Monday, February 25, 2013

Help Wanted: Summer Positions Now Available!


Looking for a summer job that doesn’t get in the way of classes and lets you display your UGA pride? University Housing is seeking to fill more than 200 summer positions including RA’s, conference hosts, and desk assistants.

Fun-filled days and working for housing combine to make a unique and community-driven summer experience – and some extra money, too. The application process is ongoing, so we’ve asked some of last summer’s student workers to share their experiences. 

Read on to find out why you should spend your summer with University Housing:

Brittany McDonald loved her summer
position as a conference host.
“During the summer, we have a lot of fun. You're working with your peers while gaining experience, and with fewer people in Athens to hang out with, you definitely bond with the staff working in your community. We hosted a cookout, played games and watched movies together.”
Brittney MacDonald
Summer 2012 Conference Host
Resident Assistant, Soule Hall
Consumer Journalism, 2014



“The best part of working on campus over the summer is being able to experience another side of UGA life.  We're all used to packed buses and a busy atmosphere, but working on campus provides another perspective. Being a conference host is actually quite fun, especially when you get to bond with a tight-knit staff. I really enjoyed seeing upcoming freshmen during orientation sessions last summer.”
Emma C. LeCroy
Summer 2012 Conference Host
Resident Assistant, Brumby Hall
English,  2014


“I never felt like my academic schedule conflicted with work as a conference host. I always felt like my supervisor was understanding of academic reasons and worked with us to ensure that we still kept up with our academics, but also contributed our fair amount of work shifts to the team. One of the things that really makes working for housing incredible is that you find a lot of student workers who either are already passionate about their job or learn the meaning behind being passionate about what you do. It's a culture that fosters positive leadership development and communications skills.”
Mary Yang
Summer 2012 Conference Host
Latin and Interdisciplinary Studies: Animation, 2013

Don't YOU want to be a part of this staff?
Trust these former summer staff members, you won’t find another summer job quite like this! Apply now at http://bit.ly/UHwork. The application deadline for summer positions is March 4, 2013.

See a list of position descriptions and read about the experiences of some of last summer's student workers.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Glory Bound: A Sneak Peak

Glory Bound continues to provide
attendees with a memorable experience.
Tomorrow night, Reed Community students and staff will lead guided, interactive tours of a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad, complete with actors, actresses and vocal performances.

Now in it's fifth year, Glory Bound: A Voyage Through the Underground Railroad is sure to leave participants with an experience they won't soon forget. Attendees will experience this interactive program as if they were slaves in search of freedom, moving hurriedly from one location to the next.



Here's a video preview of what's in store:




In addition to a memorable experience, housing residents will receive free t-shirts and there will be journey bags available full of snacks. After the tour, stick around for a reflection discussion. This event is a blue card program and is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the N08 and N09 lots and Tate Deck.

Glory Bound: A Voyage Through the Underground Railroad
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tours will begin in the Reed Hall lobby from 6 p.m. - 8p.m.




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Monday, February 18, 2013

#HEHW13 Photo Challenges

Learn how easy it is to make healthy food
choices during #HEHW13!

University Housing and the Residence Hall Association have teamed up with the University Health Center, Recreational Sports, CAPS, Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens, and a few great student organizations to plan a Healthy Eating Habits Week packed full with great information, tips and advice.

We wanted to add an extra fun factor this year, so we’ve developed a list of photo challenges that will take place throughout the week, with the possibility to win small prizes during the week and one Grand Prize winner after all of the challenges are completed.

Here’s how it works:

Starting today, there will be four mini challenges that list programs to attend and then a photo challenge to complete after you’ve attended at least one. To participate, all you have to do is snap the picture and tweet to @UGAHousing using the hashtag #HEHW13, OR post to our Facebook wall.

Participants who tweet or post to our Facebook wall at least once during the week will be entered for a chance to receive our Grand Prize package including: One voucher for a meal at any dining hall, one free nutrition cooking class at the University Health Center, a pedometer, a bag perfect for the gym and some awesome University Housing SWAG!

Here’s the list of challenges:


MONDAY/TUESDAY

Attend “Healthy Exercising” at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, OR “Stress & Midterms” at 6 p.m. in the Russell Academic Center and tweet or post to our Facebook wall pictures of your next workout for your chance to receive a prize package from University Housing and be entered in our Grand Prize Drawing! Use the hashtag #HEHW13.

TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY

Attend “Eating Healthy Inside and Outside the Dining Halls” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Creswell TV Lounge, OR “Crash Dieting” at 5 p.m. in the Brumby Hall multipurpose room and tweet or post to our Facebook wall a picture of your healthy plate inside or outside the dining halls for your chance to receive a prize package from University Housing and to be entered in our Grand Prize Drawing! Use the hashtag #HEHW13.

Send us pics of your healthy snacks for a chance to win!

WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY

Attend “Building Healthy Snacks” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the O-House basement, OR “Feeding Your Feelings” at 7 p.m. in the 1516 multipurpose room and tweet or post to our Facebook wall a picture of your favorite healthy snack for your chance to receive a prize package from University Housing and be entered in our Grand Prize Drawing! Use the hashtag #HEHW13.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY

Tweet or post to our Facebook wall one healthy eating habit that you’ve picked up this week for your chance to receive a prize package from University Housing and be entered in our Grand Prize Drawing! Use the hashtag #HEHW13.


Good Luck!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Healthy Eating Habits Week 2013



University Housing and the Residence Hall Association have teamed up with the University Health Center, Recreational Sports, CAPS, Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens, and a few great student organizations to plan a Healthy Eating Habits Week packed full with great information, tips and advice. 

Check back next week for a list of photo challenges and the chance to win healthy prizes!

Here's the full line up:


Monday - February 18, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Decoding Media Images
Myers Programming Room, Myers Hall (4:30-5:30pm)

Come to this fun, interactive workshop to learn how to make sense of the media images that bombard us every day.  This workshop will equip you with the tools to understand the hidden messages of beauty in the media, and to create your own values and foster positive body image. 
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & University Health Center

Healthy Exercising
Fireside Lounge, Rooker Hall ECV (5:30-6:30pm)

Whether you're a recreational exerciser or athlete, learn the more about healthy exercising by getting fitness myths busted and gaining tools to enhance your workouts.  Come prepared for interactive demonstrations and a chance to win prizes! 
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & Recreational Sports

Tuesday - February 19, 2013

Eating healthy inside and outside the dining halls
Creswell Lounge, Creswell Hall (6-7pm)

We will focus on foods to increase, foods to decrease, and balancing calories based off of the USDA’s myplate. Our main focus is to encourage healthy eating in dorm rooms and dining halls. Snacks will be provided!
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & University Health Center (Peer Nutrition Educators) 

Stress & Midterms
Healthy snacks can be downright delicious!
RAC 395, Russell Hall (6-7pm)
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & CAPS Snacks will be provided!

Wednesday - February 20, 2013

Crash Dieting
Brumby Multipurpose Room, Brumby Hall (5-6pm)

This interactive presentation will review factors and life stressors that contribute to crash dieting, the potential dangers of crash dieting, and healthier alternatives to crash dieting.  It will review the effect that diets have on the body. 
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens

Building Healthy Snacks
O’House Basement, Oglethorpe House (7:00pm)

Snacking can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle! Learn what you need to keep yourself going throughout the day and try some delicious and healthy snacks. Snacks will be provided!
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & University Health Center (Peer Nutrition Educators) 

Thursday - February 21, 2013

Feeding your Feelings
1516 Multipurpose Room, Building 1516, East Campus (7-8pm)

This presentation will discuss emotional eating, who it affects, and the causes.  It will provide alternative skills to manage life stressors.
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens

Friday - February 22, 2013

Cultural Eating
Image from Amazon.com
Reed Programming Room, Reed Hall (4:30-5:30pm)

This presentation will discuss the effect of culture on eating behaviors, body image, and emotional expression.  This interactive presentation will provide an opportunity for individuals to share their unique experiences.
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & Eating Disorders Recovery Center of Athens

Tuesday - February 26, 2013

Documentary Screening: America the Beautiful
Miller Learning Center Room 248 (5:30-7:15pm)

In this investigative and thought-provoking documentary, filmmaker Darryl Roberts reveals how media shapes America’s image of beauty and how this affects our culture.  This film advocates for women and men to accept and love themselves as they are. 
Sponsoring Group: University Housing & University Health Center (FLY (For Loving Yourself) Organization)


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An insiders’ guide to space availability



Select Brown Hall in The Dawg House to reserve your
suite-style, double-as-private or single space.
A popular question our residents ask is: Will there be space for me and my roommate(s) in a specific building? And what a great question it is! Predicting what halls will fill up (and how quickly) can be a difficult task, especially with two great new choices: Brown Hall at the Health Sciences Campus and Rutherford Hall.

In previous years halls with large first-year populations fill up early, such as Myers Hall and Oglethorpe House.  ­We will be sending live and up-to-the-minute Twitter updates on room sign-up from our official account: @UGAHousing. An example tweet would be: “______ Hall is almost full!”

If your dream hall is reported as ‘full,’ here are some important tidbits to take into consideration:

First – Our live updates are subject to change from day to day during the room sign-up process. Our goal is not to disappoint, but to help you have a clear idea about hall availability and the importance of your appointment time and having a plan. Room sign-up is a dynamic process, similar to the first day of class registration. A resident may reserve a space on “same hall day” and then choose a different hall on Friday, instantly opening their old reserved space for anyone (yes, even YOU) to take. Feel free to check for spaces often!

Second – Develop (and don’t be afraid to use) your back-up plan for another hall on campus! We have spaces that come in a variety of arrangements, dimensions and locations. In short, you have options!  We highly suggest you take time to compare amenities and rates of ALL the halls on campus and discuss with potential roommates what other halls you would enjoy.

Third – The room sign-up process doesn’t completely end on Friday – we are able to continue working with you on reservations. If you select a space during round one you will have an opportunity on Monday to put your name on a waiting list for an assignment change. As long as you are willing to commit to a residence hall contract for the space you have reserved online, then we will continue to search for another assignment.

Remember, room sign-up is a dynamic process. Spaces become available when residents fail to execute a contract with us, or when special programs discover that they will have fewer participants than planned and are able to release spaces.

So, plan for the space you want, have a back up plan for another hall, and then if you need to follow up with our office to make sure that you’re satisfied with your reservation, contact us. We are here to help! The Housing Assignments Office is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. You may reach us at (706) 542-1421 or at housing@uga.edu.

Do you have any additional comments about this week’s room sign-up process? If so, sound off in the comments below and we’ll reply with an answer from the Housing Assignments Office. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Resident Perspective: Leadership & Service


by Elizabeth Rene


As a resident of University Housing for the last four years and a C.L.A.S.S. (Continuing the Legacy of African-American Student Success) Advocate in Brumby Hall for the past two years, I know firsthand the importance of fulfilling the housing mission of providing “comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus housing options in residential communities where the academic success and personal growth of residents are encouraged and supported.”

Elizabeth Rene puts her CLASS Advocate leadership
skills to use as a leader in student organizations.
As a C.L.A.S.S. Advocate (CA), I have gained many leadership qualities and skills necessary for post-graduation opportunities in addition to gained experience from the executive positions I currently hold on campus. If it weren’t for the five programs I have to implement every semester as a CA, I would not be able to help prepare, promote and execute program ideas for other campus organizations in which I am involved. Likewise, the many occasions during which I stood in a room of multiple girls—sometimes nearly 100—to host a program and to command the attention of that audience, I would not be able to effortlessly stand in front of my lecture classes to make a presentation or make announcements during club meetings.

I can recall an interview for a summer internship in which my interviewer was a UGA alumna who once lived in Brumby Hall. When she asked me if I would be comfortable contacting diverse groups of people I had never met before to introduce a feature article proposal, events and new ideas, I simply responded with, “I worked in Brumby, so of course.”

With that response she automatically knew that I had encountered more than 900 young women of different backgrounds, experiences and personalities and tried my best to build community amongst such diverse groups. But another thing I’ve learned as a CA in Brumby is that this job is so much more than the compensation that comes with being a housing staff member. You learn you have to give a lot of yourself to the women with which you work as well as your residents. You learn to become more selfless and to make nearly 40 women you have only known for a short period of time a priority. In other words, you learn the importance of giving and “Service Above Self.”

This motto is what I learned working in Brumby Hall and it is also the motto of Rotaract, a professional leadership and community service organization of which I am currently the vice-president.

The University of Georgia is our home for the next four years. University Housing provides us with a space on campus that we can call home. In essence, Athens is also our community and we have a responsibility to take care of what is ours through personal efforts like service. One of the easiest ways students can do this is by reaching out to and getting involved in on-campus organization such as the UGA Rotaract Club, an organization that maintains a strong service presence in the Athens community. Applications are due tonight by midnight. For more information, please visit the UGA Rotaract Club's website.

If you would like to know more about the C.L.A.S.S. Advocate program, please visit the Work for Housing section on our website.

Elizabeth Rene is a senior majoring in public relations and international affairs. She is the current UGA Rotaract Vice President and a C.L.A.S.S. Advocate in Brumby Hall.

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