Monday, September 22, 2014

Welcome to the Social Justice, Diversity & Pride LLC!

Hi friends!

I've been so excited for this year to start. No, really! Ever since I knew I was going to be working with the Social Justice LLC, every time someone brought up the coming school year, this is how I reacted:

So anyways, welcome to the Social Justice LLC! A little bit about myself:

Me being casual in a fancy chair.
  • Born in Waukesha, WI
  • Majoring in Communication with a minor in Sociology
  • 2nd (and a half?) year as an RA
  • Spent my summer as an Orientation Leader, so many of you may find me very familiar
  • Also work in the Residence Life office as a Residential Administration Assistant
I'm very excited about the Social Justice LLC. Learning about people and their stories is fascinating to me, especially at UWM, as we are known as the most diverse school in the UW system. I'm hoping that during our time together as an LLC we can step outside of our comfort zones and gain a better understanding of those who we don't share many of the same experience with. The way I see it, life is about learning, and if we can take the opportunity to step back and understand those around us, it will bring forth a more caring and understanding world. 

Both Jen and I are excited to work with you all, and as the semester progresses, we hope to have a lot of fun while learning a ton! Get ready!

Welcome to the Future Fraternity and Sorority Leaders LLC


As you all may know, Greek life here at UW-Milwaukee is pretty small compared to other campuses and what is portrayed in the media. However, we are taking major steps into becoming a larger Greek community!

First of all, let me introduce myself!
Name: Scarlett Young
Year: Junior here at UWM
Major: Biochemistry / Pre-Dental Track
Position: 2nd year Resident Assistant at Cambridge Commons

I am a member of the Kappa Tau Sorority and am currently the Chapter Educator. I love Greek life and everything it has to offer!

I am also currently a founding member of the Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society, and hold the position of Secretary.

This year, the focus of the Future Fraternity/Sorority Leaders Living Learning Community is not so much getting the residents active in Greek Life, but instead giving them opportunities to work on their leadership skills and participate in volunteer activities!

Again, I am super excited about this upcoming year and everything it has to offer! 

Meet the Starchitects!

Hi everyone! It’s a new school year, and the Architecture LLC is back for Round 4 at UWM! We have a lot of fun and exciting things in the works for this year, and we know it will be a great one, so check back often to see what we have going on!

While you wait for all of our awesome events to unfold this year, here are some blurbs about the people involved with the Architecture LLC. Don’t forget to check out the video at the end!

Resident Assistant Derek Ambrose
Derek is from Bloomington, IL and is majoring in Architecture. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, scouting, going to the gym, and involving himself in creative endeavors.

Fun fact: Derek is an Eagle Scout.
Resident Assistant Lindsey Wavrunek
Lindsey is originally from Manitowoc, WI and currently calls Fond du Lac home. She is majoring in Human Resources and Business Management and is pursuing minors in Architecture, Economics, and Marketing. When she can find some free time, Lindsey enjoys playing guitar, biking, and fishing and is a big fan of penguins.

Fun fact: Lindsey can stand on her head for 15 minutes.
Mentor Jess Yester
Jess was born in Virginia Beach, VA and lived there for a few years before moving to Charleston, SC and, eventually, Racine, WI. She now lives in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood and is pursuing a major in Architecture, a certificate in Urban Studies, and just completed a minor in Spanish. Jess is an avid musician and has a growing bank of instruments she plays. She is also a huge lover of animals and rock climbing.

Fun fact: Jess can play Für Elise on the piano with her toes while standing on her head.
Check out our intro video too!
Well, now you know a little about us, and we can all look forward to a great year!

Until next time,
The Architecture LLC

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Welcome to the JAMS LLC

Welcome everyone, 

My name is Danielle Stobb and I am the Resident Assistant for the JAMS LLC.  JAMS stands for Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies.  We are located in Sandburg North Tower, floor 24.  

Last year I was a Resident Assistant in Sandburg West Tower.  I’m excited to be involved the the JAMS community this year because I am a journalism major myself.  This is my third and final year of undergrad. My focus areas are print/online and broadcast. I plan to attend graduate school for media studies (hopefully at UWM) next fall.   Some fun things about me include: my graduating high school class had a mere 20 students, I have an adopted chihuahua named Tegan, I don't know how to swim, and I've visited Disney World 4 times. 

My experience in the journalism sphere include:
  • writing for the UWM Post
  • reporter for Media Milwaukee (student news website)
  • reporter for PantherVision (student broadcast)
  • secretary for UWM Broadcast Club 
  • intern at FOX11 News in Green Bay
  • media intern for docUWM, Milwaukee
  • radio promos with Clear Channel Media, Milwaukee

My most rewarding moment (thus far) as a journalism student is my recent entry in the National Academy of Television Chicago/Midwest Broadcast Chapter.  My piece, “UWM Superfan” has the potential to win a student emmy award.  How exciting! 

My listing of experience is not to brag, but to show JAMS students where they can be in a year or two.  I hope my job as the JAMS LLC RA is not only to provide a fun and safe atmosphere in which to live, but to provide guidance and insight on UWM’s journalism program.  Milwaukee sure has a great one!   

The LLC residents and I have already jump started some fun experience by completing a social media scavenger hunt and attending the Fox 6 news station.  We toured the newsroom, learning behind-the-scenes secrets to the daily newscasts.  Upcoming events include: tours of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and ESPN Milwaukee, as well as hearing from local reporters as guest speakers in the LLC classroom.  

I look forward to an exciting and educational year!      

JAMS LLC eats a picnic lunch during UWM Fall Welcome.
JAMS LLC visits Fox 6 News.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beginnings of the Honors LLC

Hello!  My name is Eli King.  I am a second year student and first year Resident Assistant at UW-Milwaukee.  I have come to Milwaukee from the tiny city of Burlington to study Choral Education at the Peck School of the Arts.  Writing the previous two sentences is still slightly surreal; a year ago I would never have imagined that either would be the case.  Initially during freshmen year I was a composition major, who had doubts that his music studies would integrate well with the RA role.  After a change of major and a couple interviews I find myself where I am today, and I couldn't be happier.

I have the extraordinary privilege of inheriting the highly esteemed Honors LLC from Hannah Rarick.  We reside on the 15th and 16th floors of the West Tower of Sandburg Commons.  The term Honors is in reference to students enrolled in the Honors College.  The Honors College is a small liberal arts supplement to a standard degree.  Students usually take one Honors Course per semester in addition to their general coursework.  We encourage all eligible students from any discipline to apply.  The vast majority of my residents are Honors Students from all fields of study, however it's not a universally applicable label; we have a small number of students that are not currently enrolled in the Honors College.  In efforts to be inclusive of these students, we identify not as exclusively Honors students, but as students who take pride in pursuing academic excellence.

I am enrolled in the Honors College. I have found it to be one of the richest components of my education.  I have become a better writer, speaker and a more analytical thinker.  In addition to honing these crucial skills, it allowed me to develop introspection in a way that no other courses have ever allowed me to.  I feel that in being enrolled in the Honors College I have to come to better understand myself in many facets.  I hope that others in my community will experience the same benefits that I have had through the Honors program.   I am very proud to be the Resident Assistant for this LLC, and I am very excited for the coming year.

Until next time!


Welcome to the Honors LLC!