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October OTM Winners

Congratulations to the October OTM Winners!

Program (Diversity): “Jerusalem: The East Side Story” hosted by The Muslim Student Association
Executive Board Member: Mariah Pursley
First-Year Student: Melanie Nelson
Resident Assistant: Laina Wydeven
Spotlight: Steffi Schoeder

RA Spotlight: Emily Ose and Katie Oelig

The end of the first semester is drawing near, and for the two December graduates on our Resident Assistant (RA) Staff, this also means the end to their careers as RAs. Emily Ose, a human biology major and Katie Olieg, a social change & development and public administration double major will be graduating this December and leaving behind many great memories from their years as RAs at UWGB.

Emily is an RA in Keith Pamperin Hall. This is her third year as a RA. Looking back on her three years with Residence Life, she says that the process of watching her residents and other RAs grow has been her favorite part of being an RA. “As cliche as it sounds, it’s true,” she added. Emily herself has also grown over the years. This year, she headed a program, “Make a Difference Day” that invited UWGB students to volunteer in the Green Bay community in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day. Emily has wanted to accomplish this program her past three years as an RA and is hoping that it remains a tradition for Residence Life.

In addition to being an RA, Emily is the president of the UWGB chapter of Colleges Against Cancer and she interns with Live 54218, a non-profit organization in the community which encourages healthy living habits in Brown County. In her free time, Emily is an avid pinner on Pinterest where she admits to getting inspiration for RA programs and bulletin boards as well as treats that she makes for her [very lucky] co-workers, friends, and residents. Emily also likes to spend her time cooking and working out (which she attributes to her academic studies of nutrition.)

Katie is an RA in Apartment 3334 and is enjoying her fourth as a RA. When asked what inspired her to become an RA, she recalled how she looked up to her RA four years ago when she was a freshman. “He was fun, did well in his studies, and was an all-around great guy. I wanted to be just like him.” Since becoming an RA, Katie has had many great memories. Her favorite memory of all was her first time at RA camp. She likes to look back at the scared and excited emotions that she and her fellow first-year RAs felt about their new undertaking. Katie has loved meeting new people and experiencing their different perspectives. “Everyone has a something new to bring to the table!”

Katie is also involved on campus as part of the Civic Club, a new club on campus this semester that organized the Steps walk which also occurred on National Make a Difference Day. When she’s not busy, Katie enjoys her free time hanging out with friends, reading dystopian novels, and sleeping.

Emily and Katie, thank you for all you have done for Residence Life and good luck in the future from everyone at UWGB Residence Life!

Remember if you are interested in joining the Residence Life staff as an RA, Mid-year RA Selection materials are due on Friday, November 2nd before noon to!

September OTM Winners

Congratulations to the September OTM winners!

Spotlight: Jordan Grapentine
RA: Angie Danowski
Advisor: Jordan Grapentine
First-Year Student: Emily Brown
Organization: The Sci-Fi Collective
Program: How Bad is it Really? by Laina Wydeven

What is an OTM?

Each month, the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Flame Chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) encourages those in the UWGB community to nominate UWGB students, staff, and/or faculty for an OTM (Of the Month) which showcases outstanding contributions from the nominee.  The categories include:

General Categories



Executive Board Member


Resident Assistant

Institution Faculty/Staff


First-Year Student

Residence Life Faculty/Staff

Residential Community

Program Categories

Community Service




To submit an OTM, download the proper form, fill it out, and email it. Submissions and questions can be sent to


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RA Spotlight: Christine Pfiester

This semester, Residence Life welcomed 33 new Resident Assistants (RAs)!  One of the new RAs in Byron Walter Hall, Christine Pfiester, is excited to hold the RA position this semester! She is looking forward to watching the students living in her building grow as the year progresses, taking on leadership positions of their own. Christine also believes being an RA is a valuable experience that she will learn a lot from.

Christine is a junior majoring in English and minoring in Education and Humanistic Studies. She one day wants to teach at the middle school level, a time of transition for many students. She wants to help make that transition easier. Similarly, that is why Christine wanted to be an RA in a residence hall; she wanted to be a resource for other students. “I know coming into college can be scary and intimidating. I wanted to provide support,” she shared when asked why she decided to be an RA.

When not working as an RA or attending classes, Christine is involved with CRU (She’s a small group leader.), Phi Eta Sigma, and Phuture Phoenix (Christine tutors local middle and high school students.) In her free time, which Christine, admitted can be sometimes hard to find, Christine enjoys horseback riding and archery. Christine also claims to be an “avid movie-watcher— not passive!” She has seen 900+ movies!

If you are interested in becoming an RA, like Christine, talk to your RA, Area Coordinator (AC), or check out the informational sessions coming up on October 24 at Noon and 4PM in the American Intercultural Center (AIC). The deadline for mid-year selection is November 2, 2012 at noon!

Sex in the Dark

Each year, Residence Life and the Healthy Choices Task Force (HCTF) co-sponsor Sex in the Dark, a fun, interactive event that allows students to ask questions about sex and relationships. A panel of experts including: nurses, counselors and instructors of campus courses on sexuality and close relationships is on hand to answer these questions for students in an informal atmosphere. Students are able to write down questions or shout out questions in the dark lecture hall. This year’s Sex in the Dark will occur Thursday, October 18 in Rose Hall 250. Doors will open at 6:30 PM, and lights out will be at 7:00 PM. Come early because all seats typically fill!

Murals Add Unique Identities to Residence Life Buildings

In the Residence Life buildings of UW-Green Bay, there are 12 murals designed and painted by former and current students. These murals painted as early as 2001 and as recently as last semester, Spring 2012 represent various themes important to students, such as diversity, community, and sustainability. Some buildings even have two murals!

To see all of the murals in Residence Life buildings, check out Res Life’s Flickr! If you are interested in painting a mural in your building, talk to your Area Coordinator. 









What is an Area Coordinator?

Posted on September 19, 2012 in: Programs & Community Development | Post Comment

Area Coordinators (ACs) are professional staff members within the Office of Residence Life who oversee Community Advisors (CAs), Resident Assistants (RAs) and students in their designated areas. They serve as resource for these stud

ents and other student groups by assisting in program development and understanding of University policies.

ACs are also available to support students by: assisting with roommate concerns, helping students make connections on campus, and referring students to proper resources when necessary.

Feel free to stop by and say “hi” to the ACs in their offices in the Hendrickson Community Center (CC) or to schedule an appointment with your AC by calling the CC front desk at 920-465-2040.

The Area Coordinators

AC by Area:

Thompson, Haevers, Liebl, and Pamperin Halls

Adam Novotny


Robishaw and Harden Halls, 3312, 3314, 3316, and De Spirito House

Becky Landenberger


Long, Schaefer, Temp, and Downham Halls

Jeff Willems


Ted Lenfesty, Arlene Walter, Byron Walter,Josephine Lenfesty, Small, Vanderperren, and Warren Halls

Melissa Klinkhammer


3318, 3322, 3324, 3326, 3334

Laura Vietmeyer

Org Smorg

Posted on September 14, 2012 in: Programs & Community Development | Post Comment

Org Smorg is just what it sounds like— a smorgasbord of student organizations. This semester’s game show themed Org Smorg is on Wednesday, October 19 in and around the Phoenix Rooms from 11AM – 2PM. Org Smorg is a great event to see a sampling of the organizations on campus, to ask members what their group does, and to sign-up to recieve further information from the organization.

To take look at the organizations on campus, check out this link:

If you don’t see an organization in the area that you are interested in, you can start your own. The steps to complete pre-registration are listed here: If you have any questions, talk to a staff member in the Office of Student Life!


GB Week

Posted on August 29, 2012 in: Programs & Community Development | Post Comment

GB doesn’t ALWAYS stand for Green Bay. From Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 9, it stands for Great Beginnings! Great Beginnings Week welcomes students to campus, whether it is for the first, second… or sixth year and every year in between. All the events occurring can be found in a small pamphlet placed in residents’ rooms or apartments.

Some highlights include:

Capture the Flag on Sun., Sept. 2 at the Res. Life Basketball Courts at 3PM

FREE Cosmic Bowling on Mon., Sept 3 at Ashwaubenon Lanes from 6-10PM

Shopko Night on Tues., Sept. 4 at the Shopko on East Mason St. from 9:30-11:30PM (Buses will leave from the MAC Circle at 9PM) – Shop with 10% off, enjoy a DJ, and win prizes!

Breakfast at Dinner on Wed., Sept. 5 at Leona Cloud Commons in the University Union from 4:30-7PM

Experience the Phoenix Club on Thurs., Sept. 6 from 7-11PM - Come play air hockey, pool, video games, and more for FREE!

A calendar of events can also be found at the Office of Student Life’s webpage.


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