Rose Scholars

Rose Scholars

The Rose Scholars program is an opportunity for residents to receive academic credit by participating in arts, wellness, civic, and academic activities in Flora Rose House and the Ithaca community.

Rose Scholars Enrollment

To enroll in the Rose Scholars Program, submit the enrollment form by the published dates for each semester. We have made the process simpler than ever, with only supplemental questions required for the Service Scholars program and a copy of your resume for the Dean's Council program. After you submit the form, you will be enrolled in a 1-credit-per-semester class UNILWYL 1402 for both the fall and spring semesters. The class will be graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. All Rose House residents are welcome to participate each year!

Rose Scholars Enrollment is Closed for the Fall 2023 Semester

Benefits of Participation

  • 1 Academic Credit per semester (Fall/Spring) in UNILWYL 1402 on an S/U basis
  • Early sign-up to trips like Niagara Falls, Broadway, NYC, and all other ticketed Rose House events like West Campus Prom!
  • Receive a Flora Rose House graduation pin, graduation stole, and certificate upon completion of the program
  • Win special prizes and swag throughout the year!

Three Ways to Participate

1. Traditional Rose Scholars

Rose Scholars taking part in the traditional program participate in a vibrant community that encourages intellectual inquiry. Every week we offer at least four events that you can use to fulfill the requirement. 100 spots are reserved for Rose Service Scholars.

  • Attendance Requirement. Attend nine events over the course of each semester and post a reflection about your experience to the Rose Scholar Blog as detailed below:
    • Weeks are Monday through Sunday (except during academic breaks)
    • Scholars should attend a minimum of one (1) event per week
  • Blog Requirement. Your weekly post to the Rose Scholars Blog should reflect on your experience of the event that you attended, not summarize that event. Tell what you thought about what you did. It can include a written reflection (1 paragraph), photos, video, even a poem, so long as it reflects on your experience of the event. Enrolled students will access the blog in Canvas.
  • Comment Requirement. You are encouraged to read the Rose Scholars Blog and look at what others are learning. In order to promote dialogue among Scholars, each Scholar is required to submit five (5) comments regarding other participants' posts over the course of each semester.

2. Rose Service Scholars

Now in its fifth year, Rose Service Scholars advance the active citizenship mission of the House by conducting bi-weekly service at Beverly J Martin Elementary School. Students serve as tutors for their after school program or mentors in their A+ MakerPlace STEM enrichment program. Previous students that participated in Rose Service Scholars shared that they had a great experience that allowed them to interact more deeply with Ithaca community members including students at BJM, teachers at Ithaca City School District, and parents and families of students. 10 spots are reserved for Rose Service Scholars.

  • Attendance Requirement. Service Scholars are required to attend 1.5-2hrs hours of service every two weeks as their Rose Scholars requirement for a total of 6-7 visits each semester.
  • Blog Requirement. Scholars are required to blog about their visits and their time volunteering.
  • Comment Requirement. Finally, Scholars are required to comment on at least 5 other posts for each semester.

3. Rose House Dean's Council (2023-2024 Program Information)

Rose House Dean’s Council members meet weekly (30min meetings) with Rose House Professor-Dean, Rosemary Avery to develop one’s leadership potential and community-building skills by contributing to the shared governance of the House. In addition to representing fellow resident needs in council with the House Professor-Dean, members each take responsibility for one community initiative through the following council positions:

  • House Dinner Entertainment Coordinators. Conduct outreach to performance groups across campus (e.g. a cappella groups, dance teams, instrument ensembles, etc.) and schedule a short showcase for each Wednesday night House Dinner each semester. Students in this role will serve as the primary point of contact, host, and A/V coordinator for their House Dinner night. Each Entertainment Coordinator is responsible for coordinating 3 performances each semester.
    • 3 members will serve in this role to provide a rotating schedule.
  • Rose Dining Gallery Curator. Conduct outreach to art, architecture, fashion, and design departments across campus and local artists and schedule rotating gallery exhibitions to be featured on the Rose Dining Room wall each semester. The student in this role will also coordinate a gallery opening reception with the partnering group and will serve as the primary point of contact, host, A/V, and facilities coordinator during the event (including setup and breakdown of exhibits). The Gallery Curator is responsible for coordinating 1 gallery exhibit each semester.
    • 1 member will serve in this role.
  • Social Media Coordinator. Develop a minimum of 3 social media posts per week on the Rose House Instagram account highlighting photos from events, House Dinners, and features of Rose House residents, scholars, and staff. The student in this role will serve as the primary point of contact for social media requests in partnership with the Rose House Office staff.
    • 1 member will serve in this role.
  • To receive an “S” in the UNILWYL 1402 course, Dean's Council members must: 
    • Attend an orientation with House Leadership
    • Carry out the assigned tasks for their role during the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
    • Plan a Rose House Prom/Dance in May in partnership with the House staff
    • Complete a career portfolio featuring as a culminating capstone project. This portfolio will include a brief biography, career goals, personal mission statement, resume, and artifacts, pictures, and descriptions of each initiative completed in their position over the course of the academic year.

Course Add/Drop

In the Fall Semester, students are enrolled in the Fall section of UNILWYL 1402 after the application closes (students are batch-enrolled by the Registrar). Students will receive permission codes to enroll in the Spring section of the course. Students may withdraw from Rose Scholars until the University Registrar drop deadline (check the OUR registrar website for details) to drop the class and end their participation without penalty. 

The Rose Scholars Program is no longer connected to the Continued Occupancy Housing process.