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Leadership Community


Cal U students, including incoming freshmen, can apply now for the new Leadership Living-Learning Community at Vulcan Village, the complex of garden-style apartments on the University’s upper campus.

Beginning in fall 2013, Building 6 at Vulcan Village will house the residential program designed to:

  • Build leadership skills.
  • Boost self-confidence.
  • Provide service opportunities.
  • Enrich the educational experience at Cal U.

Participants in the new program will engage in a variety of service-learning opportunities coordinated in partnership with Cal U’s Center for Civic Engagement, organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, and local municipalities, including California Borough.

They also will take part in regular Leadership Chats with campus and community leaders about topics such as team supervision or careers in leadership. Field trips and other special events are planned.

Between 20 and 40 students will be accepted for the program. They will have the opportunity to:

  • Live and learn among like-minded students.
  • Build leadership skills and self-confidence through special programming and hands-on learning experiences.
  • Give back to the community through volunteer and community-service projects.
  • Document leadership and volunteer experiences on the Activities Transcript, an official University record of co-curricular activities.

See Vulcan Village photos and floor plans

Meet the director — he lives here!

Portrait of Scott Helfrich.Dr. Scott M. Helfrich, director of Vulcan Village, has moved into a renovated apartment in Building 6 with his wife, Maureen, and their three children, so he can provide on-site direction for the Leadership Living-Learning Community.

His vision for the program includes hosting social activities, such as potluck dinners, in the family residence.

Helfrich has 20 years of experience in university housing and residence life. Before coming to Cal U, he provided direction and support for two business living-learning communities at the University of Pittsburgh and for the Presidential Leadership Program LLC at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Helfrich has earned service awards from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, and serves as a directorate member on the Commission for Housing and Residence Life of the American College Personnel Association.

An active participant in social media, he has shared his thoughts through a blog, studentlifeguru.com, since July 2010.


Vulcan Village Tour

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Cal U students, including incoming freshmen, must have a housing contract with Vulcan Village in order to apply for the residential Leadership Living-Learning Community.

Students can apply online.

For more information, e-mail the director at helfrich@calu.edu.

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Residence Hall B, Room 117 


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