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Housing and Residence Life

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.

Move In-31For 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!

Resident Assistant (RA) Selection for Fall 2019

If your student is in need of job for next academic year, make sure they check out the upcoming RA selection process starting soon!

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! The RA selection process will begin for candidates soon after the February 4, 2019 deadline.

RAs work 15 hours a week during the academic year and up to 40 hours a week during 2-3 weeks of pre-semester training. They receive training,RA-White support and mentoring by professional staff unparalleled in the student employment arena. For the 2019-20 school year, it is expected that RA benefits will include waived housing costs (ranging from $4100 – $5200 per academic year), a Chartwells meal plan and a stipend of $700/year.

Successful RA candidates will have a minimum of 2 semesters living on a campus (which includes Spring 2019), 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 on our web site.  For initial consideration, applications including references should be completed by February 4.

Our primary RA selection process begins in early February, but we accept applications all year long in case we have vacancies throughout the year. The benefits of being a RA truly complement the academic experience and give students transferable skills that are applicable to their new careers after graduation. For more information, please contact Nicole Kurth, Coordinator of RA Selection, at RA_Selection@uwgb.edu.

 

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 withgail loved ones, good food and much undisturbed sleep before heading back to campus to prepare for their first round of final exams.

The time 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 exams, 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 2018, 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 the 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!

Sincerely,

Gail Sims-Aubert
Director
Office of Residence Life

Re-Contracting 2019

It’s that time of year again. Time to make the rewarding decision to re-contract to live on campus for the 2019 -2020 academic year. Beginning IMG_8261November 1, returning students can officially re-contract to live on campus. Re-Contracting will end on March 20 at 11:59 p.m.

Among other things, students choosing to re-contract will enjoy some pretty cool features:

  • Convenience of living where you go to class, study, work, etc.
  • High-definition cable television and wired/wireless high-speed Internet access in every room
  • The option of retaining your current room or apartment for upcoming school year
  • Staff who provide programming and other engagement experiences, and who foster a strong and connected community

For more information, head over to our website at www.uwgb.edu/housing/recontracting. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (920)465-2040, stop by the Community Center, or send us an email housing@uwgb.edu!

Happy Re-Contracting!

UWGB Wash Alert

We at Residence Life know that most students don’t like to haul all their dirty clothes down to the laundry room just for all of the washers to be in use. So, the Office of Residence Life has the perfect resource to prevent that!

Our laundry system has an online resource called “Wash Alert” allowing students to monitor the washers and dryers and even get alerts when the laundry services are available. It’s easy, it’s convenient, and most of all it’s FREE!

To access Wash Alert all a student has to do is navigate to laundry.uwgb.edu and choose the appropriate res hall/apartment. There, students can monitor how much time is left and enter their e-mail to get an alert sent straight to their inbox when the washers and dryers are available. This screen also allows students to submit a service request on the laundry services if something is not working correctly.

From the main page, before a student selects the correct building, you can also sign up to get text alerts sent straight to your phone by clicking “Get Alerts via Text.” It’s just that easy!

So, no more trips down three flights of stairs to just have to wait another half an hour before a washer is available. Use Wash Alert and know exactly when it’s the perfect time to do laundry!

Re-Contracting for 2019-2020 Housing

This year returning students may re-contract for 2019-20 housing beginning November 1, 2018. Students who currently live in housing will soon need to decide if they are living on-campus for the 2019-20 academic year.

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Re-contracting early has its benefits!

  • Students who return will have the option to choose their own roommates.
  • Students may return to the same residence hall room or apartment (room retention)
  • 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.

The re-contracting process opens on Thursday, November 1 and ends on Wednesday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m. Then on March 26 – March 29, students who have not already retained a room will be able to select their apartment or residence hall room and roommates.

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 student 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.

Trick or Treat Tot Trot

Talk to your student about volunteering for this UWGB tradition!

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Monday, October 29th 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Richard Mauthe Center

Need More Information? Call 920-465-3040

Why Get Involved!?

Students who participate in extracurricular activities in college do better in class and are more satisfied with their overall experience. Taking part in clubs, organizations, intramurals and other events allows students to meet others and build connections. Many of the skills learned though involvement opportunities will transfer into job skills and make students better applicants when entering the job market. Residence Life offers many ways for students to be active on campus. Listed below are some of our most popular Residence Life student groups.

Residence Hall and Apartment Association (RHAA) – RHAA is a student group who plan events and serve as the student government board for Residence Life. Students who join this group have the opportunity to discuss and vote on recommendations to the Office of Residence Life for changes or improvements for the students who live on campus. This group also creates and implements events for students to attend to meet other people, make connections, and have fun for free!

Photo1The meetings are every Wednesday starting at 5:15pm in the 1965 Room in the University Union. All residential students are welcome – Advised by Gail Sims-Aubert the Director of Residence Life and Julianne Crayton the Financial Specialist for Residence Life

To find out more information please visit the RHAA web page.

Event Planning In Communities (EPIC) – EPIC is a group of students who come together to plan events for other students with the help and guidance of a full time professional staff member who serves as an advisor. In the past they have hosted game nights, Halloween events, social gatherings, and many other fun activities for students living in housing.

Any student living on campus can join EPIC which meets on Wednesdays at 8:00pm, location TBD – Advised by James Zarling and Jeff Willems, Area Coordinators for Residence Life

To find out more information please visit our leadership web site.

Flu Vaccine Available On Campus

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Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself against the flu.

The Counseling and Health Center, SS1400, is offering Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (quadrivalent) to all Faculty/Staff and Students by appointment only.

Set up your appointment by having your campus ID# or Faculty/Staff ID# available, (it’s the one on your ID card that starts with 6017200… we only need the last 9 digits), then calling the Counseling and Health Center at 920-465-2380.

Cost:   $20.00 students & $25.00 Faculty/Staff

Payment can be made by cash, check, or pass points.

Students may also put it on their SIS account.

Join us for Family Weekend

Please join us for the 20th Annual Family Weekend to be held October 19-21, 2018! For a list of events, please see the Family Weekend web page.

Most events are ticketed, even the “free” ones, and most require advance payment. We do that so we can make sure we have enough seats at the events. The Hay Wagon rides, Comedy City and Bingo events “sell out” quickly every year! Ticket sales will continue until October 4, or tickets are sold out. For events that require a ticket (even “free events”), remember to get one for your UWGB student if they are going to attend.

Some events, like the UWGB Women’s Volleyball game require ticket purchase at the door. Tickets for the Lambeau Field and Packers Hall of Fame Tours events are non-refundable, because we purchase the tickets on your behalf from the Packers.

If you have any questions, please contact John Landrum at 920-465-2532.

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