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ResFest 2018

On Friday, May 4 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm, the Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) is hosting ResFest 2018 in Phoenix Park located outside of the University Union. ResFest 2018 is an end of the year event held right before finals to give students an opportunity to celebrate an amazing year with friends. This year the theme is Flannel Fest and will host themed activities and food. RHAA will host their end of the year Bingo during ResFest with the opportunity for students to win some fabulous prizes.

We are excited to announce that for a third year, ResFest will include an inflatable obstacle course, jousting ring, henna, balloon art, and face painting. Of course the question on every student’s mind is: what about food? ResFest will have a variety of snack options including sno-cones, cotton candy, and assorted beverages, just to name a few things. The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) has partnered with RHAA to sponsor some delicious ice cream treats and sherbet pushups.

The best part is that all of these activities, snacks, and prizes are FREE! That’s right! If your student is looking for something fun to do to celebrate their accomplishments and have a great time unwinding with friends before the stress of final exams, encourage them to be in Phoenix Park on Friday, May 4 at 3:00pm.

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The Survey Says…

Each November, the Office of Residence Life administers its annual Resident Satisfaction Survey.

The purpose of the survey is to assess student satisfaction with housing programs, services and facilities. Of the survey group (1911 students living on campus), 1231 students or 61.6% responded to this year’s survey. Following are some highlights of the results:

Learning, Academic Performance, and Retention

  • Living on campus positively contributes to student learning with 89.5% or 947 of students indicating that living on campus impacted their learning
  • The same is true of academic performance with 91.6% or 916 of students indicating that the on-campus housing experience contributed to their academic performance
  • Housing accommodations have an impact on retention with 84.7% or 834 students surveyed
    indicating that that living on campus impacted their decision to return to UW-Green Bay next year
  • Students overall are satisfied with their housing experience with 88.4% or 949 students indicating being extremely to moderately satisfied
  • 85.5% or 909 of respondents indicated that living on campus extremely to moderately contributed to a sense of belonging to this institution

The Office of Residence Life uses information from the survey to improve programs, services, and facilities for on-campus students. We look forward to the opportunity to serve your student in 2018-19.

Move-Out Day is Approaching!

All current housing contracts for the 2017/18 academic year end on Saturday, May 12 at 4:00 p.m. Students are required to vacate their accommodations by this date and time otherwise a $50.00 improper check-out fee will be assessed. Students who are graduating and may need more time to move out need to contact the Office of Residence Life by May 9, 2018.

Move Out Steps:

  1. In order to avoid cleaning charges, students must clean their room or apartment thoroughly. This includes but is not limited to cleaning all surfaces, walls, furniture, medicine cabinet, appliances, cupboards and counter tops (if applicable), toilet, shower, vanity/sink, and the bathroom floor. Carpeted areas must be vacuumed and the vinyl or tile floor in the bathroom area mopped. For a detailed checklist of cleaning responsibilities, please see: uwgb.edu/housing
  2. Remove all belongings from housing before leaving; check all drawers, closets, etc. Items left behind will be disposed of after 30 days.
  3. Any items your student does not want to take home, but are still in good condition? Bring it to our donation bins located in the Community Center, contemporary apartment first floor lounges, and Roy Downham lounge. All items will be donated to the UWGB Camus Cupboard and St. Vincent de Paul.
  4. Mailboxes need to be emptied and all packages picked up. We do not keep packages for students who do not live on campus over the summer. Packages and mail will begin to be accepted on August 1, 2018 for students moving in the fall.
  5. The final step in the process is for your student to complete the online Express Check-out process by visiting the housing web site. Students who do not check out of their room or apartment will be assessed an improper checkout fee.

Our goal is to minimize charges to students by providing detailed instructions and having Resident Assistants work with your student to complete a Responsibility for Cleaning Form with their roommates. If your student has questions, please direct them to the Office of Residence Life or their Resident Assistant.

Go Green and Donate!

Again this year, Residence Life is partnering with the UW-Green Bay Campus Cupboard and St. Vincent de Paul to sponsor our annual donations drive from May 1 – May 14.

The UWGB Campus Cupboard provides students food, clothing, and household items at no charge.  St. Vincent de Paul works to meet many of the same needs in the Green Bay area.

We are collecting items that your students may no longer need such as:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Clothing
  • Kitchen items
  • Small household items in good condition
  • Shoes, boots, sandals
  • School supplies
  • Text Books

Collection stations will be located throughout housing, and in the Community Center.  Encourage your student to show their school colors by going green and donating to these great causes which benefit UW-Green Bay students and the greater Green Bay community. Thousands of pounds of items are diverted from landfills each year through donations made to this program by our on-campus students.

Welcome from the Director of Residence Life

As I look at the calendar I can hardly believe it. April? How did that happen? So, once again, as with every spring I find myself reflecting on another fast-paced academic year. I would guess that your UWGB student is looking back on these last several months with the same thought. How could this year have been anything but a blur? Between the rigors of a full-time academic course load, making friends, seeking out employment and getting involved in activities/organizations, it had to have been an action-packed year. I hope along the way they have created GailSimsmany happy memories to take with them into the summer.

As I sit down to write this, our office is wrapping up the room selection process for the 2018-2019 year. By the looks of things, we will be bursting at the seams again come fall. If your student was undecided about living on campus next year and up until now has passed on the opportunity to sign a housing contract we will still be able to get them placed on a wait list. They can complete this process by visiting with the staff at the reception desk at the Community Center. We will do what we can in order to ensure your student has a bed on campus come September.

I want you to know what a pleasure it’s been to serve you and your student this year. For many of you, I know your student’s transition to college was not without challenge. Thank you for supporting them from home and know that we did our best to offer up assistance and campus resources as needed. Together we made a good team! Most of our residents will be leaving campus for the summer and returning home. Enjoy them and be sure to ask questions about all that they experienced at UWGB. I’m sure they’ll appreciate your interest. If your student would prefer to stay on campus for the summer, we can make that happen too. We may even have a job for them! Check out the entirety of this newsletter for more information.

Thanks again for your involvement this year! If your student is returning to campus housing, then we’ll be sure to catch you with these newsletters again starting in the fall. Enjoy your summer!

Gail Sims-Aubert
Director, Office of Residence Life

Student Resources for Success

Now that your student has completed their first semester and have begun second semester classes, you may be wondering about what campus resources to assist with your student’s academic success.

Student satisfaction and success research suggests that students who are satisfied with their university experience tend to perform well in college. Factors that contribute to student success include connecting with others, utilizing faculty office hours, getting involved in activities and events, staying healthy, and taking advantage of campus resources.

Some examples of important campus resources include Academic Advising which provides personalized developmental advising to first-year, new transfer, and undeclared students. Through one-to-one and group sessions, students receive information and support to help them become good decision-makers and managers of their academic career. Another campus service commonly used by students is Tutoring Services offering one-to-one and group tutoring services for a variety of courses.

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The Counseling and Health Center offers on-campus counseling and health services including free counseling services by licensed professional counselors and limited psychiatric services. The center also offers access to nurses for minor illnesses, vaccinations, and much more.

Finally, the Office of Residence Life employs five Area Coordinators (ACs) each supervising an “area” of residence hall and apartment buildings. Our goal is to provide guidance and advisement to students who need a Resident Assistant or Area Coordinator’s assistance, and to make appropriate referrals to campus offices and services. Students may schedule an appointment with their Area Coordinator by contacting the front desk of the Office of Residence Life, (920) 465-2040.

Krash the Kress

Krash the Kress is a super cool event especially for UWGB alumni, students and friends. On February 16, for the first time ever, a Green Bay men’s conference basketball game will be played on campus on Carol’s Court at the Kress Events Center, so we’ve put together an awesome tailgate party to get everyone ready to cheer on the Phoenix!

Basic RGBKrash the Kress registration includes your game ticket, great tailgate food, two beverage tickets good, an epically awesome, long sleeve Krash the Kress t-shirt and fun swag to cheer on the team. The UW-Green Bay Pep Band, Green Bay cheerleaders and Phlash will be there too. Finally, there will be lots of drawings for fantastic prizes.

Date: Friday, February 16
Time: Tailgate Party from 6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Green Bay Men’s Basketball game vs. UIC at 8 p.m.
Location: Tailgate Party in the East and West Gyms, Game on Carol’s Court – Kress Events Center
Cost: $20 adult ticket and tailgate, $10 youth ticket and tailgate, $10 adult tailgate only, $5 youth tailgate only

Students are encouraged to purchase their KRASH THE KRESS tickets by midnight on February 9, 2018 to ensure securing tickets to the game.

Please direct questions to the Director of Alumni Relations Kari Moody at 920-465-2226 or moodyk@uwgb.edu.

Benefits of Student Employment

Student employment is an important part of the college experience. Residence Life at UWGB employs many students in a variety of different positions that will provide students with the opportunity to gain skills that will be used both during their time in college and after they graduate from the university.

A quick visit to the Residence Life Student Employment page will reveal that there are a variety of student employment opportunities that are available to students at UW-Green Bay. Each position offers different tasks and experiences which also promote learning outside of the classroom. What a visit to the employment page will not reveal directly are the other invaluable reasons that students should apply for a student employment experience in Residence Life.

Academic Focus

Student employees are first and foremost students. As an employer, we understand this. Our focus is on our student employees’ academic success. This starts at the beginning of the semester by ensuring that a work schedule does not interfere with your student’s class schedule. It occurs during regular conversations, some formal and some casual, where a staff member will ask, “How are you classes going?” Each semester our department also asks students to complete a mid-semester grade check for most positions. This encourages the student to connect with their professors to receive an assessment of how they are doing. These connections can often make the difference on the pathway to academic success.

Mentorship

One of the core values that we take very seriously in Residence Life is the mentorship. As a department, we maintain an intentional focus on building relationships with the students that reside on campus but the students that work for us receive the benefit of having that interaction on a daily basis. Our staff, from our custodians all the way up to the director, take the time to ask, “How are you doing today?” We make sure that our student employees know that they have an on-campus resource available to ask questions. We are invested in their success and in building relationships that last through their time at UWGB and often long after.

Teamwork

While teamwork may not always seem like a benefit, learning how to communicate and operate with others to accomplish a task is one of the most important transferable skills a student employee will master during employment with our department. Nearly all of our student employment positions offer the opportunity to operate as part of a larger team. In some areas, like being a Resident Assistant, your student would work directly with other RAs in their building and area to ensure that their communities remain safe and fun environments to learn and grow.

As we begin this spring semester, Residence Life will be recruiting for summer and 2018-19 student employment positions. More information is available on the Student Employment Page. Encourage your student to apply today to take advantage of the great experience and benefits that student employment offers!

Resident Assistant Selection for Fall 2018

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is among the most respected student employment opportunities on the UWGB campus. Being an RA is more than a job for most, it is a self-development opportunity. Residence Life strives to build leaders, not just hire student employees. If your student is ready for a great experience, send them our way! In a few short weeks, the RA selection process will begin for candidates who want to be a RA for next fall.

RAs work 15 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during pre-semester training. RAs’ housing costs (ranging from $4100 – $5200 per academic year) are waived as part of the RA’s earnings. They receive a bi-weekly paycheck of $140-154 – enough for most students to put gas in their car, buy incidentals, and occasionally go out to eat or to a movie. They also receive training, support and mentoring by professional staff unparalleled in the student employment arena.

Successful RA candidates will have a minimum of 2 semesters living on a campus (which includes Spring 2018), a grade point average of 2.4 or better, a passion to learn about themselves and others, and a commitment to serve students. More information, including applications and a job description can be found online.   For initial consideration, applications should be submitted by February 6, 11:59 p.m.

IMG_2982Our RA selection process begins in early February, but we accept applications all year long. This allows Residence Life to select the brightest and most passionate students for these important leadership positions. The benefits of being a RA truly compliment the academic experience and give students transferable skills that are applicable to their new careers after graduation.

Recontracting for 2018-2019 Housing

It is that time again! Students who currently live in housing will soon need to decide if they are living on-campus for the 2018/19 academic year.

Recontracting has its benefits!

  • Students who return will have the option to choose their own roommates.
  • Students can select their own housing! At UW-Green Bay, we offer shared bedroom apartments, private bedroom apartments, and shared residence hall rooms.
  • The advance deposit for current residents is rolled over for the next year.

BikeThe re-contracting process opens on Monday, February 12 and ends on Tuesday, March 20 at 11:59PM. On March 28 – March 30, students who have contracted will be able to select their apartment or residence hall room. The time and date for students to select their room or apartment is determined by a student’s number of semesters on campus and academic credits earned.

Regardless of accommodations type, students enjoy the following amenities: private bathrooms, furnished rooms and apartments, high-speed internet access including Wi-Fi, high definition cable television service, and laundry facilities in each building.

We hope that your student has had a positive living experience on campus, and chooses to return to campus housing for another year. Many of our students remain on campus through graduation due to the variety of living options, and the many opportunities to grow and learn in a residential setting.

If your students has questions about the re-contracting process, please have them visit the Office of Residence Life, call (920) 465-2040, or email housing@uwgb.edu.

 

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