apprised of current events in the world. Creative: As a team, students will showcase their cultures -- or a culture of their choosing which is represented in the Global Connections House -- to the Fredonia campus community in some way (e.g., a web site, an Open House, a presentation, a performance, a cooking demonstration, etc.). Responsible: Students will learn about different ways in which they can lead as well as how they can apply their cultural background as an advantage in their leadership roles, both at Fredonia and after Fredonia.
Gender Inclusive housing provides a living environment welcoming to all gender identities and is not limited by the traditional gender binary. This environment allows for same-gender, opposite-gender, agender or other-gender identities to live as roommates regardless of gender assigned at birth in a platonic environment in which they feel safe and supported; it is not intended for romantic cohabitation. The bathroom will have no gender designation and will be shared by all members of this community.
It is the individual student’s choice to communicate with parents or family members about the decision to live in a gender neutral housing environment. The Office of Residence Life encourages this conversation between parents or family members about this housing choice so that there is a mutual understanding of the living environment.
First Year Students: Grissom Hall
Transfer Students: Schulz Hall
Are you a student who was accepted into the Honors Program for Fall 2017? If so, you are eligible to live in the Honors House! The Honors House at Fredonia exists to expand the classroom experience by integrating learning through campus and community engagement. Students will have opportunities to be in an environment with other students who like academic challenges and to enrich their learning through special programs with faculty and staff, visiting speakers, cultural activities and events, service projects, and shared meals.
At some schools, transfer students can feel forgotten about. We know that, though you are transitioning to a new place just like first-year students, your needs as a transfer student are far different from those of a first-year student. Transfer House in Igoe Hall welcomes all transfer students. If you want to live with transfer students like yourself and would be interested in participating in programs and activities that are specifically designed for transfer students, look no further than Transfer House!
Learning Objectives | Skilled: Students will learn how to navigate the Fredonia campus, developing an understanding of what resources are available at Fredonia and which can be most useful to them. Connected: Students will nurture connections and friendships with those who live around them, forming a support network which could benefit them for as long as they stay at Fredonia. Connected: Students will develop a partnership with the Fredonia Office of Admissions, assisting in the creation of materials designed to help in the recruitment of transfer students. Creative: Students will develop a service or resource which will better serve transfer students at Fredonia (e.g., transfer student mentor program, transfer student newsletter, transfer student roommate social, etc.). Responsible: Students will develop a plan to graduate in whatever timeframe seems reasonable to them with the help of their academic advisors (this will involve mapping courses and internships which they will need in future semesters), as well as a plan for after graduation with the help of staff members in the Career Development Office.
What is FYRE? The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program promotes student learning and assists first-year resident students with their transition from high school to college. Students who attend FYRE events will be connected to beneficial campus resources and be given the tools to succeed at Fredonia. This committee will meet to discuss and implement programs and activities that support first-year students through their development. The committee will work collaboratively with the New Student and Transitions Office, Academic Advising, and other appropriate departments as needed.