Welcome to Carillon Communities

The ringing of the University of Maryland carillon marking each hour and special occasions is a campus tradition that has been heard by students for decades. Creating new opportunities for learning is also a Maryland campus tradition, and is embodied in the Carillon Communities.

Students in Carillon Communities work with a University of Maryland faculty member to investigate a significant issue in depth and to understand how a particular field addresses problems.

About Carillon Communities

Carillon Communities creates an inspiring and supportive living and learning environment for first year students. Carillon promotes academic success and innovative thought. In Carillon, students consider their own interests and knowledge, and become more active agents in their own education.

Through participation in Carillon Communities students learn to:

· Embrace and internalize the University's standards for integrity and excellence.
· Cultivate supportive personal and professional networks with faculty, staff, and other students.
· Develop a sense of belonging as a member of the University Maryland community.
· Develop an awareness and appreciation of campus resources and campus policies.
· Plan a meaningful and purposeful University experience.
· Engage in collaborations that expose diverse points of view and teach skills for successful work on a team.
· Confront complicated and multifaceted questions and develop an informed point of view.


The Carillon Living-Learning Experience

Each Carillon Community is anchored in a small set of active learning courses during the fall semester and a shared living experience for both fall and spring semesters. The communities are led by University of Maryland faculty members and all students have a designated academic advisor.

The Courses
Students will complete one I-Series course and the Carillon "Introduction to the University" course.

I-Series courses satisfy General Education requirements and introduce students to a discipline through discussion and consideration of a current, relevant big question. The question defines the theme of each of these I-Series course communities:

iGive
Novel Humans
Once and Future Planet

The Carillon "Introduction to the University" course (UNIV100- Carillon) uses a design thinking approach to help students craft their own unique University experience. They learn where to find valuable resources, how to think creatively about their interests, and develop skills and networks to support their success at the University of Maryland and beyond.

The Living Experience
Students in Carillon Communities reside together during their freshman year in Easton Hall, in the Denton Community on North Campus. Students have the advantage of living among a group that shares academic goals and interests. Living in a community provides a small-school feel as students learn to take advantage of the big school resources and opportunities.

Past Carillon Community students say that participating in a living-learning program:
"Provides a chance to get to know each other, unlike when you simply have a class with people you only see in that class."
"It gives your floor an instant bond, and eventually leads to many positive social interactions in and out of the classroom."
"It is a great chance to meet people who have the same interest as me."

In the residence hall students, through the Syn*Quest Collaborative, are offered a range of activities including: social events, Guided Study Sessions, Math Success coaching, career or major exploration classes, internship preparation workshops, Common Ground Dialogues, and career exploration fieldtrips.

The Carillon Faculty
Jonathan Auerbach, Department of English: Novel Humans
Alan Jay Kaufman, Department of Geology: Once and Future Planet
Susannah Washburn, School of Public Policy's Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership: iGive

The Advising
Carillon students who have not declared a major will have an academic advisor who will guide students in course selection and preparation for choosing a major. These Carillon Advisors are from Letters and Sciences, the students' academic home until major declaration. Otherwise advisors will come from the student's academic major.


The Carillon Communities

Novel Humans


Inside cover illustration from 1831 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Frontispiece from 1831 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Looking into a camera obscura.
Looking into a wooden camera obscura, an optical device that led to the development of the camera.

What are the dark, uncertain borders between the human and the nonhuman, between the natural and the unnatural, between life and death?

In Novel Humans you will explore great works of literature to examine their perspectives on how technology shapes and redefines us. You will discover subtle insights involving gender, race, labor and other issues that inventors, engineers, and scientists might have overlooked or underestimated.

Through literary analysis and hands-on experimentation you will learn to put the current preoccupation with new media into a broader historical perspective and to appreciate how literature can offer fundamental and fresh understandings of the ways that technology helps us grasp what it means to be human.

The Novel Humans community students live together for one year. The community theme comes from the I-Series course that all students complete in the fall semester.

ENGL289T: Uncanny Technologies: Monsters, Droids, and Vampires is a three credit course that meets the General Education requirements for I-Series and Humanities.

This course aims to address how we initially understand new technologies and how these modern instrumentalities in turn represent us. You will delve into a series of nineteenth-century American, French, German, and British novels and stories from Frankenstein (1818) to Dracula (1897), featuring a variety of media and inventions such as photographs, phonographs, automata, and motion pictures that are concerned with recording and reproducing human consciousness and the human body.

Professor Jonathan Auerbach, Department of English and a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, leads the Novel Humans community.

 


 

Once and Future Planet


Students pictured at the Great Falls on the Potomac.
Students engage in fieldwork exploring the Potomac River at Great Falls.
Professor Kaufman in the lab
Professor Kaufman in the Geology lab.

What were the environmental conditions on the early Earth that allowed for the evolution and diversification of life?

Step outside the traditional classroom to explore the natural world through on-campus field exercises and an off-campus field trip. Discover how the Earth has evolved through time. Become aware of the natural world and of the environmental problems that affect ecosystems and our lives.

The Once and Future Planet program engages you in scientific research through close examination of the geological past on Earth and Mars, involves you in team work, and prepares you for tomorrow's decisions about global environmental change. You will use state-of-the-art instrumentation in the Geology Department and gain a working knowledge of the scientific method through a community research project.

The Once and Future Planet community students live together for one year. The community theme comes from the I-Series course that all students complete in the fall semester.

GEOL 124: Evolution of Life and Environment on Planet Earth, a three credit course that meets General Education requirements for I-Series and Natural Sciences

In this course you will explore how life and environment evolved through Earth's long history. Using deep-time geological perspectives, the class follows the Mars Science Laboratory in its ongoing search for life on the red planet. As part of a team, you will investigate aspects of Martian exploration and present your findings at four 'Curiosity' panels.

Professor Alan Jay Kaufman, Department of Geology and a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, leads the Once and Future Planet community.

 


 

iGive


iGive explores the issues and engages in the activities of doing good and social changen
iGive explores the issues and engages in the activities of doing good and social change.
2014 iGive students with holding symbolic check .
iGive students develop strategies for investment and donate to a cause of their choosing.

**iGive has a two-semester academic program. Unlike Novel Humans and Once and Future Planet, this program engages students in courses during the fall and spring semesters.

What makes real and lasting community change?

Begin your Maryland experience by exploring your notion of doing good and investigate why change is difficult. Use this knowledge to GIVE — give of yourself, your talents and experience to a cause you are passionate about. Give money — work as a group to invest $10,000 to fund social change. Through our year together, you will learn and practice the leadership and entrepreneurial skills of innovators who are changing the world ... for good.

The iGive community students live together for one year. The community theme comes from the academic program that includes a course in the fall and in the spring.

PUAF 214 - Leading and Investing in Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy (Fall Semester) is a three credit course that meets General Education requirements for I-Series and Scholarship in Practice.

Hunger, homelessness, educational inequity ... these are examples of problems facing our world today. How do we tackle these big world problems? This course allows you to be an active participant and decision-maker in developing a plan. It provides you a foundational understanding of philanthropy and the efforts of nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. You will have the opportunity to learn about the effective approaches, entrepreneurial skills, and leadership required to achieve a social impact. Ultimately you and your peers will be given the opportunity and responsibility to create your own philanthropic investment fund and award a $10,000 grant to an organization working in an issue area chosen by the class.

PUAF 215 - Innovation and Social Change - Do Good Now (Spring Semester) is a three credit course that meets requirements for Scholarship in Practice.

Now that you have been a funder, it is time to become a social entrepreneur! This course combines the imagination and creativity of transformative action for the social good with the pragmatic approach of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is team-based, highly interactive and dynamic, and provides an opportunity for students to generate solutions to a wide range of problems. You will deepen your understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation practices by creating and implementing a team project. These projects serve as the laboratory to implement topics such as developing and communicating a strategy and goals, project management skills, teamwork, fundraising, and project sustainability. Students will not only leave with a deep understanding of the channels in which to create change, they will have also tested their projects against those of their peers in the 8-week, student run, Do Good Challenge.

Professor Susannah Washburn, School of Public Policy, leads the iGive community.



Carillon Faculty

Jonathan Auerbach
Professor, Department of English
Leads the Novel Humans Community

Jonathan Auerbach, a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on a range of subjects, from silent cinema to the nineteenth-century European novel to Cold War culture. Professor Auerbach has been a Fulbright scholar in Hungary, Portugal, Cyprus and Tunisia.

In addition to publishing a variety of articles on nineteenth and twentieth American literature and film and editing a number of volumes, Professor Auerbach is the author of five books: Weapons of Democracy: Propaganda, Progressivism, and American Public Opinion (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming 2015); Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship (Duke UP, 2011); Body Shots: Early Cinema's Incarnations (California, 2007); Male Call: Becoming Jack London (Duke UP, 1996); and The Romance of Failure: First-Person Fictions of Poe, Hawthorne, and James (Oxford UP, 1989).


Alan Jay Kaufman
Professor, Department of Geology
Leads the Once and Future Planet Community

Professor Kaufman, a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, has been at the University since 1997 and has taught a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was awarded the 2000 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching for the College of Computer, Math and Physical Sciences and was a Mercator Professor while in Muenster, Germany on sabbatical in 2007-2008. Professor Kaufman is an Affiliate Faculty in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.

His field-based studies of the evolution of life, environment, and climate focus on events in deep time, which require travel to the far corners of the Earth. Professor Kaufman's current studies are centered in arctic and southern Siberia, Namibia and South Africa, Western Australia, and Brazil.

His research focuses on the determination of changes in the isotopic composition of the oceans through time. Through his work Professor Kaufman aims to document the co-evolution of life and the surface environment across critical transitions, including Earth's earliest ice ages and mass extinctions.


Susannah Washburn
School of Public Policy

Professor Washburn teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in philanthropy and nonprofit management. She is affiliated with the School of Public Policy's Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Washburn is passionate about helping young people turn their idealism into action and actively works with students to develop their analytic, communication and management skills.

Prior to teaching at the University of Maryland, Professor Washburn served in political appointments under both the Bush and Obama Administrations at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps, where she held various positions, including Program Officer, Senior Advisor, and Acting Chief of Staff. She was appointed as Executive Director of the White House Council for Community Solutions in 2012.