Tuesday, April 14, 2015

First Year Student Checklist!!

Hello Incoming Panthers!

You might be asking yourself what are the steps I need to take before I can call myself a panther? Well I am here to help! The deadline that you should have engraved in your brain is MAY 1! I repeat MAY 1!!

This is the deadline for our first lottery for University Housing.

Of course this is only one of a few items in your PAWS checklist. Make sure you complete all of the below items as soon as possible so you avoid late charges

1. Sign up for placement testing


All new freshmen are required to take Math and English placement tests to determine their course eligibility. Admitted UWM New Freshmen need to sign up for a New Freshmen Testing Session. In addition to the mandatory math and English placement tests, testing is also available in chemistry and several foreign languages. If you grew up speaking a language other than English, ESL testing is offered at New Freshman testing. Placement testing must be completed prior to registering for classes.

2. Pay $100 New Student Confirmation Deposit


Log into your PAWS account to pay your $100 New Student Confirmation Deposit so we know you are dedicated to coming to this institution in next term.


3. Housing Contract & $100 University Housing Deposit 



This is where that very important deadline of MAY 1 comes into play. Submit your Housing Contract before our first deadline which is, you guessed it, MAY 1 ! Along with submitting your contract,  make sure you pay your $100 University Housing Deposit as well through your PAWS account.


If you choose not to live with us make sure you complete the residency policy exemption paperwork.



4. Connect with the New Student Orientation Office


This is the last step for you to complete before your pantherdom. In the NSO you will be meeting other new students and having an indepth introduction to our campus so you feel comfortable before you start to register for classes.


Get all of these steps done the sooner rather than later so you can enjoy your summer (and not have UWM offices calling you to remind you to complete them).

If you do not complete these items before the first day of classes, there will be a $50 late registration fee added to your PAWS account.


-Valerie

Monday, April 13, 2015

April Showers Part II

Wow! Hard to believe we are almost to those May flowers. If your looking for something to do for the rest of the month there are many more awesome ways to get out there and support the arts and take a break from studying while saving money! Here are a list of events Peck School of the Arts is putting on for the rest of April. Hey look! No snow outside!


PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Kenilworth Open Studios
April 18th 11:00 am (Free)

ART & DESIGN
Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene
Now through June (Free)
MA/MFA Exhibition II
Now through April 23rd (Free)
Metals! 15 Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 16th through May 6th (Free)

DANCE
New Dancemakers: From the Known to the Unknown
April 28th through May 2nd (Reduced Price)


FILM
Tender Muscles: 5 Films by Charles Fairbanks
April 19th 7:00pm (Free)
Milwaukee Underground Film Fest
April 30th through May 3rd (Free)

MUSIC
UWM Guitar Program Student Recital: Finger-Style Guitar Solos
April 17th 7:30pm (Free)
Gospel Choir Concert
April 21st 7:30pm (Free)
University Band & Symphony Band Concert
April 24th 7:30pm (Free)
University Community Orchestra Concert
April 26th 5:00pm (Free)

THEATRE
Love's Labors Lost
April 15th through April 19th (Reduced Price)
Slightly Bigger Women: What Happens When Little Women Grow Up?
April 22nd through April 26th (Reduced Price)
The Crucible
April 29th through May 3rd (Reduced Price)


I'll see you next time my friends,

-Tyler

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What to do During April Showers

I know what your thinking. April showers bring May flowers. Well, if it is showering (maybe snowing) and you want to do something that doesn't involved getting soaked, (nothing against running around in the rain wearing a swim suit) Peck school of the Arts has lots of free and/or reduced price entertainment for Panthers, by Panthers. There is so much going on this month that there will be a second post half way through of even more things to do as you prepare for finals. I hope to see you all around!

Awesome things to do:

PECK SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Kenilworth Open Studios
April 18th 11:00 am (Free)

ART & DESIGN
Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene
Now through June (Free)
First Year Program Exhibitions
April 1st through 10th (Free)

FILM
Jenni Olson's The Royal Road 
April 4th 7pm (Free)

MUSIC
MKE Unplugged: Woody Mann
April 2nd 7:30pm (Free)
UWM Symphony Orchestra Concert: Concerto Winners
April 3rd 7:30pm (Free)
Leonard Sorkin Institute of Chamber Music Spring Recital
April 7th 7:30pm (Free)
Wind Ensemble Concert
April 10th 7:30pm (Free)
Concert Chorale at Milwaukee Art Museum
April 11th 1:30pm (Free)
Antigoni Goni Classical Guitar Concert
April 14th 7:30pm (Reduced Price)

THEATRE
Love's Labors Lost
April 15th through April 19th (Reduced Price)

I'll see you next time my friends,

-Tyler

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Start Your Break Off with SPRING!

Hard to believe with the snow storm a couple days ago, but spring break is T minus 1 day, 12 hours, 4 minutes, and 34 seconds. (going with the offical start at 12:00 A.M. Saturday March 14th, if your's starts earlier, then it is even less!).

With spring break on the mind, lets take a second and think... We are thinking green grass, birds chirping, going to the beach, and finally being able to go outside with JUST a t-shirt and shorts! Now come back to reality and lets be real. Right now, next week is looking like mid 40s and 50s, so shorts are a possibility, t-shirt...if you are brave. Of course this is assuming that mother nature doesn't throw us a curve ball--which she is notorious for doing.

If you are planning on staying in the beautiful city of Milwaukee over spring break as I am, here are some ideas on things to do depending on the weather of course.










  • Take a run or walk - Milwaukee has Lake Drive, Oak Leaf Trail, Veterans Park, and so many other good places for you to stretch you legs for a bit! 
  • Go to the beach - It is only about a 2 mile trek from the Union to Bradford Beach so you could walk there and then go relax in the sand. On your way back you can always take the bus or shuttle to get back to campus, so why not go and enjoy the outdoors. 
  • Go to the Domes - Especially since there is still a tiny bit of snow on the ground, the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is a great place to go and see what the warmer weather will bring to Milwaukee, and to other areas around the world. 
  • Catch a game - Several area high schools, clubs and rec leagues are having outdoor competitions you can watch or take part in. In fact, the Brewers are warming up for opening day which is already on April 6th! 
  • Get lost in downtown - All UWM students get a free Milwaukee Transit System Bus Pass. Use it to hop the 30, 30X, Gold Line, or other lines that run down town and explore an area of the city that you aren't familiar with. 
Of course, now that the weather is becoming a bit more bearable, this city has so much to offer! So whether it is when you start during our Spring break or when you get back to the city, make sure to spend some time outside and soak in the city and sun! 

- Tyler & Kenlei

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Returner Self- Assignment!


As February comes to a close, the employees in the Business Administration office in University Housing get our contracts organized and our pens ready because the beginning of March always means RETURNER SELF-ASSIGNMENT.

What is Returner Self-Assignment, you ask? Well, as a fourth year resident in Sandburg Hall, I am all too familiar with this process, so let me explain. Returner Self-Assignment is for the current University Housing residents who plan on returning to the residence halls in the fall. These students can pick where they want to live next year... EXACTLY where they want to live!

**NOTE - ONLY RESIDENTS WITH SIGNED CONTRACTS FOR 2015-2016 ARE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN SELF-ASSIGNMENT**

Yes! That means you can choose not only your building (Sandburg Traditional, Sandburg East, Purin, Riverview or Cambridge), but you can also sign up with friends to make sure you are placed together or near each other (whoever has the best assigned time can pencil-in their roommates and suitemates names - those roommates and suitemates then have to show up at their assigned times to confirm the request). With this freedom, you can also pick the style of room (triple, double or single) and even pick a room with the view that you want!

If you want to take part in this convenient process, make sure to attend at your scheduled time, which will occur on either the Tuesday March 3 or Wednesday March 4 assignment days in the Sandburg Green Room from 5-9 p.m. Check your mailbox for your individual instructions. If you aren't able to make it, you can have a friend turn in a "proxy card" so they can pick the room for you, or you can go to the Round 2 of Returner Self-Assignment in April.

When you show up to the Green Room there might be a long line, but don't be intimidated because the line usually goes pretty quick. From there you will go up to the table that represents the building you want to live in and pick the room you want to live in next fall. Make sure you go with a few options that you are okay with living in, just in case your specific room is already taken once you get there. However, once you sign your contract, make the prepayment/deposit fee of $100, and pick your room, you are guaranteed the room you reserved come move in during August!

If you are still unsure of whether or not you will be staying in University Housing next year, feel free to reach out to our office here at uhmktg@uwm.edu or 414.229.3158 we are more than happy to answer questions, give tours, and help you weigh the pros and cons of the many options available to you as a continuing student.