Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tailgating as a Panther

Not sure how to make proper tailgate foods when you are getting pumped up for that Brewer's or Panther Baseball game? No worries, UWM Executive Chef Matt Powers is teaching University Housing residents how to grill savory burgers, brats and other traditional tailgate foods tonight at 7 p.m. in the Sandburg.

This class is one of many in a UWM cooking class series aimed at helping students learn how to cook both the Wisconsin classics and the ethnic dishes so they can appreciate the art of independence despite having a conveniently located cafeteria in their building. In the past, Powers and his staff of professional chefs have taught students how to roll sushi, decorate cakes, and the cafe's delicious soups.

If students want to remake the recipes they learn at one of these classes, or simply want to whip out one of their homestyle favorites there are several locations within University Housing where residents can cook. All residents in Sandburg East Tower, Purin Hall, and Kenilworth Square Apartments have their very own kitchen located in their suite or apartment. Students residing in Cambridge Commons have a common kitchen available to them on every one of the building's six floors. RiverView residents can check out the kitchen next to the cafeteria by asking the front desk for the key. Similarly, students in the Sandburg Traditional Towers can check out the key to the kitchen located at the base of South Tower, which was recently stocked with pots, pans and utensils by the South Tower Activities Council.

Moral of the story, cooking is easy in University Housing...we even teach you how to do it!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New members of SHAC executive board!

The Student Housing Administrative Council (SHAC) recently held its Executive Board elections, and today the current Executive Board transitions the new one in! SHAC is the Residence Hall Association for UW- Milwaukee. It acts as a great opportunity for students looking to get involved in the decision making of University Housing. If you were in high school government, student council, or are just overall interested in creating events for our residents, this is probably an organization that would interest you come Fall 2014.
Let's get to know the new Executive Board!
  • Emma Price - President
  • Michael Sportiello -  Vice President
  • Graham Wolfe Luterbach - Events Coordinator
  • Cole Meller - Business Manager
  • James Cocroft - National Communications Coordinator

My name is Emma Price and I am transitioning from National Communications Coordinator to President of SHAC! I am a third year architecture student. When I am not involved with school, work or extra-curriculars, I enjoy exploring the city, hanging out with friends, and binge watching Netflix. Over the summer I get to study architecture in various Nordic countries. I am ecstatic to be serving the residents of UW Milwaukee as President for the upcoming 2014-2015 year. I want to help create a safe, inclusive, and fun community for every resident. I am honored to be serving as the chair of SHAC to help give every resident a voice in university housing.

I am SHAC's Vice President Mike Sportiello, and I could not be more excited. As part of the executive board of SHAC, I will have the opportunity to directly impact the experiences for students and residents of UWM. I love being loud, excited, and coming up with innovative ideas to change the way things are done to more directly increase the level of happiness in the world. As part of the executive board, I know that this will become a reality. Currently, I serve on West Tower Community Council. I am a first year student who is majoring in Chemistry and Philosophy, and I conduct antibiotic research in chemistry.

My name is Graham Wolfe Luterbach, and I am the Events Coordinator. I'm a very outgoing person! I love to bike, read, drink espresso, draw, dance, listen to music, and work on my blogs. In the past I've been involved in Theater, ten different sports, a hip hop team, ASL Club, DECA, Student Council, and volunteering at numerous places. I'm six feet tall, I'll dress up wherever I can, I have six tattoos, and I'm a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa. I'm looking forward to working with the rest of executive board to create one of the best years of inclusive and exciting events!

Hiya, I'm Cole Meller. I have a subtly strong jaw line and I enjoy moonlit excursions. I came to UW-Milwaukee this semester to increase my opportunities, and I found SHAC! I am pumped to join the executive board as SHAC Business Manager, because it will give me a chance to see how SHAC works from the numbers' side of things. Outside of SHAC, I plan on honing in on either physiology or biology, and in the long run, study psychiatry.

Hello my name is James Martin Cocroft II and I am the 2014-2015 National Communications Coordinator. Guess who's really excited to spend time hand picking delegates in order to accompany me to Glacurh, Wurha, and Nacurh? I am! Wanna know why? Because I think that UW-Milwaukee has a lot of great people to show off to the other UW schools. I also am really excited to start working with the rest of the 2014-2105 executive board. 

We look forward to the amazing events SHAC will create for our residents! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shuttle Times Are Changing!

Good afternoon Panthers!

University Housing shuttles will be changing their hours of operation as they pilot a new program for the remainder of the Spring semester. Effective 1 AM on Monday, April 21, University Housing will no longer provide shuttle service in the overnight hours.

The new daily schedule of service is below:

Sunday: 9 AM - 1 AM (Monday)
Monday: 7 AM - 1 AM (Tuesday)
Tuesday: 7 AM - 1 AM (Wednesday)
Wednesday: 7 AM - 1 AM (Thursday)
Thursday: 7 AM - 3 AM (Friday)
Friday: 7 AM - 3 AM (Saturday)
Saturday: 9 AM - 3 AM (Sunday)

If you find yourself in need of transportation while shuttles are not running I encourage you to utilize one of the following alternative transportation options:

  • Be On the Safe Side (B.O.S.S.): Service from 6pm - 2am seven days a week. http://www4.uwm.edu/boss/ (414) 229-6503
  • Milwaukee County Transit System: Daily service from approximately 5am - 2am. http://www.ridemcts.com/ (414) 344-6711
  • Milwaukee has several taxi services that cater to the UWM area! Two of them are:
We appreciate your support in our effort to improve the structure of service for University Housing Residents. Any questions about the University Housing Shuttle can be directed to housing-shuttles@uwm.edu


Still Time to Self-Assign!

Did you miss the first three Returner Self- Assignment dates?  Don't worry! There is still time to pick your room for next year or modify your current assignment. 

Come visit us in the University Housing Office (Sandburg C100) during the following times for your last chance to choose your room for next year:

·      Friday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
·      Friday, April 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
·      Friday, May 2 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you plan on living in University Housing for 2014-2015 it is in your best interest to participate in returner self-assignment because it allows you to take ownership of your room assignment and get to ultimately decide your room and building for the next academic year. 

If you do not participate in returner self-assignment, you will be assigned with the general lottery in June.  Please note that availability in certain room types and buildings are limited at this point.  We encourage you to keep an open mind and bring a list of different room types and communities you would be interested in. 

You and your preferred roommates/suitemates should attend the make-up appointments together.  This makes it easier to select a different one if the space your group originally wants is not open. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Summer Living Made Easy

Didn't get enough University Housing during the regular school year? Great! We would be happy to provide you with a home for as long as you need during the busy Milwaukee Summer. In order to be eligible for summer housing you will need to meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in at least 1 summer course
  • Have a qualified internship
  • Be a UWM student employee

The minimum length of a summer contract is four weeks. When filling out a summer contract you will choose the exact length of your stay. Room rates are very competitive with alternative options in the area and are charged by day. Review the Summer Contract Guidebook for all of the specific details about the summer contract. If you have any questions they can be directed to University Housing in person, by phone (414)229-4065, or by e-mail university-housing@uwm.edu. Once you are familiar with the contract go ahead and fill out the Summer Contract Signature Page to lock in a suite. The priority submission deadline for the first session is May 5th so make sure to get the contract in by then!

This year Restaurant Operations is offering a new and improved summer meal plan option starting at $45 per week! With much lower levels of occupancy during the summer it is not possible to maintain the levels of operation in the cafeteria. Familiarize yourself with the Summer Meal Plan Options and when ready, PRINT and fill out the Summer Meal Plan Contract then turn it in to the University Housing office, C100 located in the Sandburg lobby.

REMEMBER: Priority deadline for the first summer session is May 5th!!


Friday, April 11, 2014

What to Bring!!

Future Panthers, 

As more of you are continue to fill out your housing contracts, I am sure you are asking my favorite question!

"What should I bring when I move into the residence halls?"

In my personal opinion, less is always more! You don't need to bring all of you belongings during move-in. Bring what you know you will need, and then determine how much space you really have once both you and your roommate have moved in. You can always bring more items after you move in!! Also you can visit our website for more information on move-in dates! 

Below are some suggested and optional items to bring when you move-in.

Suggested Items to Bring

  • Extra-long bedding
  • Alarm clock
  • Clothes hangers
  • Towels & washcloth
  • Bathrobe & shower shoes
  • Toiletries (including toilet paper)
  • Small toiletries container
  • Laundry basket/bag & detergent
  • Coffee mug & dishes
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Umbrella
  • Headphones
  • Flashlight
  • Dry Erase board
  • Cleaning supplies for room
  • Cleaning supplies for bathroom
  • Room decorations

Optional Items to Bring

  • Coaxial cable for television
  • Computer with Ethernet card & cable
  • Throw rug
  • Crates or stacking containers
  • Radio/stereo
  • Refrigerator**
  • Camera & batteries
  • Paper towels
  • Fan
  • Sewing kit, scissors, & safety pins
  • Personal sport equipment
  • Hot pot
  • Coffeemaker
  • Lamp for desk (not halogen or with plastic lampshade)
  • Power Strip
  • Extension cords
**Cambridge prohibits refrigerator because suites are furnished with a full-size refrigerator. 

For the safety of all of our residents, we have also assembled a list of items that are prohibited.

Items NOT to Bring

  • Microwave
  • Halogen lamps
  • Lamps with plastic lamp shades
  • Toaster*
  • George Foreman grill*
  • Pizza oven*
  • Sandwich makers*
  • Candles
  • Anything combustible
  • Pets (except fish)
  • Alcohol (if underage)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons
  • Space heaters
  • Appliances with exposed heating elements

*Allowed in East, Purin & Cambridge Upgrade suites if kept in kitchens. Purin, East and Cambridge Commons Upgrade suites kitchens and RiverView, North, South, and West Tower floor lounges are furnished with a microwave.

I hope this helps you all and we cannot wait until we see you in the fall,


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Getting Your Contract In

Future Panthers, please note that the priority deadline to turn in your 2014-2015 University Housing Contract is May 1. This date is four weeks away, so circle it on your calendar and submit your contract on time!

Remember there are six room types available to first year students:
  1. Cambridge Commons Double
  2. Cambridge Commons Double Upgrade
  3. RiverView Double
  4. Traditional Sandburg Single
  5. Traditional Sandburg Double
  6. Traditional Sandburg Triple
You need to indicate your top three room preferences on the online contract so that after the May 1 deadline you can be assigned to your building, suite, and room through a randomized lottery system that will look at which type of room you would prefer. If you do not get your contract in by May 1 you can still apply for University Housing, however, you will be placed in another lottery at the beginning of summer.

Other parts of the contract that are important to take a look at:
  • Living Learning Communities are floors where residents and their Resident Assistant all share a common major or interest so residents can make connections in the classroom and bring that network back to the residence halls. For more information visit the LLC Website.
  • Inclusive Housing offers an inviting, welcoming space for students who self-select and self-identify as gender non-conforming or who have other cultural or identity considerations related to living in the residence halls at UW-Milwaukee and students who identify as allies. University Housing will have some suites where students may request any roommate without regard to gender identity or physical sex. Students interested in Inclusive Housing should contact University Housing or the LGBT Resource Center, or email inclusive-housing@uwm.edu.
  • Roommate Assignment is based off of a personal habit quiz that will assess your living and study habits to ensure a good match between randomized roommates. If you already have a roommate in mind, make sure you put each others' Student ID Numbers in the preferred roommate section of the contract. If you need to share your UWM ID number with your preferred roommate so they can request you, your number can be found at the top of the myHousing page, once you've logged in.
  • Meal Plan fees are separate from University Housing, but can be found on the same contract. Just pick one of three levels so that at the beginning of the semester you try out the food available through Restaurant Operations.
There will also be a $100 pre-payment/deposit required after you submit your contract. If you change your mind about living in University Housing prior to June 1, part of this fee will be refunded to you.

This is a lot of information to process, so if you have any questions feel free to ask!

- Kenlei

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A New Addition to the Outreach Team

Hello there!

Not only am I the one and only Kenlei Cowell, but I am also the newest addition to the University Housing Outreach team! I am so excited to work with the University Housing family because this community is a wonderful place to have fun, eat great food, and work on my professional development.

This is my third year at UW-Milwaukee, as well as my third year living in Sandburg Residence Hall. I lived in the Honors LLC my freshman year, and have stuck around to live in East Tower upperclassmen housing for the past two years. The diverse atmosphere in University Housing has enabled me foster my social life and my academics towards both my Public Relations degree and my Chinese  degree. In fact, I find this community so beneficial towards my college career, that I will stay in the halls my senior year as well!

Other than being a University Housing enthusiast, I enjoy reading, running, dancing like a crazy person, and of course getting involved on the UWM campus. I am the current President of the Student Housing Administrative Council, a campus tour guide, and a high school forensics judge.

I can't wait to meet the incoming and returning Panthers and help them develop their Pounce Pride!