A Living-Learning Community for First-Year Students
The Delphi Living Learning Community (LLC) was founded in 2008 with a purpose to create a living-learning community for our first-year students. We wanted to create an environment where students living together had the opportunity to attend the same classes, build friendships, and support each other throughout their transition to college and beyond.
The name Delphi was selected for the program based on the role the location played in ancient Greece. Delphi was the location of the Oracle, a wise individual whom others sought for advice. Greeks would travel to Delphi in order to seek guidance in their life by asking the Oracle a question. The Oracle, being very wise, would provide advice that the individual needed to continue with their quest. Over time the Temple of Apollo was constructed as well as his eternal flame. Eventually the first Olympic games were held at Delphi. Delphi was a place where people sought guidance, comfort, and competition.
Delphi is housed in Martin Hall and is comprised of 300 first year students, 12 Resident Assistants, 3 Argo PALs, and a professional Hall Director. The Delphi community is intended to challenge and support each resident so that every individual has an amazing experience during their first year on campus, both in the classroom and in the community.
Delphi is built on three pillars: Academic Success, Civic Engagement, and Interpersonal Development.
The Delphi Program has several initiatives with the intention of helping residents succeed as college students.
Common classes are a big part of what makes Delphi a Living Learning Community because these classes tie your living experience to your academics. Each semester there are sections or seats of certain classes reserved for Delphi students only. This means that when you take these courses you are guaranteed to have classmates who live in Martin Hall for you. This makes it easy to form study groups, ask your classmates for information, complete group projects, and more. This is a unique opportunity for first-year students. The classes are different every semester, but some examples of Delphi classes include College Survival Skills, English Composition I, General Biology, The Music Experience, and more.
Delphi also has two Faculty Mentors, Dr. John Waldron [Environmental Sciences] and Dr. Patrick Moore [History]. The faculty mentors are a great resource to the students in Delphi. Students will get the opportunity to interact with these faculty mentors during move-in, at the faculty mentor meet & greet, and at programs hosted by the faculty mentors. For first-year students it can often be intimidating to talk to professors outside of the classroom, so by bringing faculty mentors into the Delphi community we hope that students will feel comfortable interacting with their professors and building positive relationships with them.
Delphi has its own unique programs in addition to the educational and social programming planned by the RAs and the PALs. The signature programs are larger programs that enhance the Living Learning Community. Here are some of the current signature programs:
|Delphi Induction||The kickoff to your experience in Delphi. Held during opening weekend, the inductions ceremony will introduce you to Delphi, teach you the history of the LLC, and by the end you’ll have been pinned, signifying your induction into the Delphi LLC.|
|Delphi Destination||Held in the fall and spring semesters, Delphi Destination is a mystery field trip program. Staff members will tell Delphi residents when it is, what to wear, and what to bring, but they won’t tell you where it is. When it is time to leave we get onto a bus and head out. Residents will find out the destination on the way there. This program is designed to help connect students to the Pensacola community so they feel a sense of belonging not only to UWF, but to the surrounding area as well.|
|Family Weekend Social||Every year in the fall semester, Delphi and Oracle [the second year LLC] host a family weekend social for the residents of these communities and their families. This is a great opportunity for Delphi students to network with second-year students and learn about their experiences in Oracle.|
|Day of Declaration||Held in the fall semester, Day of Declaration is a chance for students to declare or change their major, and/or to add a minor. Instead of having to go around to various offices getting signature approval for this, we bring the offices to the students. We also use this day as a resource fair, so even if students don’t need to change their major, there is still the opportunity to connect with various offices on campus such as Recreation and Career Services.|
|GPA Banquet||After the start of the spring semester students in Delphi and Oracle who earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the fall semester will receive an invitation to the GPA Banquet. This program is just a fun, social event where staff members recognize these students for their hard work and academic achievement.|
|Study Bucks Program||
Every time an Argo PAL sees a Delphi resident studying, that student will receive a “study buck”. At the end of the semester the Argo PALs will host a program for students who earned a certain amount of study bucks. This program celebrates the dedication and hard work of our students.
|Delphi to Oracle Transition||At the end of the academic year, Delphi staff will host this program for those Delphi students who are moving on to Oracle for their second year. The program will further inform residents of the Oracle LLC, allow students to connect with their peers who will be transitioning with them, and during this program staff members will give these residents a tour of Presidents Hall [where Oracle is housed].|
The Martin Hall Resident Assistant [RA] staff consists of 12 RAs, including one Lead Resident Assistant [LRA]. These staff members are all students who work for Housing and Residence Life. The RAs are responsible for building community in Martin Hall, planning and facilitating fun and educational programs, ensuring all policies are being followed, and supporting the residents in the Delphi LLC during their first year of college.
Argo Peer Academic Leaders (Argo PALS)
The Delphi staff also consists of three Argo Peer Academic Leaders [PALs], students who are peer mentors to the residents of Martin. They put on programs geared towards helping the residents succeed academically, hold study hours in the Martin Hall study lounges, recognize students who have been working hard academically, and more. They’re here to help you transition to college academics and connect you to campus resources.
Programming and LLC Graduate Assistant
Housing and Residence Life also employs a graduate assistant who assists with departmental programming as well as with the Living Learning Communities. This graduate assistant supervises the Argo PALs, helps with signature programming, and more.
Martin Hall is the only residence hall with a professional hall director, the Delphi Coordinator. The Delphi Coordinator oversees the day-to-day operations of the building, supervises the RAs, assists students with their needs, manages the programming, coordinates programming and events with the faculty mentors, and more.