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Holiday Break Schedule

calendarFall semester holidays are almost here, and we would like to encourage students & families to review our Important Dates before finalizing travel plans!

University Housing residence halls will remain open during Thanksgiving Break, Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, 2017.

All residence halls, except Stokely Hall, Volunteer Hall, Laurel Hall, and Clement Hall, will close for Winter Break Friday, December 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Halls reopen on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3pm following Winter Break. Please note that Stokely Hall, Volunteer Hall, Laurel Hall, and Clement Hall will remain open throughout Winter Break.

Campus Heat Policy

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Updated November 7, 2017

It is that time of year, where temperatures begin to drop and leaves begin to turn! University Housing is working with Facilities Services to begin to turn on heat in our halls.

Campus Heat Policy:

Facilities Services Department personnel change over building systems from air conditioning to heating each fall. Because of the equipment installed throughout the campus, buildings must be changed over separately.

Facilities Services performs the changeover on the basis of priorities established 1) to maintain required temperatures to protect equipment and research in progress, and 2) to serve the greatest number of individuals and activities.

Changeover is based on weather predictions. The wide swings in temperature during the fall of the year have made this policy necessary.

August/September RA of the Month

Resident Assistants at the University of Tennessee are a vital part of the on-campus living experience. From walking with first-year students to find class buildings, to providing late night support when a faucet is leaking, RAs are on call around the clock and are responsible for fostering the sense of community on their floors.

Cody Carroll: Central Area August RA of the month

photo-2Cody Carroll, an RA in Hess Hall, exemplifies what it means to be an energetic and impactful RA. Cody believes that Hess Hall has a different sense of community than other buildings – a family type of community – and that it’s important to build that sense of family on a daily basis. He accomplishes this by saying hello to everyone he sees, whether they live on his floor or not. The residents on his floor are a diverse group of students, and they all have different personalities and backgrounds. Cody unifies these students through weekly floor dinners on Sunday nights, a very successful program that typically draws 10 or more residents. Through programs like these, Cody hopes that residents learn how to live together and to build relationships with one another. According to Cody, “Everything you do should have a purpose. Academically, socially, you should give every bit of effort you have into everything you do.” These are the kinds of lessons being taught in Hess Hall J2, and Cody’s success and attitude have not gone unnoticed by staff. Cody says he has learned from being an RA, and that you can connect with anyone if you take the time and try. Thank you Cody Carrol for all that you do!

Kaylyn Harris: West Area August RA of the month

image1-6Kaylyn Harris, a Reese Hall Resident Assistant, is a senior majoring in Advertising with a minor in Business Administration. Kaylyn is new to the housing world this year, but it surely hasn’t stopped her from shining bright early in the year. With a majority of her residents being first-year students, Kaylyn’s programs have surrounded a theme of “new adventures”. She hosted an event entitled “Letting Go” in which her residents were able to write on an orange or white balloon a FEAR they each had about coming to college. Likewise, she constructed small orange and white boxes for them to place a GOAL into the box. Kaylyn explains, “Later this semester, I plan to allow the girls to peep into their boxes and determine if they have reached that goal and for us to decide what we can do to achieve it in the spring!” Kaylyn has hosted other programs such as “Pride In You”, “Pajama Party”, and “Breakfast for Parents” with a few of her fellow Reese Hall RAs.

Kaylyn’s favorite part about being a resident assistant is the connections that she has made with her residents! She says, “I remember being a first year student and far away from home, so if I am able to ease any nerves or worries then I am here to do that!” It’s RAs like Kaylyn that make University Housing a wonderful place to live, work, and be. Thank you so much to RA Kaylyn, and all of our other resident assistants out there. We couldn’t do it without you!

Abby Grogan: Central Area September RA of the month

photo-3Abby Grogan, an RA in Hess Hall, is a community builder and a change maker on her floor and in her building. Recognized by her fellow staff members and the residents that live on her floor as exciting, caring, and authentic, Abby goes out of her way to make everyone she sees in Hess feel like they belong there. Building a strong community among residents is important to Abby, and is something that she enjoys being able to do as she lives and works in Hess. Dedication to her position is reflected in her programs, such as the Wet and Wild field day that she hosted in conjunction with J2 and K2 of Hess Hall. Residents were given the opportunity to go outside and get messy, as well as make friends with the people who they share a home with. As an RA, Abby hopes that residents learn what it means to be a Volunteer and how to live out the Volunteer spirit. This includes being open minded, eager to help and address problems, and learning from everyone you meet. Abby Grogan exemplifies this herself as she impacts those around her. You might catch Abby just hanging out and chatting with residents on her floor sometime. When you do, thank her for the hard work that she does!

Wilson Wade: West Area September RA of the Month

img_0007Wilson Wade is a sophomore majoring in Forestry and a first-year RA in North Carrick Hall. Wilson has been an incredible asset to the North Carrick team. He is a ball of energy and very eager to learn.  Wilson always offers his generosity despite the situation to both the North and South Carrick staff when needed. Since his employment as an RA, Wilson held a “Drunk-ology” program with UTPD in the beginning of September, where they brought awareness to our residents about the dangers and risks involved with alcohol consumption. Wilson is very involved with NCRA, where he attends and participates in just about every program, some of which include: Meet & Greet for Sweets, Video-games and Pizza, Paint the Rock Carrick Edition, and many others. Wilson has taken one of the lead roles on coordinating the 3rd annual “Walking Carrick” program, which will take place in October. He has an easy-going personality that his residents and staff love, but he is also a very dependable RA, who always remain calm under pressure. Wilson and the Carrick family continue to make us proud and will continue doing great things for the University Housing department!

Ethan Stanfield: East Area September RA of the month

ra_of_the_month_pictureVolunteer Hall would like to nominate Ethan Stanfield. Ethan is a first year RA that has shown that he is a hard worker and can handle any situation that comes his way. Ethan has come across the most incidents thus far and seems to be the only one around when things happen in Volunteer Hall.  Ethan always handles himself in a cool, calm, and professional manner, no matter the situation. Ethan also shows outstanding patience when dealing with situation that are not his to handle. During the Florida game there was a drunk driver in the parking garage and even though Ethan did not have to, he stayed in the parking garage until the incident was over – 3 hours later. Ethan even tried to get the driver out of the vehicle and talk to him so that he did not injure himself or anyone else.

Ethan’s ability to always be around when something is going down and handling like a pro is not lost on anyone on the Volunteer Hall staff.  The staff has recognized Ethan’s outstanding qualities and want to let him know that he is doing a fantastic job and to keep up the great work, along with Ethan can ask for help when needed.

 

Housing Highlight – Celebrating Orange Hall and White Hall Staff

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By: Marc Sloan & Andy Bowers

The University of Tennessee is changing rapidly as we continue on our Journey to the Top 25 public research institutions. Students can look around Rocky Top and see new construction every day, new programs and initiatives to take part in, and new residence halls to call home. Although this journey may take time to complete, students can already take advantage of the resources being offered to them, like brand new buildings to live in! The first new residence hall in nearly forty years, Fred D. Brown Jr. Hall set the standard for on-campus living. The new Orange and White halls will offer a similar residence experience and foster strong communities based on tradition. This sense of community is cultivated by the staff of these two buildings: a mere sixteen resident assistants and a dedicated Hall Director and Assistant Hall Director.

Flexibility is fundamental, according to Orange and White Hall Director Camille Darby. She and her staff were presented with an opportunity to demonstrate their flexibility when, due to an extended construction timeline, Orange Hall experienced a delay in opening that temporarily placed its eager residents in Humes Hall. Handling this unforeseen development required planning, careful scheduling, and an incredibly motivated staff. When she and Assistant Hall Director Chris Ndiritu hired sixteen RAs in the spring, they were expecting to run one full time front desk in Orange Hall. Plans changed, however, and at this time eight RAs are operating one front desk in Humes Hall, and another eight are operating a second front desk in White Hall. This doubled the hours that RAs were expected to work! They are more than happy to do it, according to Ms. Darby, who said that her RAs are “extremely positive, mature, and dynamic.” This dynamic team has operated two buildings, each with a staff of eight, making them the smallest staffs of any building on campus! Their dedication, creativity, and experience has ensured a positive experience for Orange and White Hall residents so far, and will continue to do so.

Closing a building and opening another one during the middle of a semester is no easy task, but with Camille and Chris at the helm, it is sure to be smooth sailing. Their combined experience, along with the skills of their RA staff, makes for a versatile and competent team that has already proven to be successful. Although they operate as one team, it is challenging for staff to be separated from each other by distance. This hasn’t stopped them from remaining confident and positive! Every RA continues to program authentically for their residents to make a difference in their lives. When Orange Hall opens, collaborative programming between the buildings is the goal. This is only one of the many goals the staff has set for themselves as they run two buildings as one, a milestone in UT’s history. They have accepted the challenge, and are excited to get the process underway! Support from RAs, combined with programs offered by the Orange and White Residents Association, will create a traditions-based, collaborative community between the buildings that will be unlike any other residence hall experience on campus.

Residence life at the University of Tennessee is unique, and is made special by the people who go out of their way to connect students with the resources they need. The staff of Orange and White Hall has already proven they are willing to go above and beyond their job descriptions, all for the students they are serving. Led by a team of skilled and genuine professionals, the staff of Orange and White has taken challenge after challenge in stride, and created an environment unlike any other on campus. As a soon-to-be resident of Orange Hall, Marc would personally like to say thank you to those who have worked tirelessly to provide a positive community experience for him and his fellow residents. Thank you, staff of Orange and White Halls!

Marc Sloan

img_2648I am a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, pursuing a Social Work degree. I am passionate about theatre, as well as helping people get connected with the resources that they need, especially first year students on UT’s campus. I have served as an artistic director at Encore Theatre Company, and as an Ignite Serves Team Leader through UT’s Center for Leadership and Service. I strive to bring together my desire to help people and my ability to think creatively in an effort to positively impact my community on a daily basis.

Andrew Bowers

I am currently a senior studying Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee. I currently work with the University Housing department in which I build and reach out to our student body via social media. I am also active as a student assistant in the athletics department, vice-president of the communications Studies Club and working at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. My goals revolve around building a network with the professionals I work with as well as providing myself an opportunity to always learn about my institution.

Vols @ Home: Life in the Penthouse

img_4393Presidential Courtyard: a staple to the University of Tennessee and home to over 2,000 students. With almost fifty years of history, these buildings hold memories for generations of Volunteer families. Students are often drawn to live in the same places as their siblings or parents may have at one time. Resident Jennie Langford explained, “I wanted to live in South Carrick because my sister lived here previously, and my brother in North Carrick, and they both had positive experiences here in Presidential Court.” With the convenience of the café, and being in close proximity to other residence halls, there is no question that Presidential Court is a hot spot on campus.

Presidential Court is a popular place to be, and our residence halls get their popularity from the communities they promote. Our resident assistants plan numerous programs for residents that encourage them to get to know their neighbors for the first six weeks following move-in. As part of this, several floors of South Carrick hosted an event called Carrick Cribs. I had the opportunity to attend the 12th floor, or “Penthouse”, edition of Carrick Cribs.  Through Carrick Cribs, residents had the opportunity to open up their doors, and showoff their style through their décor. img_4355The penthouse girls gathered in the elevator lobby for snacks and icebreakers. The girls wandered from room to room around their floor and voted for the best rooms to add in a little friendly competition! The categories varied from Most Comfy-Cozy to So Fetch and To the Beat of Her Own Drum. Every room we visited was unique; it was so hard to just pick a few! As the program continued, I watched the girls build each other up with endless compliments. Ballots and drumrolls may have revealed the official winners, but the community-building was priceless. Lauren Bachman, a first year-student and 12th floor resident of South Carrick, was voted to have the most “comfy-cozy” room. When asked about her few weeks spent on Rocky Top, she stated, “At first, I was nervous because South Carrick doesn’t have community bathrooms. I was afraid we would be shut off, but floor gatherings, like Carrick Cribs, have been awesome opportunities to get to know my neighbors. Everyone on our floor is super sweet, and I love it here!” Carrick Cribs was a HUGE success for the penthouse, and South Carrick in general.

img_4349Marlee Houk, a third year resident assistant, has made the program Carrick Cribs an annual event on her floor. Marlee explained, “The purpose of Carrick Cribs is to create an event where the girls can get to know each other in a laidback setting. When you have a chance to show off your room, it makes you feel at home.”  Marlee continued, “When you have the opportunity to welcome your neighbors into your space, suddenly your room transforms into your home away from home. I want my residents to be proud of their rooms, and to welcome others in.” As a first-year student, I had the opportunity to have Marlee as my resident assistant in South Carrick as well. Almost my entire floor participated, and I got to know so many new floor-mates that night. I still have the pictures from that night, and I’m lucky enough to be able to look back on that event and laugh. While the evening was light-hearted, I’m certain that these residents will be able to look back and remember programs like Carrick Cribs as part of their University Housing experience.

Are you interested in hearing more about West Campus residence halls, or maybe you’re looking to attending an awesome program like Carrick Cribs? Check out our upcoming event West Area Block Party on September 19th, 2016 from 6:00pm-8:00pm right in Presidential Courtyard!

About Me

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My name is Whitney Brothers, and I am currently a sophomore studying Public Relations and Business Administration at the University of Tennessee. I work with the Vols @ Home program, which helps incoming and current students find their place on campus through University Housing. I am also active in the community by interning with Alliance for Better Nonprofits, and teaching swim lessons at JumpStart Health and Fitness. As a student, my goals surround becoming involved with the Knoxville community on and off campus while also building a network of professional individuals.

 

 

Vols @ Home: #VNL

By: Andrew Bowers

What’s an on campus event that intertwines new and old students, games, entertainment, and food? Well, of course, it’s Vol Night Long! This event is always a good way to kick off the year, and definitely gets you out of the residence hall and out of your personal shell. This is the first step in getting you used to the Vol atmosphere.

While the Engagement Fair was continuing on Pedestrian Walkway, you could see VNL1staff preparing for this event; an event that would make a memorable night for all students. With inflatable activities blown up, lights and DJ on, the food making its way to the tables, and the students in line to enter, the event looked more than promising. Something interesting about me is that I never experienced this type of event until that night. I transferred from another university where there were events and activities to do for first year students, but nothing of this magnitude. Not only was the entertainment well-thought-out by the event committee, but also there were large amounts of students present and enjoying themselves. Each of these things are different than what I am used to.

I stood near the stage waiting for the performers to start, and I could see so many memories being made. This made me realize something I already knew: this university cares for its student body. Hosting something like this is no easy task, but VNL6the staff (mainly student workers) really make it what it is. Seeing resident assistants from halls getting out with the students and making them feel welcomed was truly something special to witness. The motto, Vols Help Vols, was really exemplified by this. Seeing people who were initially by themselves have the courage to go up to another individual and introduce themselves was also great to see. Whether they continue a relationship of some kind or not, those particular people will remember that this was one of many steps to college, and that the atmosphere here is open and welcoming.

Student Engagement really outdoes themselves as well as all the staff that works this event. It not only pushes everyone to look into more events that occur throughout the university as a whole, but also shows students that there are SO MANY affiliations VNL4and activities that happen throughout the year. Getting inVOLved is simple. Seeing this event made me even more aware of how the University of Tennessee atmosphere is like no other, and that good times never stop; you just have to get out of the residence hall and come back onto campus to make the memories you want. As an upperclassman, I plan to see what more there is to this university than what I’m already involved in. I can make more friends and be a part of something new and exciting because that’s what all of UT has to offer. You as first year and upper division students reading this should do the same. Go get inVOLved and find programs!

 

Andrew Bowers

I am currently a senior studying Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee. I currently work with the University Housing department in which I build and reach out to our student body via social media. I am also active as a student assistant in the athletics department, vice-president of the communications Studies Club and working at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. My goals revolve around building a network with the professionals I work with as well as providing myself an opportunity to always learn about my institution.

Vols @ Home: RA Advice- First Year FAQ

Hey New Vols! After reflecting on my own first-year experience and my years of being an Resident Assistant for many first-year students, I created this list of FAQ just for you!

Why? Because #VolsHelpVols!

Will my professors care if I go to class?

Yes! Most classes have attendance policies that are pretty strict. Believe it or not, I was afraid of talking to my professors. They intimidated me. But one day, my professor handed back a paper and told me I did a great job. and she wanted to speak with me further about my interests in life. That’s when I knew professors care about much more than just having you sit there.

Introduce yourself to your professors. The more they see and know you, the more likely they are to help you when you really need it (for grades or when you are looking for internships!).

I can’t find a club I really want to join. Should I transfer?

No way, friend! Go to Vol Link to search the almost 500 student organizations that UT has to offer! If you still can’t find one you like, why not start one? The information is all online, and what’s a better way to get inVOLved than to start your own club?

Where is the best place to grab food with friends?

I love the convenience of Presidential Court Building (PCB)! There’s plenty of space for you and your friends and so many options ranging from a salad bar, pizza, cereal, sandwiches, and various hot lines! Go between 10:30am and 2:30pm to get all your options: only the salad, pizza, dessert, and cereal are available between 2:30pm and 4:30pm.

I’m feeling a little (or A LOT) homesick (or sad). Help?

Leaving home is a big transition. My family is 5 hours away and can’t afford to come visit. What helps me is to FaceTime or Skype them (Skype is free!). I also find being alone isn’t the best for me when I’m missing home. Ask you roommate or RA if they want to grab dinner or play some video games. If you ever feel like you need more than just a friend, you can always call 974-HELP in times of crisis. UT cares about you and trust me, you’re not the only one struggling. Please utilize the Student Counseling Center!

Books are expensive. I can’t afford them!

It is no secret that college is expensive. The UT Bookstore is super convenient and offers a price comparison tool that lists various online sources and their prices: just type in your Net ID and Password! Sometimes I’ll rent my books for the semester.

Where is a peaceful place on campus to study or relax?

I love to sit in the Hess amphitheater off Pedestrian walkway! I also love Blueberry Falls (by the Student Union) and the University Gardens (on the Ag Campus). Pretty close to campus is World’s Fair Park: go kick around a soccer ball or toss a Frisbee with friends!

Adam Hathcock_polo smallMy name is Adam Hathcock. I’m a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, and I am attending Arkansas Tech this fall to pursue a Master’s in College Student Personnel. My ideal career is to work with first generation college students.

 

 

Vols @ Home: Painting for a Purpose

By: Whitney Brothers

I loved living in South Carrick my first year at UT so much that I am living on campus again for my second year! There is always a program or fun event going on either in the hall or on campus when I’m not studying for my classes.

One of my favorite memories from living on campus was a program called Painting for a Purpose. The resident assistants provided canvases and paint for us to get creative. I painted a Knoxville Skyline sunrise with lots of orange, purple, and pink colors to make it pop! Honestly, it was some of my best artwork yet! We sat in the front lobby painting our canvases. While we painted, we were able to have great conversations with the other girls in our hall. Overall, we had a blast! It was a great break from studying for my biology exam! I spent almost two hours enjoying time with my friends and the RAs until I was finally happy with the finished product!

After all the canvases were dry, the RAs hung them up in the front lobby with a number on each of the paintings. At the front desk was a binder with a picture of each painting, so that residents could bid on them. All of the proceeds from the silent auction went to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a charity that builds houses for families in need.

University Housing does various fundraisers throughout the year and Painting for a Purpose is a tradition in South Carrick! Every day, I would check to see what the highest bid was on my painting. It actually got up to $25! There were over 50 paintings done by some really talented residents. Some of them were just funny like potatoes in space, and others were almost good enough for an art museum. I loved Painting for a Purpose because I got to meet other girls living in my hall! I got to be really creative with my painting, and it was all for a good cause. I actually plan to go over to South Carrick and paint again this year if they will let me!  Be sure to be on the lookout for Painting for a Purpose and other great programing happening in your residence hall this year!

About Me

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My name is Whitney Brothers, and I am currently a sophomore studying Public Relations and Business Administration at the University of Tennessee. I work with the Vols @ Home program, which helps incoming and current students find their place on campus through University Housing. I am also active in the community by interning with Alliance for Better Nonprofits, and teaching swim lessons at JumpStart Health and Fitness. As a student, my goals surround becoming involved with the Knoxville community on and off campus while also building a network of professional individuals.

Vols @ Home: My Favorite Memory in a Residence Hall

By: T’Angela Knight

My first year living on campus was amazing because I gained six new best friends by joining my residence hall association: Hess Hall Council.

When I moved into Hess Hall in August, I was terrified that I would be alone and that no one would want to be my friend. I had grown up as the only child in my home, and all of my friends from high school decided to attend different universities. So there I was: alone—completely alone as my family traveled seven hours back home to Memphis. I had no idea what steps to take in finding a new community, and I did not want to get out of my comfort zone.

IMG_5330But being the ambitious student I am, I jumped on the opportunity to apply for a leadership position in my hall. I interviewed for the Historian position of Hess Hall Council (HHC), and I was soooo excited when I was notified that I was chosen for the role.

When I met the other members of HHC, I’ll admit that I was a little hesitant to let down my guard because everyone was so energetic and outgoing. But 10 minutes into our first conversation, I knew I was going to love being around my fellow officers because they brightened my mood instantly.

We were all so determined to create our own legacies at UT, even in our first year in college. Also, we were super competitive, so when we had to go head-to-head against other hall associations at our fall training, we bonded even closer. The theme had a James Bond feel, and we definitely killed it! ?

Our programs were the best too! We had a Fall CarniVOL, Finals Tree, Café Hess, Wingsday, and so much more. But most importantly, we wanted our residents to enjoy living within our hall. HHC was given the back portion of the front desk, and we basically lived there, lol. Any time you would walk by, at least 3 of the 7 members of HHC would be at the desk, and we used that opportunity to cheer any of our residents up if they were ever down.IMG_5567

Their optimism was contagious! Whenever I was stressed out, they were always there for me—whether they knew I was sad or not. I also cannot forget our amazing advisor, Timothy, who was the Assistant Hall Director of Hess during our term. He always kept it real with me and encouraged us to be our best because #HessIsBest.

Now I am an incoming sophomore, and though I’ll be living in Hess as an RA, most of the rest of Hess Hall Council will not be. It saddens me that I won’t be able to see their faces every day, but the joy they brought me will forever resonate in my heart. ❤️

About Me

TAngela Knight_poloMy name is T’Angela Knight, and I am a sophomore double major in Marketing and Psychology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I am currently an RA in Hess Hall  . Also, as a founder of Collegiate DECA, a business organization, at my University, I helped successfully recruit 100 members into our organization within 6 months as a freshman. I really enjoy understanding the human mind and sharing my experiences with others, which is why I have maintained my job with the Peer Power Tutoring Foundation back in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee for 4 years. Because of my desire in business and psychology, my career goal is to open my own advertising agency in which I employ marketing strategies centered around neurotransmittic activity and consumer purchasing motivations.

Reese Hall Changes

University Housing is excited to announce upcoming changes to Reese Hall at the University of Tennessee.  Beginning Fall of 2016, Reese Hall will become a co-ed residence hall, housing both men and women on alternating floors and wings.  Students that select Reese Hall during Room Selection will move to Stokely Residence Hall in January 2017.

Stokely Hall will house 684 men and women at the University of Tennessee, and will feature a dining facility, POD grocery station, and a coffee house.  Read more about Stokely Hall here.

Residents that select Reese Hall will be responsible for the Reese Hall billing rate for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Stokely Hall rates for the 2017-2018 academic year will be announced in Fall 2016.

 

Questions? Please contact University Housing at 865-974-3411 or email housing@utk.edu.

Vols @ Home: Reese Haunted House Gives Back

By: Austin Deal

Hallreese3oween just came to an end, and I wanted to take a moment to share the commitment University Housing has to giving back to the community. Every year, we support a non-profit organization called Habitat for Humanity. We usually support building a home, and throughout the years, University Housing has built 13 homes for families in the Knoxville community. All of the residence halls on campus have hosted programs to help raise money for this organization. It ranges from Penny Wars to an annual Haunted House.

Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit organization that focuses building new homes for families in need in the local area. Habitat for Humanity services include fundraising, family selection, support, construction and mortgage services.

As a department, we focus on giving back all of the time, prioritizing different charities. Every October, we gather as a staff and pledge how much we would like to donate from our pay check. The fundraising campaign is called Campus Chest. Though this university program, the University of Tennessee campus raises a lot of money that goes to charities all year.2

The Reese Hall Haunted House is an annual event where the staff and residents take over the basement and turn off all of the lights. Each Resident Assistant is assigned a “room”, where they are in charge to decorate each room. All of the rooms flow together and continue through the entire basement area. When you walk in, it is pitch black. This process is actually spooky, so you are with a tour guide the entire time so that they can walk you through with a flashlight. The hallway process had to be one of the scariest parts, there is people running at you, slamming doors, and screaming the entire hallway, which seemed like an intercity. This year, they raised $1,922.75 for Habitat for Humanity, and recorded about 637 participants.

Every year, I attend the Reese Haunted House to support this great cause, and every year the thrills get scarier and scarier. I cannot wait to see what other residence halls do to raise money for Habitat for Humanity!

 

 

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Austin Deal is a senior, majoring in Political Science. In his free time, he is usually headed to Sonic with his friends.

 “I love living on campus because I have been able to meet some of my closest friends.”

 

 

 

Vols @ Home: What I Love Most About Living in a Community Style Hall

61656358843137.umEV9jy3Hs22vUT2V5J4_height640By: TreDarius Hayes

When people think about living in a community style building in college, they cringe at the idea. They can’t imagine living in a building where they have to share a bathroom with the entire floor. They judge it before they even give it a chance. Well, after living in all types of student housing, community style is definitely my favorite one.

Each type of student housing serves a specific purpose, and a specific population. However, if you are new to the university and want to make friends were you live, living in a community style building make be the best fit. It’s inevitable that you will be close to more than half of your floor, even if you try just a little. That’s an experience you can’t get everywhere.

So what makes living in a community style building so great? Well for one, you share a bathroom with your floor or your wing. Each community building either splits its floors, sides, or wings by gender for the sake of having single gender restrooms for health and safety. So you would only share the restroom with others like you, who may have the same shaving and showering habits as Massey-1you. That eliminates messiness and long waiting times. And having separate gender restrooms is a great way to make sure everyone is comfortable.

Making friends is a little bit easier when all you have to do is speak to someone on your morning commute to brush your teeth. It doesn’t take much effort to get involved on your floor in a commu61656358843135.MYWGMtWCj5KhYUhH4fJ1_height640nity style building. Just having the restroom down the hall opens a window of opportunity. Everyone has to use the restroom at some point in the day. That increases the likelihood of seeing people on the floor. This visibility allows for residents to have conversation. Community in a community style building develops itself.

Community style buildings offer community spaces on the floors equipped with a kitchen, television lounge, and study areas. It’s rare to find these spaces unoccupied, especially at night when everyone wants to catch up and get some homework done in company. For someone who isn’t fitting in or not getting to know others on the floor, I would recommend they visit the kitchen a few nights a week to make new friends.

Having lived in other style buildings before, I could not experience all of the things that a community style building offers. While living in other 61656358843139.VqI90AvHHP5ao3xAZkjh_height640buildings was great and I cherish those memories, I wish that I had applied to live in a community style building earlier. It’s not something you can explain easily to someone who doesn’t know what it’s like to live there. Once you do, you’ll understand why many people chose to come back and stay in a community style building beyond freshman year. If you’re like me and love to meet new people and become close with them, you may want to look into staying in a community style building.

 

 

TreyTre D Hayes is a Senior majoring in Journalism and Electronic Media. In his free time, Tre makes all sorts of design materials, some to be used for work and some for fun like t-shirt designs.

“What I like best about living on campus is how affordable it is to live so close to class and your friends.”

 

 

Vols @ Home: Vol Around the World

By: Adam Pani

A few times a semester, the Central Program Council at UT hosts an event, Vol Night Long.  It is open to all students, usually on a Friday from 9 p.m.-midnight. Before I continue on about Vol Night Long, I think a brief description of the Central Programming Council (CPC) and what they do may be helpful.  The CPC aims to provide the University of Tennessee community with a “balanced and diverse array of cultural, educational, and social programming. One of the main goals of the CPC is to help enrich the education of the student body as a whole, and “Vol Night Long” is just one example of the events the CPLip Sync-1 2C hosts. They also host Volapalooza, Fall Fest, Campus Cookout, Art Exhibitions, Take Back the Night, Women’s Empowerment Summit and much more! They are definitely a stand-out group and should be considered when thinking about joining a group. (http://go.utk.edu/cpc/)

The most recent Vol Night Long, a variation called Vol Around the World, just may have topped them all. While originally scheduled for September 25 at the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) amphitheater/courtyard, the heavy rain rapidly halted those plans from continuing. Being the prepared organization CPC is, the event was quickly relocated indoors to the TRECS, and the show went on seemingly without a hiccup.  The atmosphere when I entered gave off the feeling of joy and also some relief that it was finally Friday. The smell of many different kinds of food from places all over the world filled the building. After grabbing some delicious food, I headed over to the main gym where there were some great activities set up. It was so loud at times, I could barely hear the the people next to me. The jousting was full of trash talking as expected, and was probably the highlight of my night. Among all the people coming through, I felt a connection to every member of the Vol Community, just hanging out and having a good time. It was easy to just be yourself, let loose, and simply have fun with your fellow Vols.

All in all, “Vol Night Long” is an amazing experience that I would recommend to every student at UT. I know that some of you may have preconceived notions about how fun a campus sponsored event can be, but like many things in life, you get out what you put in. If you come in with the idea of it being just another campus thing, you might be limiting your experience. If you come in hoping to meet some awesome new people and are open-minded, you will have a great time. It is a great (and safe) way to meet new, like-minded people that you probably would not have met otherwise. You’ll have an awesome time and enjoy some delicious food, which is of course free and something that everyone loves. Plus, the only thing you need is your student ID. Come check it out! You definitely won’t regret it!

Live on Campus? HBO GO and MAX GO are here.

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This is huge. You now get your very own HBO GO and MAX GO accounts and can watch HBO and Cinemax whenever (and wherever) you want on your laptop, phone, and other devices – on or off campus. Game of Thrones, Girls, The Knick, movies, sports and tons more—they’re all yours.

The best part? HBO GO and MAX GO are already included with your housing so it’s super easy to activate your account:

  1. Go to www.hbogo.com or www.maxgo.com download the apps
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Vols @ Home: It’s Football Time in Tennessee!

By: Sharmaine Ross

20757951552_c6bd2a2bb6_z (1)It’s football time in Tennessee!!! As summer comes to an end and the fall semester begins, we can all take comfort in knowing that Saturdays will be dedicated to football games. The wait is finally over, and eager souls prepared themselves for the first Tennessee football game of the season. Even though the first game was an away game, this did not stop the numerous dedicated VOLS. On Saturday, September 5, adoring fans hit the highway and headed to see the VOLS play Bowling Green Falcons in Nashville, TN. Volunteer supporters made an overwhelming appearance in the Nissan Stadium. So much so that campus was nearly a ghost town. However, the wonderful resident assistants of Massey planned an event for those who wanted to show their support in the comfort of their own residences.

14805325148_ccd9005dcd_zMassey is a co-ed community residence hall, and it comes to no surprise that the residents felt at home and unified as the event took place. As a part of the Massey tailgate, students played a variety of games, such as cards and cornhole. There was also a lot a mingling among the students. Out front in the courtyard, two resident assistants grilled hot dogs for all of those who participated in the event. The Volunteer spirit was definitely in the air. Beverages and other snacks were provided throughout the entire game free of charge. Free food, great people and Tennessee football. Can it get any better than this?

Kickoff began at 4:00pm and everyone proceeded to the game room located on the first floor of Massey to watch the game. Tennessee started out with a great lead in the game with star players dominating the field. The room was filled with high spirited students who came together for one objective: 5877039927_cd5df768dc_z (1)supporting their team. Commercial breaks allowed for open communication about the game or refilling on snacks. As I watched this happened every few minutes, I noticed that students who had not known each other previously were becoming more casual in conversation. Events like this make it easy to meet new people without a lot of effort. It was all fun and games until the game was delayed. The bad weather in Nashville caused the game to pause for over an hour, but these Massey residents still wanted to see how the final quarters would play out.

Unfortunately, once the game commenced, Bowling Green began to catch up with Tennessee. The spirit in the room heightened and now Massey residents were cheering for Tennessee’s defense. The dedication was unwavering and it was evident throughout the entire game. The game ended with Tennessee for the win; the final score being 59-30. This win set momentum for the Volunteers, and the Massey residents were all geared up for another game on the home field for next week.

Go Vols!

 

 

Sharmaine Ross is a Senior Marketing Major.

 

“I love living on campus because it makes me feel even closer to my volunteer family.”

 

 

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Big Orange Preview

April 28, 2018

Residence Hall Tour Group

University Housing is excited to participate in the Big Orange Preview event offered by Undergraduate Admissions!

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions Big Orange Preview webpage for information on event registration.

Prospective students and families will begin their tour of residence halls at the University Housing Tour Center. You will see four different residence halls, representing every style of living on campus, as well as have the chance to ask questions, take pictures, and even measure!

We recommend that participating students and families sign up for a tour at the link below for the best housing tour experience.

Housing Tour Sign Up

RAs of the Month – February

Central Area: Sam Rule (Massey Hall)

For the month of February, Massey Hall’s stand out resident assistant was Sam Rule. Sam took on the tremendous task of balancing classes, RA responsibilities as well as taking the LSAT exam. Sam did an incredible job with community building on his floor this month. He found the best place to reach his residents being the elevator lobby. He utilized furniture from the kitchen, elevator lobby and his own room to turn the elevator lobby into a fun, welcoming and relaxed environment for the residents of his floor. Sam also held a life skills program where each resident was given a quiz about basic life tasks including: changing a flat tire, opening a bank account and balancing a check book. The quiz had prizes associated with correct answers which inspired competition that brought a lot of residents together to compete. Along the lines of competition Sam brought his floor together to watch an EPSN documentary about the upcoming NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament. Sam again transformed the lobby into a family living room environment that allowed residents to sit back and relax after midterm season and get excited for the NCAA Tournament. With Tennessee’s team doing so well this year they were also able to feel the Vol Pride and talk about the potential seeding for the team and speculate how far they would go into the bracket. For all these reasons and more Sam deserves the title of RA of the month.

East Area: Michael Butler (Brown Hall)

Michael is a first-year resident assistant who has gone above and beyond his duties as an RA, including reflective goal setting, completing an additional program this month, and bettering himself in his role as an RA. Head staff can count on Michael to come to them about essential information, but also for advice on best practices on how to handle serious situations. He is very dependable and responsible. The staff enjoys his authentic demeanor and he is willing to be supportive of his staff. He also took note of a culture on the floor around harmful language for people who are not neurotypical. He did extensive research to find a program that was educational and fun. He held an event that allowed residents to reflect on the language they use and how it might impact people around them, while also examining their own prejudices. Consistently Michael has gone above and beyond to develop community, support his residents, and keep head staff informed. We are happy to nominate Michael Butler for March’s RA of the Month!

West Area: Jada Blackwell (Stokely Hall)

Jada is a second-year resident assistant who we have seen improve in her leadership and communication skills during the month of February. Jada has taken the lead for Hotel Stokely, a large program that the Reese/Stokely staff has done for 3 years. Jada organized prices and new menu items to present to the rest of the RAs at staff meeting and even had handouts to demonstrate the changes. Jada is an accounting major who has a passion for professional development. Jada helped her fellow staff members develop their resumes during the month of February. Before RA interviews in early February, Jada presented to the other RAs about the appropriate female and male business casual dress code. Jada has stepped up her game this past month in efforts to prepare for her 3rd year as an RA, and we want to recognize her for her contributions to our team!

10 Great Eats from Chef Noah

By: Noah Redmond

We all eat the cheese pizza from PCB, or the nuggets from Chick-Fil-A, but who doesn’t love a home-cooked meal? When you are craving something original, try making it in your residence hall! Cooking in your room can be fun or challenging. The key is to get creative. The following post lays out ten quick, easy, and delicious meals that you can make in your home sweet home! From a two-minute French toast to a brownie in a cup, this post has it all!

2 Minute French Toast

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Pretty Prudent via www.prettyprudent.com/2012/01/entertaining-food/2-minute-french-toast-in-a-cup/

Starting your day off right, we have French Toast in A Cup. Yeah, you heard me right! A whole serving of your favorite French toast – and just for you. Well, you could share, but after the first bite you’re not going to want to!

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

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Joyful Heathy Eats via www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/no-bake-peanut-butter-chocolate-bars/

Need a little pick me up in the morning? Well don’t worry because these bars will have you going well past your final class of the day.

Macaroni and Cheese

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Bigger Bolder Baking via www.biggerbolderbaking.com/microwave-macaroni-and-cheese/

Yes, you can buy the Kraft mac and cheese, but why would you when you can make your own 10x better. *We recommend adding extra cheese because, well, why not?

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl

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Healthy Liv via www.healthy-liv.com/5-minute-vegetarian-burrito-bowl/

For those who may want something on the lighter side, we have the Vegetarian Burrito Bowl. You’ll have everyone on campus asking where you got this from!

Microwave Salmon

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Healthy Aperture via healthyaperture.com/blog/post/the-recipe-redux-simple-smoked-paprika-salmon

For those who want to get fancy, (*wink-wink* date night), we have an easy Salmon recipe, and no, you don’t need an oven to make it. Of course, we advise to turn on your fan because it may get quite smelly.

Olive oil and Rosemary Popcorn

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Hej Doll via http://hejdoll.com/olive-oil-rosemary-popcorn/

Want to spice up your normal popcorn? Well look no further because this recipe will take your everyday popcorn to the next level!

Potato Chips

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Inspiration Kitchen via inspirationkitchen.com/easy-microwave-potato-chips/

Need a side to go with your freshly made salmon? These potato chips just might be your go-to

Mug Cheesecake

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Hungry Little Girl via www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/08/mug-cheesecake-2-minutes-microwave.html

Everyone needs a little sweet in their life, and you can’t turn down a one of a kind cheesecake. *Add some freshly cut fruit, to make it healthy of course.

Chocolate Brownie

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Simply Recipes via www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/brownie_in_a_mug/

If cheesecake isn’t your thing, don’t worry! This may be your new favorite dessert: a chocolate brownie in a mug.

Yogurt and Berry Parfait

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Foodie With Family via www.foodiewithfamily.com/vanilla-yogurt-and-berry-parfait-make-ahead-mondays/

Those late-night munchies can be a difficult to deal with, but we may be able to fix that. Don’t head for the bag of chips or the half-eaten swiss roll, instead, crack open the delicious parfait you made earlier in the day!

Resident Assistants of the Month – January

Central Area: Jaden Hodges (Hess Hall)

Hess Hall would like to nominate Jaden Hodges for her hard work and dedication to the building, staff, and her residents.  Jaden came in as a first-year resident assistant in the fall and has continued to prove herself to the staff in amazing ways.  This month she specifically lead our Hotel Hess project, which was a building wide fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Jaden lead a team of RAs to create a plan, purchase all the food, organize volunteers, created a way to track food orders, came up with the idea of using google voice numbers to take orders, and created a way for us to use Venmo to collect money.  With her leadership and creativity, we raised almost $500 in three hours and sold out of food!  Jaden has shown such dedication to that project and learned a lot.

Jaden is always thankful towards the staff and encourages everyone.  She brings a quirkiness to our staff that everyone loves and enjoys!  She has such a passion for helping people, the environment, and always makes you smile!  I can’t think of a more deserving person this month to receive this award!

 

East Area: Carli Stewart (Brown Hall)

Carli is a first-year resident assistant who has excelled at creating unique and educational programs, including an Etiquette Dinner, Diverse Foods, and Zumba with her residents. She has also done an excellent job in handling several student and parent issues on her floor. She has worked effectively in communicating with both head staff and residents on updates and FYIs. Carli was able to handle difficult situations in a manner that is unique to her leadership style and accomplishes goals beyond the head staff’s expectations. Head staff is happy to nominate Carli Stewart for February’s RA of the Month!

 

West Area: Wilson Wade (North Carrick Hall)

Wilson has been very proactive and passionate within his role as the 7th floor resident assistant. Currently, Wilson is on the Habitat for Humanity Committee and he has done a phenomenal job by raising funds. Not only has he co-led four events for Habitat for Humanity but has also stepped up to represent North Carrick with RA Selection. Wilson was the representative for North Carrick and volunteered to assist with GART weekend as well. When it comes to programming, Wilson has had the best attendance this semester. He spearheaded the Super Smash Mario Brothers program and had a program to discuss on campus/off campus housing. Overall, I believe RA Wilson Wade has proved to be the RA of The Month because he has built community, execute his collateral assignment, have tough conversations with residents, and maintained a 4.0 GPA last semester.

Super Bowl Party Roundup

It’s football time in Tennessee! Well, it is Super Bowl time, at least! If you are in need of a Super Bowl party, University Housing is ready to hook you up. Across campus, residence halls are providing students with food, games, and community building as they cheer on their favorite teams!

Check out the following Super Bowl Parties in a residence hall near you!

South Carrick Hall – Sunday, Feb 4, 6:15pm – Multipurpose Room

Orange & White Hall – Sunday, Feb 4, 6:30pm – G033/G034 – feat. Buffalo Wild Wings

Volunteer Hall – Sunday, Feb 4, 5:30pm – Multipurpose Room – feat. Hamburgers & hotdogs

Laurel Hall – Sunday, Feb 4, 6:00pm – Multipurpose Room – feat. Wings, pizza, ice cream and cake

Re-engage in Your Volunteer Community in 2018!

Still looking for a way to get involved but not sure where to start? It’s as simple as leaving your room and walking down the hall. No, really, it’s actually that simple. Every residence hall at the University of Tennessee has a hall council devoted to providing programs for residents. They host monthly events aimed at sparking a feeling of enjoyment and comfort for those who live within the halls. It is a great opportunity for you to gain experience in leadership, marketing, and programming. The best part is that you don’t have to go very far to get involved!  

The hall councils at UT are always up to something, conducting out of the box Donation Box at Laurel Hall eventevents. Whether it be a block party, pizza night, or hosting a super bowl party, the events are sure to be fun and well worth attending. Every residence hall on campus has a hall council executive board and a general body. The general body meets with the e-board as they see fit, suggesting and assisting with programming. While for some halls it may be too late to join an executive board, I can guarantee there is always a need for general body members to help with each event. 

The benefits of joining a hall council are truly one of a kind. There is an opportunity to grow and learn new skills beneficial for a professional career, travel for various housing conferences, vote and contribute to other events on campus, and be among other student leaders with similar interests as yourself. If you want to learn more about the hall council in your residence hall simply ask your RA or attend an upcoming event! We love our hall councils and love showcasing all of the great work that you all do! 

Thank YOU, University Housing!

University Housing has been incredibly busy this semester! Your programs have entertained us, educated us, and led us to grow. The Vols @ Home team has attended many of these programs, and celebrated these events on social media. Each program highlighted the #LifeOfVols, and displayed the Tennessee Volunteer spirit. On Halloween, Brown Hall had a Glow Rave featuring a live DJ, glow sticks, and refreshments. For Thanksgiving, Orange and White Hall hosted a Thanksgiving feast for those who wouldn’t be home to celebrate. Before finals, Students with dog at Brown HallStokely Hall hosted an “Adulting is Hard: 90’s Night” so residents could enjoy being a kid again before their big tests! Within the halls, we also had the privilege of recognizing Office Assistants and Resident Assistants for working hard to engage with residents. As the holiday season draws near, we want to say thank you for the work you are doing. We appreciate the time you’ve put into programming for residents this semester, and we appreciate you letting us share these stories. University Housing is a large department, and we are committed to sharing the ways you are connecting with residents on a daily basis, so the entire housing team, campus, and community can celebrate.

This semester, programs have engaged with residents in many unique ways, and we would like to recognize your creativity in providing a positive, educational, and fun Laurel Hall Residents Association studentsenvironment for residents to call home! We knew this would be a creative semester of programming from the beginning, when we were able to share the RA Lip Sync contest live for the first time in its history via Facebook. From the POWER Challenge to sustainability tips, you have encouraged residents to participate in making a difference in fun ways, like going door-to-door to collect recyclables or sharing tips on social media to power down rooms appropriately for the holiday break.

Engaging with social media is a different way to connect to your residents, and the delegation to SAACURH took over the University Housing Instagram during their conference to keep residents updated and informed about the work they were doing there! Stokely Hall’s program “Adulting is Hard: 90’s Night” generated conversation on social media among parents and students when it was featured in a blog post, and URHC’s “Doggos” program to de-Smokey painting on the rock stress before finals almost went viral when shared! Besides these programs, we recognize that you connect with residents every day in ways that go unseen and unheard, and we want to celebrate you for those interactions, too. Office Assistant and Resident Assistant appreciation week were a chance to do that, as head staff members selected exemplary OAs to highlight, and every hall staff was celebrated on social media during the week of RA appreciation.

Adulting is Hard Program

The year has been a nonstop ride of enjoyment and we are so happy to have shared these moments with you all. We are grateful for amazing students, taking advantage of the many opportunities that living on campus has to offer. It makes being a member of the Vols @ Home team fun and exciting, showcasing just how rewarding living in our many residence halls can be. From hall programming, conferences, caring resident assistants and staff, it is not hard for anyone to see that University Housing is truly one of a kind. We want to continue our budding relationship with hall staff in the coming semester so that we can truly highlight how essential each of you are to on-campus living. We know that you all are doing great things and cannot wait to highlight it even more in the spring. Have a happy holiday season!

Sincerely,

The Vols @ Home Team

Resident Assistants of the Month – November

Dara Carney-NedelmanCentral Area: Massey Hall: Dara Carney-Nedelman

For the month of November, Massey Hall would like to nominate Dara Carney-Nedelman. Dara has gone above and beyond this month to devote bulletin boards as well as programming to focus on the diversity of our nation and this building. She was the lead person on an Egyptian night where authentic food was cooked, and traditional items and music were displayed. The Egyptian Student Association also gave a presentation. Dara got the idea from a resident and took the time to make sure the culture was accurately and responsibly displayed to the residents of Massey Hall. For those reasons, and so much more, Dara deserves to be RA of the month.

Annastashia BlesiWest Area: Morrill Hall: Annastashia Blesi

Annastashia has stepped up as a leader on staff this month. She is always helping with program advertisement for the building. This past month she took the initiative to plan a building-wide program that focused on educating students about various disabilities, and how certain disabilities affect people’s everyday life. She broke up residents into groups of five, and they were given a disability and tasked with performing normal daily activities with their given disability. Afterwards, she conducted a debriefing conversation with them about the activity. When there were challenged presented with executing the program, she brought them up in a constructive manner and was able to articulate herself, and hear her peers, so they could work together to execute the program. This is why we she deserves to be RA of the month.

Housing Highlight: Call Center Staff

Housing Highlight: Call Center Staff 

By: Marc Sloan

Picture a science fiction-style, technology-enhanced, dark room with wall-to-wall monitoring stations, and you have envisioned the University Housing Call Center. This secure operation center is the hub for fire panel activity response, emergency maintenance phone calls, and the ability to interface with CCTV security cameras located in each residence hall. Staffed by an undergraduate Call Center Attendant (CCA), this response center is always on duty, and ready for whatever challenge or incident may arise in a residence hall. This month, University Housing recognizes and thanks the students and staff who operate the Call Center and provide the department with unmatched safety protocol. 

Instituted in the fall of 2015, the Call Center was brought online to monitor after-hours fire alarms, but has since assumed more responsibility within the department, becoming the go-to place for assistance with work orders and maintenance requests, and occasionally for concerned parents and students. This growth in responsibility has been made possible by the quality of work and dedication produced by the Call Center Attendants, and their supervisor, Justin Hayes. Although there is always a new issue to respond to, and the binder of protocols is always growing, the Call Center staff are diligent in carrying out their responsibilities to ensure the safety of residents in each hall. 

According to Abby Williams, a Call Center Attendant, you have to think outside the box when responding to issues. To come up with solution and make the right call, staff must be independent thinkers and follow their training without hesitation. Monitoring the entire fire alarm network for University Housing is a large responsibility, and is executed smoothly though the tactical abilities of the staff. In addition to fire alarm monitoring, staff members also monitor live security cameras to identify incidents in residence halls and assist in real time. Approximately a half-dozen incidents have been identified and responded to through camera monitoring in the Call Center, but these are rare events for Call Center staff. Most commonly, attendants respond to fire panel incidents and emergency maintenance requests, even as late as two o’clock in the morning. CCA Abby Williams says “That’s not an exciting phone call to make – waking someone up at 2:00am.” It must be done, and the Call Center staff are the most prepared and responsible people to do it. 

The Call Center is a growing unit, and as technology advances, the expectations for the unit will follow suit. University Housing is also a growing department, and as new residence halls are constructed, the Call Center’s role will become even more prominent in ensuring the safety and security of the buildings. These new challenges will be met with competence and ability, as the Call Center staff is dedicated to promoting a safe and educational environment for residents to call “home sweet home”. 

Resident Assistants of the Month – October

Taylor Owens - Resident Assistant of the MonthCentral Area: Massey Hall: Taylor Owens

For the month of October, Massey Hall’s shining GREEN star goes to Taylor Owens. Taylor volunteered to lead the charge in Massey Hall’s attempt at winning the POWER challenge. She made sure to give the staff weekly updates and reminders about POWER challenge, and also served as the voice of Massey Hall when it came to being in contact with any questions or concerns the staff had about POWER challenge with the Office of Sustainability. Taylor put on four programs this month, three of which had an educational take away for residentst Taylor also put on two programs that were specifically aimed at POWER challenge with crafty take aways for residents, including their very own self watering wild flower plants! Taylor Owens was the perfect RA in Massey Hall while also maintaining extremely high grades on class assignments to further the goal of Massey Hall to bring home the Golden Brain trophy. In all honesty, these words simply do not do enough to capture all the things that Taylor has done for Massey Hall this month.

Carolee Mabe - Resident Assistant of the MonthEast Area: Clement Hall: Carolee Mabe

In the month of October, Carolee went the extra mile for Habitat for Humanity by creating a “Boo Pops” program where residents could send candy grams to one another. She also created a fish-naming contest where residents could donate money in a change war. She spread Halloween cheer in all of Clement! Carolee also dealt with several resident issues on her floor and truly went above and beyond the call of duty. She dealt with complaints and very tricky roommate conflicts, and all the while she had a smile on her face and kept her positive attitude. She spent countless hours talking to residents and made sure all their needs were met. She is always a helpful hand to the staff and for all these reasons and many more we would like to nominate Carolee Mabe for RA of the month.

Abby Grogan - Resident Assistant of the MonthWest Area: South Carrick Hall: Abby Grogan

During the month of October, Abby Grogan has settled into her role as a 2nd year RA. She has taken on a mentoring role to the five first-year RAs on the South Carrick staff. Each one of the first-years on staff have talked about various situations that Abby has helped them through, whether it be their family dog passing away, or losing friends due to their new RA position. Mentoring is not something anyone asked her to do, but Abby takes it on because she wants to help other RAs become the best they can be for their staff and their residents. Abby does not realize though that we also have some returners who have followed her lead and her guidance because she knows how to do her job that well. If that doesn’t speak to the kind of RA Abby is, nothing will.

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