Thursday, January 22, 2015

Winter Welcome Events!

Hello panthers!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break filled with Netflix binge watching and catching up with old friends, but winter break is coming to a close. Make sure you pack your backpack, check your schedule, and stock up on coffee because on January 26th your semester starts!

During your first week back (Jan. 26 - Feb. 1) we will have Winter Welcome Week! Make sure you visit the Winter Welcome Calendar to see all the free activities that will be available to our UWM students.  Here are a few of my personal favorite events going on next week!

Free Fun in the Union Recreation Center (Jan. 26th - Feb 1)

Looking for something fun to do without having to bare the freezing temperatures of Wisconsin? Come to the Union Recreation Center located in the Union for FREE bowling, billiards, ping pong, and video games. This is a great way to get to know your suite mates if you are joining us for your first semester at UWM or a great way to reconnect with your friends you haven't seen in a month!

Beyond the Wall Poster Sale (January 26- January 30th)

Start off the semester with a little redecorating by stopping at the Union Concourse to look at the amazing selection of posters of movies, musicians, celebrities, and much more! My personal favorites are posters of any movies directed by the talented Quentin Tarantino and inspirational Andy Warhol quotes.

 Panthers Men's Basketball Winterfest (January 29th 7pm)

Head down to support the Panthers Mens Basketball team against UIC at the UWM panther area! Doors open at 6pm, but shuttles to the arena will be available from Cambridge, Riverview, and Sandburg beginning at 5:30pm! Make sure to have your UWM student ID with you so you can get in for free and support our panthers from the student section. Keep an eye out for pounce and maybe you will get a picture with our mascot like I did with my wonderful sorority Alpha Omicron Pi

SHAC Snowball 2015

Enjoy our 2nd annual Snowball dance held at Kenilworth Art Building on the 6th floor brought to you by SHAC! Dance the night away with the DJ, visit the photo booth, and try out your luck at one of the casino tables. Also download Events at UWM app for free to be kept up to date with upcoming SHAC events.

Whichever events you decide to attend during Winter Welcome share your experience on twitter with us using #winterwelcome and #pantherpride. 

See you soon panthers!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tips and Tricks to Stay Warm!

Hello my fellow panthers,

It's that time of the year again where Wisconsin likes to remind us how freezing it likes to get! While the snow can be beautiful, UWM's location next to Lake Michigan can make the weather a little ominous at times. Here are some tip and tricks to stay warm!

Take the Shuttle or B.O.S.S.!

If you live in either Cambridge Commons or RiverView and take the University Housing Shuttle to class, wait inside our warm lobbies in our residence halls so you don't freeze outside!! Also if you have a smart phone download our UWM mobile app to track our shuttles individual so you can see exactly how far away they are from you!

If you need to get somewhere off campus between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., feel free to call Be On the Safe Side (B.O.S.S.) This free taxi like service for Panthers will take you anywhere with in a two mile radius of north and south campus.

Adjust the Heat in Your Suite!

In all of our residence halls you can adjust your heat in your rooms. If for some reason your heat is not working the way it needs to, fill out a work order. Our maintenance staff is friendly, fast, and efficient!

Grab some Hot Chocolate or Hot Apple Cider!

The Restor's across campus offer a 12 ounce cup of coffee for only $1.91 including tax! They also have a lot of options for other hot beverages, premade soups, and microwave goodies to keep your tongue and temperament warm.

Although the Grind in Sandburg is closed for the Winterim, the Student Union location is definitely open and another option for you to stop by and pick up a hot cup of coffee, cider or coco. Once semester starts on Jan. 26 all locations will be buzzing with people getting their caffeine fixes and warmy goodness.

Cozy Up in Your House Lounge!

Every house in University Housing has a common space lounge with comfy couches and TV where you, your friends, and those unknown housemates can curl up in blankets for duel bonding and staying warm time.

The Student Union's fireside lounge also offers a good daytime place for some R&R with the heat of a classic fireplace.

Hope this helps and your winter months can be comfortable despite the sometimes brutal nature of a Wisconsin Winter.

Valarie & Kenlei

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hey, Look at that. I'm an Outreach Assistant!!!

Hi! My name is Tyler and I'm the newest Outreach Assistant for University Housing. Some FYI points on me: I am a sophomore here at UWM and I'm a first year BFA Stage Management major in the Peck School of the Arts. When not working on shows, I am also working on an Honors  degree through the Honors College. During my free time I enjoy working as a Campus Ambassador for UWM and now as an Outreach Assistant. Some things that not many people know about me: I'm a Violinist, and when I get the chance, I play in the University Community Orchestra. I have an obsession with the TV show: Scandal. I also love listening to show-tunes. Last, but not least, my two front teeth are fake due to a bicycle accident when I was little (Yea, I'm accident prone).

I was born and raised in Wausau, WI where I attended Wausau East High School. My freshman year in High School I accidentally walked in on a tech crew meeting! Little did I know, I would end up being a theatre major. I was set on another university since my sophomore year of high school, but when I finally toured campuses I decided that UWM was worth looking into. Of course I never expected to fall in love with UWM as much as I did. The city has so much to offer, so I got the "feeling" this was the right school, kinda like Say Yes To The Dress. (Yea, I'm obsessed with that show too.) I ended up coming back to visit UWM too many times than I would like to admit and as they say, the rest is history.

Coming from central Wisconsin, I came to Milwaukee not knowing anyone. I might even admit that I was scared. My first year I ended up living in the Honors LLC on floor 13 of West Tower in Sandburg. Living on floor 13 was probably the best decision I ever made. I ended up getting to know all 72 people that lived in my house and to this day, a bunch of us still go out to grab dinner every once and a while, go out running in the middle of a rain storm, as well as go ice skating at Red Arrow Park when the weather is nice. My favorite thing that I have come to love about Sandburg is the fact that I can wake up 15 minutes before class, and most of the time still make it there on time. (Totally not a morning person here.)

I can't believe I just finished my 3rd semester here at UWM! Time really flies when you're having fun I guess. This year I currently reside in Sandburg East Tower and I'm in the process of learning how to cook. If I do say so myself, I think I'm not half bad.

 If you have any questions about my experiences here at UWM or about University Housing, feel free to give me a shout out at:!

Till next time my friends,


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Winter Wonderland aka MILWAUKEE

Hello Panthers!

I recently went to see the Lion King at the Milwaukee Theatre and I thought to myself I should inform the rest of the residents of UW Milwaukee of the awesome time they could have at the Milwaukee Theatre!

The Lion King is a classic! My seat was on the balcony far from the stage but that did not affect my experience at all! The play was the highlight of my week and a great way to get my mind off of my never ending work pile. Here are a few shows that are coming up at the Milwaukee Theatre, grab a few friends and take the 30 bus downtown!

The Lion King is playing in Milwaukee until December 7!

Upcoming shows include:

Dancing Pros in January 2015
More information at Milwaukee Theatre!

Other things to do around this time of year around Milwaukee!

Attend the Holiday Lights Festival in Downtown Milwaukee from November 20-December 28!
Take a Jingle Bus tour of the historic landmarks in the area or have some hot cocoa with the Clauses and take in the majestic winter scene! There are all sorts of fun tours and treats taking place in the next month, take a peak at Sugar and Spice and Everything Lights!

This is definitely MY favorite time of year and I can't wait to enjoy it in the wonderful city that we live in. Don't let the cold get you down, grab a few friends and bundle up and head downtown for some winter fun!

Happy Holidays!,
Katie McNamara
Student Outreach Assistant

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day - November 4, 2014

So, you’re a UWM Student who wants to vote.

First, #awesome.

Second, if this is the first election you are voting in, we have some tips for you regarding polling places and registering to vote. (actually, these are good tips for anyone, even if you have voted in previous elections).

How to Register?
You may register and vote at your voting site on any Election Day.

Establishing & Proving Residency

Establishing Residency
To be register to vote with your UW-Milwaukee address, you need to have lived at that address for at least 28 days prior to the election. If you have moved within the 28 days prior to the election, you would still be eligible to vote (possibly via absentee ballot) at your old address.

Proving Residency
To prove your residence, you will need to provide some documentation, the rules for which are below (taken from City of Milwaukee Election Commission website):

“2013 Wisconsin Act 182 went into effect on April 4, 2014. Act 182 requires that ALL voters provide a document establishing their proof of residence as part of the voter registration application. The requirement applies to all electors who are not military or permanent absentee voters.  Any document used as a proof of residence MUST include:

  • Your current and complete name
  • Your current and complete residential address
  • A visible account or document number (if applicable)

AND must be from one of the following proof of residence document types: 
  • A current and valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
  • A current and valid Wisconsin identification card.
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  • A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing not earlier than 90 days before Election Day.
  • Bank statement.
  • Paycheck.
  • A check or other document or official correspondence issued by a unit of government (this includes official mail from a public high school or state college or university, such as MPS or UW-Milwaukee).
  • A university, college, or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk.
  • A residential lease which is effective for a period that includes Election Day (cannot be used when registering by mail)
**Please note: you are able to redact (black out) private information such as account balances or transactions on your proof of residence document. However, the last four (4) digits of your account number (if applicable), name and address must remain visible.”

As a UWM Student – you have access to print a document (see: Student Voter Enrollment Letter) via PAWS that will print your current address to allow you to establish residency.

Student Voter Enrollment Letter: This letter can be printed off PAWS on a self-service basis, starting on October 1.  The link to generate the letter appears in Personal Information section on the PAWS Student Center.  Instructions are provided through the self-service process that informs students on how to update their mailing address in PAWS, which prints on the enrollment letter and must reflect the student's local address based on their voting location.  

Students who do not have proof of their current local address can provide the student voter enrollment letter or another acceptable proof of residency document (e.g., utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc.) with their current name and address to register to vote, if they are not already registered to vote.

More information on proof of residency for voter registration is also available via the GAB at .

Where to Vote?
For the purposes of this section, we’ll focus our attention on University Housing residents. Are you a UWM student who commutes or lives off-campus? Check out to see where you should vote.

Cambridge     Ward 136      Urban Ecology Center
                                                1500 E. Park Place

Kenilworth     Ward 180      Maryland Avenue School
                                                2418 N. Maryland Ave.

Purin              Ward 131      Plymouth Church                 
                                                2717 E. Hampshire Ave.

RiverView       Ward 137      Gordon Park Pavilion
                                                1321 E. Locust St.

Sandburg       Ward 130      Sandburg Green Room        
                                                3400 N. Maryland Ave.