Monday, November 20, 2017

Education and Leadership LLC

LEADing off the School Year with the Education and Leadership LLC!  

My name is Macey and I'm the RA of the education and leadership floor. I'm a second-year exceptional education major and I couldn't be more excited to spend the year learning and growing together with our community. A great deal of the students living on the floor are pursuing degrees in early-middle education and exceptional education.  
We started off the year by participating in our kickoff event "LEADing into the school year". We took some quirky personality and leadership style tests as well as attempting the infamous human knot teambuilder. We talked about how we can work together with our different leadership styles and mesh well as a community.  
We also had the opportunity to go on a camping retreat at Camp Minikani, just a short bus ride away. The retreat was planned by Ed Pol professor, Laurie Marks. After having free time and eating dinner we pulled our sleeping bags and pillows out into the common area and watched the film "Waiting for Superman" which discusses the impacts of failing public schools while taking a positive outlook on charter schools. We woke up early the next morning and completed a low ropes course as well as other teambuilding activities. The retreat gave students the opportunity to see one another in a different light and work together towards a common goal.  

September was a big month for us as an LLC! I can't wait to see what October brings seeing as we have some cool events in the works such as Dinner with the Dean and Make a Difference Day.  

Friday, November 17, 2017

Career Quest LLC

The Career Quest LLC is a living learning community that is designed to help residents move forward in finding a major/career path. All residents are required to take the Educational Psychology – 110 Planning Your Major and Career course with Professor Lauren.

On September 14th, 2017, the Career Quest LLC had their Kickoff Event to start off the year. Residents were given the opportunity to socialize with their peers, participate in ice breakers, and get an overview on what the LLC would look like this year. Pizza and snacks were also provided.

During the event, Resident Assistant Kiana and Peer Mentor Emily shared ideas about future events and goals. A few that were discussed include;

Wednesday Night Study Sessions: Every Wednesday between 6:00pm and 8:00pm the 23rd floor lounge is “reserved” for those who want to work on homework or academic related projects.

Mental Mondays: One Monday a month, LLC residents will have the opportunity to discuss concerns, share thoughts, or just have some heart-to-heart conversations. This is a good way for the residents to get to know each other, and also use the time to relax and hangout in a stress-free environment.

Career Fairs: Each LLC resident will attend at least one career fair of their choosing to help expand their network and learn about possible careers they may be interested in.

Others (tentative): Nature walks, rock wall climbing, “Back to the History” Night, Resume Building, and UWM Bucket List incentives are a few other possible events.

  1.        Each resident should participate in at least 2 events throughout the semester
  2.     Help guide residents in finding a future major/passion
  3.     Become a support system for each other, both in and outside of the LLC

Overall, the event was an informal, informational meeting that was designed to get residents familiar with each other, as well as give them an idea on what to expect to get out of being in the Career Quest LLC. A few residents stayed after to further discuss ideas they had or get more information on possible future events.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Art and Design LLC

On Friday September 15th, 2017 the Art and Design LLC had its very first Kick-Off Event of the year at Cambridge Commons! It was a great event filled with mingling, crafts, and food. Resident Assistant Hannah Biller, Peer Mentor Bella Chiappetta, Stakeholder Contact Melissa Wagner-Lawler, and in spirit Residence Life Professional Staff Stakeholder Rebecca Thomas. All these wonderful people either helped plan or set up for this great event! We begun planning weeks beforehand. RA Hannah door knocked and made flyers to get the word out, and also got supplies. Peer Mentor Bella raised awareness but telling residents in the 2D class they all shared to come. While Stakeholder Melissa and Staff Stakeholder Rebecca also advertised by reminding residents and telling them to come beforehand.

The event started at 12:00 and ran to around 2:00pm. The event was filled with a station of arts and crafts that consisted of various art supplies to create a banner that would be hung up in the community. Residents loved this, and immediately started painting and all decided to create a Halloween theme. The painted pumpkins and all things Halloween. While residents worked on the banner, our team provided pizza, soda, and cookies for the residents. We got a lot of praise for the food, and it was just the right touch!

This kickoff event was great because we had a really good turn out, great food, happy people, and it was awesome to see everyone and really getting the Art and Design LLC team to really start those relationships with all the LLC residents