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FYRE at Buccaneer Ridge



The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) Living-Learning Community provides an engaging and fun residential experience for new students as you transition to campus.  As undecided students in FYRE, you will meet new people, learn more about yourself, explore majors/minors and future careers, and learn more about the resources and opportunities available to you here at ETSU.  The students in FYRE connect to the campus through intentionally-designed programs and activities that include regular meetings at the Buccaneer Ridge Club House, food drives to support our local Bucky’s Food Pantry, stress and time management activities, and opportunities to meet campus leaders. 

The FYRE Living-Learning Community is a partnership of the Office of New Student and Family Programs, the University Advisement Center, and the Department of Housing and Residence Life.  Applications must be received by May 1st for full consideration.


Community Requirements:

  • Students must be undecided students and/or require learning support (must have primary academic advisement through the University Advisement Center).
  • Register for Preview 2017 (a $50.00 cost) and fully participate in the program from Thursday, August 24-Saturday, August 26, 2017.  Registration for Preview 2017 will occur during orientation. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the FYRE LLC by participating in activities and programs throughout the academic year and committing to the FYRE Community Standards, which includes a commitment to participate in regular programs, meetings, and events.  It also means committing to residing in an assigned space in the FYRE Living-Learning Community. 
  • Students must complete the Living-Learning Community application (either completed as part of the application for Housing, or by logging in here) and be selected to the community through an interview process.
  • Enroll in designated sections of required courses in fall and spring semester, which includes ETSU 1020: Foundations of Student Success in fall 2017. 


To stay in the FYRE Living-Learning Community, students must:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the Living-Learning Community by participating fully in programs and activities throughout the semester.  Attendance will be taken regularly, and residents who do not participate in at least 70% of the planned activities in the LLC may be asked to leave at the end of the semester. 
  • Be in good academic standing with the University.
  • Be in good standing with regards to student conduct. 

 Contact Adrianna Guram, Assistant Director of Academic Initiatives, at   with questions.



Community Coordinator Bio:

Heather Levesque

Heather Levesque



Responsible for New Student & Family Programs including New Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Preview, and the Parent Pride newsletter.  Advises the Preview and Orientation Leader Organization (POLO).  Serves as the Division liaison to other offices and areas regarding first year students including ETSU 1020 and first year Living and Learning Communities.

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