Tuesday, September 22, 2015

5 Tips for the Optimal #ROTY15 Submission

#ROTY15 just has ten days left and we know you've been toying with the idea of submitting a photo collage of your room.  Either you (or maybe your mom or a friend) worked hard to come up with the perfect coordination and style.  Long hours on Pinterest, the Internet or the world around you has served as inspiration for your amazing set up.  Now come on, we don't mind a casual humble brag especially when it means first pick of all available living spaces for the next academic year (2016-17) and a generous gift basket!

5 tips for an Optimal #ROTY15 Submission

1. Find the best lighting to show off your decorations.

Set the mood with your additional indoor lightning or flip the switch on for all the bulbs to show off the colors and patterns! This will help to maximize the look and feel in your photo collage. 

2. Tidy up.

Make sure to tuck away any loose dirty clothes or papers you have lying on your desk!  A tidy space is naturally pleasing to the eye.  

3. Show off your style.

Incorporate you (and your roommate's) personality! Including fake or fresh flowers/plants, personal photos/paintings, and more to decorate your space can make a residence hall room look more like a home.

4. Don't violate policy.

Take a quick look over our community guide to ensure any new decorations or appliances you wish to bring in your residence hall room are in compliance with our policies

5. Show off what makes your space unique.
Don't include a photo of a bare space or empty area - show off the hard work and careful coordination you did in even just one photo submission.  It's not necessary to use all five photos in the collage if more can be said with two or three—that way the voters get the best view of your space.

We look forward to seeing your #ROTY15 submissions in the next 10 days!  It's important to follow the rules and stay up to date with the timeline in order to be eligible to win.  Tag us in a photo collage of up to five photos on Instagram (@ugahousing and using #ROTY15) OR email in your photo collage to housinguga@gmail.com if your Instagram account is not public or you do not have an Instagram account.

Overview of the timeline: entries are due by October 1 at 5 p.m. with online voting taking place from October 9-October 16 at 5 p.m.  Winners will be announced the evening of October 16 with a celebration party for all participants on October 21.

Good luck to all our residents!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Healthy at Home Certificate Series: WatchDawgs

University Housing and the University Health Center (UHC) are excited to announce the latest product of their partnership: the Healthy at Home certificate. The certificate program is focused on addressing health and behavior-related issues that affect our residents. Throughout the academic year, six different types of programs will be offered to help our residents to be Healthy Dawgs. 

UHC staff will present ten programs in the residence halls on bystander intervention in August and September, seven programs on sexual health in September and October, and six programs on stress management in November and December. More programs will be scheduled for the spring semester. Participants will be awarded a certificate and coupon card for discounts on university products and services upon the completion of three of the annual six programs offered.

Program 1: WatchDawgs

Goals of the WatchDawgs bystander intervention training
  • Develop ways to increase awareness of sexual assault and alcohol emergencies, such as learning to make observations and recognizing warning signs that may require intervention
  • Increase one's motivation to help
  • Teach the appropriate skills to intervene safely and effectively, in both direct and indirect way
Why Does Bystander Intervention Matter?
The bystander effect is a phenomenon in which the more people who witness an emergency event, the less likely anyone is to intervene. BUT, silence and passivity are not okay. They encourage attitudes and behaviors that promote and normalize sexual violence. Join the UGA community as we promote a campus where violence—in any form—is not tolerated and where doing nothing is no longer an option.
Programs begin at 6 p.m. and are 90 minutes long
8/18 Creswell Hall
8/19 Myers Hall
8/25 Oglethorpe House
8/26 Brumby Hall
9/2 Russell Hall
9/3 Hill Hall
9/10 Reed Hall
9/16 Building 1516
9/22 Brown Hall
9/28 Rooker Hall
More about the WatchDawgs program is available at the University Health Center’s website.  Questions? Email housinguga@gmail.com. 
Each program will feature giveaways and refreshments!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#HDWH15 Tips

Each year the University of Georgia community welcomes more than 8,000 new students into the residence halls in a very condensed period. The Hunker Down with Housing (#HDWH15) program streamlines the move-in process and addresses resident and family feedback concerning traffic congestion, parking lot availability and elevator service. Hunker Down with Housing volunteers work to ensure the initial days of move-in run smoothly. Hundreds of Hunker Down with Housing volunteers will be located all over campus to greet new students and parents, give directions to area parking lots, direct traffic and generally serve as a resource for residents and their families. Since the first Hunker Down with Housing in 1998, volunteers have successfully moved in more than 88,000 students and helped them begin to call UGA home. 
Here is our recommended checklist to make your move-in experience go as smoothly as possible, click on the red text for links to important information.
  1. Have your UGAID ready at check-in.
  2. Bring a small cart or dolly with you.
  3. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, especially if you move-in August 11 or 12
  4. Take our #HDWH15 move-in quiz to determine when is our recommended move-in date for you.
  5. Review our parking information, particularly if you will reside in Brumby, Russell, Creswell, Reed or Building 1516.
    1. Check out our interactive maps for unloading zones in Brumby Unloading ZoneCreswell Hall Unloading ZonesRussell Hall Unloading ZoneReed Hall Unloading Zone, or Building 1516 Unloading Zone.
    2. Check out our Pinterest and Youtube pages for previous winners of our 'Room of the Year' contest to get ideas about how to make UGA Housing your home this year.
  6. Create a packing list and be sure to check out our Community Guide for policies regarding decorations, electronics and more.
  7. Set up your PIN for residence hall access.
  8. Review our video and guide on those 17-position adjustable beds and how to loft them
  9. Stay up to date by following #HDWH15 and/or our social media accounts: @UGAHousing on TwitterInstagram, and Snapchat.
  10. Stay hydrated; water will be available throughout the halls.
We're excited welcome more than 8,000 residents August 11-17 and look forward to seeing you all. Check out our move-in FAQ and feel free to contact us via social media or your assigned community with any final questions. Keep an eye out for Hairy Dawg, we will be walking around with him during the first few days of move-in taking pictures.  Tag yourself in our Facebook albums to share your portrait with the greatest mascot in the SEC!
Go Dawgs! We'll see you in less than two weeks!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Packing for Move-in? Go Green!

August is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Hunker Down with Housing 2015! Whether you are returning to live on campus for another year or moving in for your first year at UGA, you might have a lot of stuff on your initial packing list. A lot of that stuff is essential to your academic success—books, computer, snacks to fuel your study sessions. Some of that stuff is exactly what you need to relax after a long day of school and activities—a comfy futon or chair, your favorite pillow from home. But some of that stuff will cause clutter and possibly even waste.

University Housing is committed to reducing our impact and encouraging environmentally relevant behavior. We do our part to provide opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability initiatives, including new recycling bins in each residence hall, the EcoReps hall council position, sustainability programming, and a variety of water- and energy-efficient fixtures.

Before you even get to UGA for the fall, you have the opportunity to “go green” while you are preparing for the upcoming year. Follow our Go Green Packing List to do your part to reduce your environmental impact and make the move to UGA even easier!

-Jane Diener, Doctoral Intern for Sustainability

Friday, June 5, 2015

Join us for a Twitter chat!

Thousands of students...

Thousands of stories...

And more than 35,000 ways to be a Georgia bulldog!

Here at the University of Georgia we have students from more than 50 countries, 40 states, and 140 Georgia counties. Our students are writers, fashion designers, food bloggers, YouTubers, mathematicians and much, much more. However, what unites us is that we're all a part of #OneUGA!

In recent years, students across the country have been vocal about wanting institutions to learn more about their stories and experiences on college campuses. Several students and student groups have used social media to amplify their voice and to start a larger conversation about their current challenges.

We are listening and we want to hear from you!

Typically, University Housing has used summer months to reach out to students via social media with the goal of allowing you to get to know us. This year, University Housing also wants to get to know more about you – who you are, your stories, and your experiences.

We know you have concerns that reach beyond your housing assignment: "How will I fit in?", "What if my roommate doesn't like me?", or "How will I manage my chronic illness?" As a result, we've partnered with Multicultural Services and Programs to host a series of Twitter chats to learn more about your excitement, concerns and challenges as we transition into the academic year. Additionally, we want to give you the opportunity to hear from each other and other campus partners, too!

Here's a list of campus partners who will be participating:
- University Housing
- Multicultural Services and Programs
- LGBT Resource Center
- Student Government Association
- University Health Center
- Center for Student Organizations
- Office of Sustainability
- The Arts at UGA
- Disability Resource Center
- UGA Food Services
- UGA Career Center

Join University Housing, Multicultural Services and Programs, current students and other university partners as we talk about the many ways we can thrive here at the University of Georgia. To join, tweet @UGAHousing or @MSPatUGA using the hashtag #OneUGA.

June 11 • July 9 • August 6

3-4 p.m. EST

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

-University Housing

Friday, February 20, 2015

Apply to be a 2015-2016 Peer Advisor!

by Shanice Christopher

University Housing and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction are seeking applicants for the Peer Advisor position for the 2015-2016 academic year. This position is a paid, non-residential leadership position for rising juniors and seniors. Peer Advisors serve as mentors to first-year students enrolled in one of the seven learning communities in Creswell Hall. This year we have learning communities centered on topics ranging from business to athletics. 

Successful peer advisors have great communication skills, leadership experience, and enjoy helping students transition from high school to college. Furthermore, peer advisors have the opportunity to work directly with UGA faculty members and a small group of first-year students to plan activities, social events and other off-campus gatherings. 
If you’re ready to help the incoming class of 2019 transition to UGA, submit your application today! Visit learningcommunities.uga.edu for more information.

Who: Rising Juniors and Seniors

What: Apply to be a Peer Advisor, a mentor to a first-year Learning Community

When: Applications are due February 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Contact Shanice Christopher at schrist2@uga.edu for questions and an application. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

RPS Supports the Arts in a "Wicked" Way

by RPS Staff

University Housing’s Residential Programs and Services (RPS) office has a commitment to supporting the arts. Through our ongoing program, 13 lucky housing residents will receive a ticket to attend the Broadway showing of "Wicked” at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Saturday February 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. Please read below for more information about this contest and instruction on how to enter to win.


Current residents of University Housing; UGA students employees are not eligible to participate


Winners will receive round-trip transportation and one of 13 tickets for our group to see the award-winning show "Wicked" and dinner at Gordon Biersch Restaurant after the show.


Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. 
(RPS staff will contact winners via email with the time and place of departure from UGA) 


The historic Fox Theatre in midtown Atlanta. 

How to enter the contest: 

  • Answer the questions at the following link: bit.ly/RPSWICKED (enter exactly as it is written here)
  • Residents who answer all questions correctly will be entered into a lottery-style drawing to win one ticket.
  • The deadline for entry is February 13, 2015 at 5 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Please only enter this contest if you are able to attend the entire trip, leaving from and returning to UGA in provided transportation, and attending dinner following the show on February 28, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced the week of February 15, 2015. 
  • If you have questions, please contact: rps@uga.edu.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About #RSU15!

You are Here... and so is everything else! 

Of course you want to live on campus next year. Thankfully, we at University Housing have come together to make your return to campus an easy one. Our Room Sign-Up registration began on January 5, 2015 and ends at midnight on January 31.

Now is the time to make sure you secure your living space for the 2015-2016 academic year! All you have to do is log on to The Dawg House and register for an appointment time to select from available living spaces for next year.

With convenience like this, why live anywhere else?

But WAIT! There's more...

Registering for room sign-up gets your foot in the door, but any upperclassmen living on campus will tell you there's a strategy to getting the space you want. We'll be talking about single rooms, useful layouts, hard-to-get spaces and more at three exclusive Secrets to Room Sign-Up sessions held this month:

January 14: 6 p.m. Brumby Hall rotunda
January 22: 6 p.m. Rooker Hall fireside lounge
January 25: 1 p.m. MLC room 214

And a little bit MORE...

Can't make it out to a Secrets to Room Sign-Up session? Visit our table in Tate Grand Hall on January 14 at the Red and Black Housing Fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We'll have representatives on standby with answers to all of your #RSU15 questions and a bunch of giveaways, too—including a chance to snag the first appointment time (which means you'll choose your space before anyone else)!

You can also tweet us all month using #UGAHousingTour with specific questions about upperclass living. For example, if you want to see a bathroom in a Brown Hall suite, send us a tweet and we'll reply with a photo or video tour. Or, if you've been wondering what the ceilings look like in a sixth floor room in Building 1516, send us a tweet and we've got you covered! We'll be taking virtual requests through Friday, January 23.

And if that's not ENOUGH...

You can simply drop in for a room tour on Sunday, January 25. We'll have rooms available in our most popular halls from 2-5 p.m. Come visit us in the following halls:

Brown Hall
Oglethorpe House
Reed Hall
Payne Hall
Rutherford Hall
Myers Hall
Mary Lyndon Hall
Soule Hall
Building 1516
Rooker Hall

Drop-in tours of Rooker Hall in the East Campus Village Community are also available weekdays 8 a.m-5 p.m. (except university holidays).

We look forward to seeing you this month! If you have additional questions, please visit our FAQs or contact the Housing Assignments Office at 706-542-1421 or housing@uga.edu.