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Housing and Residence Life

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!

Food Day Celebration

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.

Holiday Decorating Guidelines

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

 

  1. It is recommended that Halloween pumpkins be colored with markers instead of carved to prevent rotting.
  2. Use light cords that are UL approved, safe, and free of cracks, or other signs of wear.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Unplug your lights when you are not in your room or apartment.
  6. Use poster putty to adhere decorative items to walls or doors.
  7. Remove all decorations before you leave for the semester break.
  8. Pumpkins should be removed and disposed of as soon as possible following use.  Please do not place pumpkins in hallways or breeze ways.

 

Not Permitted

 

  1. Real leaves, trees or wreaths made from natural material are not permitted in your room or apartment. (This is a fire regulation.)
  2. 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.
  3. Please do not cover light fixtures and light bulbs with decorations.
  4. Do not use spray “snow” on your windows, walls, doors, or mirrors.
  5. Items, including holiday light strings, may not be suspended from the ceiling or across any portion of the ceiling or archway.
  6. Please do not overload your electrical sockets. Three-prong extension cords must be plugged directly into the wall outlet.
  7. Tape is not permitted on painted or finished surfaces, including walls, doors, frames, etc.
  8. 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:

 

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