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SHA Spotlight: Juan Sebastian Garcia Medina

Residence Life would like to welcome back Juan Sebastian Garcia Medina as today’s SHA in the spotlight. This will be Sebastian’s second summer as a Summer Housing Assistant. “I liked the work, the environment, the pace we worked at, and my coworkers,” said Sebastian when asked what made him return to the position for another summer.

His favorite part of being a SHA is working in guest services in general. This summer Sebastian’s goal is to make sure that anyone who decided to live on campus during the summer has a good experience.

Sebastian credits that his time as a SHA gave him the ability to make decent looking bulletin boards.

As a junior here at UWGB, Sebastian is studying Human Biology, health science and cytotechnology. In his free time Sebastian enjoys listening to jazz, hanging with friends and going to concerts.

Want to know a couple fun facts about Sebastian? He is from Columbia and likes to play the Harmonica.

Welcome back Sebastian and thank you for all that you do!

SHA Spotlight: Meet Daniel

Daniel Pfister, today’s SHA spotlight shines on you! This is Pfister’s first year as a Summer Housing Assistant, coveting the position because it “sounded like a challenge, it’s a mixing pot of all jobs so you don’t get bored”.

Working in the mail room is Pfister’s favorite part of being a SHA because it is neat and organized just like he is.

Pfister is a junior majoring in accounting with a minor in business. In his free time Pfister enjoys baseball, reading and biking riding.

We are so excited to have Daniel Pfister with us this summer!




SHA Spotlight: Welcome Back Rosa

The SHA Spotlight welcomes back Rosa Serrano. This is Serrano’s second year as a Summer Housing Assistant returning to the position because of all the fun it entails.

During her time as a SHA Serrano has learned how to work with a lot of different people.

This year as a SHA, one of Serrano goals are to get more people to attend programs.

Serrano is a senior majoring in Spanish with a double minor human development and global studies. In her free time Serrano enjoys read, especially the Heirs series and likes listening to Korean music.

We are so excited to have Rosa Serrano back with us this summer!

SHA Spotlight: Rob Sewell

Today we introduce Robert Sewell or Rob as our featured Summer Housing Assistant in the SHA spotlight. This is Sewell’s second year working as a SHA, returning to the position because “I liked interacting with others, it’s a good atmosphere and great people to work with!”

Sewell’s favorite part of being a SHA? Interacting with snowbirds. “They are fun to be with and their stories are intriguing,” he said.

There is much to learn while being a SHA. The most important lessons Sewell has learned thus far is patience and that sometimes things don’t always go as planned.

Sewell is majoring in human biology with a minor in chemistry and an emphasis in health science. He is also studying for his LSATs which he will take in October.

When not working or studying, Sewell can be found reading, watching Netflix documentaries, running or exploring.

If you see Rob Sewell around campus be sure to say stop and say hello!

Guide To College Shopping

Shopping for college can be stressful. As an incoming freshmen you might find yourself clueless as what to buy. If you’re an upperclassmen you might be new to apartment living and suddenly you have a whole kitchen and living room to fill. Regardless of your status, you might be faced with some difficult times while browsing, unsure of what to purchase. Here are some helpful suggestions to make your college shopping experience easier.

Make a List

This might seem simple but it’s a very important step in the dorm room shopping experience that many people bypass. Having a list is helpful while shopping so you can make sure that you stay focused and don’t forget anything. A great place to start is by going to the UWGB Housing and Residence Life webpage for a list of suggested items to bring to campus. Then think about items that you use every day that you will need in Green Bay. Another great thing to do is look around your room for important items and add those to your list. By creating a list and staying organized your shopping is already off to a great start.

Talk To a Friend

Do you have a friend that already has a year of college under their belt? If you’re unsure of what to bring to college they are a great source to ask about what to bring. They can provide insight on what they bought, what they wish they had remembered, and any other tips they have about shopping to live on campus!

Consult Your Roommate

You and your roommate will want to be in contact regarding your dorm room to ensure that everything needed is divided up. Plan who is bringing the television, the fridge, the microwave, etc. You also might want to discuss dorm decor in case you and your roommate wish to buy coordinating items. If you live close going dorm shopping together could always be a fun way to get to know your roommate before the year starts.

Shop Around

It’s okay if you don’t buy everything at once. Stores will be having different sales and specials all throughout summer so you are going to want to shop around to ensure you get the best deals possible. Break down your shopping trips. One day just go looking for desk and school supplies, the next make your focus bedding and bathroom. Be sure to compare prices between stores as well.

Think Transportation

Buying a bunch of dorm accessories can be a lot of fun but don’t forget that you need a way to get all of your belongings to campus. Keep this in mind while shopping if you’re purchasing larger items. How many cars will be carrying your items to campus? Do you have storage to put stuff in during the drive? One suggestion is if you buy storage containers, such as a 3-drawer organizer, be sure to pack your belongings in an empty container to maximize room for transportation.

Shopping for college can seem like a daunting task. Be sure to use these helpful tips so your shopping trip is smooth sailing.

SHA Spotlight: Meet Lisa Zeleske

Today Lisa Zeleske is in the SHA Spotlight. With this being her first year as a SHA, Zeleske said “I was really excited to live on campus this summer.”

Working as a SHA provides many opportunities. Zeleske said by working as a SHA she hope to gain some experience that will help in future jobs. So far she has learned about customer service and how things work as it is her first time working for Residence Life.

Zeleske enjoys being a SHA because “working with friends has been really cool.”

As a junior, Zeleske is studying business management with a minor in environmental science.

In her free time you can find Zeleske baking, noting that cake pops are one of her favorite things to bake, or you can find her with her nose in a good book.

Fun Fact: From Fond du Lac, Zeleske grew up on a dairy farm.

Residence Life is happy to have Lisa Zeleske here with us this summer!

SHA Spotlight: Tierney Murphy

Tierney Murphy is today’s SHA in the spotlight! This is Murphy’s second year as a Summer Housing Assistant. It was the fun of the SHA position that helped Murphy decided to come back for another summer.

“My favorite part of being a SHA is helping people and being a SHA has taught me patience” Murphy said.

Murphy is a junior, majoring in human biology with an emphasis in cytotechnology.

In her free time Murphy enjoys watching cartoons and reading and is a big fan of Game of Thrones.

Welcome back Tierney Murphy, we are excited to have you with us for another summer!

Roommate Assignments

One of the most anticipated days of the summer is ahead: roommate assignment and notification day! Be sure to keep checking your campus email to ensure that you don’t miss it.

If you’re an incoming freshman you might be unsure of what this means. Arriving soon will be your roommate assignment which holds detail of your roommate for the upcoming school year as well as your housing assignment.  After receiving your roommate assignment you are going to want to get in contact with your future roommate to begin planning for the school year: get to know each other, who is bringing what for your dorm room, do you want to coordinate dorm decor?

Also in your roommate assignment will be instructions for the online pre-check in which must be done upon arriving on campus on move in day. Remember, completing pre-check in does not mean you don’t need to check in on move in day! If you do not check in upon your arrival your card will not allow you access to your residence hall or apartment.

After you complete pre-check in you will be able to access your roommate assignment via the Express Check-In site. Important information found once logged onto Express Check-In includes:

  • Date and time required to check in
  • Name and address of your check in station
  • Name and address of your building of residence
  • Roommate contact information
  • Mailbox number and combination

Once again, make sure to check your UWGB campus email account to access all housing and roommate assignments.

SHA Spotlight: Meet Irene

Our first Summer Housing Assistant spotlight shines bright on Irene Hoang! This is Hoang’s first year as a SHA but she has worked with housing previously as an office assistant and in the mailroom.

Hoang wanted to become as SHA because “I really like all the opportunities that it provides. The SHA position accompanies all the roles (in housing), Resident Assistant, Community Advisor, and mailroom. Being a SHA helps me develop skills and skill sets I can use in the future,” Hoang said.

So far Hoang’s favorite part of being a SHA is getting to work with her fellow SHA’s and the Pro staff in Residence Life. She also enjoys being able to live on campus.

During her time as a SHA, Hoang hopes to continue to develop her professional skills as well as expand leadership roles as a RA by being responsible for large groups of people.

Hoang is an English major with a double emphasis in literature and education and a minor in education. “One of my biggest achievements was achieving highest honors (4.0) for both semesters of the 2013-2014 academic year and being inducted into the Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society” Hoang said.

In her free time Hoang enjoys writing, painting, playing video games, and reading, with Lord of the Rings, The Time Travelers Wife and Harry Potter being a few of her favorite books.  She also enjoys singing, saying “I was a part of vocal jazz ensembles through high school and into college and acting. I have been in four plays and several musicals”.

Residence Life is very excited to have Irene Hoang as a SHA this summer. We wish you the best of luck and thank you for everything you do!

SHA, What’s That?

Summer Housing Assistants, known as SHA’s, play an important role on campus during the summer. The 8 SHA’s on staff are very similar to Residents Assistants (RA’s) with their work around campus.  Besides spending time on duty, you can find the SHA’s working with summer residents, summer guests and camp participants as well as monitoring the check ins and outs of residents. The Community Center is another place you can find SHA’s, working the front desk and assisting with sorting mail. If you are on campus be sure to stop and say hi to our wonderful SHA’s.

Meet your 2014 Summer Housing Assistants: Irene Hoang, Daniel Pfister, Sebastian Garcia Medina, Lisa Zeleske, Katie Keyser, Rosa Serrano, Tierney Murphy and Robert Sewell.

Be sure to check back for spotlight blogs on each of the SHA’s!

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