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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 https://www.uwgb.edu/housing/employment/student.asp. Applications are due on Tuesday, February 6th at 11:59pm! With any questions please contact us at ra_selection@uwgb.edu.

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

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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.

Why Your College Student Should Consider Being a Resident Assistant for Fall 2018

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is among the most respected student employee 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 an RA for next fall.

IMG_2981RAs 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 earnings package. 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 fellow students. More information, including applications and a job description can be found online.  For initial consideration, applications should be submitted by February 5, 2018.

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

Care Packages for Final Exams

Finals week is coming…all the hard work and stress UW-Green Bay students have experienced this semester will come to a head in a matter of days. How can you help brighten their day? Send them some love from home in the form of a care package or letter. Getting an unexpected package or letter is always exciting!  You do not even have to create it from scratch.

If you’d prefer, you can contact UWGB’s preferred care package provider, On Campus Marketing and buy directly from them. They have multiple options you can choose from and they are easy to work with. You can contact their Customer Service by calling 1-877-942-7887. On the other hand, if you have your student’s favorite cookie recipe no one can beat, send them your own care package filled with goodies from home. Already stocked them full of food to last awhile? Send them an encouraging letter! Support for your child can be shown even from far away. Stressful times are when you need loved ones the most.

Welcoming Your Student Home

Many parents and families recently enjoyed having their college student at home for the Thanksgiving holiday. This was more than likely 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 probably occurred 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 to visit might be a new (and improved?) version of the student their families have known and loved their entire life. Meer 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 house chores.

The student likely viewed their time at home 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 for a happy holiday season!

Phoenix Cares

Each student matters at UWGB and we care about each of our students. Student success is the goal of every member of the Phoenix family.   However, sometimes students need a little help when life hits a bump in the road. The Dean of Students Office at UW-Green Bay has created anew program entitled Phoenix Cares to help support students when they need it the most.

The Phoenix Cares website offers information for students needing help with academics, mental health, personal safety, food resources, and even homelessness. Resources are available both on and off campus depending on the issue. It is a one-stop shop for our students most serious needs outside of the classroom.

The website is also a place to ask for help or report someone who needs help using our three web forms. Anyone, student, employee, or parent, can submit information about bias incidents, students who are in a difficult place and need professional assistance, or just general concerns about the campus. Think of it as a place to tell someone, when you aren’t sure who to tell. From the Phoenix Cares website we can route concerns to the best resources to help students. So please, encourage your student to say something about that friend they are worried about, or do it yourself. The sooner we know, the sooner we can help. Check out the webpage at www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-cares/

 

Are You Ready for Winter?

Not everyone is accustomed to driving significant distances in inclement weather.  Please make sure you are prepared for winter and weather/road conditions that can threaten safety. The following are a few simple driving habits such as planning ahead, driving at a safe and legal speed, driving alert and sober, and buckling up that could ensure that you make it to your destination safely.

If you must use your car during a storm:

  • Plan your travel, selecting both primary and alternate routes.
  • Let someone know your travel routes and itinerary so that, if you don’t arrive on time, officials will know where to search for you.
  • Check latest weather information on your radio.
  • Try not to travel alone – two or three people are preferable.
  • Travel in convoy (with another vehicle) if possible.
  • Drive carefully and defensively. Watch for ice patches on bridges and overpasses.
  • Take note of your odometer and coordinate it with exit numbers, mileposts, or crossroads so if you are in a crash or slide off the road you’ll better be able to identify where you are and summon law enforcement officers, rescue workers, or tow truck operators more quickly to your location.
  • If a storm begins to be too much for you to handle, seek refuge immediately.
  • If your car should become disabled, stay with the vehicle, running your engine and heater for short intervals. Be sure to “crack” a window in the vehicle to avoid carbon monoxide build-up.

Be courteous to those awaiting your arrival:

  • Call ahead to your destination just as you are leaving.
  • Let someone at your destination know the license number of your vehicle, what route you’ll be traveling, and give a realistic estimate of your travel time.
  • If you have a cell phone, give that number to the party at your destination.
  • If you have friends or family at your place of origin, you should call when you arrive to let them know you have arrived safely.
  • If road conditions, tiredness, etc. delay or postpone a trip, make a phone call. Let people on both ends know of the delay.

Prepare a safety pack for your vehicle:

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Shovel, booster cables and windshield scraper
  • Non-perishable food like raisins and energy bars
  • Water
  • Sand or cat litter for traction
  • Cell phone adapter

Additional Tips:

  • Encourage your student to register for GBAlert.  The Snow Emergency text function is used to update students and faculty regarding changing campus conditions.
  • Check online for driving conditions from the Department of Transportation
  • Make a family emergency plan

Welcome from the Director of Residence Life

UWGB Parents & Family,

Happy holidays! It’s hard to believe 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 round of final exams.

The brief turn-around 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 cards or letters of encouragement, or shipping them a small care package filled with a few of 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 2017, 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 to 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!IMG_3733

Sincerely,

 

Gail Sims-Aubert
Director
Office of Residence Life

We Want Your Feedback!

Do you have some feedback regarding your on campus living experience? Well, we want to hear it!

We are currently conducting our annual Resident Satisfaction Survey and we want to hear any feedback you have regarding facilities, services, your RA, and your overall on campus living experience. Your unique survey link was sent to your UWGB email and the final day to complete the survey is Tuesday, November 28.

Need an incentive to take the survey? All respondents will be entered in weekly prize drawings for a $25 gift card to the Phoenix Bookstore, Marcus Cinema Tickets, Green Bay Gambler hockey game tickets, and much more!

So, check your email for your unique link and take the Resident Satisfaction Survey! If you have any questions, contact Gail Sims-Aurbert at (920) 465-2040 or simsg@uwgb.edu.

Spring 2018 Semester Room Change Event

Our Spring 2018 Semester Room Change Event will take place Wednesday November 15th from 5-8pm in the lower level of the Community Center. Not sure how the Semester Room Change Event works? Well then you’ve come to the right place!

Earlier this week, on November 6th, students who were aware of rooms that will be vacant for the Spring 2018 semester began reserving those rooms by navigating to this link and filling out the Semester Room Change Request Form. This form will be available until 11:59pm on November 12th. After Nov 12th, we will not accept any reservations and any student wanting to switch rooms must just show up to the event. Students reserving rooms must understand that just because you fill out the survey, does not necessarily mean you will get that room.

On November 14th, the Office of Residence Life Assignments Coordinator, Dawn Abernathy, will go through the submitted reservations and send out e-mails notifying students if their reservation went through, or if the room they wanted is unavailable. If your reservation is approved, the e-mail will have a reservation form attached which you MUST BRING to the Room Change Event along with your STUDENT ID. If your room is unavailable, you will still receive an e-mail and are still encouraged to come to the Semester Room Change Event and see what rooms are available to you.

The actual Semester Room Change Event will take place on November 15th from 5-8pm. All students attending the event should check-in at the Student Mail room on the lower level of the Community Center. The first hour, 5-6pm, we will serve the students who have an approved room reservation and brought their ROOM CHANGE FORM and STUDENT ID to the lower level of the CC.

After 6pm, any rooms that are previously reserved and not claimed, will be released and may be taken by any other student. Any other students, who did not have a reserved room, can begin the room change process. Priority numbers will be issued beginning at 5pm and are issued on a first come, first served basis. Any students changing rooms at this event will still be charged the $50 room switching fee and any student wanting to change their rooming assignment MUST bring their STUDENT ID to the event, you CANNOT just know your student ID number.

REMINDER: Students who are not attending UWGB next semester or are student teaching outside of Brown County for the Spring 2018 semester should apply to cancel their housing assignment AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

If you are unable to attend the room change event, you are not out of luck! On the room change form, there is a section for a proxy. A proxy is someone who you assign that is allowed to change your rooming assignment at the event. The proxy must bring the, already filled out, semester room change form with the proxy portion filled out as well and THEIR STUDENT ID. They are there to pick out the room for you, but they may not be able to call you during their session to ask you if the room they are choosing is alright so you must discuss with them exactly what you want.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at (920) 465-2040 or housing@uwgb.edu.

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