Thursday, September 27, 2012

Out & About: Creswell Hall

by Ryan Hill

Creswell Hall
Whether you call it C-Well, the Well, the Big Green Monster, or just good old Creswell, this residence hall holds a special place in the heart of its residents.

Creswell is home to more than 900 freshmen and sits near the heart of campus, just a brief and beautiful walk from the Miller Learning Center, the Tate Student Center, and the hedges at Sanford Stadium.  

Academic Success at Creswell

While we know how to have fun in Creswell, we also know how to work hard. Creswell is home to a number of living/learning communities, including: business, global engagement, life sciences, mass communication, music, and pre-law.  Our students are often found studying together in lounges throughout the building and conference rooms on the first floor.  There is an unspoken rule that silence is to be maintained in the study room on the first floor, especially if you want to avoid dirty looks from Cresidents (Creswell residents) trying to study. The Creswell staff is committed to the academic success of our students and we work hard to ensure that classes are a top priority for each resident.  

What’s unique about Creswell Hall? Location, Location, Location!

Creswell is located adjacent to Bolton Dining Commons, which means that residents have quick and easy access to the delicious dining options offered by the UGA meal plan. Thanks to the awning covering the walkway to Bolton, Cresidents don’t even get wet when it rains!

Creswell is also conveniently located next to Legion Field, which gives residents the opportunity to participate in concerts at the venue. Actually, it’s easy to participate in most of the concerts because you can hear the music right from your room!

Even better, you don’t have to go far to find great places to hang out around Creswell. The patio by Bolton has great picnic tables and benches perfect for studying, not to mention the sand volleyball court that is almost always in use. Oh, and did we mention the game room for Cresidents conveniently located on the first floor?  

There is an energy in Creswell that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else on campus.  Our Cresidents love living here, and our staff members make sure the short year they spend with us is unforgettable and sets the tone for the rest of their time at UGA.  Perhaps you to have to live here to truly appreciate how special this place really is, but I think the motto prominently displayed in the lobby sums it up nicely: Live Well.  Learn Well.  Creswell. 

Resident Perspective: What’s it like to be a Cresident?*

Johnelle Simpson II
Johnelle Simpson believes it was serendipity that he
 didn't get his first-pick residence hall, O-House. 

Donalsonville, GA

Why did you choose (or did you) your residence hall? 
Actually Creswell was my second choice next to O-House. I like to think that it was meant for me to be here in Creswell despite my first choice. My favorite thing about Creswell is that it is not only a residence hall but it is a community of people who all interact with each other so we are all one big family.

If you could only bring one item to your room outside of basic necessities, what would it be?
Headphones are a great item to have both for your sake and for your roommates.

What’s your favorite roommate memory/moment/story?
My favorite experience with my roommate is going to Wal-Mart and bargaining with the manager to discount us the display futon and then proceeding to sit in the parking of Wal-Mart on our new futon for half an hour.

Describe the last program you attended in the residence halls. 
The last program I attended was “What Would You Do”.  On this program we watched several people have conflicts in public and then we were asked “What Would You Do?” 

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

Ryan J. Hill is a second-year Master's student in the College Student Affairs Administration program at the University of Georgia.  Hill works as a Graduate Resident in Creswell Hall supervising the Resident Assistants in the Goshen Colony.  A soon-to-be "Double Dawg," Hill earned Bachelor’s degrees in German and Political Science with a minor in English from the University of Georgia.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

August 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 August!

Desk Assistant- Brooke Owens, Brumby Hall
Cory Shaw, August Exec Board Member OTM poses
during this year's #RHABlockParty

Custodial/Maintenance- Mr. Wilkes, Family and Graduate Housing

Executive Board Member- Cory Shaw, Residence Hall Association
Educational Program- Sex and Cupcakes, Brumby Hall
Graduate Assistant- Evan Thrailkill, Resident Hall Association
Resident Assistant- Kelsey Davis, Brumby Hall
Social Program- Pinterest and Pastries, Brumby Hall
Spotlight- Hunker Down with Housing, University Housing
Student- Megan Harrigan, Residence Hall Studios

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

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Don’t let policy violations happen to you!

Year after year, we receive entries from the best-looking rooms across campus for our annual Room-of-the-Year contest. Posters, lights, color-coordinated stackables and other assorted thingamajigs come together to make our job as judges extremely difficult.

Oh, and one other thing – policy violations.

Every year, there’s at least one awesome, amazing, could-be-winner-of-the-whole-shebang entry that is thrown out because residents somehow graze over Contest Rule #1*:

    All rooms must comply with all University Housing decoration and other policies. Any room found in violation of UGA Housing policy, or with evidence of policy violations by the residents, will be disqualified from consideration. Consult your Community Guide for more information: All entries must be “grandma friendly,” with no obscenities or other offensive content!

How is this possible? Well... We’re not exactly sure. 

But, we’ve compiled some of our top policy violations in a visual illustration to help you all remember the DOs and DON’Ts of this year’s Room-of-the-Year and Best Video Tour contests!

And as always, remember: 
Friends don’t let friends have policy violations!

*View the complete list of contest rules, and enter the ROTY and Best Video Tour contests today!

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