In the space of about three hours on a sun-splashed Thursday morning (Aug. 29), more than 600 new freshmen arrived at Residence Life to unpack family cars, trailers and trucks and fill their new rooms with personal belongings. Continue reading
In case you were wondering: Yes, the spectacular water-main break that sent millions of gallons of water geysering skyward at the intersection of Mason and Main last weekend did have an impact on the UW-Green Bay campus a few miles away. Residents of campus housing – the relative few who didn’t go home for January break – were among the thousands of East Side residents who received a “boil water” advisory. (Residence Life made a limited supply of bottled water available on request to students affected.) The problem was repaired and the order rescinded within about a day, by noon Monday, Dec. 31.
Residence Life has informed student residents that work is expected to begin this Thursday (Oct. 25) on development of a park-like area linking student housing to the University Union. A portion of the three-acre site will be fenced off for safety reasons and truck traffic. As shared previously in this newsletter, planners say the area will strike a balance between active and passive activities for students, faculty, staff and visitors to enjoy. Preliminary plans included volleyball courts; an area with picnic tables, benches and grills; a large, level lawn for impromptu Frisbee, soccer, football, kickball and the like; a platform area with electrical power for staging outdoor concerts, speakers and other special events; lighting and landscaping. The cost of the brush clearing, landscaping and improvements will be covered by University Village Housing, Inc., the private non-profit corporation that builds and maintains student housing for the University. Landscaping and lawn work will extend into 2013, in time for an expected fall dedication. For details on the project including photos and sketches, re-visit our original post.
UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life is coordinating a ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween-themed event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Kress Center. Held in conjunction with the national Make a Difference Day initiative, ‘Spooktacular’ invites Green Bay-area children for an afternoon of activities, games, candy and more. The event is free and open to the public, and participating children will receive free admission to the Phoenix women’s basketball game at 2 p.m. Full details.
Green Bay-area children and their families are invited to attend a “Spooktacular” Halloween-themed event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Kress Events Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Organized by UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life, the free Spooktacular event will feature Halloween-themed games, candy and plenty of fun. Children of all ages are encouraged to come in costume and can choose from such games and activities as Plinko, pumpkin decorating, face-painting, ring toss, a bouncy house, pumpkin bowling and more.
The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team plays a Kress Center exhibition home game at 2 p.m. that day, and Phoenix fans are encouraged to come early and enjoy the festivities. Kids will receive wristbands upon arrival and will receive free admission to the game, with tickets available for parents to purchase. A women’s basketball sign-making station will be among the activities Spooktacular attendees can enjoy.
The Spooktacular event is being held in conjunction with Make a Difference Day, a national effort designed to encourage volunteerism and making a positive difference in one’s community. UW-Green Bay Housing and Residence Life is coordinating an additional community outreach effort, with students signing up to rake leaves and volunteer at a nursing home, the local Humane Society and elsewhere.
We’re a week away from freshman move-in day, and it looks like another record year for on-campus housing. We told you last month that Residence Life is full for fall, with about 100 students on the housing wait list. That number was down to 31 as of Thursday (Aug. 23), with a record 2,050 students (about 28 more than last year) set to live on campus. More than 700 new freshmen will live in on-campus housing this fall, along with about 1,200 continuing students, 31 U.S. exchange or international students and more than 110 transfers. Of the 2,050 students expected to live on campus, 385 already are doing so — summer residents, student employees and student athletes among them. And speaking of summer, housing also was provided to 175 students during summer 2012 — another new record. Freshmen will start moving in at 8:30 a.m. next Thursday, Aug. 30.
With the beginning of fall semester 2012 a little more than one month away, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay reports it is still accepting new-student applications and course registrations.
Newcomers and late registrants hoping to live on campus, however, are encountering a “no vacancy” sign. The 2,100 available slots in the Residence Life complex have been spoken for since mid-June.
“We maxed out our capacity relatively early this year,” says Glenn Gray, director of housing and residence life. “The demand is there. It’s a very popular option, not only for new freshmen but also continuing students and transfers.”
About 100 individuals are currently on the housing waiting list. Gray says the University goes to extra lengths to find accommodations for new freshmen, in particular. Approximately 80 percent of fall 2012’s freshman class will live on campus.
“The national research is fairly convincing, and our experience here at UW-Green Bay has certainly confirmed this, that first-year students who live on campus are more likely to adjust to college more quickly, develop supportive relationships with faculty and staff, and get more involved in University programs and activities,” Gray says. “The result is often better grades and retention/graduation rates.”
Move-in day is Thursday, Aug. 30, for new freshmen. They arrive a few days before continuing students to get acclimated through participation in UW-Green Bay’s FOCUS orientation for new freshmen. Fall semester classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4.
UW-Green Bay expects to enroll more than 900 new freshmen and exceed last year’s final count of 906, according to Debbie Furlong, director of institutional research. Preliminary numbers are positive, also, in terms of the academic qualifications of these freshmen; this year’s entering class should be comparable to last year’s in terms of average high school GPA (3.32) and ACT (22.9), which would again place UW-Green Bay well within the upper half of Wisconsin’s public institutions.
Overall, UW-Green Bay is projecting a total enrollment similar to last fall’s official headcount of 6,665. Officials say gains across a range of categories including new freshmen, online students and transfers, along with better year-to-year retention of continuing students, should offset a record number of graduation departures via May 2012 and December 2011 commencements.
The University continues to encourage local students, returning adults and transfer students — those whose enrollment decisions don’t depend on landing a spot in UW-Green Bay campus housing — to apply and enroll for fall semester 2012 by contacting the Admissions Office at (920) 465-2111 or UWGB@uwgb.edu.
UW-Green Bay is one of three four-year UW schools where freshmen have a choice about whether to live on campus, according to an article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. While UW-Milwaukee has looked into requiring its freshmen to live on campus, UW-Green Bay does not expect to adopt a similar policy. “It’s something we’ve thought about, but we haven’t moved in that direction,” said Glenn Gray, director of Residence Life. Gray says while it’s not required, it is important for freshmen to live on campus. “Freshmen who live on campus are retained at a higher rate than those who live off campus. They adjust more easily and are more likely to get involved in programs and activities after school,” he said. Read the entire article here.
On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University Village Housing Inc. will break ground Friday (Nov. 20) on its newest residence hall – an $8 million apartment unit that will accommodate 126 students. Continue reading