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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hey Global Villagers!

RA's  Katie and Mercedes are really excited for what the year will bring.

Here is a little bit about us!

Hey Friends! I'm Mercedes. It's my 4th year at UWM. I'm majoring in International Studies and minoring in French. It's my 2nd year working with the Global Village LLC. I had such a great time last year, between rock climbing, eating tasty food, and going to visit my favorite animal (Beluga Whales) that I thought I'd come back and do it again! I am from Madison, WI and fell in love with the city of Milwaukee once I moved here. I love exploring the city and finding little shops or places to eat. If you ever need recommendations, I'm your girl!

Hi everybody! I am Katie, and this is my first year working with the Global Village and my second year at UWM. I am majoring in history education and I am going to be minoring in ESL. I grew up about forty minutes south of Saint Louis in a small farming community. I love horses, camping, and fishing. I am so excited to be living in such a great city and I am really looking forward to the upcoming year. I am so happy to be involved in Global Village and can't wait for whats to come!

We have a kickoff event this Sunday, September 14th! We'll be eating cupcakes and meeting our stakeholders to start the year off on the right foot!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome to the Social Welfare LLC!

Hello! My name is Shelbey Puppe and I am the RA for the Social Welfare LLC in Cambridge Commons! I am a 2nd year student at UWM and I'm a social work major. This is my first year as an RA and I cannot wait for all the exciting things to come. After college, I plan to get my Masters Degree in Social Work and would like to work with children and families in crisis situations.

I'm very excited to bring my passion for social welfare related topics to the LLC this year. There is a mix of Social Work and Criminal Justice related majors on our floor and I hope to plan events and activities that tailor to both interests. So far, the residents of the Social Welfare LLC seem excited to explore UWM, Milwaukee, and all the things the community here has to offer them! I hope to play an influential role in this period of transition, and I'm always here to answer questions, help with an issues that may arise, and keep everyone posted about the fun and exciting things happening in the Social Welfare LLC! If you have any questions, you can always contact me at

Welcome Business Panthers

Welcome to the Business Panthers 2014-2015 Living Learning Community. As the year kicks off the business panthers getting familiar with new classes, meeting new people, and getting involved on campus. The Business Panthers are occupying six floors this year, which means we are the biggest Living Learning Community on campus! 

All of the Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors are excited to see what the business panthers accomplish this year and even more excited to help you along the way. Jenna Evans is a Resident Assistant for the 1st and 2nd floor, Becca Woit is a Resident Assistant for the 3rd floor, Jacob Spender is a Resident Assistant for the 4th floor, and Vakia Bland is the Resident for the 5th and 6th floor. 

We also have three peer mentors for the Living Learning Community; Gabe Rono, Joey Przybylski, and Samantha Serafin-Yehl.  All of us are thrilled to be working with Business Panthers and we are here for you.

We have a lot of special events planned this year for our business panthers to help them get familiar with business in many different aspects. Our first event as an entire Living Learning Community is tonight, in which we will take tour of the Lubar School of Business getting to know all about the resources business students have available to them. Also we will be getting to know each other with an ice cream social to conclude the night!

Go Panthers!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Welcome to the CQ: The Career Quest LLC 2014-2015


First off, I'd like to formally introduce myself. My name is Paul Oshefsky and I am the Resident Assistant for the CQ LLC. I'm a fourth year college student and third year UWM student. My first year was spent at UW-Eau Claire. I am a biology student and my long-term goal is to be an LGBT+ Counselor for a college campus with a small/growing LGBT+ center. Some of my passions are singing, dancing, cheesecake, and Rupaul's Drag Race.

I'm immensely excited to accompany these students on their quest towards finding a career. The unique thing about this LLC is that every student will be on their own unique journey. Not all of them will benefit from the same resources, the same events, or the same opportunities. This makes my job a little more difficult, but I'm fully prepared to help them all with their own individual needs. Our kick-off event will be taking place September 9th. It will mostly be an introductory event with lots of icebreakers and socializing. It will be partnered with the UWM Campus Involvement Fair the following day. All LLC members will be encouraged to go to the fair. I look forward to working with Lauren Lessac from the Career Development Center and Brianna Lee, the student mentor for the LLC. Both of them are phenomenal at what they do.

Some things that can be expected of me and this blog over the course of the year are:
  •  Updates on our upcoming events and reviews of previous events
  • Possibly highlight a few students who do narrow down their career search, pick a major, or make any large advances in their career quest
  • Pictures! Hopefully lot's of pictures. I love pictures (especially jumping pictures!)
Please expect another blog entry soon after our LLC Kick-off Event. I will include specifics on what we did, how it went, and hopefully many pictures will be included. If you have any questions/comments/concerns/suggestions I would love to hear from you. My e-mail is