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Housing and Residence Life

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.

 

Welcome from the Director of Residence Life

 

Happy New Year! My salutation is a little late-in-coming, but I really do hope that 2018 is treating you well. January regularly gets off to a slowgail start for us here in Residence Life, as our students spend most of the month enjoying the remainder of their winter break. However, their absence gives us a lot of opportunity to prepare for what always turns out to be a busy and exciting spring semester. We were happy to welcome everyone back as they safely returned to life on campus, and officially get things started.

In this edition of our newsletter you will find much of the information that your UWGB student will be receiving in the coming weeks. It may seem early, but our residents will soon need to contract for housing for the 2018-2019 academic year. Space is always at a premium, so it’s good to have a conversation with your student now about where they intend to live in the coming year. We will also be looking to fill many summer and fall student employment positions, which is an excellent opportunity for those students who want to both live and work on campus.

Over the winter break period, students also received their fall semester grades. For some, that was a reason to celebrate, but for many others it was likely a time to reflect on an academic performance that could have been better managed. For those of you working with a student in that situation, there are valuable resources in this newsletter that will assist you in working with them to be more academically successful. I encourage you to read the entirety of this edition, and be sure to reach out to the Office of Residence Life at 920-465-2040 or by sending a message to housing@uwgb.edu, if there’s anything we can do to assist you or your student this spring!

Sincerely,

Gail Sims-Aubert
Office of Residence Life, Director

 

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/

 

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