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Virtus

An Engineering Living and Learning Community

Virtus provides first-year male engineering students access to an engineering-based living and learning environment. The primary goal of Virtus is to promote community among first and second year engineering students and to provide support for academic and professional success. Participants will be introduced to a diverse range of mentors and role models and offered professional and personal development opportunities. The Virtus community will occasionally work closely with Flexus: Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans' Women in Engineering Living and Learning Community.

Academic Component

If you elect to participate in Virtus, you will register for a 1-credit seminar each semester you participate during your first and second year.  The seminar provides an experience designed to assist your efforts in becoming a successful engineer.  Seminar topics include:

  • Networking opportunities with professionals in the field of engineering to promote mentorship
  • Professional, career, personal, and leadership development opportunities
  • Guest speakers from offices and programs that will help acclimate you to campus and college life
  • Important technical and leadership skills needed to succeed in engineering
  • Opportunities to serve as a mentor and role model to incoming students

Another benefit of Virtus is that students will be clustered together in Math, Chemistry and Introduction to Engineering Design (ENES 100) courses, providing you with many familiar faces in your technical courses.

Residential Community: Easton Residence Hall

First year Virtus participants are required to live in the common resident hall, Easton. Second year Virtus participants are allowed to live elsewhere, but are strongly encouraged to remain in Easton. Providing a shared floor in Easton offers students an environment that is conducive to informal study groups and peer assistance. Easton Hall is an eight-story, coed, traditional style hall with rooms range in size from single, double, triple and quad and each floor has a large community bathroom for residents to share. Located nearby are Byrd Stadium, the Campus Recreation Center, and the Stamp Student Union. The Dining Hall and a 24-hr convenience store are steps away. Residents living in Easton Hall have air-conditioned rooms, and a laundry facility conveniently located in the basement of the building. Each room is equipped with data jacks for private telephone and computer use, and cable connections for each student. Additionally, Easton will house the SEEDS Learning Center, which will provide free tutoring and review sessions for introductory first and second year engineering, mathematics and science courses. Virtus students who do not participate in the residential component will partake in the seminar and course clustering. They will have access to community space within the residence hall to promote informal interactions with other participants.

Virtus Student Assistance Center

Members of Virtus also enjoy the perk of having their very own Student Assistance Center, conveniently located in their building. High-achieving, upper-level engineering students are available twice a week for tutoring in the Virtus/Flexus student lounge. Tutors are trained to assist in most of the first and second year engineering courses, including math, chemistry, physics, Introduction to Engineering Design (ENES100) and Mechanics I (ENES102). They can assist in some major-specific engineering courses as well. Virtus students enjoy having their very own tutors available to them and just an elevator-ride away!

Virtus 2017 Welcome Week Schedule*

Thursday, August 24th, 5:00pm-6:30pm - Virtus Welcome Dinner
 
Friday, August 25th, 10:00am-11:00am - "Find Your Class" Campus Tour
 
Friday, August 25th, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Challenge Course
 
Saturday, August 26th, 10:00am-4:00pm - Optional trip to DC
 
Sunday, August 27th, 7:00pm-9:00pm - Virtus Game Night

*Subject to slight changes

 

For questions about the Virtus Living and Learning Community, please contact:

Elizabeth Kurban, Assistant Director of Retention, ekurban@umd.edu, 301-405-8308

Gregory Stinson, Virtus Graduate Assistant, gstinson@umd.edu