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Re-Contracting Response Winner #1

Thank you to everyone who responded to our first question of our Re-Contracting 2017 promotion! On Monday we posed the question “What is your favorite Res Life or RA hosted program or event” and we got some amazing responses. All respondents were entered to win a $25 gift card to the Phoenix Bookstore, but before we announce the winner, here is what everyone said was there favorite event:

RHAA Bingo (9)

Haunted Halls (8)

Res Fest (5)

Rocktoberfest

Condom Olympics

Donation 4 Donuts

Haevers Craft Night

Canvas Painting

Coffee Cup Drawing

Now, the moment you have all been waiting for. The winner of the first Phoenix Bookstore gift card is . . . .

Monique Schneider!

Monique responded that her favorite Res Life event is Haunted Halls! You will be receiving an e-mail shortly with details on how to pick up your $25 gift card to the Phoenix Bookstore! Thank you to everyone who responded and keep your eyes on our Facebook or Twitter for next week’s question which will be announced on Monday!

Re-Contracting 2017 is still underway so don’t forget to re-contract at www.uwgb.edu/housing/recontract.

Re-Contracting 2017 is Officially LIVE!

Re-Contracting 2017 is officially LIVE! Students can now begin signing their housing contract to live on campus for the 2017-18 academic year! The re-contracting form will be available from now, until March 21st at 11:59pm.

Priority numbers will be sent out on March 23rd to all re-contracted students giving them a date and time that they are able to actually choose their room. The Room Selection Event, where students will physically choose their room and intended roommates, will take place on March 29th & 30th. Not sure what to do until then? Here are a few things you can do:

Step 1: Think about where you want to live and who you would like to room with. You can find an interactive 3-D floor plan of all of our housing options at this link!

Step 2: Re-contract online between any time from now until March 21st at 11:59pm here.

Step 3: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop for Re-Contracting information and for chances to win some awesome prizes!

Step 4: Attend the Room Selection Event on March 29-30 to choose your living arrangement for the 2017-18 academic year!

Need an incentive to re-contract early? The first 100 students to re-contract will receive an AWESOME Re-Contracting 2017 t-shirt! On top of that, everyone that re-contracts during the first week (February 13th-19th) will be entered to win a FREE KINDLE FIRE!

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at (920)465-2040 or housing@uwgb.edu or reach out to us on any of our social media platforms. We can’t wait to see you back on-campus next year!

January OTMs

Time to honor our amazing students and staff with this past month’s OTMs sponsored by National Residence Hall Honorary!

Resident Assistant: Allie Saxton written by Taylor Steele

Executive Board Member: Rachel Clift written by Michelle McChesney

Residential Community: Arlene Walter Hall written by Taylor Steele

Congratulations to all of our amazing OTM winners for the month of January! We can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of the semester!

Re-Contracting 2017

It’s time to begin thinking about your living arrangements for the 2017-18 academic year because . . . Re-contracting 2017 starts NEXT WEEK!

In just under a week, beginning Monday February 13, students can begin contracting to live on campus for next year. Students may re-contract anytime from February 13th to March 21st. After the re-contracting period students will be given a priority number for our room selection event. Priority numbers will be sent out on March 23rd to all re-contracted students giving them a date and time that they are able to actually choose their room. The Room Selection Event, where students will physically choose their room and intended roommates, will take place on March 29th & 30th. Not sure what to do until then? Here are a few things you can do:

Step 1: Think about where you want to live and who you would like to room with. Green Bay offers three different types of housing, Residence Halls, Traditional Apartments, and Contemporary Apartments. You can find an interactive 3-D floor plan of all of our housing options at this link!

Step 2: Re-contract online between February 13 & March 21 here. (although not available yet, the re-contracting application will go live at 9am on February 13, 2017 and you will have until March 21, 2017 at 11:50pm to contract)

Step 3: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop for Re-contracting information and for chances to win some awesome prizes!

Step 4: Attend the Room Selection Event on March 29-30 to choose your living arrangement for the 2017-18 academic year!

Need an incentive to re-contract early? The first 100 students to re-contract will receive an AWESOME Re-Contracting 2017 t-shirt! On top of that, everyone that re-contracts during the first week (February 13th-19th) will be entered to win a FREE KINDLE FIRE!

If you have questions, please contact Residence Life at (920)465-2040 or housing@uwgb.edu or reach out to us on any of our social media platforms. We can’t wait to see you back on-campus next year!

Student Resources for Success

Now that your student has completed their first semester and have begun second semester classes, you may be wondering about what campus resources to assist with your student’s academic success.

Student satisfaction and success research suggests that students who are satisfied with their university experience tend to perform well in college. Factors that contribute to student success include connecting with others, utilizing faculty office hours, getting involved in activities and StudyingStudentevents, staying healthy, and taking advantage of campus resources.

Some examples of important campus resources include Academic Advising which provides personalized developmental advising to first-year, new transfer, and undeclared students. Through one-to-one and group sessions, students receive information and support to help them become good decision-makers and managers of their academic career. Another campus service commonly used by students is Tutoring Services offering one-to-one and group tutoring services for a variety of courses.

The Counseling and Health Center offers on-campus counseling and health services including free counseling services by licensed professional counselors and limited psychiatric services. The center also offers access to nurses for minor illnesses, vaccinations, and much more.

Finally, the Office of Residence Life employs five Area Coordinators (ACs) each supervising an “area” of residence hall and apartment buildings. Our goal is to provide guidance and advisement to students who need a Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator’s assistance, and to make appropriate referrals to campus offices and services. Students may schedule an appointment with their Area Coordinator by contacting the front desk of the Office of Residence Life, (920) 465-2040.

Rock the Resch

UWGB students and the UWGB Alumni Association have been working hard to create a homecoming tradition for students, alumni and university friends.  On Friday, February 24, students are invited to Rock the Resch, a super cool free event, which will serve as the capstone rock-resch-graphicHomecoming activity. Again, the event is free for students and includes bus transportation from UWGB Community Center to and from the Resch Center, which means your student can attend the event even without a car.

The evening will include a tailgate party with food and complimentary beverages, entertainment by the band “Feel Good Kids”, and admittance to the UWGB Phoenix men’s basketball game. There will also be appearances by the UWGB Pep Band, Green Bay Cheer and Dance Teams and Phlash the Phoenix. All students in attendance have an opportunity to be entered into drawings for fantastic prizes and will receive an epically awesome long-sleeve Rock the Resch tee!

Please be sure to tell your student they must register by Thursday, February 23, in order to receive a free Rock the Resch T-shirt. Students can register at https://rockthereschstudent17.eventbrite.com.

We hope your student will be part of this fun tradition!

Benefits of Student Employment

In the December edition of On Campus Living there was an article titled Applying to be a Resident Assistant that examined why your student should apply to be a Resident Assistant. As we begin a new spring semester, I would like to take a moment and speak to why your student should be a Student Employee.

A quick visit to the Residence Life Student Employment page will reveal that there are a variety of student employment opportunities that are available to students at UW-Green Bay. Each position offers different tasks and experiences which also promote learning outside of the classroom. What a visit to the employment page will not reveal directly are the other invaluable and important reasons that students should apply for a student employment experience in Residence Life.

Academic Focus

Student employees are first and foremost students.  As an employer, we understand this. Our focus is on our student employees’ academic success. This starts at the beginning of the semester by ensuring that a work schedule does not interfere with your student’s class schedule. It occurs during regular conversations, some formal and some casual, where a staff member will ask, “How are you classes going?” Each semester our department also asks students to complete a mid-semester grade check. This encourages the student to connect with their professors to receive an assessment of how they are doing. These connections can often make the difference on the pathway to academic success.

Mentorship

One of the core values that we take very seriously in Residence Life is the mentorship. As a department, we maintain an intentional focus on building relationships with the students that reside on campus but the students that work for us receive this benefit of having that interaction on a daily basis. Our staff, from our custodians all the way up to the director, take the time to ask, “How are you doing today?” We make sure that our student employees know that they have an on-campus resource available to ask questions. We are invested in their success and in building relationships that last through their time at UWGB and often long after.

Teamwork

While teamwork may not always seem like a benefit, learning how to communicate and operate with others to accomplish a task is one of the most important transferable skills that a student employee will master during employment with our department. Nearly all of our student employment positions offer the opportunity to operate as part of a larger team. In some areas, like being a Resident Assistant, your student would work directly with other RAs in their building and area to ensure that their communities remain safe and fun environments to learn and grow.

As we begin this spring semester, Residence Life will be recruiting for summer and 2017-18 student employment positions. More information will be available on the Student Employment Page. Encourage your student to apply today to take advantage of the great experience and benefits that student employment offers!

Resident Assistant Selection for Fall 2017

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is among the most respected student employee opportunities on the UWGB campus. Being an RA is more than a job for most, it is a self-development opportunity. Residence Life strives to build leaders, not just hire student employees. If your student is ready for a great experience, send them our way! In a few short weeks, the RA selection process will begin for candidates who want to be a RA RAsfor next fall.

RAs work an average of 15-20 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during pre-semester training. RAs’ housing costs (ranging from $4100 – $5200 per academic year) are waived as part of the RA’s earnings. They receive a bi-weekly paycheck of $140-154 – enough for most students to put gas in their car, buy incidentals, and occasionally go out to eat or to a movie. They also receive training, support and mentoring by professional staff unparalleled in the student employment arena.

Successful RA candidates will have a minimum of 2 semesters living on a campus (which includes Spring 2017), a grade point average of 2.4 or better, a passion to learn about themselves and others, and a commitment to serve students. More information, including applications and a job description can be found online. For initial consideration, applications should be submitted by February 8th.

Our RA selection process begins in early February, but we accept applications all year long. This allows Residence Life to select the brightest and most passionate students for these important leadership positions. The benefits of being an RA truly compliment the academic experience and give students transferable skills that are applicable to their new careers after graduation.

Re-Contracting for 2017-18 Housing

With the semester just underway, it’s nearly time for current residential students to contract for housing for the 2017-18 academic year.  Students who return for 2017-18 will have the option to choose their roommates and select from shared bedroom apartments, private bedroom apartments and single and shared room residence halls spaces.

DeanandKellynThe re-contracting process opens on Monday, February 13, at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Tuesday, March 21, at 11:59 p.m. For students who currently live on campus, no additional deposit is required.  On March 29 – 30, students who have contracted will be able to select their roommates and apartment or residence hall room. This room selection process is prioritized based on a student’s number of semesters on campus and academic credits earned.

As you may know, research demonstrates that students who live on campus are more likely to enjoy their University experience, get involved in campus life, earn better grades, and graduate.  We hope that your student has had a positive living experience on campus, and chooses to return to campus housing for another year.  Many of our students remain on campus through graduation due to the variety of living options, and the many opportunities to grow and learn in a residential setting.

Regardless of accommodation type, students enjoy the following amenities: private bathrooms, furnished rooms and apartments, high-speed internet access including Wi-Fi, high definition cable television service, and laundry facilities.

If your student has questions about the re-contracting process, please have them visit the Office of Residence Life, call (920) 465-2040, or email housing@uwgb.edu

Welcome from the Director of Residence Life

Happy New Year! My salutation might be a bit late-in-coming, but I really do hope that 2017 is treating you well. January regularly gets off to a slow start for us here in Residence Life, as our students spend most of the month enjoying the remainder of their winter break. However, their absence gives us a lot of opportunity to prepare for what always turns out to be a busy and exciting spring semester. We were happy to welcome everyone back this past week, and officially get things started.gail

In this edition of our newsletter you will find much of the information that your UWGB student will be receiving in the coming weeks. It may seem early, but our residents will soon need to contract for housing for the 2017-2018 academic year. Space is always at a premium, so it’s good to have a conversation with your student now about where they intend to live in the coming year. We will also be looking to fill many summer and fall student employment positions, which is an excellent opportunity for those students who want to both live and work on campus.

Over the winter break period, students also received their fall semester grades. For some, that was a reason to celebrate, but for many others it was likely a time to reflect on an academic performance that could have been better managed. For those of you working with a student in that predicament, there are also resources in this newsletter that will assist you.  I encourage you to read the entirety of this edition, and be sure to reach out to the Office of Residence Life (920-465-2040) if there’s anything we can do to assist you or your student to achieve success this spring!

Sincerely,

 

Gail Sims-Aubert
Office of Residence Life, Director

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