Village Programs

The staff of the Village regularly bring students social, academic, wellness, and diversity-related programs to help them connect with campus and future success. It’s because of these programs, the Exploratory Studies Village (Formerly the First Year College Village) has thrice been named “Village of the Year” by the students on the University’s Inter-residence Council. Discussed below are some of the annual events you can look forward to as a member of the Village.

Battle for the Beach

tucker winsBattle of the Beach is an annual event where Owen and Tucker residents battle it out for naming rights to the beach after competing in a series of events.  This year’s Battle of the Beach was in conjunction with the University’s Parent’s and Family weekend so the Exploratory Studies Village hosted a fun family event.  It was a huge success with 245 residents in attendance and about 50 parents/guardians combined between Tucker and Owen. Parents and residents donated about $216 towards the food pantry and also donated 5 bins full of food. Residents enjoyed hot dogs, chips, soda, and lemonade while competing in 7 different events that ranged from attendance and food donations to fun games such as; Pictionary, volleyball, and tug of war. Parents were encouraged to participate in the balloon toss event which was a new addition this year. Resident Mentors also set up a tent to “Pie your RM or RD” to collect donations for Shack-A-Thon which the residents thoroughly enjoyed.  After a nail-biting afternoon of competition and fun Tucker won!  The beach this year shall henceforth be referred to as Tucker Beach.

PAWS- the Pack Academic Workshop Series

This series of workshops are designed and implemented by the Resident Mentor Staff. They are hosted weekly, on a variety of topics. Click here to check the Forum Calendar to see when the next one is happening.

Outdoor Adventures

Exploratory Studies Village and Outdoor Adventures partner every year to offer great outdoor trips for students in the village.  Each trip is typically twelve or fewer students who get the opportunity to really enjoy the great outdoors, meet new friends, and learn new skills.  Some examples of the types of events we have participated in include rock climbing, kayaking, and summer Outward Bound Trips.  Be sure to look out for information on our next big adventure!

Tickets to Cultural Events

Tickets to theatre events, art shows, sporting events, etc are available on a first come, first serve basis to students who live in the Village. Watch your email for more information.

Leadership Potential Retreat

lpr 2Each year the Exploratory Studies Village takes 16 emerging leaders on a weekend retreat filled with leadership development and team building activities.

Every retreat we seek to improve the program with new activities and challenges.  Some types of activities we have done in the past include; StrengthsQuest, True Colors, communication styles, decision making, and many more!

Each activity is designed to help students learn more about themselves, who they are as leaders, and how to work with others.  It is not uncommon to see the Leaders who go on this trip take on leadership roles when the return to campus.  Many of our students have gone on to be Resident Mentors, Orientation Leaders, University Ambassadors, and so on.

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shack a thonThis year the Exploratory Studies Village partnered up with CENet, Global Village, Arts Village, and CSLEPS to participate in Shack-A-Thon.  This event is a NC State Tradition to raise awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity.  Exploratory Studies Resident Mentors (RM) took the lead on this project and worked very hard to raise money for the cause.  They helped new students move in to the Village, got pied in the face at Battle of the Beach, and sold Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  Our USC classes also helped raise money through a friendly class competition.   The Advisors provided baked goods daily that were also sold at the shack.

We were also able to secure a corporate sponsor, Gelder and Associates.  All of these fundraising efforts we were able to reach our personal goal and then some raising over $2,000!   In addition to raising money and awareness, our students got to interact with other villagers and international students throughout this project during the nightly planning meetings,  build day, “manning” the shack daily, evening programming, and whack a shack.  Each RM spent at least two hours during the week manning the shack, some even did more.  We also had one village student who signed up to man the shack.  As a result Exploratory Studies invested 132 hours and 30 minutes in manning the shack including two full nights with rain and shine.  This was our time participating in Shack-A-Thon and it was such a great experience that we can’t wait till next year!

Faculty Connections

Village students have many opportunities to engage in conversations with faculty outside of class.

End of the Year Banquet

The Resident Mentors of Exploratory Studies organize a end of the year banquet each Spring to highlight the academic success and student involvement of the Village Residents.

Study Abroad Panel

Exploratory Studies Village is hosting a Study Abroad Panel that is exclusively for Exploratory Studies Village Residents in the Fall. At this panel students will learn about the importance of being a globally aware citizen, hear personal stories of experiences studying abroad, and understand how it can complement their degrees.  They will hear about opportunities here at NC State to become globally aware, such as, CENET or the Global Prospective Certificate.

Research Showcase

The Exploratory Studies Village will partner with Undergraduate Research to host the annual Research Showcase in January. This purpose of this event is to inform students of all the opportunities available with research (even to freshman!)  and to make them aware of the Research Speed Dating Event that occurs every February with faculty. The Research Showcase allows Exploratory Studies students the opportunity to hear from current undergraduate researchers about their work. At the last showcase, sixteen undergraduate researchers presented their research via a poster session along with having 10 minutes conversations with small groups (4-6) of Exploratory Studies  students. The Research topic areas ranged biomedical engineering to research and publishing misconduct.  Make sure to stop by to learn how you can get involved!

Dessert Discussions

Every October, Resident Mentors (RMs) plan, coordinate, and execute two consecutive weeks of Dessert Discussions.   These are small group discussions lead by an expert or panel of experts on current hot topics both locally and around the world.  These discussions are meant to inform students of the issues and challenge them to think critically about the issue at hand.

Spring Break Immersion Experience

101_0594The Immersion Experience Spring Break trip was first held March 1-8, 2013 and was an 8- day trip across the state of North Carolina.

A small group of students and 2 academic advisors, explored North Carolina culture, diversity, and geography. This week exposed students not only to the various geographic regions of the state, but also various populations that make up North Carolina’s history and present community including people of color, veterans, women, underprivileged, and working-class.

Our week-long journey provided our students the opportunity to explore North Carolina, engage in issues facing the diverse North Carolina populations, and excel in service learning.

Study Abroad Trip to Berlin and Paris

Ten students and two faculty experienced a Study Abroad trip to Berlin and Paris during Spring Break 2013. The trip was part of a course, Germany and France: International Urban Landscape, History, & Culture. The course and trip focused on the historical development of horticultural plants, small scale gardens & larger landscapes, and sustainability. In addition, the cultural aspects of these cities was explored through visits to museums and historical sites.