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Housing and Residence Life

Student Employment Benefits and Opportunities

Student employment is an important part of the college experience.  Residence Life at UWGB employs many students in a variety of different positions that will provide students with the opportunity to gain skills that will be used both during their time in college and after they graduate from the university.

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 reasons that students should apply for a student employment experience in Residence Life. IMG_8006 new

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 for most positions.  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 the 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 transferrable skills 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 2019-20 student employment positions.  More information is 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!

 

 

 

Student Resources for Success

Now that your student has completed their first semester and has 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 events, staying healthy, and taking advantage of campus resources.

Res Life Photos-1Some 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.

 

Making the Most of your College Experience

Living on campus has many benefits that enrich the university experience and impacts student lives.  Students who live on campus tend to be more involved in campus activities, earn better grades, and are more likely to graduate than their peers who live off campus.  Students also report that living on campus provides an opportunity to meet new friends or to live near friends, seek help with coursework, and living close by campus classroom buildings.

Some strategies you can discuss with your student to enhance their success are described in the remainder of this article.

Getting 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.

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.

Realize That 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 feel 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. Expectations of who their friends are 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.

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 challengingIMG_8295 experience. Ask your student about their roommate relationships. Offer tips and advice about adjusting to a new roommate.

Encourage Your Student To Use Campus Resources
There are many offices and people who are here to help students. Encourage your student to use campus resource 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.

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, housing@uwgb.edu  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 a particular issue, what would you recommend they do?

Re-Contracting for 2019-2020 Housing

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It is that time again! Students who currently live in housing will soon need to decide if they are living on-campus for the 2019-20 academic year.

Re-contracting has its benefits!

  • A 0% increase in room rates for 2019-2020!
  • Safe and conveniently located housing which includes the amenities of high-definition cable television and wired/wireless high-speed Internet access in every room.
  • Living in close proximity to a variety of university programs, services, and leadership involvement opportunities that contribute much to your experience as a UWGB student.
  • The option of retaining your room or apartment for the upcoming academic year
  • Staff who provide programming and other engagement experiences, and who foster a strong and connected community.
  • Students who return will have the option to choose their own roommates.
  • Students can select their own housing! At UW-Green Bay, we offer shared bedroom apartments, private bedroom apartments, and shared residence hall rooms.
  • The advance deposit for current residents is rolled over for the next year.

The re-contracting process opened on November 1 and ends on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:59PM. On March 25 – March 29, students who have contracted will be able to select their apartment or residence hall room, if not already having retained their room during the room retention process. The time and date for students to select their room or apartment is determined by a student’s number of semesters on campus and academic credits earned.

Regardless of accommodations 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 in each building.

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.

If your students 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.

 

Resident Assistant (RA) Selection Process for Fall 2019

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!

RAs work 15 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during pre-semester training. For the 2019-20 school year, RAs will receive a room and board plan consisting of waived housing costs (ranging from $4100 – $5200 per academic year) and a meal plan (100 meals & $650 in dining points each semester). RA-WhiteThey receive a small stipend following each semester and for August training. RAs 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 2019), 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 at http://www.uwgb.edu/housing/employment/student.asp.  For initial consideration, applications should submitted by February 4th.

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 a RA truly compliment the academic experience and give students transferrable skills that are applicable to their new careers after graduation.

 

Welcome from the Director of Residence Life

Happy New Year! My salutation is a little late-in-coming, but I really do hope that 2019 is treating you well. January regularly gets off to a slow start for us here in gailResidence 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 as they safely returned to life on campus, and officially get things started. The beginning of this semester was especially exciting because we got to kick things off with UWGB’s Homecoming festivities!

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 finalize their plans to contract for housing for the 2019-2020 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 situation, there are valuable resources in this newsletter that will assist you in working with them to be more academically successful. I encourage you to read the entirety of this edition, and be sure to reach out to the Office of Residence Life at 920-465-2040 or by sending a message to housing@uwgb.edu, if there’s anything we can do to assist you or your student this spring!

Sincerely,

Gail Sims-Aubert
Office of Residence Life, Director

 

 

Re-Contracting for 2019-2020 Housing

It is that time again! Students who currently live in housing will soon need to decide if they are living on-campus for the 2019-20 academic year.

Students who choose to return next year will be able to take advantage of the following:

  • A 0% increase in room rates for 2019-2020!
  • Safe and conveniently located housing which includes high-definition cable television and wired/wireless high-speed Internet access in every room
  • Living in close proximity to a variety of university programs, services, and leadership opportunities that contribute much to your experience as a UWGB student
  • The option of retaining your room or apartment for the upcoming academic year
  • Staff who provide programming and other engagement experiences, and who foster a strong and connected community

The re-contracting process opened on Thursday, November 1 and ends on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:59PM. On March 26 – March 29, students who have contracted will be able to select their apartment or residence hall room. The time and date for students to select their room or apartment is determined by a student’s number of semesters on campus and academic credits earned.

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 in each building.

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.

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

 

 

Are you Ready for Winter?

Not everyone is accustomed to driving significant distances in inclement weather. Please make sure you are prepared for winter and weather/road conditions that can threaten safety.

Following are a few simple driving habits such as planning ahead, driving at a safe and legal speed, driving alert and sober, and buckling up could ensure that you make it to your destination safely.

If you must use your car during a storm:

  • Plan your travel, selecting both primary and alternate routes.
  • Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Check latest weather information on your radio.
  • Try not to travel alone – two or three people are preferable.
  • Travel in convoy (with another vehicle) if possible.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • Take note of your odometer and coordinate it with exit numbers, mileposts, or crossroads so if you are in a crash or slide off the road you’ll better be able to identify where you are and summon law enforcement officers, rescue workers, or tow truck operators more quickly to your location.
  • If a storm begins to be too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.24206926036_8978e275e6_z
  • If your car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to “crack” a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.

Be courteous to those awaiting your arrival:

  • Call ahead to your destination just as you are leaving.
  • Let someone at your destination know the license number of your vehicle, what route you’ll be traveling, and give a realistic estimate of your travel time.
  • If you have a cell phone, give that number to the party at your destination.
  • If you have friends or family at your place of origin, you should call when you arrive to let them know you have arrived safely.
  • If road conditions, tiredness, etc. delay or postpone a trip, make a phone call. Let people on both ends know of the delay.

Prepare a safety pack for your vehicle:

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Shovel, booster cables and windshield scraper
  • Non-perishable food like raisins and energy bars
  • Water
  • Sand or cat litter for traction
  • Cell phone adapter

Additional Tips:

We’re Open During Break!

Housing at UW-Green Bay is open year-round so residents can come and go as they please throughout the semester break. The Hendrickson Community Center will remain open as a resource for students. The Community Center offers free games to check out, an unlock code if they locked themselves out, shovels if there is a bad storm, and a car booster pack if they are unable to get their car started in the cold.

The Office of Residence Life and Community Center is open 24 hours a day, and during the semester break, Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Students may contact our office by calling (920) 465-2040, by visiting our office, or by email: housing@uwgb.edu.

The Student Mailroom, located in the lower level of the Community Center is also open during the semester break. Starting December 23, the hours of operation are Sunday 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Student Mailroom is closed on all legal holidays. Student mailboxes are accessible to students during the hours of operation for the Community Center.

Care Packages for Final Exams

Finals week is coming…all the hard work and stress UW-Green Bay students have experienced this semester will come to a head in a matter of days. How can you help brighten their day? Send them some love from home in the form of a care package or letter. Getting an unexpected package or letter is alwstickynoteays exciting!  You do not even have to create it from scratch.

If you’d prefer, you can contact UWGB’s preferred care package provider, On Campus Marketing and buy directly from them. They have multiple options you can choose from and they are easy to work with. You can contact their Customer Service by calling 1-877-942-7887. On the other hand, if you have your student’s favorite cookie recipe no one can beat, send them your own care package filled with goodies from home. Already stocked them full of food to last awhile? Send them an encouraging letter! Support for your child can be shown even from far away. Stressful times are when you need loved ones the most.

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