Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PASS to the rescue!

Good morning Panthers!

      Feeling a little overwhelmed with classes, projects, and upcoming exams? Don't you worry PASS is here to help! PASS otherwise known as Panther Academic Support Services, is completely free tutoring available to UWM students. PASS study sessions are held all around campus, including our residence halls. If you are unable to make the specific times PASS is scheduled, they also provide you with online tutoring and the ability for you to schedule your own appointment.  For the tutoring sessions in our residence halls, you can just come right on in because there is no need for an appointment. Listed below are the Cambridge Commons and Sandburg Hall tutoring times and locations for Chemistry and Math. If you are a resident in Cambridge or RiverView we recommend going to PASS at Cambridge and if you are a resident in Sandburg or Purin we recommend you go to PASS at Sandburg Hall.
      PASS tutoring also offers supplemental instruction (SI) to students as well. SI leaders attend class in a larger lecture hall, take notes, and keep up with the readings and homework. Then the leaders hold a review session to cover the materials in a smaller setting generally once every week. This then gives the students the option to ask questions and recover the material that they might not be able to do during lecture. Use online tutoring, go to SI reviews, or use the walk in tutoring in our residence halls! PASS tutoring is an amazing FREE resource you should all take advantage of!

Good luck on your exams!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get Involved!!!

Good Afternoon Panthers!

Getting involved in student organizations is a great way to reach out and meet new people! Joining various student organizations is something that can completely change your experience at UWM and help you built valuable leadership skills!! There are over 300 student organizations at UWM and each offers its own unique experience! The Center for Student Involvement has tons of information on how to get involved and join these organizations! You can look up all the various organizations, contact information, and meeting times on Panthersync! You can also stop into the Center for Student Involvement in Union 363 for a more detailed look at different organizations!

 When entering my Junior year at UWM, I decided I needed a way to reach out, meet new people and get involved! That's when I found the Center for Student Involvement and they helped me find my perfect student organization! I then joined UWM Relay for Life and it has completely changed my experience at UWM! Through joining this student organization, I was able to really get involved at UWM, meet lifelong friends and truly make a difference in the surrounding community.


If there is one suggestion I always give students, it is GET INVOLVED! Do something that matters and make your mark at UWM! This Thursday, September 11th, head over to Spaights Plaza from from 11-2pm and participate in the Involvement Fair! It is a great way to meet new people and join a student organization!!!

See you there!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello, My Name is Katie and I'm an Outreach Assistant!

Hi there everyone, I am Katherine the newest Outreach Assistant for University Housing, but you all can call me Katie! Facts about me: I am a Sophomore here at UWM. I am majoring in Communications with a minor in Political Science and am also working on my Honors College degree. As you can tell, I like to keep myself busy! But, I am also a pretty fun person. Some FUN facts about me include: I LOVE Laffy Taffy jokes. I was a foreign exchange student in high school.  I am a Bears and Cubs fan (and always will be!) My favorite TV show is the Office. You can frequently catch me singing (off key) to many musical soundtracks.

Now that you have a little bit of an idea about who I am, I will tell you a bit about my experience thus far in college. I was born in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois and moved to the small town of Iola, Wisconsin during my Middle School years. As I graduated high school I did not have a very realistic idea of who I wanted to be when I grew up. Confession time. UWM is not the first college that I attended. Out of high school I began my very short journey at DePaul University and quickly decided that it was not the place for me. After leaving DePaul I had a slightly tighter grasp on what I wanted college to be for me. There were two things that I was sure of: One. I wanted to continue living in Wisconsin. Two. I wanted to live in a big city. Milwaukee popped into my head and it never left. After an excellent Campus and Housing tour of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I was hooked! The diverse student population, established Communication program and endless activities that UWM has to offer drew me in hook, line, and sinker.

So, I packed my bags of endless pairs of shoes and headed off to Riverview Residence hall. A plus about our South Campus Residence Halls is that they have WALK THROUGH CLOSETS! I repeat my friends, WALK THROUGH CLOSETS!! Living in Riverview was a great experience because it truly is a small community. It is our smallest residence hall and the people that live there have a special connection. For example, the guy who served my strawberry sprinkled waffle every Sunday morning knew me by name (and waffle).  In addition, the Kenwood Campus is a short shuttle ride away. Another perk for my Riverview and Cambridge Commons friends is Chubby’s Doughnuts. Chubby’s is an off campus restaurant located on North Avenue that sells little circles of amazing doughy goodness. I highly recommend trying them on your next trip over to UWM’s lovely South Campus.

This year I am a resident in the East Tower of Sandburg Residence Halls. I like to think that I can cook so the full kitchen was a big draw for me when I was Self- Assigning my room for my Sophomore year. I’ll keep you guys updated on my journey as a Sandburg Resident as this year progresses!

Can’t wait to continue my journey at UWM as an Outreach Assistant, if you have any questions about my experience here or about University Housing please feel free to contact me at uhmtg@uwm.edu ! See you around Panthers!! (:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Move-in hours

Happy Move-in Season!

As Move-in quickly approaches, we have had a ton or questions about the hours of various restaurants operations locations! When do they open? What are the hours? Fear not my incoming panthers! Below is all of the opening and hours during move - in!

Palm Gardens
Regular Hours 8/26 - Tuesday - Regular Hours

RESTOR Sandburg
Regular Hours 8/24 - Sunday- Regular Hours

Sandburg Cafe
8/24 Sunday Regular Hours

Prior - Summer hours
9/2 Tuesday Regular Hours

RiverView Cafe
8/27 Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

RESTOR RiverView
8/27 Wednesday Regular Hours

Cambridge Cafe
8/28 Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8/29 Regular Hours

RESTOR Cambridge
8/25 Monday Regular Hours

After move- in these hours will go back to 'normal' and will be posted at each location! If you have any question please give our office a call at 414-229-4065

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Housing Charges Deadlines and Payments

These past couple days we have had a ton of questions concerning payments and housing fees! All of your housing fees will be posted under the Finance Section of your PAWS Student Center page and can be paid through The Bursar's Office! If you have been assigned a room, you will notice that the Fall semester your housing and meal plan fees have been posted on your PAWS account. 

On August 1st, 60% of your Fall semester housing and meal plan charges are due, with the remaining 40% due on September 2nd. While financial aid will not disburse by August 1st, University Housing can take your financial aid award into account at the time the first payment is due.  If you wish to have financial aid considered in lieu of an August 1st payment out of pocket, the following must be completed:

-You must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
-You must have a valid financial aid award from UWM Financial Aid.
-You must have accepted the financial aid award in PAWS.uwm.edu
-The aid award must be large enough to cover the August 1 charges.

If your financial aid award is not enough to cover the August 1st payment, you will need to pay the difference. If you determine you need additional financial assistance, you are encouraged to consider a PLUS Loan or a Private Alternative Educational Loan (please apply for the amount needed for the entire year). Details on these programs are found at loans.uwm.edu or by contacting The Financial Aid Office.  

If you have registered for classes, tuition charges will be posted on your PAWS Student Center page approximately July 25th and is due September 2nd.  
 If you have not been assigned a room yet, any assignments posted prior to July 25th will still have 60% due August 1st. If you do not get assigned until July 28th or after, your 60% will be due approximately two weeks after the assignment. 

More information can also be found in The Contract Guidebook concerning payments and charges! As always if you have any further questions please give our office a call at 414-229-4065 or email us at university-housing@uwm.edu!