The annual Resident Satisfaction Survey, conducted by Educational Benchmarking Incorporated (EBI), will be taking place October 31st through November 22nd. The purpose of this survey is to obtain resident feedback in regards to housing facilities and services, Resident Assistants, the mail room and community center hours as well as your overall satisfaction with living on campus. Arriving in your campus email inbox today will be a unique link for the survey. Residents that complete the survey will be entered in a drawing to win weekly prizes and a drawing for the grand prize: one of three Fire HD 7 tablets! Be sure to tweet “I completed the @uwgb_housing Resident Survey #ResidentSurvey2014” for a greater chance at winning a prize. All survey responses are kept anonymous. Thank you for helping keep our campus the place students chose to live!
Ashley Keenan, today is all about you! Although this is her first year as an RA, Keenan has a history of being involved in the residence life community.
“My first year here on campus I was honored by receiving a bid for the Student of the Year at WURHA (Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association),” said Keenan, “This was an amazing honor to have my fellow students write me a bid saying how much hard work I put into my first year on campus. Having them recognize on a state level was one of my biggest accomplishments at Green Bay.”
In addition to RHAA, Keenan is involved with Phase 1 Community Councils. Her role in these leadership organizations helped her make her decision to become a RA, wanting to get to work with residents to help make their experience here at Green Bay as great as possible.
Keenan’s past RA’s also played a large factor in her choice to become a RA, noting that they were amazing role models and that she would not be here without them.
During her time as a RA so far, Keenan has learned a lot about policies and how people work differently than others.
Ashley Keenan, thank you for all that you do for the UWGB Residence Life community and good luck with the rest of the year!
Today is all about Gillian Evanoff, a first year RA in Arlene Walter Hall! As an aspiring chemistry teacher, Gillian wanted to be a RA in order to gain life experience and to learn what it is like to have some responsibility for students that depend on her in some way, shape, or form.
Being an RA is a learning process according to Gillian.
“I am in the process of learning, through the RA position, how to effectively solve social issues in my community. This includes first taking the initiative to confront issues, then to encourage positive growth,” Gillian said.
Being a RA allows you to meet many new people, which is Gillian’s favorite part of the job.
“I really enjoy the connections that have been and will continue to be forged through this job, not only to people but to areas of campus that I wouldn’t otherwise be connected with,” Gillian said.
It’s also the connections in the classroom that make Gillian enjoy being a student at UWGB.
“I absolutely love the connection that students can have to all of their professors,” Gillian said, “It is inexpressibly encouraging to be able to inquire directly with my professors when I have questions or concern.”
So far, Gillian’s favorite part of being a RA has been move-in day.
“Everyone was new, fresh, and whoever they wanted to be and it was also when I grew a foot and a half as a leader,” Gillian said.
Gillian is majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Education.
Keep up the fantastic work Gillian!
On October 20, UW-Green Bay will be celebrating Food Day. Food day is comprised of TED-like speakers – a panel discussion comprised of local trailblazers who play an active role in our local food system, followed by a massive, free meal created from primarily local ingredients. Also featured will be keynote speaker, Chef Michel Nischan, two time winner of James Beard Award. Raffle prizes give the opportunity to win local gift cards and prize baskets!
Food Day Celebration Schedule
The No Waste Breakfast: 7:30-10 a.m.
Come to the Richard Mauthe Center for a “recycled” breakfast! Many restaurants throw away literal tons of food that is still very edible. Last year, the No Waste Breakfast redirected over 300 pounds of delicious food to attendees. Help us reduce bakery waste by joining us for free breakfast!
Inspiring Farm to Fork Characters and Stories: 2:30-4 p.m.
Attendees can expect: To learn from direct sources, in powerful 10-15 minute presentations, what it take to get the locally sourced meal fro the 2014 Food Day Celebration on plates from the actual farmers themselves, and the food distributor for the event, Trust Local Foods. Also hear from Chef Chris Mangless from Green Bay restaurant, 335.
A Panel of Food System Movers & Shakers: 4-4:45 p.m.
Now is your chance to directly connect with people invested in creating a better food system in this very community! What a better way to celebrate, continue, and add to the ways our local food system is bettering communities than to bring back the movers and shakers who have shared their stories for a panel discussion allowing attendees to ask specific questions?
Community Dinner: 5-6p.m.
Come one, come all – students, faculty, and community members – and enjoy this locally sourced menu, curated by UWGB students. Enjoy dishes such as pulled pork, sweet potato chili, buckwheat noodles with miso-orange or peanut sauce, and much more. Stick around after Michel Nischan’s Keynote for dessert!
All events will take place in the Phoenix Rooms unless stated otherwise.
If that’s not enough celebration, come out to the Phoenix Rooms on Sunday, October 19 for a special showing of “Growing Cities” put on by PEAC at 6 p.m.
With the holiday season right around the corner, be sure to stay current on guidelines for decorating your living space. You may decorate your residence hall room or apartment, but decorations must meet safety regulations and University codes. Please note the following guidelines before decorating:
Guidelines for Decorating Your Room or Apartment
- It is recommended that Halloween pumpkins be colored with markers instead of carved to prevent rotting.
- Use light cords that are UL approved, safe, and free of cracks, or other signs of wear.
- For fire safety reasons, the only extension cords permitted in university housing facilities are those that are UL listed 3 wire/3 prong cords of a 16 gauge minimum weight.
- The only multi-plug device you may use is a power strip with an on/off switch, 15-20 amp circuit breaker/surge protector with a 3-prong grounded plug-in.
- Unplug your lights when you are not in your room or apartment.
- Use poster putty to adhere decorative items to walls or doors.
- Remove all decorations before you leave for the semester break.
- Pumpkins should be removed and disposed of as soon as possible following use. Please do not place pumpkins in hallways or breeze ways.
- Real leaves, trees or wreaths made from natural material are not permitted in your room or apartment. (This is a fire regulation.)
- Electrical cords may not be placed under carpeting, on bed frames, or over archways. Do not use holiday light strings around metal furnishings such as door frames.
- Please do not cover light fixtures and light bulbs with decorations.
- Do not use spray “snow” on your windows, walls, doors, or mirrors.
- Items, including holiday light strings, may not be suspended from the ceiling or across any portion of the ceiling or archway.
- Please do not overload your electrical sockets. Three-prong extension cords must be plugged directly into the wall outlet.
- Tape is not permitted on painted or finished surfaces, including walls, doors, frames, etc.
- Candles are not permitted in student housing.
Guidelines for Common Area Decorating
1. All of the above guidelines apply for decorations in lounges or other common
2. Items may not be suspended from ceilings, or placed over doorways or archways.
3. Items must be removed immediately following the event.
4. Items should be attached with white poster putty or blue painter’s tape
5. Decorations may not block doorways, exits, or entrances.
6. For more information, please see the Residence Life web site:
Joe Ebert, today the spotlight shines on you! Joe is a Community Advisor and this is his third year working as a RA/CA, returning to the position because of the students and staff that he gets to work with every day.
Getting to work with first year students and being able to help them adjust to campus life smoothly is Joe’s favorite part of the job and has created many memorable moments.
“My first move-in day as a RA in Josie, I gave my huge introduction to a resident’s 12 year old sister on accident. Although it was very embarrassing at first, it made a great joke for the rest of the year,” Joe said.
Some of Joe’s other favorite RA memories include seeing past residents become amazing RAs themselves and once “during training my first year as a RA, walking to the bay with some of my best friends and stargazing in the Kress parking lot when we needed a break from everything.”
During his time with Residence Life, Joe has learned a lot saying the most important lesson has been how to work on a team and time management. He also said that becoming a Community Advisor is his biggest accomplishment while in the position.
As a student, Joe’s biggest accomplishment is getting an IT internship at Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Joe is double majoring in Computer Science and Information Science.
Thank you Joe for all the work you have done!
The winning OTMs for the month of September are:
Diversity Program: Wisconsin Bisexual/Pansexual Speakers Bureau (written by Amy Mauk)
Executive Board Member: Taylor Thompson (written by Sarah Alexander)
First Year Student: Milton Byers (written by Amy Mauk)
Institution Faculty/Staff: Phil Clampitt (written by Alyssa Lamberton)
Organization: Phoenix Philanthropy Club (written by Travor Copeland)
Residence Life Faculty/Staff: Kelly Steffes (written by Quin Merriweather)
Resident Assistant: Eli Amelse (written by Mariah Pursley and Steffi Schoeder)
Residential Community: Josephine Lenfestey Hall (written by Amy Mauk)
Social Program: OrgSmorg (written by Karli Peterson)
Student: Sam Braaten (written by Chloe Miller Hansen)
If you see any of these writers/winners please congratulate them on their accomplishments!
Christopher or Chris Barry, today is all about you!
Chris is a first year RA in Donald Harden and is enjoying his time as a RA, saying his favorite memories are anytime he is hanging out with Andrew Pfaff because “the man is a sass master.”
It was the incentive of taking a leadership role and the bonus of working alongside others that made Chris desire the position of a RA, and says “being able to work with some amazing staff members” is his favorite part of the job.
Chris, who is a member of the UWGB cheerleading team wants everyone to know “I love cheerleading,” and that his biggest accomplishment, although it “might be small for some people” is being able to manage his time between cheerleading, school, and a social life while being an RA.
As a Business and Marketing major, Chris says his favorite parts of UWGB are the tunnels and the sense of community that campus creates.
Thank you Chris for all that you do on campus and go Phoenix!
First time RA Christiana Bartelme, also known as Chrissy, is today’s featured RA!
Chrissy aspired to be an RA because of the leadership opportunities the position offers and the ability to meet new people, knowing she can help make her residents feel at home.
“I enjoy seeing my residents making connections and getting involved on campus,” Chrissy said.
In addition to being an RA, Chrissy has always been involved on campus.
“As one of the four Eco-reps last year, I enjoyed being part of organizations and committees that have helped pave the way to a more sustainable atmosphere in residence life,” Chrissy said.
Being an RA, Chrissy said she has learned “To try new things and step outside of my comfort zone to work towards achieving my goals and to realize my true potential.”
Chrissy is a Biology major with an emphasis in Ecology and Conservation with a minor in Environmental Science.
In her free time Chrissy enjoys drinking coffee while watching her all-time favorite show, The Big Bang Theory.
We’re glad to have you as an RA this year Chrissy, keep up the great work!
This Sunday, Sept. 28, Starting Point will be taking place from 4-8 p.m. in the 1965 Room. Starting Point is a leadership program hosted by Residence Life staff and organized by Area Coordinator Adam Novotny. The main role of Starting Point is to serve as a training session to student leaders involved in the various Residence Life leadership organizations, such as the Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and Community Councils (CCs). Area Coordinators will be presenting sessions that focus on the student leader’s role in community development, roll in their leadership group, group dynamics, programming and goal setting. The goal of Starting Point is to give all student leaders a similar message about their role in housing and inspire them for what they can accomplish this year. Starting Point also provides students from each group (RHAA, NRHH, CCs) the opportunity to meet other student leaders from a different organization and create working relations that can last throughout the whole year.
If you’re not currently involved in RHAA, NRHH or CCs but wish to attend Starting Point, contact your Area Coordinator.