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November OTMs

Congrats to the “OTMs” for the month of November.

Education Program: Color Me Cupcakes written by Jeff Willems

Executive Board Member: Naomi Semb-Lovejoy written by Michelle McChesney and Katie Werre

First Year Student: Abbigail Wagaman written by Tonie Bear and Fiona Somers

Institution Faculty/Staff: Helen Schaal written by Mia Meyer

Organization: Social Work Club written by Taylor Steele

Residence Life Professional Staff: Nicole Kurth written by Michelle McChesney

Resident Assistant: Holly Umentum written by Michelle McChesney

Student: Cody Von Ruden written by Sam Soda

If you see any of these students or staff on campus, congratulate them on their November OTM!

I’m Bored, What is There to Do?

“Hey Mom and Dad, can I come home this weekend? There’s NOTHING to do here and I’m bored.” Sound familiar, or have your heard something close to it? College is often quoted as being the time in many people’s lives where they have the most time but the least amount of money. Fortunately, UW-Green Bay and Residence Life specifically provide hundreds of activities, programs, and ways for your student to get involved and be entertained every year.021

The fall 2016 academic semester saw 118 programs put on for residents and not a single program cost students any money to attend. In total there were 4,129 residents who attended these programs and engaged with each other and our campus community. Some highlights of these programs include: Haunted Halls, Rocktoberfest, and Hillside Harvest Ramble. Haunted Halls was a haunted house designed and implemented on campus for students, which included multiple scares, frights, and fun. Rocktoberfest is an alcohol education program which featured education on alcohol, working with campus police, and conversations on responsible consumption. Hillside Harvest Ramble was an apple picking program where students were bused to a nearby apple orchard and had the opportunity to spend some time outdoors and enjoying the fall season. For pictures of these events please view the Residence Life Flickr account at this link.

How do you respond when you get the call that your student is bored and wants to come home? You can ask if they have checked the posters in there building. Every single residence hall and apartment building on campus has posters continually updated and posted by the elevator, entrance, or laundry room that highlights numerous things for students to do. Not only does Residence Life program for students but the greater campus, student organizations and the Office of Student Life do as well. Students can also view the Student Life webpage at: www.uwgb.edu/student-life/   The campus Master Calendar also contains many other events: http://calendar.uwgb.edu/MasterCalendar.aspx

Hopefully, the next time your student calls home and says they are bored, you can ask them if they plan on going to any of the numerous free programming activities.

Semester Room Changes

semesterroomchangeWe just completed our annual semester room change event on November 16th. Students were able to select a different room or apartment for next semester. If your student missed the Room Change Event and is considering a room or apartment change, requests can be made after the first two weeks of the spring semester. At that time, your student may schedule an appointment with their Area Coordinator to request a room or apartment change. There is a $50 charge for making a room or apartment change.

Home for the Holidays

Many parents and families recently enjoyed having their college student at home for the Thanksgiving holiday. This was probably a good time to reconnect and to learn all about the student’s college experiences thus far. However, some may have been left feeling less joyous about this reunion. Most of these instances were caused because the student who returned home for the holidays was noticeably different from the one families moved to campus a few short months ago.

For many students, some of the most intense and obvious personal growth occurs during the first year of college. This often means that the student who comes home for Turkey Day might be a new (and improved?) version of the student their families have known and loved their entire life. Mere weeks ago, family structure, curfews and house rules were nothing to balk at. Now having gained a sense of independence, loved ones may have been surprised to find these same individuals staying out until the early morning hours, sleeping until noon and cringing at the thought of having to assume former household chores.

The student likely viewed their time at home for the holiday as a reprieve from the rigors of academics. They regarded their ‘days off’ as a time to rest and refuel before returning to campus to face the challenges of final exams. Given the experience from Thanksgiving or other visits home, families may either be left feeling excited because a few weeks from now they will get to spend the month-long Winter Break with their student or they may be wondering how everyone involved will be able to survive for that long under the same roof.

It’s a challenge, but families should try to remember that in all likelihood, their student was sent to college so that he or she would grow, learn, and develop in all kinds of ways. Those kinds of growth and awareness will occur in both academic and non-academic ways.  As a parent or family member, it’s important to be patient during this time of evolvement, but it’s also important to keep up with some kind of structure when the college student returns home to visit. In preparation to welcome the student home for the next break period, families should try considering the following:

Communication of Expectations

In the coming days, have a conversation with the student that begins with, ‘These are the family plans for the holidays – tell me your plans. What were you thinking you’d do?’ At the same time, it’s completely reasonable to expect the student to participate in family plans and traditions. One just has to remember that the student is probably a much more independent person coming home than they were before they left and they may have formulated their own plans without first consulting with the family.

Be Open-Minded

College students are exposed to new information and knowledge on a daily basis from faculty, staff and peers, much of which challenges many of their values and beliefs; often causing them to reconsider core values and sometimes change position. When this happens, families should try their best to listen and then reflect back what the student is saying. Keep in mind that they are trying to find their own way in life and become the person they believe they should be.

Make Memories

Families may find their college student resistant of ‘old’ house rules, and they may find a variety of ways to express their new found freedom that life on campus has afforded them. However, most still enjoy the comforts of home; things like sleeping in, enjoying their favorite home-cooked meals and time with siblings should be thought of as memories in the making. It’s appropriate to set boundaries, but also try to understand that these moments may be fleeting. Enjoy the time remaining with the student as further separation may lay ahead.

A small amount of friction may be inevitable in welcoming college students back into their family homes, but a little compromise, respect and love will go a long way to ensure time together is both meaningful and memorable. Best wishes on a happy holiday season!

Care Packages for Final Exams

stickynoteStudents love receiving packages from home. If you would like to send your student a care package, you will need their correct mailing address. Packages must be addressed as follows: Student Name, Campus Box Number, Building Number and Street name, Green Bay, WI 54311. Please check with your student if you do not have their complete address. We suggest including care package items such as non-perishable snacks, tea or coffee, homemade cookies, and perhaps an encouraging note or card.

Applying to be a Resident Assistant

Why should your student apply to be a Resident Assistant? If your student lives on campus, they already know at least one RA in their building. They probably know lots of other RAs from their classes, student organizations, their friendship group, and from other buildings. I would bet your student likes and looks up to the RAs. Why? Simply, RAs help people. They are well trained, well-respected student helpers. RAs are often the first person a troubled student will talk to… about classes, about roommate issues, about homesickness, about anything. This intentional relationship built between residents and their RA is not only helpful to the residents, it is often transformational to the resident and the RA. Many of our RAs have said the RA position changed their life in amazing ways.

If you ask our RAs why they love being a RA, most would say it is NOT the free housing or the bi-weekly stipend they receive. They love it ras-theubecause of the relationships they build, the growth they experience, and the sense of belonging they feel towards the Residence Life family. The skills learned on the job are transferable to their careers and their family lives – time management, event planning, crisis management, public speaking, ethical decision-making, collaboration, inclusivity, peer mentoring… just to mention a few.

If you think your student might be a good candidate for a RA position, check out the details on our website www.uwgb.edu/housing/employment/students.asp. Successful candidates will have at least two semesters of living on-campus by the time they start the position, a grade point average of 2.4 or above, a passion to learn about themselves and others, and a commitment to serve students and their community. We are currently accepting applications for vacancies that may occur throughout the 2016-17 school year. The hiring process for fall 2017 begins in February and is completed by March. First year students are encouraged to apply in January/February for the fall positions. Upperclassmen can apply anytime. For more information, contact Joanie Dovekas, Assistant Director of Residence Life at dovekasj@uwgb.edu or call 920-465-2844.

Student Employement

Student employment is a great way for students to learn real-life skills and at the same time earning money to supplement college expenses. The smastaffOffice of Residence Life employs over 100 students throughout the academic year and summer. Examples of positions include: Resident Assistants, Summer Maintenance & Custodial, Office Assistants, Desk and Facilities Managers, and more. Position information can be found on the housing web site.

During the spring semester, we will be hiring students for all summer positions including custodial and maintenance positions, which offer a 50% reduction in summer rent charges and a $9.00 per hour wage. Other summer positions include our Office Assistant/Mailroom and Summer Guest Services staff. During the spring semester, we also conduct our selection processes for 2017-18 positions which include Resident Assistant and Office Assistant positions. We’d enjoy the opportunity to employ your student.

Welcome from the Director of Residence Life

UWGB Parents & Family:

Happy holidays! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is behind us and the winter holidays are but a few short weeks away. I hope you were able to reconnect and enjoy a visit from your college student over their recent break from classes. Many of them were looking forward to returning home in order to enjoy time with loved ones, good food, and much undisturbed sleep before heading back to campus to prepare for their first rounds of final exams.gail

The time between now and Winter Break can be extremely stressful for your college student. This is the time when they will have the opportunity to prove they’ve retained all that they’ve learned this semester in the form of many tests, papers, and projects. Many of us remember from our own experiences what that type of pressure feels like! If you are looking for ways to show your support you may consider sending them text messages just before/after their big tests, mailing them cards or letters of encouragement or shipping them a small care package filled with their favorite things. At heightened times of tension and anxiety, even the smallest gestures are both meaningful and impactful.

As I close out my last note of 2016, I want you to know what a pleasure it’s been to serve you and your student so far this academic year. Our newsletters will continue into next spring, but you don’t have to wait for information to reach you. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us; we would enjoy the opportunity to answer any and all of your inquiries. We can be reached at 920-465-2040. Thank you for all you do to assist your student in being successful here at UWGB!

Sincerely,

 

Gail Sims-Aubert
Director
Office of Residence Life

Building Competition Standings

Have you completed your Resident Satisfaction Survey yet? If your answer was no, you better get on it! Not only can you win individual prizes by completing the survey including bookstore gift cards, Green Bay Gambler’s tickets, and Cheapseats tickets, but you can also win a prize for your ENTIRE BUILDING!

The building with the highest percentage of completed surveys by November 23rd (or the first building with 100% completion) will receive a FREE NIGHT in the Phoenix Club. This will consist of refreshments, FREE access to all the pool tables, Wii, table tennis, and air hockey. Who wouldn’t want an awesome night in the Phoenix Club with all of their friends!? Here are the current standings in the building competition:

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So, if you haven’t already taken the Resident Satisfaction Survey, check your school e-mail for a link! It might just result in some cool rewards!

October OTMs

Here are your National Residence Hall Honorary OTMs for the month of October! If you see any of these people around campus, make sure to congratulate them for a job well done!

Education ProgramRocktoberfest written by Anna Yang

Executive Board MemberEmily Clark written by Michelle McChesney

Resident AssistantSierra Miller written by Taylor Steele

SpotlightMichelle McChesney written by Amber Schmitt

StudentKendra Isberner written by Jody Schiess

Congratulations to all of our October OTMs!

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