Friday, June 28, 2013

Your New Best Friend

RA.  What does it stand for?  Resident Assistant, also known as your new best friend.  They are students just like you.  They go to class, do their homework, and hangout with friends.  They live next door or just down the hall from you.  A RA is available to you 24 hours a day (but don’t wake them up if you don’t have to.)  They plan events as a chance for you to have fun and meet new people.  They are also there during the not so happy times.  If you want a room switch, need a shoulder to cry on, need advice about a class, or are struggling at adjusting to living with your new roommate your RA is your go to kind of pal.  They are available to help you.  In addition, to helping you there are there to keep you safe.
Last year I was a RA in RiverView.  I had the opportunity to meet and get to know about 48 residents.  I was there through the tears and the fights, the smiles and laughter, but most importantly the memories.  I loved having the opportunity to help my residents and watch them grow.
A resident assistant wants you to succeed, learn, and grow.  Don’t be afraid to ask them the “silliest” question or to share one of your biggest fears.  They aren’t there to get you in trouble, just to help create a wonderful experience in college that you’ll never forget.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How to decode room assignments!

Good Afternoon New Panthers,

                As summer quickly passes through and you all continue to receive your room assignments, I am sure you are wondering how to actually decode them! Once you log onto your myhousing@uwm account, scroll to the bottom of the screen.  Under the “2014-2015 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, RiverView  and Cambridge. Finally, you can also check out specific room dimensions of Sandburg, RiverView and Cambridge!  

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

Have a Pantheriffic day,

Thursday, June 20, 2013

No One Mourns The WICKED

We’re off to see the Wizard…The wonderful wizard of OZ… But what happened Before the wizard got there.  

Wicked, an amazing musical claiming more than 35 awards, is in Milwaukee tells the story… “Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for.”  Wicked is an amazing and fun musical for all ages.  I watched a performance on Sunday and was stunned by the magnificence.  This great show is selling tickets fast so don’t wait to get your tickets!  You can also look into the lottery system for a cheaper way to see the show.

Don't pass on PASS

Good Morning!!

                 Feeling over whelmed with class work? Not understanding something your professor is saying? Don’t worry! PASS is there to help!!! PASS or Panther Academic Support Services provide tutoring, supplemental instruction, study groups and academic resources. These services are completely free to UWM students and can save you hours of frustration. PASS sessions are offered throughout campus including the Library, Bolton, Cunningham, Music Building, and all three of the Residence Halls. Pass has various types of options for tutoring depending on the type and frequency of tutoring you would like to have. The best thing about PASS is they come to all three of the resident halls during the week to help residents with classes like English, Math or Science. These sessions are walk-in so residents can come and go as they please and don’t even have to leave their residence hall. If you want a more set tutoring schedule that is once a week with the same tutor you can sign up for an appointment on the PASS website for weekly small group tutoring. These appointments are a reoccurring meeting between you and a tutor for a more regularly scheduled session. PASS also offers supplemental instruction which is a program specifically created for large lecture classes. SI instructors attend classes, take notes, and keep up with the content being taught. They then hold review sessions each week to review the course material.  Finally, PASS offers online review tutoring in various subjects to help students understand harder concepts within their classes from the convenience of their computers. PASS can help students with just about any subject so don't be discouraged to walk in and ask for help! 

Until next time, 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Movie With A View

Ever wish you had a home movie theater? What about a projector screen on the side of your house? Well I can’t give you that, but I do want to tell you about an awesome FREE opportunity to catch a flick for free while exploring the different parks of beautiful Milwaukee!


Family Flicks is your ticket to summer movie fun! Four parks throughout Milwaukee have several movie showings each throughout the summer that are completely free. This is a great way to enjoy the weather and maybe even make some new friends! This week’s showing at Veteran Park is 007: Skyfall on Saturday, June 22nd. Movies start at dusk, so grab a friend and a blanket and head on over!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dancing at Milwaukee

Summerdances is a performance by over 30 UW-Milwaukee dancers.  The performances are site-specific meaning they are tailored and meant only for the spaces they are performed in.  Site-specific pieces are performance works inspired by the architecture and ecology of water found in the Cudahy Gardens of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the historic North Point Water Tower.  This year Summerdances can be viewed at two locations Milwaukee Art Museum Cudahy Gardens and North point Water Tower.  It is free and open to the public and an amazing opportunity to begin learning the potential of UWM students.  Summerdances can be viewed through out June 13-15.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Comet Cafe

Happy Monday!
Comet Café is nestled at 1947 N Farwell Ave in Milwaukee! It’s a small place that houses some of the friendliest and happiest Milwaukeeans (right behind UWM Housing)! It’s best to go early because it fills up quickly and with Comet’s slow food motto tables tend to be occupied for an extended amount of time. If you are waiting to be seated, mosey over to the display case filled with cupcakes and pies from a local shop called Honeypie. These will not disappoint, as each dessert is made completely from scratch daily with vegan options. I would suggest asking an employee to box up your dessert prior to being seated at a table, as these tend to sell out quickly on a busy night!
            After pondering my own cupcake choice, I chose a malted milk ball cupcake (it was phenomenal). I was seated and without even opening my menu I asked the waitress Comet’s special. She suggested the meatloaf with beer gravy or the AJ’s compact turkey dinner. AJ’s compact turkey dinner is turkey, stuffing, and cheesy mashed potatoes rolled into a ball. It is then beer battered, fried and served with country gravy and the vegetable of the day. They had me at fried! I wasn’t really sure what to expect but the great part about Comet Café is your food is made from scratch and Comet uses as much locally own products and ingredients as possible. Due to your food being made from scratch, it made the amount of time waiting on food longer than a typical restaurant but it was well worth the wait.
My AJ’s compact turkey dinner was AMAZING! It was a perfect home cooked meal that reminded me of Thanksgiving at home. Moving away to school, I craved my mom’s homemade meals and Comet Café was the next best thing. This has become one of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee and one of my favorite meals. When you all come to Milwaukee, if you are ever looking for a local, unique restaurant I highly recommend Comet Café!! Comet Café was also featured on The Food Network in the show Diners, Drive-In, and Dives! Overall, I left Comet Café with a very full, happy stomach and can’t wait to go back again!


Until next time,
Haley Williams