Constellation


LAUNCH Constellation Living-Learning Program connects learning community students within the LAUNCH housing district to enhance the students' LC experience. Students must be participating in Brownsville Scholars, Century Scholars, Posse Scholars, or Greater Texas Foundation Aggie Scholars to live in Constellation.

Due to planned changes in program locations for 2019-2020, students currently slated for ACREW (Regents' Scholars with President's Endowed Scholarships), FOCUS (Regents' Scholars), or Ignite (First Generation Non-Regents' Scholars) may request to live in Constellation but will not be placed there by LAUNCH.
Constellation LLP offers first-year students opportunities to enhance their univeristy experience by creating networks among first-generation students and other scholarship recipients.

There are no required activities specific to Constellation.

You have to attend mandatory residence life meetings but other than those, you choose what you want to attend - EVERY program offered in Constellation is optional. Programs add more to what students may get to do with their specific LAUNCH learning community. Students get out of Constellation what they are willing to put in - if a student makes the effort to participate in activities and meet other residents, the student will have a richer experience than if she limits herself to only what her learning community requires.

For 2019-2020, Constellation will be placed into Clements hall.

Students must complete an application for on-campus housing and should do so as soon as possible.
Because of the scholarship programs included, Constellation LLP offers a chance to connect with a greater number of students from diverse backgrounds on a consistent basis.

Scholarship housing requirements differ so each student needs to follow the process indicated for their specific learning community.

​Most LAUNCH students may select a roommate from their own learning community or from the other learning communities within LAUNCH. There is one exception to this choose your own policy - Posse Scholars may not live with other Posse Scholars. Posse Scholars must live with someone who is in another LC.

 
In the past, Constellation activities have included a fall festival, finals goodie bags, cupcake decorating, how to get into undergraduate research, tie-dye projects, stress-relief with dogs, Mug Meal Mondays, and a little free library.

NEW: First Year Eats

Constellation in Clements Hall will be the center of activity for First Year Eats. First Year Eats includes:
  • Everybody Eats (vegetable/herb grow bags for student rooms)
  • Vertical Tower Gardens (education and access to vertical tower gardens)
  • Cooking with Constellation (cooking lessons/events, collaborations to generate sustainable sources of ingredients, “grab-and-go” food items, and shopping/budgeting/nutrition workshops)
  • Opportunities for service, leadership, or researchto combat hunger on campus and beyond
First Year Eats is a LAUNCH program funded by a TAMU I-School Innovation X grant for 2019-2020 so activities and supplies will be free to participants. We will be continuing some related Constellation programming like Mug Meal Mondays (free ingredients and coaching), “Eating on a Budget” workshops, and an online cookbook. As always, participating in Constellation or First Year Eats programs as a resident of Clements Hall is optional.
Students receiving the Brownsville Scholarship are REQUIRED to live with other freshmen in one of the halls reserved for the LAUNCH Constellation living-learning program. You want to be in the hall with the other learning community students – not only for hall-based activities and opportunities that require you to be a resident but also for easy creation of study groups and friendships. A Learning Communities Mentor Advisory Council works with the hall staff to provide programs throughout the year.

Brownsville Scholars have programming provided exclusively for them.

Join us among the stars! Constellation connects students from multiple learning communities in the common pursuit of being empowered successful lifelong learners. This means that no matter which LAUNCH learning community your friend is in, you can both meet your LC requirement to live on campus AND share your hall experience.

To make this easier for you, all non-cadet Brownsville Scholars will be placed into a Constellation hall space by staff (unless they receive permission to opt out before May 1*). During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room in the reserved spaces. To take advantage of this privilege, you must complete your on-campus housing application through the portal. Indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH Constellation LLP. All Living-learning Program students receive their housing assignments before the general student population.
 
Cadets should complete the LC cadet registration to indicate their intention to live with the Corps instead of in Constellation.
 
*To request an opt-out before May 1 complete the Constellation Opt-Out Request form.  After May 1, opting out can only be done through the housing portal during room assignments. Opting out will send your on-campus housing placement back into the priority list based on your original application date.

Your process depends on whether or not you are a Regents' Scholar too.

  • Century Scholars who ARE also Regents' Scholars are REQUIRED to live in LAUNCH Constellation.
  • Century Scholars who are NOT Regents Scholars are not required to live on campus to meet scholarship requirements but are highly encouraged to do so and to live with other freshmen in the LAUNCH Constellation living-learning program.

Join us among the stars! Constellation connects students from multiple learning communities in the common pursuit of being empowered successful lifelong learners.  This means that no matter which LAUNCH learning community your friend is in, you can both meet your LC requirements AND share your hall experience. You want to be in the hall with the other learning community students – not only for hall-based activities and opportunities that require you to be a resident but also for easy creation of study groups and friendships. A Learning Communities Mentor Advisory Council works with the hall staff to provide programs throughout the year.

Century Scholar but not a Regents' Scholar
If you are a Century Scholar but not a Regents' Scholar, and wish to live in Constellation, you must complete the Constellation Opt-In Request form no later than May 1 and your on-campus housing application no later than May 1.

Century Scholar and Regents' Scholar
Century Scholar-Regents' Scholars (those who are both) will be placed in Constellation by the LAUNCH staff. If a Century Scholar requests to be placed in Constellation (opt-in) but is not a Regents' Scholar, that student will also be placed in Constellation by LAUNCH staff.

To make this easier for you, all non-cadet Regents' Scholars in Century Scholars will be placed into a Constellation hall space by staff. During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room or opt-out of these reserved spaces. To take advantage of this privilege, you must complete your on-campus housing application through the portal. Indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH Constellation LLP. All Living-learning Program students receive their housing assignments before the general student population.
 
Cadets should complete the LC cadet registration to indicate their intention to live with the Corps instead of in Constellation.
 
Once students are placed in Constellation, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room within Constellation. 

Living with Constellation as a GTF Aggie Scholar depends on whether or not you are also a Regents' Scholar.
  • Regents' Scholars who are GTF Aggie Scholars are REQUIRED to live with other freshmen in the LAUNCH Constellation living-learning program.
  • Students who are not Regents' Scholars that receive the Greater Texas Foundation Aggie Scholarship are not currently required to live on campus to meet scholarship requirements. However, non-Regents' Scholar GTF Aggie Scholars  are strongly encouraged to live with other freshmen in the LAUNCH Constellation living-learning program.

Join us among the stars! Constellation connects students from multiple learning communities in the common pursuit of being empowered successful lifelong learners. This means that no matter which LAUNCH learning community your friend is in, you can both meet your LC requirements AND share your hall experience. You want to be in the hall with the other learning community students – not only for hall-based activities and opportunities that require you to be a resident but also for easy creation of study groups and friendships. A Learning Communities Mentor Advisory Council works with the hall staff to provide programs throughout the year.

GTF Aggie Scholars but not Regents' Scholar
Because this is optional for you if you are not a Regents' Scholar too, if you wish to live in Constellation, you must complete the Constellation Opt-In Request form at http://tx.ag/Stars no later than May 1 and your on-campus housing application at https://oncampusaggies.tamu.edu/ no later than May 1. Please see http://txag.OurLLP  to learn more about LC on-campus housing.

GTF Aggie Scholars-Regents' Scholars
To make this easier for you, all non-cadet Regents' Scholars in GTF Aggie Scholars will be placed into a Constellation hall space by staff. During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room or opt-out of these reserved spaces. To take advantage of this privilege, you must complete your on-campus housing application through the portal. Indicate your interest in being in a Living-Learning Program during that process and select LAUNCH Constellation LLP. All Living-learning Program students receive their housing assignments before the general student population.
 
Cadets should complete the LC cadet registration to indicate their intention to live with the Corps instead of in Constellation.
 
Once students are placed in Constellation, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room within Constellation. 
Students who are not participants in the Regents' Scholarship program or one of LAUNCH: Learning Communities based on receipt of a scholarship generally do not live in Constellation. 

Students in this situation may voluntarily request to join a learning community, but spaces are not always available.  Joining a learning community should not be done simply to gain access to the residence hall.

Students requesting placement in a learning community commit to completing all requirements of the learning community through the end of the freshman year without the benefit of receiving the associated scholarship. At a minimum this includes registering for the learning community course(s), participating in learning community events, meeting with a peer mentor and/or staff member each semester. Participating as a volunteer in a learning community may also include completing community service hours, tutoring or study group hours, meeting with an academic advisor, or meeting with a faculty member. Joining a learning community should not be done simply to gain access to the residence hall. 

Admission to the learning community is solely at the discretion of the learning community's program coordinator and will not be granted without a compelling reason because this is a true year-long commitment. Please note: some learning communities cannot accept non-scholarship participants because of the way that they are funded.

If you wish to pursue participation in a LAUNCH Learning Community but are not a scholarship recipient or first-generation student, please send your request to lc@tamu.edu for consideration before May 1 and complete the Constellation Opt-In Request form
Posse Scholars are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to live in the LAUNCH Constellation LLP. However Posse Scholars, under the rules set by the Posse Foundation, may not room together. Posse Scholars living in Constellation LLP must select a roommate who is participating in one of the other LAUNCH learning communities.

Join us among the stars! Constellation connects students from multiple learning communities in the common pursuit of being empowered successful lifelong learners. This means that no matter which LAUNCH learning community your friend is in, you can both meet your LC requirements AND share your hall experience. You want to be in the hall with the other learning community students – not only for hall-based activities and opportunities that require you to be a resident but also for easy creation of study groups and friendships. A Learning Communities Mentor Advisory Council works with the hall staff to provide programs throughout the year.

Because this is optional for your LC as a Posse Scholar, if you wish to live in LAUNCH Constellation, you must complete the Constellation Opt-In Request form no later than May 1 and your on-campus housing application no later than May 1. 

Once students are placed in Constellation, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room within Constellation. All Living-learning Program students receive their housing assignments before the general student population.
 
Regents' Scholarship recipients who are not enrolled in a LAUNCH learning community may request to be placed in LAUNCH Constellation in order to live with other Regents' Scholars and scholarship students. Space is not guaranteed to Regents' Scholars who are not in LAUNCH but will be allocated if available after all LAUNCH students have received spaces. Spaces will be awarded to LAUNCH LC students first.

Regents' Scholars are encouraged to live with other freshmen in the LAUNCH Constellation living-learning program to grow their network if they are not required to live with another specific LLP based on their Regents' Scholarship success program placement. This means that if you are a Regents' Scholar but not a part of LAUNCH programs, you can be part of the LAUNCH family through Constellation.  No matter which LAUNCH learning community your friend is in, you can share your hall experience if space is available. 

Join us among the stars! Constellation connects students from multiple learning communities in the common pursuit of being empowered successful lifelong learners. You want to be in the hall with the other learning community students – not only for hall-based activities and opportunities that require you to be a resident but also for easy creation of study groups and friendships. A Learning Communities Mentor Advisory Council works with the hall staff to provide programs throughout the year.

Because this is optional for you if you are not in a LAUNCH learning community, if you wish to live in Constellation, you must complete the Constellation Opt-In Request form no later than May 1 and your on-campus housing application no later than May 1. in the on-campus housing application, select LAUNCH Constellation as your LLP.

Once students are placed in Constellation, their previous housing or roommate requests no longer apply. During early May, students get notified of their Constellation placement and receive instructions to select a roommate and room within Constellation. All Living-learning Program students receive their housing assignments before the general student population.