Alpha Residential Learning Community is a mini suite-style, co-ed community of first and second year students, focused on the theme of innovation, integrity, and impact.
The Alpha Residential Learning Community is focused on the theme of innovation, integrity, and impact. New ideas are not only allowed, they are celebrated. The community encourages its residents to apply the theme to themselves as individuals, as students in any field of study, and as members of a larger national and global community.
Living in Silicon Valley, innovation is all around us. Alpha strives to combine creativity with the moral and Jesuit values of SCU to create positive, lasting difference on our campus and beyond.
Our vision is to connect our theme to: Ethics, Social Entrepreneurship, Business & Marketing, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering, Social Justice, Diversity & Multiculturalism, Technology, Campus Ministry, Personal Development, and Professional Development.
Alpha RLC is a co-ed living space that is home to 400 first and second year students. Mini-suite style living provides a unique opportunity for staff and students to engage with one another in thoughtful and intentional ways. Alpha is known for its bright, large resident rooms and more private bathrooms, which are shared by four to six students. In these mini-suites, it can be a somewhat quiter living experience than a traditional-style hall, and students may need to challenge themselves to leave the comfort of their own space. With many communal kitchens and lounges for formal and informal gatherings, Community Facilitators work to bring residents out to engage with the broader community.
The first to second year ratio in Alpha is 1:1, meaning that the community has a healthy mix of students with experience at SCU and those with first-year excitement. In general, Alpha is a vibrant community that houses students and staff of varying and diverse interests. In some of the larger public spaces and classrooms, groups from the broader campus often host events, adding additional opportunities for Alpha residents.
Programs & Events
Every Residential Learning Community offers several programs and events each week. Community Facilitators and Leadership Councils host floor and building-wide socials, facilitate activities to promote wellness and mental health, lead students to on-campus events, and organize service opportunities.
Events that have traditionally happened in Alpha include Alphalympics, a floor competition that typically takes place in the fall, Grahamapalooza, a celebration with a bbq, live music, and games that happens in the Graham quad each spring, and building-wide Monday Night Socials, which take place weekly throughout the year.
In addition, the "Alpha goes to.." series has traditionally taken students out of the hall, connecting them to events on campus and in the broader bay area. Past "Alpha goes to.." events have included trips to the Exploratorium, the San Francisco Opera, campus culture shows, and the Difficult Dialogues series.
The Alpha staff is comprised of 12 Community Facilitators, 1 Spirituality Facilitator, 2 Faculty Directors, 2 Assistant Resident Directors, and 1 Resident Director.
The Alpha 2019-2020 team includes:
- Laura Rosenberg, M.A., Resident Director
- Scott LaBarge, Ph.D., Philosophy Department, Faculty Director
- Lawrence Nelson, Ph.D., Philosophy Department, Faculty Director
- Brittany Ricketts, Spirituality Facilitator
- Claire Pavelka, Assistant Resident Director
- Anna Buss, Assistant Resident Director
CFs in Graham work within a "neighborhood" of approximately 32 students. All student staff on campus recieve training in conflict resolution and roommate mediation, crisis response, community building, and campus resources, and are present in their community to support their residents. Students can contact their Community Facilitator or Leadership Team directly for support.
Graham Residence Hall
There are four floors in Graham Hall, and the residential space is divided into 12 different neighborhoods, with approximately 32 residents and one Community Facilitator in each neighborhood. Residents may select double or triple rooms in Graham.
Students live in mini-suites, with a shared toilet and shower area, and a sink and vanity in each room. Each of the 12 neighborhoods have their own own lounge, kitchen and laundry facility, designed to provide spaces for residents to build relationships among peers. Regardless of the neighborhood students live in, they will find a sense of community throughout the building.
The larger communal spaces include a multi-purpose room, movie room, several study rooms, and two classrooms. A large quad provides outdoor seating and barbecue space.
Each RLC is coordinated by Leadership Team comprised of a live-in Resident Director (RD), Faculty Director (FD), Spirituality Facilitator(s), and Assistant Resident Director(s). Your RLC’s Leadership Team is a valuable resource and its members can help you with both personal and academic concerns.