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Summer Staff Spotlight – Liz Brinks

This week’s first Summer Staff Spotlight is on returning Summer Operations Assistant, Liz Brinks! Liz is going to be a junior here at UW-Green Bay studying Spanish with minors in Linguistics and Women and Gender Studies. Originally from Pardeeville, WI they are working their secondImage - Liz summer as one of our hardworking Summer Operations Assistants (SOAs). When asked what their favorite part about working with Residence Life is, they responded, “I absolutely love getting to be outside, on campus, interacting with summer people all summer-long. Our campus is beautiful and I love being able to work here, live here, and make new friends!”

When not working with Residence Life, Liz was a bilingual assistant intern through Eisenhower Elementary this past spring and worked at The Phoenix Bookstore for the past two years! Thank you for choosing to work with us a second time this summer, we cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer holds for you, and the rest of our amazing summer employees!

Fast Facts!

Name: Liz Brinks

Year in School: Junior

Major: Spanish

Minor: Linguistics and Women and Gender Studies

Hometown: Pardeeville, WI

Favorite Part about UWGB: The campus itself, because I think it’s beautiful. Also, the fact that when I came on a tour, they had a folder full of information specific to what I was interested in, and had clearly read over my application thoroughly. I visited like five colleges and Green bay was the only college that had that ready for me.

Favorite Class/Professor: Language and Society with Lorena Sainz-Maza Lecanda

Best Study Spot on Campus: I love going off campus to study, but the library is usually a good spot for me too. A nice quiet room with a window so I don’t feel like a hermit.

Favorite Movie: You need to see The Greatest Showman, I pinky promise it’s amazing

Current show you are binge watching on Netflix/Hulu: I like to watch Animal Rescue on Amazon Prime because it’s heartwarming and stressful.

Hidden Talent: I know the manual alphabet in American Sign Language, and I’ve got a green thumb. I’m pretty big into plants. And fish. I have a fish named Sushi, he’s been with me for almost two years!

Are you a cat or dog person: I don’t like to be choosy, but I think I’d like a dog first, and then maybe a cat-but we’ll see what kind of life I end up living-they require long-term stability.

Best piece of advice you ever received: “You need to get better at listening” because I talk fast and in long amounts, so I’m working on that.

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be: I would trade lives with each of my coworkers for a day just to see how they view the world, and also to see if Adrian and I look at colors differently because sometimes I think we might.

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three items, what would they be: A hat, some sunscreen, and a knife block from Liebl lounge.

Summer Staff Spotlight – Megan Rasmussen

Halfway through July, and still so many hardworking summer employees to recognize. In addition to some stellar BSAs and SOAs, we have a few interns that work tirelessly over the summer and academic year. This next spotlight is on newly hired Graphic Design Intern, Megan Rasmussen!

Megan is going to be entering her fourth year at UW-Green Bay studying Design Arts. Originally from right here in Green Bay, WI, she is working with us for the first time as our Graphic Design Intern. Megan loves working with Residence Life for the relaxed, yet fun work Processed with VSCO with b5 presetenvironment it provides! In her position, Megan designs all of our official Office of Residence Life promotional materials, web graphics, and posters! Make sure to check out her work next time you are in your Residence Hall or Apartment!

Megan, thank you for all of your hard work already this summer. We look forward to continuing that into the coming academic year!

Fast Facts!

Name: Megan Rasmussen

Year in School: Senior

Major: Design Arts

Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Favorite Part about UWGB: Green Bay has always been my home, so being able to attend a university here makes me very happy!

Favorite Class/Professor: The Graphic Design Studio classes

Favorite Movie: Dazed and Confused

Current show you are binge watching on Netflix/Hulu: The original 90210 series

Hidden Talent: I can touch my nose with my tongue

Are you a cat or dog person? I absolutely love big dogs

Best piece of advice you ever received: “The grass is greener where you water it”

Summer Staff Spotlight – Tom Sielaff

It’s time to recognize another one of the hardworking students working for us this summer. This spotlight is on UWGB super senior, Tom Sielaff. Tom is approaching a full year of working for Residence Life come this August. This summer he is working with us as a Business Services Assistant and we are extremely lucky to have him as part of the Residence Life team! Tom is a about to enter his fifth year at UWGB studying Image - TomEnglish (emphasis in Creative Writing) with minors in Music Studies and Arts Management. Along with working with us at the Office of Residence Life, Tom is involved in Sigma Tau Delta, Sheepshead Review, Making Arts Matter, and is a former University Student Ambassador. When asked what his favorite part about working with Residence Life is, Tom responded, “Getting to help students, and doing the official “RA/maintenance knock” when I’m on duty.”

Thank you Tom for an amazing year working with us here at Residence Life and we look forward to having you as part of the Residence Life team for the rest of the summer!

Fast Facts

Name: Tom Sielaff

Major: English (Creative Writing)

Minor: Music Studies & Arts Management

Hometown: Niagara, Wisconsin

Position in Residence Life: Business Services Assistant

Favorite Part about UWGB: Residence Life and the Cofrin Library! Also, the English and Arts Management programs

Favorite Class/Professor: Dr. Sarah Schuetze, Dr. Rebecca Meacham, Professor Ellen Rosewall, and Professor Courtney Sherman

Best Study Spot on Campus: Coffeeshop

Current Show you are binge watching on Netflix/Hulu: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Are you a cat or dog person? Dog!

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be? Stephen King

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three items, what would they be? My laptop, a notebook, and my shelf full of books

Summer Staff Spotlight – Sara Bichler

As they continue their hard work throughout the summer, it’s time to highlight another one of our stellar student employees joining us this summer. This Summer Staff Spotlight is on Summer Operations Assistant Sara Bichler! Sara is a going to be a senior this coming fall majoring in Communication (emphases in Mass Media, Public Relations, Organizational Communication, and Journalism). She is originally from SouthImage - Sara Plainfield, NJ, but moved to Waunakee, WI when she was ten years old. Throughout her time at UWGB she has been very active in the Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) and will be representing this organization as President for the 2018-2019 academic year. In addition to RHAA, Sara is also part of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the Green Bay Phoenix Pep Band.

When asked what her favorite part about working with Residence Life is, Sara responded, “I love all the people you can meet when working with Residence Life. I feel as if my voice matters when working with them and that they care about what the residents have to say. In this position, I love the small group we have. It makes working with them so much easier and more fun, because we all know each other so well.” Thank you Sara for all of your hard work this summer and we look forward to a great year with RHAA!

Fast Facts

Name: Sara Bichler

Major: Communication (Mass Media, Public Relations, Organizational Communication, & Journalism)

Hometown: Waunakee, WI

Position in Residence Life: Summer Operations Assistant (SOA)

Favorite Part about UWGB: I love how close, yet removed, campus is from the city. It’s great that campus feels like a small town, but if you want a smaller city experience it’s only a 15 minute drive.

Favorite Class/Professor: Professor Shauna Froelich due to her energy and enthusiasm. She always knows how to make a student feel included. I can’t decide a favorite class, because I love how all the Communication classes are very hands on and practical to the real world.

Best Study Spot on Campus: The newly renovated Library Commons (especially since those private rooms are great for group work)

Favorite Movie: I don’t know, Star Wars: A New Hope. It’s a classic.

Current show you are binge watching on Netflix/Hulu: Handmaid’s Tale

Hidden Talent: Some people don’t know that I play a few instruments. (Violin, mandolin, ukulele, and saxophone)

Are you a cat or dog person: Typically dog, but I like both

Best piece of advice you ever received: I don’t know if this is considered advice, but my former President-Nate Nichols, was the one who taught me through his actions to embrace critique and feedback and not just accept it.

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be: Probably Beyoncé, cause she’s Beyoncé.

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three items, what would they be: I mean to be practical: a working boat with a map and a compass, food, and clean water.

Summer Staff Spotlight – Logan O’Leary

Every summer, we have a group of amazing student employees and this summer is no different! Even with the heat and humidity that summer brings, these rockstar student employees never give anything less than 110%!Image - Logan So, we want to recognize them all throughout the summer and show our appreciation for all of their hard work! Our Summer Staff Spotlights will recognize our Summer Operations Assistants, Business Services Assistants, and Intern Staff throughout the duration of the summer!

The first Summer Staff Spotlight is on first-year Residence Life employee, Logan O’Leary! Logan is working this summer with us as a Business Services Assistant. He is a junior majoring in Communication (emphases in Journalism, Mass Media, and Public Relations) with a minor in History. His favorite part of working as a BSA is the awesome people that his fortunate enough to work with. When not working at the front desk or in the mail room, Logan can be found getting involved with Alternate Theatre and the Ballroom Dance Club. Thank you so much Logan for an awesome start to the summer and we cannot wait to see what the next few months brings!

Fast Facts

Name: Logan O’Leary

Major: Communication (Journalism, Mass Media, and Public Relations)

Minor: History

Hometown: Houghton, Michigan

Position in Residence Life: Business Services Assistant (BSA)

Favorite Part about UWGB: Natural Beauty

Favorite Class/Professor: Improv with Laura Riddle

Best Study Spot: 4th floor of the library

Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings

Are you a cat or dog person? Both, but I’ve developed an allergy to cats, so I’m forced to be exclusively a dog person

If you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would it be? Jeff Nippard

If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three items, what would they be? a large boat, an experienced captain, and a fishing pole.

Re-Contracting 2018 – Winner #3

With Spring Break just a few days away, we need to announce our FINAL winner of our response question prize! This week we asked residents to share with us what they think the best part of living on campus is for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Phoenix Bookstore. We had responses varying from being so close to your friends, to the being surrounded by the beautiful scenery.

Although all great responses, we can only have one winner and that winner is: Tyler Klackner. Tyler shared with us that the best part about living on campus is “the beautiful scenery throughout all seasons! The trees and trails are a must see!”

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to all of our winners!

Re-Contracting 2018 – Winner #2

As the second week of #GBrecontracting18 comes to an end, it’s time to announce our second winner of a $25 gift card to The Phoenix Bookstore. This week we asked residents to share with us their favorite roommate memory. We got some really heartfelt responses and even some great pictures! However, there can be only one winner and that winner is . . .

Lindsey Ann (@lindssinger on Twitter)!

Lindsey told us that her favorite roommate memory was:

“I made two lifelong friends with my current roommate Amanda and former roommate Jen. We have so many memories from Bachelor Mondays to hockey games and roommate dinners, UWGB leads me to living with these two amazing women!”

Congratulations Lindsey!Capture

Re-Contracting 2018 – Winner #1

At the beginning of this week we asked residents to answer the question: What is your favorite ResLife/RA hosted event? We got so many amazing responses with a variety of different programs and events. The most popular responses were:

RHAA Bingo – 11

ResFest – 6

GB Nites – 3

Bubble Soccer – 1

Planting Program – 1

Stress Relief – 1

ResLife Olympics – 1

Cookie Decorating & Personality Tests – 1

With all these great responses comes one winner and that winner is Katie Krantz! She responded that her favorite ResLife program was the ResLife Olympics! Congratulations Katie and Thank you to everyone that responded!

Don’t forget to re-contract to live on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year. The re-contracting form can be found online at here. The re-contracting process will close on Tuesday, March 20th at 11:59pm. Let us know you re-contracted by using the #GBrecontracting18!

Apply to be an RA for 2018-19!

It’s that time of year again! Time to hire some stellar students to join the Residence Life team as a Resident Assistant for academic year 2018-19. Interested in applying? Keep reading to learn more about the position, requirements, and how you can be a part of this amazing team!

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders whose primary duties consist of assisting residents in the development of community, planning and implementing programs to meet the needs and wants of residents, assisting in the administration of an apartment building or residence hall, ensuring safety, and acting as a resource person for residents living in the Residence Life community.

Applicants for the Resident Assistant must meet a few qualifications. These include two semester of on-campus living experience, sophomore status or above, 2.4 cumulative and semester GPA, full-time student status, and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

If you meet the requirements above, we would love for you to apply to be an RA! You can find the application online at Applications are due on Tuesday, February 6th at 11:59pm! With any questions please contact us at

We can’t wait to read your application to be a 2018-19 Resident Assistant!


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 referred to 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 and events for your student to get involved and be entertained.

The fall 2017 academic semester saw 120 programs planned for residents and not a single program cost students any money to attend. Some highlights of these programs include Bingo, Oksoberfest, and Hillside Harvest Ramble. The Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) hosts bingo and features fun themed give a-ways and snacks once a month. Oksoberfest 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 theIMG_4267 fall season. For pictures of these events, please view the Residence Life photo feed.

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 their building. Every single residence hall and apartment building on campus has posters continually updated and posted by the elevator, entrance, or laundry room that highlight 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 and the campus Master Calendar for more events. 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.

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