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Housing and Residence Life

November OTM Winners

The winning OTMs for the month of November are:

Diversity Program: Henna Tattoo: Learn it the Traditional Way written by Sarah Londo

Executive Board Member: Jacob Immel written by Jessica Murphy

Institution Faculty/Staff: Rebecca Meacham written by Emma Kuhn

Residence Life Faculty/Staff:Jeff Willems written by John Soper

Resident Assistant: Joseph Ebert written by Michelle McChesney

First Year Student: Nate Nichols written by Kassie Yunto

Organization: Roy Community Council written by Jeff Willems

Student: Steffi Schoeder written by Ashley Keenan and Brandi Kochera

If you see any of these writers/winners please congratulate them on their accomplishments!

End of Semester Information

Important End-of-the-Semester Housing Information – December 2014

This information was also sent to all students living on campus via email.

All Buildings Remain Open During Semester Break
Residence halls and apartment-style buildings will be open during break. If you plan on leaving campus during the break, please shut and latch all windows, close curtains, unplug non-essential items, remove trash, flush toilets, take valuable items with you and make sure all appliances are turned off and cleaned. Please park in the East Housing Lot near Temp if you will have a vehicle on campus during break.

Students Not Returning For Spring Semester – Check-out Procedures
Students who have been permanently released from their University housing contract must clean and vacate their room or apartment and complete the check-out process on-line: www.uwgb.edu/housing by Wednesday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. Failure to check-out will result in a $50 improper check-out charge. It is recommended that you update your permanent address in SIS if it has changed.

Submit Your Maintenance Requests Now
If you are aware of items in need of repair in your room or apartment, please submit an online Maintenance Request at www.uwgb.edu/housing for these items now to avoid damage charges. Normal wear and tear items will not result in charge.

Do You Have Items You No Longer Need?
If you have personal belongings you no longer need, there will be a collection container in the Community Center where you may discard canned food items, clean clothing, and household items in good working condition. These items will be donated to charitable organizations in the Green Bay community. Please place items in plastic bags and separate food items from other donations. Please do not leave televisions or other electronic waste.

Resident Satisfaction Survey: Building Competition

The Resident Satisfaction Survey is currently still live. Students received a link to the survey via email and completion of the survey enters students to win weekly prizes consisting of drawings for UWGB apparel and one of three Fire HD7 tablets. There is also a building competition where the building with the highest percentage of surveys completed will receive a free game night in the Phoenix Club including refreshments and free access to all pool tables, Wii, table tennis, and air hockey.

The top 11 building competition results as of November 17th are:

1. 3312

2. Donald Long

3.  Bob Schaefer

4. R.E. Small

5. James Temp

6. Josephine Lenfestey

7. 3314

8. Roy Downham

9.3334

10. Robert Warren

11. 3332

If you haven’t already, take the survey to better your building’s chance to win!

RA Spotlight: Taylor Steele

Taylor Steele

Taylor Steele today is all about you!

This is Taylor’s first year as a RA, residing in Bob Schaefer Hall.

Taylor said she wanted to become a RA because “I knew how difficult it can be to become familiar with a new place and I wanted to become a go-to person my residents could be comfortable coming to with questions.”

Among the many perks of being a RA, Taylor’s favorite part is being able to help establish friendships with residents and help them connect to campus.

“My favorite memory as a RA is probably move-in day. After preparing for so long for residents to arrive, I finally got to meet them,” Taylor said.

RA’s get a unique perspective of campus life, according to Taylor. Being a RA has taught her that “the college experience is different for everyone.”

A star student, Taylor said her biggest accomplishment as a UWGB student is finishing freshmen year with a 4.0 GPA.

Taylor is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Human Development.

Thank you Taylor for all the work you do, we appreciate you!

Make No Mark Week

The Residence Green Life Committee is celebrating Make No Mark Week from Nov. 10-15. Make No Mark Week provides UW-Green Bay Residential Life to reduce consumption and be conscious of daily activities by promoting a more sustainable lifestyle. The goal is to make your mark by leaving no mark.  Each day will feature daily challenges.

Monday, Nov. 10: Make No Trash
Create a no trash kit for the day by using reusable utensils and containers. Use a plastic bag to collect your trash throughout the day. At 5:30 p.m. come to the Mauthe Center where the trash will be sorted between recycling, garbage and compost. The goal is to create as little trash as possible through the use of reusable Tupperware and products with as little packaging as possible.

Tuesday, Nov. 11: Eat and Travel Sustainably
Keep a list of everything you eat throughout the day. Later, review the list and decide what items you ate were grown within 100 miles or within the state. Try to swap three non-local items for some that you can purchase locally. List the ways you travel normally. Is there a way to travel sustainably such as by bike or bus? Don’t forget to check out the free dinner at the Mauthe Center at 5:30 p.m. – BYOP – Bring Your Own Plate! Also, check out http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/eat-smart/

Wednesday, Nov. 12: Minimize Water
Calculate your water footprint! Try to beat the clock and shower in less than three minutes or try and beat your roommate to see who can take the quickest shower. Remember to use your reusable water bottle during the day!

Thursday, Nov. 13: Buy Nothing New
Make a list of items you need to buy this week and remove items that are not necessities.  Be resourceful today: borrow from friends, make or buy used items when possible. Check out: http://storyofstuff.org/

Friday, Nov. 14: Give Back to the Community & Celebrate
Join the Campus Cleanup! Meet at the Mauthe Center at 1 p.m. Stick around for the social at 2 p.m. where free reusable water bottles and grocery bags will be given away. Hear testimonials from students and learn about opportunities with student organizations such a Public & Environmental Affairs Council (PEAC), Round River Alliance, SLO Food Alliance, Health Fork and Campus Kitchen.

Saturday, Nov. 15: America Recycles Day
Swap your plastic or film bags for reusable bags at the Community Center MPR from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Remember, you can make your mark by leaving no mark.

October OTMs

The Winning OTMs for the month of October are:

Executive Board Member: Jody Schiess written by Taylor Steele

First Year Student: Jessica Murphy written by Chrissy Bartelme

Organization:Healthy Choices Task Force written by Chloe Miller Hansen

Residence Life Faculty/Staff:Joe Brzezinski written by Quin Merriweather

Resident Assistant:Michelle McChesney written by Skyler Toyne

Social Program:Human vs Zombies written by Ashley Keenan

Spotlight: Spanish and Latin American Studies Department

Student:Sierra Spaulding written by Chloe Miller Hansen

If you see any of these people, please congratulate them on their OTM!

RA Spotlight: Vanya Koepke

Today’s RA Spotlight shines on Vanya Koepke. This is Vanya’s first year as a RA, applying for the position because “the RA’s in Roy encouraged me to apply my junior year. They thought my personality would further the resident community and campus,” as well as noting that the RA position is a wonderful opportunity to further his leadership skills.

This might be his first year but Vanya has already learned a lot.

“Working as a RA has taught me the importance of understanding and being sensitive to the often missed uniqueness of our diverse campus community,” Vanya said. “I continually strive to learn more about the background of all UWGB students and meet them where they are.”

Vanya’s favorite part of being a RA is his fellow staff and students and the ability to encourage students when needed, saying “often it’s the small things that get the residents excited.”

In addition to having enthusiasm for his residents, Vanya shows great school spirit as part of the Green Bandana Brigade.

“My favorite part of being a student at UWGB has to be the Green Bandana Brigade. When you talk about building an energetic campus atmosphere, our incredible student section has to be it,” Vanya said. “More importantly, these students are involved in campus organizations and represent the diverse plethora of academic departments. This organization which I am part of represents the UWGB vision of 360* of learning quite well.”

There are many memories made as a RA and Vanya’s favorite memory thus far is RA training camp because of the bonding done between so many wonderful individuals.

“I am very fortunate to know my fellow RAs and every individual that works at the Community Center. Each one continues to do a phenomenal job to make our campus one of belonging and pride,” Vanya said. “I would like to give a special shout-out to Jeff Willems who has been my inspiration and a big part of my involvement here at UW-Green Bay.”

Thank you Vanya for all that you do!

Resident Satisfaction Survey

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!

RA Spotlight: Ashley Keenan

Ashley Keenan

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!

RA Spotlight: Gillian Evanoff

Gillian Evanoff

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!

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