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Mayfield Lodges

Community Description

The Mayfield Experience. Ten students, one lodge, one project!  The Mayfield Living Learning Community seeks to empower students with a platform for pursuing their service and learning interests.  The Mayfield’s provide students an opportunity to create a self-generated, self-directed group project with the guidance of a faculty advisor of their choice.  To apply groups must create and present a detailed proposal of their project’s purpose, goals, and timeline.  Following a panel style interview process, groups with well-formed and well-articulated projects may be admitted into the community.  Upon entry into the lodges, program requirements include monthly reports, weekly meetings, lectures with faculty and staff, regular meetings with faculty advisors and participation in educational programs for the campus and community at large.  For questions, contact one of the following: Nate Napier at nathaniel.e.napier@Vanderbilt.Edu , Joi Hayes at joi.a.hayes@vanderbilt.edu (Graduate Program Coordinators), or Traci R. Ray (Associate Director, Residential Education) at t.ray@vanderbilt.edu.

The Mayfield Lodge. The Mayfield Community resides in the Mayfield Place Lodges nestled subtly on the south side of the Highland Quadrangle Courtyard.  Preferably located near the Student Recreation Center and the Blair School of Music, Mayfield Place offers a unique living arrangement designed for 200 undergraduates living in 20 lodges with 10 residents each.  Each two-story lodge has 10 single bedrooms, a lush common area, two full-bathrooms, a microwave, a 21-inch stove, dish-sink, and a full-size refrigerator. Lodges fully air-conditioned and either carpeted or flushed with hardwood.  There are five bedrooms and one bath on each floor, and the floors are connected by an extending-wooden staircase. The living room area is full 12′ x 16′ and the kitchen is 4′ x 16′. The dimensions of the bedrooms are an agreeable 8′ x 12′.

The Mayfield Living Learning Program was instituted in order to provide aspiring, ambitious students a platform for which to pursue a self-generated, self-directed group project.  In order for admission into the community, groups must create and present a detailed proposal delineating their project’s purpose, goals, timeline and tangible deliverables.  Following a merit-based interview process, those groups with well-formed and presented projects are admitted into the community.  Thereafter, Curricular requirements that each lodge must fulfill include detailed monthly reports, weekly meetings, lectures with professors and professional staff, regular curricular meetings or working-dinners with faculty advisors or partners and participation in educational programs for the campus and community at large.  In the late fall and early spring, the “Mayfield Showcase” is held as both a part of the recruiting process and an education resource for the community at large.  At this showcase, current lodges present a booth-style, interactive presentation of their projects, normally utilizing tri-fold presentation boards as well as a plethora of other media including websites, videos and 3-D models which normally enhance the communicative efficacy.  The Mayfield Community continues to grow as new, increasingly innovative projects continue to supersede more conventional educational experiences at Vanderbilt.  This prestigious community embodies all of the tenets of the Vanderbilt Community Creed and continually commits to support these values set forth in their entirety.  Following completion of a year-long project, our scholars are both academically and socially edified through their Mayfield Experience and generally share deep, long-lasting relationships with their lodgemates and fellow ‘Mayfielders’.

History

In 1977, the Mayfield Place Lodges were constructed and named after Dr. George Mayfield.  During the 1988-1989 academic year, the Office of Residential and Judicial Affairs set aside six Mayfield Lodges for the purpose of creating the Living Learning Community program. Since 1988, the Office of Housing and Residential Education has increased the number of lodges participating in the program from six to twenty.  The Lodges are assigned to groups of ten students who live together in order to pursue a self-directed, yearlong program of educational activities, including, but not limited to, community service projects. Groups occupying Living Learning lodges may be single sex or coed.

Past Mayfield Projects

Mission/Goals

The Mayfield Living Learning Community provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of and appreciation for living in a residential learning community.  First, a community of ten students – with the help of their advisor – sets specific learning goals, articulates a plan or project for achieving those goals, documents their activities in a monthly report, and evaluates their accomplishments with the Mayfield Living Learning Community Program Coordinator in a monthly meeting.  To assist in evaluating the quality of the program, participants are expected to complete the Quality of Life Survey and other research instruments. Second, Mayfield residents are expected to participate in programs consisting of community development and/or service learning, as relevant to their needs and as directed by the Mayfield Program Coordinators.  Third, through their projects, students come to understand the meaning of membership in a residential learning community.

Program Requirements

The Liaison.  Each lodge elects or appoints a liaison who attends on-on-one, bi-monthly progress meetings with on of  the Mayfield Program Coordinators for the lodges.  The schedule for these meetings is dependent on the availability of both parties and meeting times are arranged accordingly.  This lodge member will be responsible for both directing the group’s curriculum and service activities and holding ALL members of the Lodge responsible for participating in the program of study.

Monthly Progress Reports. At 6:00 pm CST on the 28th of each academic month, unless otherwise specified, each lodge turns in a monthly progress report to the Mayfield Program Coordinators.  Each lodge liaison is given direct access to a document or journal page entitled “The Mayfield Living Progress Report”.  This report will be a (roughly) 22 page document containing a cover page, a single Mayfield Program Council report page, and twenty subsequent pages – each page reserved for the monthly report of individual lodges.  The liaison is held responsible for the completion of each monthly report – however, the entire lodge is responsible for contributing to the writing and content for each report as directed by the liaison.

Mandatory Fall Orientation. Soon after the beginning of classes in the fall, a mandatory Mayfield orientation is held at Wilson Hall 103 in the early evening as specified by the Mayfield Program Coordinators.  Here, community leaders will cover general expectations as far as the academic portion of the program, coverage of faculty/staff advisor interaction guidelines, Mayfield Council elections and payment of dues, and introductions to the Housing staff and their expectations of you for the school year.

End of the Year Report. Each Lodge will be required submit an end of the year report by 6:00 PM on April 19th.  It has been carefully designed to not cause any overbearing extra work during the high stress end of the academic year.  The end of the year report consists of the following double spaced document containing: a cover page; a brief “Introduction and Premise” section describing the proposal/project, a list of goals for the year, and expectations of the Mayfield program; a brief, one page individual accounts detailing what was completed individually throughout the year, if personal expectations were meant, and – most importantly – what did you learn through the completion of this process; and a conclusion statement detailing the Mayfield lodge goals and expectations were met and what about the Mayfield program would you change to increase the amount of learning throughout.  Submission of the end of the year report will guarantee previously arranged housing placement for the next academic year and eliminate the chance of losing said future placement due to failure to complete the current Mayfield project.

Weekly Internal Lodge Meetings.Each lodge is required to hold a weekly meeting of all lodge members in order to keep the project running smoothly. These meetings should be used as a time to reflect on the nature of the projects as well as to coordinate logistics and simply communicate with lodgemates.  Past lodges have found that weekly meetings are essential for strong communication amongst all lodge members.   The liaisons will coordinate the timing and agenda for these meetings.  We suggest that meeting minutes be taken at each weekly meeting for documentation purposes in order to provide the proper evidence to the Mayfield Program Coordinators..  Faculty/Staff Advisors, site leaders and trusted associates should be invited to these meetings to both foster communication and provide additional resources for the lodge.

Advisor Involvement and Inclusion. Advisor involvement and inclusion is not an option – it is a requirement. Ideas for involving them include: invitations to meetings; to dinner at the lodge; to your community service site or to an activity or event you have planned.  Try to incorporate them as heavily as possible into the service-learning/living learning aspect of your project.  If they have some expert knowledge on the population you are serving, have them come in and provide a training session for the lodge early in the semester.  They can serve as extremely valuable resources, and they can also learn from you and your experiences.

Mayfield Projects

Body VU 

Brighter Skies

The Metropolitan

Rated VU

In Sickness and in Health

Mayfield Diaries

StressLess

The Mayflower Compact

Around the World in 80 Ways

Mind, Body, and Soul 

The Decameron

Coexist

TechNOLodge

The Parthenon Project

Military VU

Seeking Religious Understanding

Vanderbilt $.A.V.E.S

From Lemonade Stand to Fortune 500

The Mayfield Showcase

Each lodge participates in a Mayfield Showcase at the end of the Fall semester in December.  This showcase will involve each lodge designing and producing a display, video, interactive presentation or other innovative method to represent the progress completed and knowledge learned in their Mayfield lodge over the past semester.  The showcase is normally attended by interested members of the community, faculty, staff and aspiring members of future Mayfield communities.

To see the posters from this years Mayfield Showcase, click here

 

The Mayfield Program Council

In 2005, the Mayfield Program Council was initialized as Mayfield’s first autonomous, student-led council. The council was formed with a direct mandate to help generate a more cohesive
community through creative and involving programming, to mediate communication between administrators and community members, to establish a student-lead local policy-forming government, to maintain a high quality of Lodge life and to collect dues and manage Mayfield fiscal finances.  The purpose of the council is based on communication, programming and finance.  As far as programming, the council seeks to develop, stimulate and coordinate Mayfield-community-wide events and to encourage all community members to be present at community events; to help build and maintain community between individual Mayfield Lodges.

Council Executive Rosters

President - Max Brodsky

Vice President – Oshane Mcrae

Vice President of Finance – Alexandra Hope

Program Coordinator – Jeremy Price

Public Relations – Jackson Vaught

Staff Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator/Council Advisor: Nate Napier, nathaniel.e.napier@Vanderbilt.Edu , 4117 Branscomb Quadrangle

Graduate Program Coordinator: Joi Hayes, joi.a.hayes@vanderbilt.edu, 4117 Branscomb Quadrangle

Area Coordinator: Doug Ashcroft, douglas.j.ashcroft@vanderbilt.edu, 111 Morgan

Associate Director: Traci Ray, t.ray@vanderbilt.edu , 4120 Branscomb Quadrangle

Application Process

The Mayfield Living Learning Lodge application process requires (1) the submission of a written proposal and (2) an interview with the selection committee. If more than 30 applications are submitted, a screening committee of faculty, staff, and students will select 30 applications for the interview process. In completing Mayfield Living Learning Lodge application, applicants should be as detailed as possible in order to provide the selection committee with the information required to make a sound decision in the selection process.

Application To-Do List

  1. Download or pick-up a Mayfield Living Learning Lodge Application at the Main Housing Office in Branscomb Quad 4113: Mayfield-Lodges-Application-2014-2015-1
  2. Meet with your Mayfield applicant group.
  3. Meet with your group’s faculty advisor.
  4. Optional: Prior to submission, schedule a pre-proposal meeting with the Mayfield Program Coordinators.
  5. Collect all required supporting materials (reference the Mayfield Living Learning Lodge Application).
  6. Return the completed Mayfield LLC Application to the Main Housing Office in Branscomb 4113 by the deadline.

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