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
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’.