Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Residence Hall Closings for Winter Break

East Campus Village is beautiful adorned in
snow - a rare sight at UGA!
Please adhere to the following information regarding Winter Break:

East Campus Village, Payne, and Reed Halls will be open for residents to remain on campus if they like for winter break. Whether you are planning to stay on campus or choosing to leave for the winter break, please be safe.

Building1516, Boggs, Brumby, Church, Creswell, Hill, Lipscomb, Mary Lyndon, Mell, Morris, Myers, Oglethorpe, Russell, and Soule Halls will be closing at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2012The halls will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2013.

Closing Checklist

Before leaving, make sure to:
  •   Take your prescription medications and other essentials
  •   Close and lock all windows
  •   Close window blinds
  •   Remove all trash from your room
  •   Defrost your refrigerator and remove all perishables
  •   Unplug all electrical appliances (including the refrigerator)
  •   Turn off all lights
  •   Lock your door

Your room will be inspected by staff to ensure that you have completed the
steps outlined on the checklist. Failure to follow the above checklist may result in a policy violation.

Failure to vacate your residence hall by  noon on Friday, December 14, may result in a $25 late checkout fee or a policy violation.

Failure to remove trash from your room and dispose of it properly will result in a $25 trash removal fee.

This is important information

Your mail will not be forwarded during winter break.  If you are expecting an important package or letter, make all arrangements to assure that you receive it no later than Thursday, December 13th

Please note that you will not have access to the halls after they close on Friday, December 14, 2012; so please make sure to take with you what you will need for the break.

Your Resident Assistant, along with other residence hall staff in your community, should be able to answer any questions that you may have. 

If you have further questions about winter break closing, be sure to contact your RA or your Community Office.

Cancellation Notice:
Residents who will not be on campus spring 2013 due to graduation, study abroad, internship, etc. must complete a termination agreement before leaving for the winter break in the Housing Assignments Office located 116 Russell Hall (first floor).

Have a safe and wonderful winter break.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Out & About: Soule Hall

by Roxy Gandia

Soule Hall
Known for its southern charm, Soule Hall, the oldest building in the Myers Community, sits on Sanford Drive overlooking the Myers Quad. Built in 1919, Soule is the only all-female, non-freshman hall within University Housing.

What’s unique about Soule Hall? The livin' is easy…

Soule Hall has many aspects that make living easy, comfortable and convenient for its residents.
Residents enjoy the convenience of being closely located to Snelling Dining Commons and the Science Library. It is also just a few minutes’ walking distance from Sanford Stadium, the Tate Center, AG Hill and O-House Dining Commons. The ladies living in Soule can effortlessly get to their classes in time because most buses stop right in front of the building, making it easy for residents to travel around campus.

Soule is designated as a suite-style hall. There are two different room set-ups where three to five residents share one or two bathrooms and, depending on the configuration, a living area. On the second floor, they can enjoy sitting on rocking chairs on the balcony, watching the happenings of the community. There are two study lounges and a spacious lobby area full of historic charm where residents enjoy spending time socializing.

Soule is a laid back and calm building, where residents achieve academic success. At the same time, residents have the opportunity to interact and comfortably live in a lively and positive environment. The RA staff does an amazing job working together to create a close-knit community and upbeat atmosphere.

Resident Perspective: What’s it like to live in Soule Hall?

Yokabed Ermais

Stone Mountain, GA

Why did you choose to live in Soule Hall?
Yokabed Ermais can't get enough of
socializing in Soule's accommodating lobby.
As a sophomore, I was looking for a building that was affordable, had a good location and had a different set up from my freshman residence hall. I decided to live in Soule because it had everything I was looking for and that attracted me to it.

What has been your favorite moment living in Soule?
I actually have two favorite moments so far. The first was after move in, when my RA did a game night in the lobby and a lot of the residents came to it. We played the Game of Things, which was a really fun game that helped break the ice and let us get to know each other better. It was great program because we got to interact with each other and good friendships began that night. The second was on November 6, when a lot of us watched the election results together in the lobby.

What is your favorite part of living in Soule Hall?
My favorite part of living in Soule is the lobby. The lobby is a great place to hang out and spend time with my hall mates. It accommodates the needs of residents since the setup is unique. It has a section where we can study and also a section where we can be social and watch TV.

*The perspectives expressed by residents on our blog consist of personal opinions and are not intended to convey the official views of University Housing.

Roxy Gandía is a second year Residence Hall Director for Rutherford, Mary Lyndon & Soule Halls in the Myers Community. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, she received her B.A. in Film & Media Arts from the University of Tampa and her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Room Sign-Up 2013

It's time to get excited about on-campus housing beginning fall 2013!

Living on campus as an upperclass student is the hottest
ticket in town - make sure you take the proper
steps for Room Sign-Up!
Room Sign-Up is different from the initial housing registration process, so we've developed this timeline to help keep you on track with important deadlines.

November - December - Pre-Plan
Begin thinking about which hall you want to live in and with whom. Research hall information to see floor plans and rent rates. You can select up to three roommates.

December 3, 2012 - January 27, 2013 - Opt to Participate
Be sure to indicate interest in participating in the room sign-up process. You have until January 27 to add/remove roommates—so make sure that you and each of your preferred roommates have completed steps in The Dawg House and received a confirmation email. Missing the January 27 deadline may result in a significant loss in priority.

January 30, 2013 - Round One*
If you indicated interest prior to January 27, housing will send an email to indicate if you've been selected for round one of sign-up. If so, a $100 nonrefundable sign-up fee is due by February 10 on your student account. (If not selected —don’t worry! Skip down to Waiting List for details.)

February 10, 2013 -  Pay the Fee
Do you have any outstanding bills with Student Accounts? Today is the payment deadline for the non-refundable $100 sign-up fee for those selected for round one!

February 13, 2013 - Sign-Up Begins
Sign-up continues through February 15—students that are selected for round one and have paid the non-refundable $100 sign-up fee will be emailed specific instructions. Be sure to follow the provided instructions carefully so that you don't miss your chance to select a room! 

February 25, 2013 - Housing Contracts Due
Be sure to execute your contract by logging in to The Dawg House and providing your electronic consent. After your contract has been executed you should receive a confirmation email. Each roommate must also execute their contract by the deadline.

*Waiting List  - If you were not selected for round one of room sign-up then you will automatically be added to the waiting list. Rounds 2-9 of room sign-up will take place throughout the months of February, March and April. Students on the waiting list will be able to select an on-campus space as other students cancel out (by not paying the sign-up fee, not selecting a room or not executing an online housing contract). Status on the waiting list is usually updated once a week; in past years we have been able to offer everyone on the waiting list a chance to select a room.

Have questions? Don't worry, we will host information sessions across campus in January. Check back for location and times of information sessions in January. Also, print out a student/parent checklist to take home.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

October Of-The-Month Winners

Each month, the Georgia Alpha chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary presents Of-The-Month (OTM) awards to recognize excellence in University Housing leadership.

In order to be considered for this prestigious honor, winners are nominated by their fellow peers, including students and/or staff members, in a detailed entry form detailing how that specific person/program went above and beyond the call of duty to surpass general requirements.

Please join us in congratulating the OTM winners for October!

  • Advisor: Tamara Burke
  • Community: Creswell
  • Custodial/Maintence: Randy Hickman
  • Desk Assistant: Megan Runkle
  • Exec Board Member: Kaitlyn Branson
  • First Year Student: Macey Kessler
  • Graduate Assistant: Chandler Thompson
  • Office Assistant: Brittany Smith
  • Organization: Hispanic Student Association
  • Resident Assistant: Melissa Raines
  • Roommate: Tori Barnwell
  • Spotlight: Elizabeth Rene
  • Student: Caitlin Riley
  • Community Service Program: Dear John/Jane
  • Educational Program: Introduction to ASL and Deaf Culture
  • Social Program: Scream on the Green 2012

Residents shriek for this year's Scream on the Green movie The Strangers.
View the entire Facebook album.

If you would like to nominate a person/program for future OTM awards, please visit NRHH's website.

Monday, November 26, 2012

UGA Residents are #WINNING

by Felicia Harris

Hands down, one of the toughest parts about your transition to college is the big move. Leaving home for the first time, finding a roommate, and trying to make your new living space suitable for two is definitely a challenging task.

Nevertheless, year after year, UGA residents show us that they are more than capable of doing just that – and making it look good! Our annual Room-of-the-Year and Best Video Tour contests continue to be successful, with dozens of rooms being entered and thousands of residents voting on the winners.

Each year, residents and roommate pairs come together and decide on color schemes, coordinate accessories, design, decorate and transform traditional residence hall rooms into pockets of exceptional décor and comfort.

For the past two years, I’ve stood in the doorways of rooms wondering how they pull it all off, so this year I asked. Read what some of our recent Room-of-the-Year and Best Video Tour winners had to say about their decision to come to the University of Georgia, how they picked a residence hall to live in, and how they decorate their rooms to feel at home!

Sarah Carnes, Hickory Flat, Ga.
2012 Best Female Room Winner

Q: Why did you choose the residence hall that you live in?
Sarah (left) is pictured
with roommate Audrey Wright.
A:  We did our research and knew that the Hill Community was home to some of the largest rooms, so that made choosing a residence hall easy. Our dads would probably tell you that a larger room translates into "more stuff" to carry up three flights of stairs! 

Q: What made you decide to come to the University of Georgia?
A:  It's a tradition! I come from a family of Bulldogs, so I've always bled red and black. I'm pretty sure some of my first words were "Go Dawgs!"

Q: What one item did you bring from home that you just can't live without?
A:  My electric blanket. 

Q: What's your best decoration tip for those moving into the residence halls?
A:  Well, there's not just one, but I can narrow it down to five!

(1) Shop around for unique finds. My grandmother has always told me that a room should never look like you just went to one store and stocked up on everything. During the summer, hit up local antique or consignment shops. Half the fun of decorating our room was venturing to these stores looking for one-of-a-kind pieces. It's so neat to think that a good bit of the pieces in our dorm room "have a story." Don't be afraid to search through your grandparents' attic either. You might find lots of great pieces, or perhaps just one. Incorporating a piece of "retired" furniture allows you to have a piece of your grandparents with you. 

(2) Choose a color palette but don't feel like you can only use those colors; while we use mostly browns, oranges, and blues, we also brought in reds, greens, and yellows - and it works. 

Sarah and Audrey's red pallet coffee table was inspired
by Pinterest and made by Sarah's grandmother.
(3) It's inevitable that you will miss home, so transform your dorm room into home! Our warm color palette reminds me of my home, providing a sense of solace at the end of a long day.

(4) If you can't find what you're looking for, make it! Our red pallet coffee table stemmed from a picture on Pinterest. It became a reality when my grandfather agreed to make it. My grandmother then "worked her magic" and voilá - we have a great rustic red coffee table that provides storage as well! 

(5) Splurge on a few good pieces. If you're going to spend the money, you might as well spend it on accessories that will spice up your dorm room and perhaps that apartment you have your eye on after freshman year.

Jessica Jarrett, Woodstock, Ga.
2012 Best Video Tour Winner

Q: Why did you choose the residence hall that you live in?
Jessica (right) is pictured
with roommate Caroline Bagley.
A:  I initially wanted to be in the Hill Community, but I’m really glad I got Creswell because of all of the community I’ve built with all of the girls!

Q: What made you decide to come to the University of Georgia?
A:  I wanted to go to UGA because of the music program, and because of the awesome spirit that exists on campus.

Q: What one item did you bring from home that you just can't live without?
A:  I’d probably say my map of Middle Earth. I don’t care if that sounds dorky. It’s an essential decoration.

Q: What's your best decoration tip for those moving into the residence halls?
A:  Don’t bring too much! It’s pretty tempting to go all out from Bed, Bath and Beyond, BUT RESIST THE TEMPTATION.

Check out Jessica and Caroline's video tour of Creswell Hall:

Visit our Facebook page and our YouTube channel to view all of this year's Room-of-the-Year and Best Video Tour finalists. To view photos and videos from past years, visit our Room-of-the-Year board on Pinterest.

Felicia Harris is the Doctoral Intern for New Media at University Housing. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Mass Communication at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with research interests in Health Journalism, New and Social Media and Critical/Cultural Studies. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5 Easy Ways to Flush the Flu

by Heather Pitts

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that outpatient visits for influenza-like illness were below average. However, that does not mean germs have stopped crawling in the residence halls!

Here are five basic hygiene practices that will help you stay flu-free and test-ready to finish the semester strong:

Don't let the flu happen to YOU!
1.    Wash your hands frequently and always before you leave the bathroom.

CDC researchers have found that germs can live on doorknobs for more than two hours, and it takes warm water, soap and 20 seconds of scrubbing to rid your hands of cold and flu germs.

Ninety-five percent of people claim to wash their hands in public restrooms, yet only 67 percent of people actually wash their hands according to the American Society of Microbiology’s Clean Hands Campaign.
2.    Work your elbows!

Everyone uses their hands, especially to press buttons in elevators, and you don’t know what else people are doing with their hands throughout the day. An easy way to avoid germs is to use your elbow to press buttons in the elevator – talk about a great conversation starter! Or, if you are too embarrassed, try getting someone else in the elevator to press buttons for you.

3.    Reconsider how you pick your potty.

WebMD reported that most people gravitate towards the middle stalls in a public restroom, and those tend to have the most germs as a result. More people have put their hands on the doors, locks, flushers, toilet paper, etc. of those stalls. Studies show that the first stall is usually the least trafficked and cleanest. 

4.    Wash your hands before you brush your teeth and dispose your toothbrush after you have been sick.

Germs are the greatest danger to you when in contact with your mouth, nose and eyes. To avoid transferring bacteria from your hands directly to your mouth you should wash them before brushing. Likewise, your toothbrush contains germs from the plaque, saliva and oral debris removed from your mouth. It is best to simply throw out a toothbrush with your past illness on it once you are healthy.  

5.    Carry your own pens and pencils.

Sharing pens and pencils is a good way to spread cold and flu germs amongst your friends, particularly during flu season.  They are an easy source of cross-contamination, where bacteria are transferred from one item to another.

Heather Pitts is a third-year student majoring in photojournalism and anthropology. Currently, Pitts is in her second year as a Resident Assistant in Creswell Hall. 

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