Thursday, November 12, 2015

Less than 35 days till Finals!

Though studying for finals, finishing up projects, and getting in those last minute extra credit assignments may be consuming your mind there is a lot to think about if you are moving out of the residence halls over winter break. Speaking from personal experience, here are 5 things to think about ahead of time that you may forget about.

1. Take items home over thanksgiving break. Get rid of your summer clothes, swimsuits, and sandals. As sad as it is to put them away, lets face reality that winter is coming and you don't need these extra tank tops and shorts laying around.  Bringing home your stuff will save you room and you will have less to take home over winter break.

2. Pack a bag. Even if you don't have all your clothes at school it is important to pack a bag to bring home of clothes you will want over winter break. Also keep in mind even if  you plan on lounging in sweatpants and watching Netflix for a month your parents may want you to dress up for some Holiday Festivities, so make sure you pack your fancy pants too.

3. Bring toiletries home. Don't forget your deodorant, toothbrush, hairbrush, and everything else you keep in your bathroom. It can be easy to run out of your room after finals are over, but trust me you need these items. Also since University Housing cleans the bathrooms over winter break so you will want to make sure everything is emptied from the bathroom so it can be professionally cleaned.

4. Don't forget your chargers. Nothing can be worse than having to ask for a new phone and laptop charger in your stocking, just because you left them at school. Remember to unplug all of your electronics and take those chargers home with you!

5. Bring home the fish. A fish funeral when coming back to school in January can really put a damper on the whole reunion with you and your friends. Make sure to put your fish in a safe place and take him home to meet the family and enjoy the break with you.

Best of luck on your finals and remember you can always contact your RA about any questions regarding move out.

--Becca and Val

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Good Morning Panthers!

I hope your first month of classes went great, but it can be pretty overwhelming. With keeping up with all of the readings, labs, quizzes, and even with exams coming up it can be pretty stressful. Not to mention if you are working or in clubs and organizations as well. Personally myself I am working two jobs, a double major, and in a sorority so I am all too familiar with the struggle of trying to balance my time. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to not being as stressed or have the feeling of being overwhelmed.

Struggling with classes?

Making sure that you are up to date with all of your assignments as well as staying on track with all the readings can be very stressful.

Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) is here to help! PASS tutoring is extremely helpful with those classes that you are struggling with and can prepare you for those midterms and finals. Not only does PASS schedule tutor appointments with you, but they even except walk ins! Since my schedule can get a little hetic I like to use their option of online tutoring. Here is the best part IT IS FREE! So there is no excuse for you not to get the help you need!

Do you have an insane schedule?

Balancing your time is a skill that you will continue to grow at, but balancing school, work, clubs, social life, and hobbies can be a little overwhelming.

What I like to do is make a list and protize everything I need to get done. Having an online calendar as well as a hard cover planner is very helpful. You can even use the the calendar online through your school email or pick up a planner at the Student Success Center!

Are you feeling just overall overwhelmed?

The main thing you have to do is make sure you take care of yourself. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in your busy schedule.

 Make sure you make time to eat healthy, don't drink too much coffee, and get as much sleep as you possibly can. Remember that you can only perform at your best when you feel the best!


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's that time of year again... FALL WELCOME!

It is almost time to start going back to class, chugging coffee, and seeing the people that you have missed all summer. Which means...fall welcome is in full gear! Here are a few events that I will be personally going to, but to see all events go to their website at

Thursday, August 27th 

At the Union Cinema at 9pm, the film Get Hard with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart will be playing.See Will Ferrell get an education in incarceration from Kevin Hart in this new comedy. 

Friday, August 28th

At Sandburg Residence Hall in Flicks at 9pm, Comedy Sportz will be taking place. ComedySportz is an improv comedy show and a tradition in Milwaukee. Two teams of "Actletes" get suggestions from the audience, create scenes on stage, and compete for your laughs. You decide what each scene is about, you decide who you think is funnier, and you decide who wins! Snacks and beverages served; audience participation encouraged; laughter guaranteed! 

Saturday, August 29th

From 12pm-4pm shuttles will be picking up and dropping off students from the library shuttle stop to Bradford Beach! Are you moved in and looking to enjoy the beautiful weather and explore Milwaukee’s lakefront? Visit beautiful Bradford Beach. Get active with beach volleyball or frisbee, or just relax and enjoy the beach and beautiful water of Lake Michigan. . 

Sunday, August 30th

At the Sandburg Hall Green Room at 10am, buses will load to the Brewers vs. Reds: Sponsored by the Campus Actives Board. Join fellow students for a great afternoon at Miller Park as the Milwaukee Brewers face the Cincinnati Reds. All fans in attendance receive a Vintage Brewer bobble head. Bring clothing appropriate for the weather and money to purchase food or other items. 

Wednesday, September 2nd

At the Union Ballroom at 6pm come to check out Greek Life at the Fraternity and Sorority Showcase! Being an active member in Alpha Omicron Pi, I can't explain how amazing of an experience it is being a member of Greek Life at UWM.

Friday, September 4th

Today is the day most of UWM students, including myself look forward to every year. PANTHERFEST! This year Twenty One Pilots and Hoodie Allen will be performing! I cannot wait to see these amazing acts considering one of them is my favorite band :)

Enjoy Fall Welcome!!


Monday, August 17, 2015

The Awesomeness that is Our Walls

Move-in is less than two weeks! (Wait, two weeks! Really? Summer just started!) As we have been loving meeting all y'all at New Student and Transfer Adult Student orientations we have been receiving a lot of questions! Which is fantastic, it's great to see how excited everyone is for move-in! One of our most received questions has to do with hanging items on the walls and the best practices to make sure you don't get charged for damages at the end of the year. Below is a simple guide of things you can do to avoid getting charged.

For a splash of color:

Don't paint your walls.

Do use posters.

For hanging things (This is a change for the 2015-2016 school year*):

Don't use command strips, pins, or staples.

Do use Poster Puddy and Painters Tape.

For frustration:

Don't punch the walls.

Do use a stress ball.

I hope you find this guide useful and we all look forward to meeting you during move-in!

-Tyler and Valerie

*The reasoning behind this change is due to individuals who were moving out in Cambridge Commons and RiverView Residence Halls telling students they were going to get charged for damage to the walls unless they used Spackle to cover any holes left in the wall. This ended up causing more damage to the walls. To prevent this from happening again, we are only allowing poster puddy and painters tape from now on.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Interpreting Your Room Assignment!

With the first weekend of June coming soon and room assignments starting to come out I am sure many of you are very excited to find out where you are living and who you are living with.  Of course with all this excitement I want to make sure you know how to decode your room assignments once you get them! Once you log onto your myhousing@uwm account, scroll to the bottom of the screen. Under the “2015-2016 Residence Hall Academic Year Contract“ heading, you should see a blue link with letters and numbers. This blue link is your assignment and if you click on that link, it will bring up a new page with your roommates and suitemates names. The person with the exact same room letter as you is your roommate and those listed with different room numbers are your suitemates.

Room assignments for Sandburg residents would look something like this “N2310A”. The letter N could be replaced with S, W or E just depending on the tower you were assigned to. The first two numbers would tell you what floor in Sandburg your room is on. For “N2310A”, the assigned room would be located on the 23rd floor of north tower. The third and fourth numbers tell you what suite you were assigned. For “N2310A”, the assigned suite is 10 on the 23rd floor of north tower. Finally the letter at the end of your assignment is your assigned room. For “N2310A”, the assigned room is room A in suite 10 on the 23rd floor in North tower. If you were assigned to Sandburg, your room assignment should be similar for all of the towers.

Room assignments for Cambridge Commons residents would look something like “CC232B”. The CC in your room assignment lets you know that you were placed in Cambridge Commons. For “CC232B”, the numbers tell you what suite you are assigned to. These numbers also dictate what floor in Cambridge your room is on. For “CC232B”, your assigned room is on the 2nd floor in suite 232. Finally, the letter at the end of your assignment is your assigned room. For “CC232B”, your assigned room would be B in suite 232 on the 2nd floor of Cambridge Commons.

Room assignments for Riverview residents would look something like “RV308A”. The RV in your room assignments lets you know that you were placed in RiverView. For “RV308A”, the numbers tell you what suite you are assigned to. These numbers also dictate what floor in RiverView your room is on. For “RV308A”, your assigned room is on the 3rd floor in suite 308. Finally, the letter at the end of your assignment is your assigned room. For “RV308A”, your assigned room is the A room in suite 308 on the 3rd floor of RiverView.

After you receive your room assignment, check out furniture measurements here, or recaps of Sandburg, Cambridge and Riverview here!

With many people eager to find out more information about their living space the system tends to get overwhelmed. Please be patient, especially over the first couple of days as the website is used heavily. Remember not everyone will find out their assignment on June 5th, but we will continue to send the assignments out throughout the summer.

If you have signed up to be in a Living Learning Community you will not see any reference to your LLC in MyHousing. However, if you have signed up to be in an LLC and your room number matches with where the LLC is placed below you are most likely in that community.

Hope this helps and if you have any questions about room assignments please call the University Housing office or ask in the comments below!