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#GBMoveIn- What To Expect

The day is finally here: move-in day! By some miracle you’ve managed to pack everything in your car and you’re on your way to campus to get your year at started at UW-Green Bay and we can’t wait to have you here! Filled with excitement, and many other emotions, move-in day can be a stressful time. We at Residence Life are here to let you know what to expect on move-in day as well as provide some tips and guidance.

Freshmen move-in day is Thursday, August 28th from 8:30 am to 12 pm.

You should arrive on campus during your scheduled check in time. You’ll want to park near your new home (assigned building of residence) but before you can access your room you must check in at your assigned check in station. You will want to make sure you have your ID card with you during the check in process. While you check in, it is suggested that your friends and family begin to unload your car so you’re all ready to move in once you have been checked in. Once your car has been unloaded move it the nearest parking lot before getting started on getting your room organized. There will be lots of help available to assist you in unpacking and taking things to your room as well as opportunities to meet members of the campus community.

Within 72 hours of moving in you will need to fill out a Room Condition Report after inspecting your room. On the Room Condition Report you will need to make note of:

  • Missing items
  • Normal wear and tear and minor damages that don’t require a timely repair
  • Cleaning requests for rooms or apartments that were not in a move in ready condition
  • Repair requests for items that need repair as soon as possible.

We are so excited to have you on campus. See you very soon!

What To Bring To Campus

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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.

Room Selection FAQ

So you have re-contracted to live on campus for 2014-2015… now what? The next step is Room Selection! Your Room Selection Ticket will provide the date and time that you may come to the Kress Events Center to request your preference for a particular room or apartment. Below are some frequently asked questions about the Room Selection process.

FAQ

 What does my priority number mean and how is my priority number determined?

Your priority number reflects the order in which you will be served to provide quality service and minimize long lines and waiting. It is determined by: a) your number of semesters in housing, b) your academic credits earned, and c) a random number system.

Is there a way to know what number is currently being served?

For your convenience you may check the priority numbers being served on your assignment day (April 16, 17 or 18) online.

Do all roommates need to be present at Room Selection?

For your convenience, only one person in a group of roommates needs to bring the groups’ Room Selcection Tickets when requesting your room preference. However, if your room preference is unavailable at the time of room signup, it’s important for you to know your roommates’ alternate room preferences or have them present for discussion and decision making purposes.

What are my housing options?

During your assignment time you will be given the opportunity to request your preferred housing type, space permitting. Housing types include: a) 10 residence halls; b) 9 apartment buildings with shared bedrooms (3312 through 3334); and c) 6 apartment buildings with private bedrooms (Harden, Robishaw, Thompson, Liebl, Haevers, and Pamperin halls); d) 1 residence hall with single rooms. To view floor plans, click here.

What if I don’t have a roommate preference?

To consolidate spaces, individual students selecting apartment spaces without preferred roommates will be assigned to an already partially occupied apartment.

What do I do if I require special housing accommodations?

Please contact Dawn in the Office of Residence Life at by Thursday, April 3rd if you have a disability requiring special housing accommodations. You may do so by calling (920) 465-2042 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday.

What if I am unavailable to participate in Room Selection?

If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from participating in the room assignment process on April 16th, 17th, and 18th, you must contact Housing & Residence Life – at least 24 hours prior to your assigned date/time. Resident students who miss the room assignment deadline identified above, and fail to make alternate arrangements to accommodate their extenuating circumstances, may be placed on a wait list and not assigned housing accommodation preferences until after other students have had an opportunity to do so.

What if I am studying abroad?

If you plan to study abroad during in the fall of 2014-15 and intend to return to university housing in the spring of 2015, please contact Dawn in Housing & Residence Life by Thursday, April 3rd. You may do so by calling (920) 465-2040 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday.

 

Click here for more information, or contact Housing & Residence Life with additional questions.

Alternative Pumpkin Decorating!

Because carved pumpkins are not allowed in Residence Life, we wanted to provide some alternative ideas for pumpkin decorating. Here are just a few Res Life approved decorating ideas.

1. Paint pumpkins

2. Glue gems to a pumpkin

3. Cover the pumpkin in lace, ribbon, or tulle


4. Melt crayons on the pumpkin

For more ideas visit http://www.pinterest.com/celinap/pumpkins/
Happy Decorating!!

Cooking Smart in College

College is a fast paced atmosphere where every minute matters.

So, let’s face it. At some point, most college students are either going to get tired of eating dining hall food or start to run low on funds. No matter the reason, having the ability to whip up great meals in a university residence hall and or apartment can be a lifesaver. The trick is to stock it with the food essentials before the hunger pains begin. This way, eating a decent meal won’t require spending precious money on fast food or begging roommates for food.

Kitchen Safety

• Keep a general purpose fire extinguisher nearby at all times.

• Pick up a large ceramic or marble tile to place under your microwave or other appliance to protect your furniture from burns.

• Check the temperature of your refrigerator often to make sure it’s below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

• Refrigerate leftovers immediately to prevent bacteria grow or spoilage.

• Baking soda can be used to put out small fires or mixed with a little water to make a paste for burns.

• Steam is hotter than boiling water, so be careful when removing lids or covers from hot food.

• Keep all cooking appliances away from drapery, curtains, sheets, blankets, paper or other flammable objects.

Being a college student is a sometimes a difficult place to navigate however, with struggles come successes. Please know that when cooking opening your window and even turning on the exhaust fan above your stove, yes that is there, can be preventive cautions that can be of benefit to you as you continue cooking and being a college student.

If you have any further concerns please seek out you Resident Assistants, Community Advisers and even your Area Coordinators. We are here to help and guide if need be.

Safe cooking and have an amazing school year!

#cooksmart

Donate Unwanted Food & Clothing

Each semester, Residence Life provides students departing housing with the option of donating unwanted clothing and food items. The bins for collection of these items are located outside of the mailroom in the Community Center. When donating please bag all items. Plastic bags are provided near the bins. Items will be locally donated to Paul’s Pantry and St. Vincent DePaul after December 19.

 

Holiday Decorating Policies

With the holiday season upon us, it is important to know and understand The Office of Residence Life Holiday Decorating Policies to avoid policy violation. Many of these policies come from University safety regulations and city/state fire codes. When “decking the halls” of your room or apartment, keep the following in mind:

1. Use light cords that are UL approved, safe, and free of cracks or other signs of wear.

2. Extension cords must be UL listed, 3 wire/3 prong cords, of a 16 gauge minimum weight.

3. Power strips must have an on/off switch and 15-20 amp circuit breaker/surge protector and a 3-prong grounded plug-in.

4. Electrical cords and light strings may not be placed under rugs, on bed frames, around metal furnishings such as door frames, hung from ceilings, over archways or taped to the floor.

5. Always unplug your lights when you are not in your room or apartment.

6. Candles are not permitted.

7. Fire regulations prohibit real leaves, trees or wreaths made from natural material in your room or apartment.

8. Never cover light fixtures, light bulbs, electrical outlets or electrical appliances with decorations.

9. Do not use spray “snow” on your windows, walls, doors, carpet or mirrors.

10. Decorations may not be suspended from the ceiling or across any portion of the ceiling or archway.

11. Tape (except for painter’s tape) is not permitted on walls, doors, frames, floors or covering any exit.

12. Please use poster putty or painter’s tape to adhere decorative items to walls or doors.

13. All of the above guidelines apply for decorations used in lounges or other community/public areas.

14. Decorations in community/public areas may not block building entrances/exits, hallways or room/apartment doorways.

15. Decorations in common areas must be removed immediately following the event.

16. Remove all decorations prior to your departure if you leave for an extended period during the semester break.

For full holiday decorating policies, visit Residence Life’s online Policies and Expectations guide. Contact the Office of Residence Life with any questions on policies.

Happy Holidays!

Off-Campus Pass Point Merchants

The end of the semester is coming fast! There is just a couple of weeks left until exams begin. If you are running low on Dining Points or looking to “spice up” your food options, be sure to check out the off-campus merchants that accept Pass Points including Festival Foods, Toppers, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Some even deliver! For the full list of off-campus merchants accepting Pass Points, click here.

Abbreviations 101

University life is full of abbreviations— from locations listed on a class schedule to conversations heard walking to class. To help new students feel in the loop here at University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, here is a handy list that compiles all of the most popular UWGB abbreviations!

RA – Resident Assistant

CA – Community Advisor

AC – Area Coordinator

APE – Activities Programs Events

RHAA – Residence Hall and Apartment Association

NRHH – National Residence Hall Honorary

CAB – Community Apartment Board

MC – Mauthe Center

CL ‐ Cofrin Library

ES ‐ Environmental Science 

IS ‐ Instructional Services 

KEC ‐ Kress Event Center 

LS ‐ Laboratory Sciences 

MAC ‐ Mary Ann Cofrin Hall 

RH ‐ Rose Hall

SA ‐ Studio Arts 

SS ‐ Student Services 

TH ‐ Theatre Hall 

UU ‐ University Union

WH ‐ Wood Hall

CC – Community Council OR Community Center (Tricky, huh?)

D2L – Desire to Learn

PRO – Phoenix Recruitment Online

AIC – American Intercultural Center

GTP – Good Times Programming

OSL – Office of Student Life

GAC – General Access Computer Lab

SGA – Student Government Association

UTIC – University Ticketing & Information Center

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