Rose Scholars

Rose Scholars

The Rose Scholars program is an opportunity for residents to participate regularly in the academic and civic activities of Flora Rose House. The program is designed to address the needs of students who want to be part of the House living-learning model, but find it difficult to divert time from class study. The Scholars program eliminates that problem by making life in Flora Rose House a class of its own.

Flora Rose House does NOT hold a Spring Semester in-house lottery like other residence halls. Participation in Rose Scholars for 2022-2023 is the ONLY way to guarantee housing in Rose House for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.

Rose Scholars Application

Complete the Rose Scholars online application by the published deadline. The application asks residents to answer questions about their interest in the program and the type of civic and academic opportunities they'd like to pursue. If admitted, 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. Seniors may participate in Rose Scholars for the course credit, but may not return to Rose House for Graduate Student Housing through Continued Occupancy. Returning Rose Scholars must re-apply to the program every year!

The Fall 2022 Rose Scholars Application is closed.

Benefits of Participation

  • Participants are offered a guaranteed housing option in Flora Rose House the following year, contingent upon eligibility.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program will be designated as Rose Scholars and awarded a Certificate of Completion, and Seniors will receive a Rose House graduation pin.

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: Table Talks (Mondays around dinnertime), Rose Cafe (Wednesdays after 7:30pm), Mini-Seminars (Thursdays after 8pm), Friday Films (after 8pm), and weekend events (any time Saturday or Sunday depending on event)

  • Attendance Requirement. Attend one event that fulfills the Rose Scholars requirement each week classes are in session (starting August 29, 2022) 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; multiple events per week will not count for additional credit.
      • Attendance at more than one event per week is always encouraged, but we count participation by the number of weeks in which you participate in one or more programs. The intent is to spread your participation out evenly throughout the semester rather than having you cram events in at the end.
    • You are given three excused absences per semester. Please use these excused absences carefully and only in cases when you truly need them. You will still be eligible to receive an "S" provided that you fulfill the attendance and blog requirement for:
      • 9 of the 12 weeks in the Fall 2022 Semester
      • 9 of 12 weeks in the Spring 2023 Semester
  • 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. In other words, don't tell what you did.  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 fourth 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

New this fall, Rose House Dean’s Council members meet bi-weekly 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. 3 members will serve in this role to provide a rotating weekly schedule.
  • Rose Dining Gallery Curator. Conduct outreach to art, architecture, fashion, and design departments across campus 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). 1 member will serve in this role.
  • Guest Suite Concierge. Did you know Rose House frequently hosts guest dignitaries, lecturers, and performers in a guest apartment? The Guest Suite Concierge is responsible for providing local information and helping guests organize any activities they wish to do during their stay, including an event or program for Rose House residents in collaboration with the GRF/URF staff. The student in this role will serve as the primary point of contact and host during the visit (including turnover of the guest suite). 1 member will serve in this role – Nolan Hotel School students are strongly encouraged to apply!

Dean’s Council members will 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 accepted into the program are enrolled in the Fall section of UNILWYL 1402 the week following acceptance (students are batch-enrolled by the Registrar). Students who complete Fall semester requirements are enrolled in the Spring section of UNILWYL 1402 in December or January. 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. However, you must participate throughout both semesters in order to exercise the guaranteed housing option. The requirement to participate in the Spring semester is waived for registered students who study abroad or participate in Cornell in Washington or similar University programs during the Spring semester.

Read the FAQ (linked below) to learn more about Rose Scholars and Continued Occupancy at Flora Rose House.