Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We Want Some S'mores!

Being a Sophomore in college is so much different than being a freshmen.  For the most part, many of us are familiar with being a college student and we understand the expectations that the campus has for us.  But what comes next?  Our lives.  In three more years, many of us hope to graduate and either go straight into our new career, or maybe we have other plans.  Everything that we do as sophomores can have an impact on what we do after college.

In the S'mores LLC, residential sophomores will be introduced to a community where ideas are always flowing.  We want to be successful, but sometimes it can be hard to come across new opportunities when we are surrounded by homework, work, and other mandatory activities.
The class for this LLC is Ed Pol 315 which will be taught by Laurie Marks and Josh Maxwell.  Because this is a service learning course, many of the students will be taking time to serve others in the community.

Now it is time for a quick introduction.  My name is Tabby Miller and I am the peer mentor for the S'mores LLC. Since I am a Sophomore, I can relate to the things you will be going through during your Sophomore year! What I do know, is that community service is also a fantastic way to get to know each other.  RA Shelby and I are in the process of planning events where the LLC can become closer and more successful as sophomores at UWM.

As our LLC kickoff event,we decided to have an actual s'mores social where ice cream, chocolate, and s'mores were provided for the residents.  It turned out to be a great hit and in the hour that it occurred; relationships had started, and people were having a fun time!
 
As the semester continues, more and more events you can participate in will pop up.  We look forward to having short service trips around the Milwaukee area with our LLC so that not only will they get service hours, but we will all be doing something together to build our community of Sophomores at UWM.

Most of us have tried a simple s'more, but if you are interested in creating something a little more out of the ordinary, here is a recipe for a S'mores Layer cake!

Recipe: http://www.bitememore.com/feedme/260/the-ultimate-smores-layer-cake-recipe

Thank you!  We look forward to keeping you all updated with the S'more Living Learning Community!

Engineering LLC

What's new in the Engineering LLC?!  We are already more than three weeks into our discovery world program, where up and coming engineers are getting an opportunity to contribute to the wonderful program that is Discovery World.  They are currently programming robots to mimic plant life! How cool is that?!  If anyone is interested in becoming involved in this great opportunity feel free to come and talk to one of the LLC's RAs.

What to watch for coming up in near future:  The annual and prestigious Engineering Olympic Games are about to kick off.  Watch the best and brightest engineers in all the land compete against one another in fierce and deadly mortal combat...  Just kidding.  What they will be doing, however, is taking on different engineering based challenges as teams that will score them individual points.  Feel free to come and watch these great minds be pushed to their best.  Along with the Engineering Olympics, the LLC will be hosting video game and strategy game nights.  Watch for more information on flyers and posters around the LLC.

That about sums up life in the magical place known as the Engineering LLC.  Stay tuned for more enchanting tales of the courageous men and women who make up Sandburg South's floors 9-12!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Building Chairs in the Architecture LLC

Throughout the month of November, the students in the Architecture LLC have been working on their final project: the Chair Building Competition. Each person in the class was tasked with designing and building a small mock-up of a chair, which they then had to "sell" to their classmates, professor, TAs, and other critics. 

Here are four chairs that were designed by our very own students in the Architecture LLC. 








Projects from the entire class will be on display on the first floor of the Architecture building through the end of the Fall semester.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Film LLC - DIY Camera Rigs

On Tuesday, November 18th, The Film LLC'ers got a chance to enter the classroom with Instructor Ben Balcom to make camera stabilizers that the Film LLC students will be able to check out and use to make their own films!

These rigs were constructed out of PVC piping, PVC glue, and a few nuts and bolts.Their purpose is to help stabilize the camera more than just holding it handheld style.The students that went to the event volunteered their time not only to learn about stabilization techniques, but to make these stabilizing rigs so that anyone in the film LLC can use them on their films. For that, we thank you!

This event was great in that it showed how easy it is to make something that adds production value to your films. All it takes is a trip to the hardware store with a picture from the internet!


 Film LLC's own Nick Goll with the rig:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Education and Leadership LLC: RAK-athon


On Saturday, November 8, 2014 some of the residents in the Education and Leadership LLC participated in UWM’s RAK-athon. The event was put on the Center for Community-Based, Learning, Leadership, and Research. Over 600 volunteers winterized older adult homes in the Milwaukee area.

The Education and Leadership LLC residents enjoyed raking leaves and cleaning windows for an older adult in a suburb of Milwaukee. The residents had fun raking and bagging up leaves together. They also enjoyed getting to know the older adult and she appreciated the residents’ work.