Is Your Room Ready for Winter?

Housing Resident,

With the cold weather upon us, the Office of Residence Life reminds you to close your windows in your room and/or apartment. Windows left open can cause broken water pipes, and can lead to damage charges.

Here are the top 3 ways you can prepare your room and/or apartment for Wisconsin winter temperatures!

      1. Make sure the storm window is closed to prevent excess cold air from entering the room.
      2. Keep the window(s) closed and do not place a fan by the window.
      3. Submit a maintenance request online or by calling the Community Center front desk at (920) 465-2040 to report an issues in a timely fashion.

The thermostats are set to approximately 68 degrees, but will vary from 67 degrees to 72 degrees depending on where the system is in the heating cycle.  Students should not open windows to regulate heat because it the temperature drops too quickly pipes can freeze.  The person who left the window open is held responsible for damages so it is important to keep windows closed and let the room maintain a consistent temperature.

If you are experiencing issues please report it immediately!  You should also report issues with exterior doors that are beeping or not latching completely because of ice buildup.  We want to keep the buildings comfortable and also help ensure the safety of residents.

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. This new growth and awareness will occur both academically and personally.  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 your 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!

Living on Campus in 2021-2022

It is that time again! Students who currently live in housing will soon need to decide if they are living on-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students who choose to return next year will be able to take advantage of the following:

      • Safe and conveniently located housing which includes high-definition cable television and wired/wireless high-speed Internet access in every room.
      • Living in close proximity to a variety of university programs, services, and leadership opportunities that contribute much to your experience as a UWGB student.
      • The option of retaining your room or apartment for the upcoming academic year.
      • Staff who provide programming and other engagement experiences, and who foster a strong and connected community.

The re-contracting process opened on Monday, November 16 and ends on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:59PM. On March 22 – March 26, 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 accommodation 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, email housing@uwgb.edu or visit our web site.

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.

A Word From The Director of Counseling

College can be a stressful place, and adjusting to college as a new student even more so. In addition, we are all living through a complicated extremely challenging time in the world. We want you to know we are here for students to discuss any stress, struggles, or worries they are having.  If your student comes home or calls you feeling overwhelmed and in need of additional support, please remind them they have access to see one of our licensed professional counselors from The Wellness Center at no cost.

We are currently offering short term 1:1 personal counseling sessions virtually using Microsoft Teams, so it’s more convenient than ever.  Our counselors also can provide crisis intervention if needed as well as provide support and resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Some of the top reasons students see a counselor include: feeling stressed, symptoms of anxiety or depression, relationship issues and adjusting to college.

As a parent/legal guardian you can always call us if you have concerns about your student during business hours, and share your concerns and we will gladly explain our protocols and how we can outreach to your student. However, due to privacy laws, we will need to have your student sign a release of information form before we can exchange information with you or confirm they are already aware of our services.

Our University Police can also be contacted 24/7 at 920-465-2300 if you have concerns about the safety and welfare of your student.

New this semester, regardless of whether or not your student is working with a counselor, your student has access to Silver Cloud, an online mental health tool at no cost which offers self-guided programs for anxiety, depression, stress, resilience, or insomnia. The self-guided programs are available any time, on any device. Aimed at helping to address mild to moderate issues, Silver Cloud allows individuals to manage day-to-day stressors personally and anonymously. To check out Silver Cloud or click on the link on our website.

No issue is really too small or too big. Our counselors can either help your student directly or help connect them to additional resources in the community if needed.

Simply encourage your student to call us at 920-465-2380 to make an initial appointment.  You and your student can also visit our website at or email us at counshealth@uwgb.edu.

Stay safe, stay well.

Amy Henniges
Director Counseling and Student Support
The Wellness Center

We’re Open During the Semester Break

Housing at UW-Green Bay is open year-round so residents can come and go as they please throughout the semester break. The Hendrickson Community Center will remain open as a resource for students. The Community Center offers an unlock code if your student locks themselves out, carts, and a car booster pack if they are unable to get their car started in the cold weather.

The Office of Residence Life and Community Center will remain open during the semester break. Beginning December 19, the hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Students may contact our office by calling (920) 465-2040, by visiting our office, or by email: housing@uwgb.edu

The Student Mailroom, located in the lower level of the Community Center is also open during semester break.  Beginning December 20, the mailroom will be open on Sundays, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Student Mailroom is closed on all legal holidays. Student mailboxes are accessible to students during the hours of operation for the Community Center.  Regular semester hours for the Community Center and Student Mailroom will resume on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Please let us know if you have questions and concerns by calling (920) 465-2040 or by email, housing@uwgb.edu

Resident Assistant (RA) Selection for 2021-2022 Positions

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 3, 2021 application 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, support and mentoring by professional staff unparalleled in the student employment arena. For the 2021-2022 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 $900/year.

Successful RA candidates will have a minimum of 2 semesters living on a campus (which includes Spring 2021), 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 9, 2021.

The primary RA selection process begins in early February, however applications are accepted at any time. 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.

UWGB Parents & Families

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 (virtually or safely in-person) with your 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. This has certainly been a most unusual semester, so I’m hopeful that everyone could re-energize in whatever fashion worked best for them.

The weeks 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 2020, 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, or you can message me at simsg@uwgb.edu. Thank you for all you do to assist your student in being successful here at UWGB! I look forward to what will hopefully be a brighter 2021, where we can discuss Covid-19 less and enjoy thoughts of returning to some of our much-missed campus routines and traditions.

Stay safe and well,

Gail Sims-Aubert
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity & Student Affairs
Director of Residence Life
Office of Residence Life

Welcome Parents & Families

Parents and families,

It is my sincerest hope that this note finds you safe and well during this most unusual time. It’s difficult to believe that it’s been over a month since your student moved to campus. In the weeks since this momentous occasion, all students have done a tremendous job of making UWGB their home, of being respectful of campus safety guidance as it relates to Covid-19 and having successfully acclimated to their ‘new normal’. As you know, we are not only conducting surveillance testing of all residential students, but have increased the testing cadence to a weekly rotation. This testing regimen has allowed us to identify potential pockets of infection, and to react quickly to minimize spread to others. We will continue to be vigilant and do our very best to keep campus safely open for in-person classes and services. As we all watch how the infection persists in trending regionally, we completely understand the challenge that lies ahead, but our students seem highly motivated to stay on campus proper and that will surely bode well for all.

Even though the pandemic has stolen the spotlight from many worthy endeavors and achievements in 2020, the Office of Residence Life is doing what it can to ensure that students are having a traditional college experience. This is especially important for our first-year students. Our efforts look different this fall, but we’re doing what we can to facilitate strong roommate relationships, guiding the development of new friendships and providing robust out-of-classroom educational opportunities. By about early October, we like for our students to have found a friend group, have involved themselves in campus organizations and to be utilizing campus resources. If you believe that your student is not quite to that point or could use a little assistance with the transition to college – please reach out to me. I will work with my staff to help engage your student and offer them the nudge they may need to get them involved in their college experience. I can be reached at 920-465-2712 or simsg@uwgb.edu.

Thank you for all you do to support your student, and until next time – stay safe and well.

Go Phoenix!

Gail Sims-Aubert
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Inclusivity & Student Affairs