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.