About This Project
Transformative Learning in KU Student Housing’s Residence Hall
Residence hall gallery displays, which are featured throughout Gertrude Sellards Pearson Hall, facilitate learning by serving as an educational resource to engage students outside the classroom.
The mural in the main lobby features the diverse physiographic regions of Kansas. In addition, each floor lobby highlights a theme from the mural. Situational learning experiences make use of intentional social interactions, and supplement and generate learning. These "beyond the classroom" settings stimulate learning in different life spaces.
Kansas geologic and natural history is fascinating in its scope and diversity, and students will learn while passing by, socializing, studying, dining, attending meetings, participating in programs, and simply living in our facilities.
Kansas’ rich landscapes are shaped by ancient oceans and reshaped by human pursuits such as farming and mining. Geologists divide Kansas into 11 regions based on common features. These regions, or physiographic provinces, tell a unique story. Each floor lounge in GSP Residence Hall highlights one region. Thanks to KU’s Kansas Geological Survey and Kansas Biological Survey for contribution to exploring and explaining these regions to our residents.
The mural in the main lobby was created by KU students Emily Austin and Halie Hershorn, who graduated in 2013. GSP also features photographs of iconic Kansas images, including Kansas landscapes in the fall, spring, summer and winter. The images are from photographer James Nedresky’s series “Springtime in the Kansas Flint Hills.” Other Kansas images in this gallery include sunflowers and a one-room school with photography by George Jerkovich.
The panels were manufactured off site at Farm Fresh Graphics, located in Baldwin, Kansas.
One example of the installed panel.
Interior decorations were carefully chosen to extend the theme. In the main lobby, the carpet is reminiscent of tallgrass prairie, pillars are limestone covered, and colors mimic the Kansas prairie in the fall.