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: uhmktg@uwm.edu!

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 http://gab.wi.gov/voters/first-time .

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 myvote.wi.gov 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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Falling into fun: UW- Milwaukee Style!

Hello fellow Panthers!,

I don't know about you but fall is definitely my favorite time of the year! The leaves are falling, the cider is cooking, the pumpkins are ready to be picked! Many of you are probably looking for some fun fall activities to do in Milwaukee this fall, Look no further! I have made a list of twenty super fun activities for you to do right here in Milwaukee! Pull out those Upasses and go on an adventure with your new friends!

Places to visit:

1. The Milwaukee County Zoo has multiple free entry days coming up: November 1 and December 6
Otherwise tickets are about $9.00.

2. Milwaukee Art Museum has free admission on the first Thursday of every month, otherwise admission is only $12 with your student ID!

3. The Domes, 524 S. Layton Blvd $7 for admission. Weather not a problem, take a walk through these indoor gardens!

4. Check out this list of haunted sites all around the city! Use that UPass and get to know the city in a fun way! http://www.milwaukeeghosts.com/map.asp

5. Check out how the residents of BayView carve their pumpkins at this unique fall festival on October 17 and 18! Pull out the costume and enjoy bands and a hayride! More info at: http://www.bayviewneighborhood.org/pumpkinpavilion Located at Humboldt Park.

Food to try:

1. The Milwaukee Public Market is always a fun place to visit and get many fresh treats including cheese curds, chocolate, and many other yummy dishes. On October 19th they will be having a Harvest Festival featuring many Fall-centric activities and snacks!

2. Try out your spy skills at the Safe House, I'll give you the address but no more.... 779 N. Front St, Milwaukee

3. The Dogg Haus: In the mood for a cheaper snack with your friends? Check out the Dogg Haus for their Delicious variety of hot dogs! I personally recommend the Rome dog! It is also located right on N. Downer across from Mitchell and Curtin Halls!

4. Beans and Barley Market and Cafe 1901 E North Ave Milwaukee, Wi. This diner is located right down the street from our RiverView and Cambridge Residence Halls.

5. In the mood for a burger and fries? Try AJ Bombers, 1247 N Water Street, Enjoy some peanuts while you wait for a great burger and delicious fries!


1. Visit the #1 Haunted House in Milwaukee, Mars Haunted House! Admission per adult is $13 but if a group of 15+ go it is only $11 per person!

2. SHOPPING! Hit up Bayshore and buy some new jeans and sweaters before the chilly weather comes by!

3. Carve a pumpkin!

4. Try out the kitchen at the base of South Tower in Sandburg, on the second floor of RiverView or on any floor of Cambridge with a fun fall recipe! Simple Fall Desserts! Be sure to check out the kitchen keys from your service desk and leave the kitchens as clean as you found them!

5. Looking for that perfect costume? Check out this list of costume shops throughout Milwaukee!

Movies to watch:

1. Scariest Movies of 2014

2. Dates & Times of Disney's Classic Halloween Movies 2014

3. 31 Best Horror Movies on Netflix

4.15 Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies

5. RedBox Movie Selection List

Well Guys, I know what I'll be doing the rest of the month! If you have any other recommendations of fun things to do around town, comment below!

Happy Fall!!,

Katie McNamara
Outreach Assistant

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

University Housing featured in Journal-Sentinel!!!

Hello Panthers!

We would just like to take a moment to thank the Journal-Sentinel staff for coming out to visit our residence halls! Please take a moment to read their story, Full UW-Milwaukee residence halls reflect new focus on campus life.  Take a look at the photo gallery as well, you might recognize some of your fellow Panthers!

Have a wonderful day,


Friday, September 26, 2014

Laundry, Meal Plans, and Money, Oh my!

Hello Panthers!  Do you ever wonder how much money is left on your Meal Plan or Gold Account? I do. Budgeting is an important part of being a college student. Today I will give you some information about how to check the balances as well as how to put money on these accounts.

There is a simple way to check the balances of both your meal plan and your Gold Account at uwm.managemyid.com. At this website you will use your UWM Email and Password to log onto your account. Once you have logged in there are categories that display the balance of your Gold account and your Meal Plan. There is also a sidebar where you may add funds to either your Meal Plan or your Gold Account using a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa). There is an option to save this card on the website for future use. Students can also add cash directly to their Gold Accounts using the Cash Value Machines located in every laundry room.

Your meal plan can be used at any location food selling location on campus, including ReStores and Grind locations. A full list of locations is located on uwm.managemyid.com.

Laundry is funded through your Gold Account. Laundry is $1.35 per wash and $1.15 per dry. There are laundry rooms located in each residence hall.

Laundry Locations:
Sandburg: Level U of North and East Towers
Cambridge Commons: First Floor across from the mailboxes and next to the fitness room
RiverView: Floor Two down the hall from the cafeteria
Kenilworth: Floor Two, East End, Behind the elevators

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your UWM Student ID accesses both your Meal Plan and your Gold Account. Think of it as using one card for both a Debit and a Credit account at a bank. One card with two accounts.

If a parent would like to add money to their residents account they can do so by clicking on the 'Family and Friends' link at uwm.managemyid.com. They will be asked for the students ID number (located on their Student ID Card) and the last name of the student. Then they will enter their credit card information and confirm their transaction. The process is broken down into 4 easy steps!

As always, if you have any questions regarding this post, or University Housing, please contact me at uhmtg@uwm.edu.

Have a great day!,

Katie McNamara
Outreach Assistant

Community Councils

Are you looking for a way to get involved and have your voice be heard? Do you want boost up your resume and gain valuable leadership experience? Then you should join a Community Council or SHAC! 

Community Councils and SHAC are the student governments of the Residence Halls! More importantly, they are the voices of the residents in University Housing! Community Councils and SHAC also do a ton of events and activities for students!! One of these amazing events actually occurs this weekend on Sunday, September 28th! It's the SHAC Jamboree from 3pm-8pm in Sandburg Flicks! There will be scavenger hunts, free food, leadership activities and guest speakers!  

Joining a Community Council or SHAC is a great way to get involved in your community and meet new people! They are held right in your residence hall which makes your decisions and inputs that much more important. 

There are a total of six community councils: North, West, South, East-Purin, Cambridge and RiverView! They are open to any residents living in those communities! SHAC is also a great way to make a University Housing wide difference and is open to anyone living in University Housing. 

If you are interested in joining SHAC, stop by their office in Sandburg C221! You can also email them at shac@uwm.edu or call them at 414-229-6313! 

If you are interested in joining a Community Council, just ask any of your RAs or stop by the Residents Life Offices in either Sandburg C120 or Cambridge Commons 144! You can also contact them at their social media sites below! 

Social Media
SHAC Facebook page:http://facebook.com/SHACatUWM
SouthEnd Council: http://facebook.com/SECatUWM
SouthEast Purin Council: http://facebook.com/SEPatUWM
NorthWest Council: http://facebook.com/NWCatUWM
Twitter: @SHACatUWM or http://twitter.com/SHACatUWM

Get involved!!


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!