How do I put in a maintenance request? What is my campus box number and combination? How do I register a guest for the night? The recurring questions received in the beginning of the school year are all answered in one place: myResLink. This is a page of important links for residents. The links include contracting for housing, viewing their current housing/roommate assignment, and much more. A student can submit a maintenance request from the comfort of their own room. It is that easy! myResLink is an important tool that every resident should know about and use. Any questions or needed assistance can be directed to our office by calling (920) 465-2040.
In preparing this article, we interviewed several parents or families who have students attending college for the first time and families who have students who have graduated from a four-year university or college. We hope that you will find their collective wisdom helpful.
Get Involved In Campus Life
There are many on-campus events and activities for your student. Resident Assistants (RAs) plan activities in each building and promote student participation in larger campus events. Participation helps promote a sense of belonging, will help your student meet other students, and learn new things. Students who are involved in campus life report being more satisfied with their college experience. Ask your student if they are attending any events and activities.
Empower Your Student To Use Campus Resources
There are many offices and people who are here to help students. Encourage your student to use campus resources such as the Dean of Students Office, Counseling and Health, Academic Advising, and the Office of Residence Life, just to name a few. Contact information can be found on the University’s web site using the directory.
Help Your Students Develop a Budget
For many students, this may be a “first”. Discuss developing a budget with your student and, if possible, assist them in doing so. Expenses such as food, supplemental educational materials, personal items, entertainment, and other miscellaneous expenses were at the top of our list.
Sending a Student to College Is An Adjustment for Families
All of the parents we interviewed mentioned this adjustment and many of us under-estimated the sense of “loss” they felt when sending a student to college for the first time. On the positive side, this is a wonderful growth experience for parents and students.
Discuss How Often You Will Talk With Your Student & How You Will Stay In Touch
One of our “parents” suggested using FaceTime or Skype to communicate because you can notice non-verbal as well as verbal cues to how your student is doing. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear from your student as often as you would like. This is most likely a good sign that they are adjusting to college, meeting friends, and getting involved in campus life. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to reach out to your student if you haven’t heard from them in a while.
Anticipate What Coming Back Home Will Be Like For Your Student
Things may not feel the same for your student when they come home. Friends may change, therefore meeting new friends at college is very important. Several of our parents also recommended leaving their bedroom as is, so they have a comfortable and familiar place to return home. You may want to discuss which “house rules” apply now that your student is a young adult.
Send a Care Package
Students love getting packages from home. Send a care package with snacks, an encouraging note, and other useful items.
Ask About Roommates
Having a roommate is most often one of the best and most positive experiences a student can have while away at college. For some students it can also a challenging experience. Ask your student about their roommate relationships. Offer tips and advice about adjusting to a new roommate.
Encourage Your Students To Use Faculty Office Hours
Faculty have scheduled office hours which are available for student visits and questions about assignments, course content, and just establishing a positive relationship with faculty and instructors.
We Are Here To Help!
You may contact the Office of Residence Life, (920) 465-2040, email@example.com with questions. Although we are not able to share private information, a question you can ask is “If a student is in need of help regarding an issue, what would you recommend they do? You can also use AskGB Housing available on our web site to ask questions and get answers.
When it comes to your young adult living on-campus, it can be an overwhelming experience for you and them. Residence Life staff members are aware of the challenges students face when living away from home for the first time, and are trained to help them during their transition. Here are some thoughts that might help you understand what your young adult might be facing:
- Every facility has Resident Assistants (RAs) living in the building to assist students with the transition of living on campus. RAs are Residence Life student employees whose job it is to help residents get to meet other people, attend activities and help them find their ‘niche’ on campus.
- The first 6-8 weeks are crucial. This is the time when they should be getting out of their room and meeting new people. Encourage them to attend activities and talk with other students in the hallways, in class, and in the cafeteria. We know it can be scary at first, but they will appreciate having new friends.
- Encourage your young adult to stay on campus for the entire weekend for the first month or two. They won’t feel connected to UWGB if they go home and hang out with their high school friends frequently.
- Encourage them to ask questions of their RAs or other Residence Life staff. We are here to help. We want them to love it here and we will do what we can to make their on-campus experience wonderful.
UWGB Parents & Family:
It is well known that moving away from home and into an unfamiliar environment can be a life-changing event for all involved. For many of you, these last several weeks have more than likely been filled with nervous anticipation and possibly even a few anxious phone calls and text messages to/from your student as they strive to settle into a ‘new normal’ here at UWGB. I hope by now you’re hearing reports of academic success, newly formed friendships and involvement in campus activities. Whether your student is one of those who is charging fast forward into their college experience or one that is being a bit more cautious, please know that the Office of Residence Life is ready to collaborate with you in order to provide the assistance that is most appropriate for your college student.
If your student is someone who believes parents and families should be equipped with answers to all their questions – this e-newsletter is for you! The intent of this publication is to let you know we’re here for you and that we’re going to actively provide you with the information that will allow you to support your student! I have every confidence you will find these updates to be a good source of housing information about what students who choose to live on campus are experiencing. However, if there are questions you aren’t able to answer, all you need to do is send your student our way. There is a Resident Assistant (RA), an Area Coordinator (AC) or an office staff member available to them 24 hours a day. Thank you for the support you give them on a daily basis, and thank you for allowing us to partner with them to create a memorable and educational out-of-classroom experience.
Office of Residence Life
We at Residence Life know that most students don’t like to haul all their dirty clothes down to the laundry room just for all of the washers to be in use. So, the Office of Residence Life has the perfect resource to prevent that!
Our laundry system has an online resource called “Wash Alert” allowing students to monitor the washers and dryers and even get alerts when the laundry services are available. It’s easy, it’s convenient, and most of all it’s FREE!
To access Wash Alert all a student has to do is navigate to laundry.uwgb.edu and choose the appropriate res hall/apartment. There, students can monitor how much time is left and enter their e-mail to get an alert sent straight to their inbox when the washers and dryers are available. This screen also allows students to submit a service request on the laundry services if something is not working correctly.
From the main page, before a student selects the correct building, you can also sign up to get text alerts sent straight to your phone by clicking “Get Alerts via Text.” It’s just that easy!
So, no more trips down three flights of stairs to just have to wait another half an hour before a washer is available. Use Wash Alert and know exactly when it’s the perfect time to do laundry!
Looking for something to do on campus? Here are some great events happening this coming week that will get you out of your room and having fun!
11am-1pm: Schmooze Fest (Phoenix Rooms ABC)
Come learn all of the great things that your Student ID allows you to do including laundry, bookstore purchases, and even a few off campus vendors!
12:30pm-1:30pm: Interviewing Basics – Make a Great Impression (University Union 103)
Looking to ace that job interview and get the career of your dreams? Attend this cool event put on by Career Services to learn the basics of a good interview and get some tips on how you can blow that employer away!
7pm-9pm: Open Mic Night (Common Grounds Coffeehouse)
It’s the first open mic night of the year! Come and how off your talents, whether it be singing, dancing, poetry, etc. or just watch your fellow classmates show off theirs. You do not need to sign up if you want to perform, just show up and they will get you up on stage!
9am-3pm: Clothing Swap (Phoenix Rooms AB)
FREE clothes, household items, books, decorations, etc. available to UWGB students and faculty. What wouldn’t you want to take advantage of this great event!?
2pm-3pm: Creating a Resume 101 (University Union Manistique Room)
You are a pro at interviewing, but feel as though your resume could use a little help. Attend this event and get some great tips on how to write the perfect resume!
7pm-10pm: Bash in the Stacks (Cofrin Library)
On a normal day, the library is quiet and students are studying, but for this event we’re gonna change that! The library is hosting their annual interactive open house with free games, music, food, and fun to be had!
10:30pm-1am: After Hours (Phoenix Club)
Come listen to some awesome music and dance with friends! After Hours is the perfect time to show off some new moves and dance the night away!
Playing at CheapSeats this week is The Shallows. Come enjoy this movie for only $2 in the Christie Theatre!
Our final SHA Spotlight of the summer is on UWGB Senior Robert Mooers. Robert, although this is his first year working as a Summer Housing Assistant, has worked the past three summers with Residence Life. He chose to take on the position as a SHA because it was a great opportunity for him to gain valuable social and life skills that he can apply to a future career.
Robert’s favorite part about working as a Summer Housing Assistant was working in the mail room. He liked how the position kept him on his feet and kept him busy.
Intramural volleyball is one of Robert’s favorite things to do on campus, so you if you’re looking for him, you could probably find him in the Kress Events Center!
Thank you for all your hard work this year! We really appreciate all you have done for Residence Life over the years!
Roberts’s Fun Facts
Name: Robert Mooers
Year in School: Senior
Major/Minor: History with a minor in Education
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Favorite part of UWGB: I like that no matter where you go, there is always a quiet spot to relax and reflect
Favorite Class: Ancient Greece
Favorite Movie: The Sandlot
Favorite Color: Green
Dream Job: Lego Builder/Designer
If there were to be a movie made of your life, who would play you? Jake Abel
It’s time to spotlight another one of our Summer Housing Assistants. This spotlight is on UWGB Sophomore Brea Nelson. As this is only going to be his second year attending UW-Green Bay, this is his first time being employed with the Office of Residence Life, but is sure that he will take advantage of every employment opportunity that ResLife has to offer because he loves it so much.
Brea chose to work with ResLife because he loved the idea of staying on campus over the summer. It was also really cool that this one position has so many different jobs and responsibilities. This being his first summer attending UWGB, he really wanted to get a feel for how summers were on campus and it makes him want to do it all over again!
When asked what is favorite part of being a SHA is, Brea responded, “Getting to work and meet with so many different people is the best. Even if it’s a call at three in the morning, I’m still happy to help. One of my favorite parts was working with all of my coworkers and bosses (especially Kelly!)”.
Outside of being a SHA, Brea’s favorite group that he is involved with on campus is the Phoenix Pep Band. He is one of three drummers and loves the atmosphere of UWGB sporting events and getting the crowd fired up! So, if you plan on attending a basketball game this school year, you can definitely bet you will see Brea there!
Thank you for all of your hard work this summer! We are glad that you had such an amazing experience and hope to see you back working for ResLife really soon!
Brea’s Fun Facts
Name: Brea Nelson
Year in School: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Business Management with a minor in Human Biology
Hometown: Kingsford, MI
Favorite part of UWGB: The size and location of the campus
Favorite Class: Any class with Dr. Hanna or Dr. Nelson!
Favorite Movie: Kung Pow: Enter the First, Birdemic, or Master of Disguise
Favorite Color: Purple
Dream Job: Any kind of job that involves working with people by day and a drummer at small town bars by night
Favorite Song Currently: My Type by Saint Motel or Bone Digger by Bear Hands
If there were to be a movie made of your life, who would play you? Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, or the Grandpa from UP
EXTRA FUN FACT: In the picture, that’s my Bear, Regi. He was homecoming king 2013.
Today’s SHA Spotlight is on Computer Science and Information Science double major Amanda Judd. Amanda is a veteran to working with the
Office of Residence Life. This is her third year being employed with ResLife, but this is her first year as a Summer Housing Assistant. She chose to be a SHA this year because she wanted an on campus job that she had never done before.
Amanda’s favorite part about working as a SHA is her awesome coworkers. The bond that she has formed with the other Summer Housing Assistants over the past few months is something that she will remember forever!
Thank you for your dedication to the Office of Residence Life and for all of your hard work this summer. All you do definitely does not go unnoticed.
Name: Amanda Judd
Year in School: Senior
Major/Minor: Computer Science and Information Science
Hometown: Oconto Falls, WI
Favorite part of UWGB: Lambeau Cottage Waterfront Beach Area
Favorite Movie: Inside Out
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Song Currently: Bohemian Rhapsody
If there were to be a movie made of your life, who would play you? Danny DeVito
As the new academic year rolls around, the Office of Residence Life and the UW-Green Bay Public Safety Officers would like to refresh incoming students on the policies that are in place regarding parking on campus. The following is a brief explanation of UWGB’s on-campus parking policies. We recommend that all students ensure that they are aware of all of the on-campus parking policies before bringing their vehicle to campus.
Residence Life parking lots (includes Studio Arts, East Housing, Main Housing, & Apartment Parking Lots) are enforced by public safety 7 days a week. All vehicles that are parked on campus overnight must have the virtual parking permit or if it is a guest vehicle, must be registered by the UWGB student hosting the visitor through SIS. Failure to register the guest’s vehicle will result in a parking citation. Information on “host responsibility and the guest vehicle registration process can be found online at this link.
We recommend that when registering a guest and their vehicle, students use Internet Explorer as there have been problems with the registration process with alternate browsers. Students should register their guests and vehicles using a computer. Registration using cell phones, tablets, or other mobile devices is not supported by the registration program. If a student has any problems or is unable to register their overnight guest, please contact the Residence Life Community Center for assistance.
Overnight guests staying more than 10 days in a semester must purchase a virtual parking permit through the University at the Bursar’s Office in Student Services 1300 and the host must continue to register them for each overnight visit. Overnight guests should not be registered on the student’s virtual permit, they must be registered as a guest. Doing so will result in a permit violation and a citation will be issued to both the student host and the guest.
Students living on campus who plan on bringing a vehicle as well as a motorcycle to be kept on campus at the same time, must purchase a second parking permit since you will be occupying two stalls at the same time.
All vehicles parked on campus must be parked so that the license plate is facing toward the travel portion of the parking lot. This allows license plates to be photographed by the automated license plate reader camera. If a student does not have a license plate facing the travel portion, even if the vehicle does have a virtual parking permit, the student will be issued a citation.
Other places that parking in would result in a citation are yellow end zones, the Visitor Parking Lot, fire zones, sidewalks, restricted areas, or in excess of the time restrictions.
We would like to thank all of our students for reviewing our parking policies and abiding by the rules set in place!