Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CA-RA Recognition Event Goes to Infinity and Beyond

by Elizabeth Manuel

CAs and RAs take a moment to pose at the Toy Story photo booth
More than 40 Class Advocates (CAs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) were recognized for their contributions to the department during the annual University Housing CA-RA recognition event held on Sunday, April 21.

The Pixar-Disney themed event brought some of our favorite Disney characters along to recognize undergraduate students with awards such as the Peer Helper award, the Community Developer award, the I’ll Be There award, the Programmer award, the Motivator award and the Customer Service award.

Some very willing University Housing staff members played the part of cartoon movie stars in small movie clips while  CA and RA staff members enjoyed popcorn, candy and giveaways. Some of the featured films that inspired the event were Finding Nemo, Wall-E, UP and Monsters Inc

Members of the Brumby staff hold on to the balloon bunch inspired by Disney's Up

ECV Residence Hall Director Demarcus Merritt and
Russell Community Graduate Resident Victor Lopez played the roles of
Toy Story's Woody and Buzz Lightyear a little too well!
After snapping a few pictures in the Toy Story themed photo booth, attendees were greeted by Woody (Demarcus Merritt, ECV RHD) and Buzz Lightyear (Victor Lopez, Russell GR), who were in attendance as the event’s hosts. Dr. Keener Scott and Dr. Ralphel Smith also provided a few words during the event. In addition to recognizing staff members who go above and beyond in the scope of their positions, graduating seniors and staff members with more than three years of service were acknowledged for their steadfast contributions to Universtiy Housing.

A big thank you goes out to our undergraduate staff, as well as the cast members, presenters, committee members and individuals that made this event a huge success.

Elizabeth Manual is the graduate resident for Undergraduate Staff Development and a second-year Master's student in the College Student Affairs Administration program.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Moving Out Made Easy

by Danny Coradazzi

I have moved out of three residence halls in three years and can tell you for certain: it can be a lengthy process.

On top of studying for finals and thinking about summer job options or plans, you have to figure out how you are going to empty your room. And somehow, you’ve accumulated so much stuff that you’re leaving with even more than when you arrived in August!
Remember all those boxes from move-in day?

Here’s my advice on how to handle the chaos that is move out: be proactive and think ahead.

If you happen to be going home in the next couple of weeks, I would take home anything that hasn’t been touched since January. If you haven’t used it since then, there’s a strong chance that you won’t be using in the last four weeks of the semester. Also, consider taking anything large or space-consuming home earlier. This way, you don’t have to worry about handling large objects when it’s closing time.

Here’s a list of things I would consider keeping with me:
  •       2-3 weeks of clothing
  •       One jacket/hoodie (Georgia weather, we could have a cold snap at any time)
  •       Toiletries
  •     Other essentials (books, laptop, laundry detergent)

Otherwise, it can probably go. Fewer distractions may even mean more studying, who knows?

Speaking of studying, your exam schedule is going to be what dictates your move out schedule the most. Once you have your exam schedule, coordinate your move out time accordingly.

Residents will receive information from their area coordinators soon relating expectations for move out. In addition, your RA should have information about the closing process and will most likely host a meeting. I suggest having a move out time already planned and in mind before that meeting. Your RA could have their availabilities schedule with them, and you’ll definitely want to take advantage of that!
Planning ahead now will ensure that you don’t get caught up in the heavy move out days. My freshman year, my last exam was on the very last day of finals at 7 p.m. Not ideal. However, I got a lot of the heavier items out of my room earlier in the semester, so I really didn’t have much stuff to move out.

Other tips for making sure that you have a successful move out:
  • Have a water bottle with you when you’re moving out! It can be a labor intensive process and it can get very hot! Stay hydrated!
  • If you and your roommate are moving out on the same day, maybe you can develop a plan to help each other with getting the heavier items out.
  • Be patient with your RA. I can speak from experience that it’s a very specific process and sometimes the RAs do checkouts back-to-back-to-back all day. My record is 32 checkouts on a single day. So please help us out and be patient. Each RA has a list of expectations for move out that you’ll need to review; trust me, it helps the process go a lot more smoothly.

It’s crazy to that it’s already time to think about moving out! So many of you were making your move-in plans not that long ago! Have a great rest of the semester and good luck studying for your finals.

It’s been real. It’s been fun. It’s been real fun.

Danny Coradazzi is a resident assistant for O-House in the Hill Community. He majors in Spanish and linguistics and is pursuing a certificate in personal and organization leadership.

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