Saturday, December 11, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Signing, Oh my!

The ASL LLC had a very fun time at the Milwaukee county zoo, even in the cold and rain!
some high lights were getting to pet a Bat, ashley being playfull with a baboon and the adorable tigers! This was the first time at the Milwaukee county Zoo for most of our residents that went, and they enjoyed being able to see the animals upclose (even if they were behind 2 inches of glass)!
Enjoy the pictures!

1 of 3 very cute and playful Tigers!
(Jill wanted to take one home so badly! but they are not allowed in the residence halls unfortunately)

(from left to right)
Back row: Heather, Jill, Bri, Ashely, Kelsey, Sarah,
Front: Isiah and Kelly (me)

This is Ashley's new BFF, he wanted to play with her so bad but the glass got in the way :( but he tried his hardest to get to her. then settled with making faces at her, and hitting the glass.

Good Luck on final exams! and see you all next semester

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Well Panthers we did, we made it to the end of the semester!
It has been such a fun semester (and the fun hasn't ended quite yet).
This week Sue Conway from the Study Abroad office came to talk about an exciting new study abroad program for ASL students, which will give them the opportunity to learn Italian Sign Language in Italy! And we had 20 residents from our floor inducted into the West Honor Society at our fabulous banquet which included receiving a certificate, a T-shirt, and enjoying a chocolate fountain, all to recognize those who have achieved academic success this semester.
Some of our residents were first to arrive and got the best seats in the house!

This coming Saturday we will be going to the zoo for some fun in the cold with our furry friends! We are going to have tons of fun while learning some new signs!
Everyone is in need a break and it has been well deserved! The residents of the ASL LLC have been working very hard and doing very well in their classes! I am very proud of all of them and I am looking forward to an excellent second semester with them :D

Good luck on exams and Happy Holidays!

Until January!

Kelly Keuper and the ASL LLC

Happy Semester's End!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the semester is coming to an end. It has been an exciting one for the writing and visual culture LLC. It sure is amazing how quickly time goes by.

Our last LLC event for the semester will be this Friday at 12:15 p.m. The event will be a celebration of the semester we've shard learning and living as one community. We'll meet in C160 of Sandburg, which is where the LLC class meets. This will serve as the last chance for residents of CS and the studious members of Nic's class to meet up.

We'll get together one last time over chips, soda, and ice cream to celebrate the successful semester!

As you head home for winter break and finish up final exams, fondly remember the wonderful time we've had in the Writing & Visual Culture LLC.

Travel safely and good luck!

Happy Holidays, Lab Rats!

Alas, this will be my final blog post of the semester! *tear* We had a really fun end-of-semester event at Alterra on the Lake on Sunday (sorry, I forgot to take pictures) where we did our homework (yes, we really did), drank some coffee, ate some delicious scones, and laughed a LOT. Half the fun was walking to and from Farwell & LaFayette and trying not to slip and slide in the icy snow!

The students are now applying for lab positions for next semester and are excited to really get started in their majors. I wonder what they will discover? Maybe they will decide to present their research at the UWM Research Symposium in spring as well, just like I plan to with my lab's research :)

Well, well, I shall end this here.

Happy holidays, everyone! Have a fun, safe winter break!

Monday, November 29, 2010

The CS Update: November

November began with a bang! North Tower donated eight entire shopping carts up to the brim with nonperishable food items to the Hunger Task Force. Each house competed to see whocould raise the most.

I know you're wondering how the CS faired... AND THE ANSWER IS AWESOMELY.

With just 18 residents total, NG1 amazing pooled enough food to FILL a shopping cart. We came in the third overall. Want to know how awesome it was to see North Tower coming together for such a great cause? It was indescribable.


Shortly after the food drive, the NG1ers took a trip downtown to the Milwaukee Art Museum. We saw the special exhibit, European Design, and as much of the permanent collection as we could. For many of the residents, this was the first time at the MAM. Just think what they'd be missing if they'd never joined an LLC.

There's plenty of fun to be had in the CS, the writing and visual culture LLC. An upcoming event is a gallery talk on Thursday night. The artist Loren Schwerd is presenting his work, part of the gallery's show,"Venerate: Collectors of the Human Condition," @ 7:00 p.m.

Check back soon for an update on the end of the semester!

And now to play us off, Clay from NG1:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Great Semester with the ASL LLC

It has been a great semester with the ASL LLC! We have had a great semester and are looking forward to a new one after a well deserved break! We have such an enthusiastic group! Living in the LLC has taken this bunch of strangers and turned them into great friends!
As exam approach we look forward to a little recreation at the zoo on Dec 11th and then getting down to business as they study for ASL 1,2,3 and 5; as well as Deaf history and Deaf culture together. Continuously helping each other learn and have fun doing it!
As the semester winds down we will be returning home for a month. But while we may be in Appleton, Door County, Racine, Muncie IN, Victoria MN, Kuwait, or Waukesha, we will all be excited to reunite in january and start another spectacular semester!
Wishing all of you a great Holiday and Winter Break!
Talk to you soon,
Kelly and the ASL LLC students

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lab Rats on the Lake

Hello out there!

Things have been going really well here in Lab Rat Land, lately. The students are currently picking research labs for next semester and deciding how they want to continue in the LLC. The Lab Rat mentor, Amanda, and I have just finished the last details of the final event of the semester. We're taking the Lab Rats to Alterra on the Lake for a study session! We'll buy them a drink and a snack and we can study for our finals, either independently or quizzing each other. Going to Alterra also allows them to check out a new study area and a new part of Milwaukee they likely haven't been to as yet. 

As the semester is winding down things are getting more intense for everyone, myself included! It's important to take some time for yourself and budget your time so you're not pulling all-nighters during the week of finals! Good luck, everyone!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You are never to old for a trip to the zoo!

The ASL LLC is hoping to take a trip to the zoo in mid-December! Braving the cold is a small price to pay for the LLC residents to get to go to the Milwaukee County Zoo! The trip will allow them to practice their classifiers, which are used in American Sign Language to show movement, location, and appearance. After a signer indicates a person or thing, a classifier can be used in its place to show where and how it moves, what it looks like, and where it is located. We are also planning a final exam study session for our ASL Classes. This will be a great opportunity to get together and practice signing right before the final exam and also, pig out on pizza!

Currently we are all busy picking new classes for next semester and all of our LLC residents are very excited to go on to the next level of ASL and either Deaf History of Deaf Culture (which ever one they are not currently enrolled in)!
One last thing, I would like to invite any resident who is interested in sign language or is in the major or minor to come and hang out on West 2 with the LLC residents! There is always someone out in our lounge and they would love to talk/sign with you any time!

Come join our ASL LLC family and maybe you will consider becoming a part of the LLC next fall!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The CS!

The CS Goes to the MAM!

That's what we WILL be doing on Saturday! And for some residents who have never experienced the Milwaukee Art Museum, this will be a true delight. Together we'll discuss art and culture, lifestyle and politics, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Almost everyone on the floor will get to go and enjoy the art and beautiful museum!

Check back in soon for photos of trip!

On another note...

It's November. That means it's getting cold. That also means classes are well, well, beyond the easy, intro, get-to-know-one-another stages and might actually be causing STRESS.

For artists and other creative people (like the people of NG1-- The CS), November might mean you're in a creative slump. Don't let the weather or stressful classes bog you down! Go and enjoy the final days of fall while you still can! Today the high is 61 degrees! Beautiful. Take time and do things that keep you sane. Continue to do the things that spark creativity.

Now is a critical time in the semester as finals or final projects are looming on the not-so-distant horizon. Prepare. But stay sane. Many of the creative people around you are struggling in the very same way, so don't feel alone either. Just breathe, be organized, and do what you naturally do best: allow creativity to flow forth!

Here's a lovely interactive video piece by artist Chris Milk that inspires me to be creative on the most cold, uncreative of days... "The Wilderness Downtown..."

If you like Arcade Fire, than this video is surely for you.

Thanks for reading! And good luck exploring the infinite abyss (of your creativity).

Lab Rats Update

Well things are chugging along in Lab Rat Land at the moment while Amanda (the Lab Rats mentor) and I finalize our LLC's final "end of semester" bash. Within the class, the students are getting one-on-one interactions with other undergraduates within their majors by visiting their labs and getting some insight in where they could be potentially placed during the next semester. The students are also currently discussing the pros and cons of being engaged in research as a freshman and the importance of time management. Soon, the Lab Rats will be conducting lab interviews with professors in their field of interest until successful research placements for next semester are found.

This is super exciting because the entire point of the seminar is to be placed into a research lab! Once the students begin their experience in the labs, they can have the opportunity of publishing their own work by submitting abstracts to conferences and can really start building their academic resumes.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Just Ten Minutes

The Film LLC decided to help in the University Housings Compete to Reduce Campaign.

University Housing has partnered with the Lucid Design Group to monitor our energy and compete against other schools in the country to see which University Housing can reduce the most. Everyone likes a little friendly competition so to encourage residents to participate we made it a competition within our own housing complexes.

North Tower came up with the idea to get its residents to turn off everything and go unplugged for Just Ten Minutes A Day. We figure everyone can give up ten minutes. Also every Wednesday we have the No Power Hour at 7pm to help reduce our usage.

The Film LLC and a few friends got together and made a video to help! This is what we put together in a couple hours.


Copyrights: Weigel Broadcasting Co.

To Check UWM's Energy Statuses Check Out:

Also there is a bulletin board at the base of North Tower that gives the standings for each day!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Genre: Horror

The Film, Video and New Genre LLC has been up to no good recently. Meaning we have really gotten in the spirit of this wonderful time of year called Halloween.We decided to participate in the Haunted Houses of North Tower competition. In one night without having to fork out any more like all the other houses we put together a pretty good haunted house or more so a well decorated house for Halloween. The residents had fun as we crafted tomb stones, trees, and mummies. It was an event that really got a lot of residents to come together to make it all happen.
Harry Potter, myself pulled together his fellow wizards of the LLC and attended the North Tower Boggie Woggie Ball. The residents got rather festive as the dressed up from a lady bug, an anime character, to even a man who escaped a Lady Gaga music video. We all got our dance on and had a blast dancing to the Cupid Shuffle and the Tootsie Roll.The residents have been hard at work lately as we always have someone filming one of their projects throught the week. I would love to be in that class and see how everyone strangely is in everyone else's films. It seems like they have really become a well oiled machine as they all help each other out with the measurements of light and even fixing each others camera problems. Its something I really wish I had as a new student, maybe than I wouldn't have had to spend so much money on film.

We are getting excited as the first semester is half way through and we have lots more to come. As we will be going Bowling for Soup doing a North Tower Super Market Sweep and in hopes of getting to tour a sound stage. We are also in hopes of maybe even working with Make Good Decisions and doing a few short videos for them. All of which is just brain storming ideas but the Residents of this LLC are rocking out this first semester!

We can't forget the group who attend Breathless a great movie that really got the residents talking at the Milwaukee Film Festival!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Talk to the Hands!

The ASL LLC is talking it up! We had some lively conversation in our "Lets Spread Deaf Culture in the Res Halls" event about what it is like to live in the residence halls as a Deaf Resident or as a member of the LLC. As a deaf student they get special strobe light fire alarms to wake them up or let them know there is a fire and we always have our closed captions on our TV in our lounge and in most residents rooms. These are things that most floors usually don't have or do, but why not? The LLC is not the only place in the residence hall that has deaf residents.
When we asked our LLC residents what they think the everyday person should know about Deaf people they said, first you need to know deaf people are just like everyone else, completely equal. They are capable of many of the same things as a hearing person. One resident said that when interview for jobs deaf people are often treated differently and looked at as being less capable, but our LLC would like you all to know that this is most definitely not true. When it comes to communicating with a deaf person no matter how loud you yell, cant hear you, and not all deaf people can lip read. When it comes down to it, the best way is to write.
The ASL LLC also has some great ideas as to how to make our residence halls of Deaf-friendly. Some ideas we hope to see become a reality in the near future are: Closed Captions on the movies in Flicks, and Interpreters at tower/complex wide events.

I encourage all of you to come and hang out on West 2 and get to know this very friendly and funny bunch! you will learn a lot and make some great friend! You all are always welcome here to come and Talk to the Hands!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


The CS is heading to the Milwaukee Art Museum in November!

This will be a great opportunity for us to check out the museum and discuss art and culture outside of the school setting. For those that have never been to the MAM, take advantage of this!

The Writing and Visual Culture class with Nic Learned is planning a similar trip to the MAM on Nov. 9th. Their trip is planned around the chance to hear curators give a gallery talk about the latest exhibit, European Design Since 1985.

European Design is open now and at the MAM until January 9th. For the CS folks, this will be a perfect time to check out this exhibit. Here's a link to their page all about European Design at the MAM.

So, ladies and gentlemen of the CS, mark your calendars for November 13th-- our tentative date! And if your in Nic's class, for November 9th!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lab Rats at Discovery World!

The Lab Rats LLC recently had a trip to Discovery World! The trip was a ton of fun and the residents got to know myself, their mentor, their professor, and the director of undergraduate research better. I think everyone's favorite exhibit was the awesome aquarium, but each student was able to learn something new while at Discovery World:

> Tyler learned what a fish feels like <
> Anurag learned that the amount of water in our bodies lessens as we get older <
> Kristin learned the life cycles of different fish <
> Shelbie learned how dirty our water is before it gets cleaned <
> Parijat learned that it doesn't take much to put together a lever-pulley system  <

Checking out the Innovation House exhibit!

Part of our group in front of the awesome tunnel-tank aquarium - the diver wrote "Lab Rats" on the yellow board!

Touching sea urchins and starfish! They felt a lot more rough than you would think.

Our entire group about to explore the Great Lakes exhibit.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lubar in the Residence Halls: Getting down to Business!

Last week, the Business Panthers LLC had a very special visit by some wonderful Undergraduate Business Advisors! In collaboration with the Undergraduate Business Advising Office, the Business Panthers LLC had an event in Sandburg's FLICKS that introduced the resources available to business students, highlighted the importance of academic advising in understanding a student's pathway to graduation, and allowed LLC residents to connect and interact with the Business Advisors.

In addition to a presentation on services of the Undergraduate Business Advising Office and the Career Services Center, the advisors prepared personal folders and scorecards for the LLC residents. These folders contained information from the presentation and other useful handouts. Also, these "scorecards" were personally made for each students as it tracked exactly what each resident needed depending on what major(s) they were interested in and what classes they are currently enrolled in.

But here in Business Panthers where we like to mix the living and the learning, the residents broke up into smaller groups so that they could have more personal one on one conversations with their business advisor. Also, we ended the event with a great "Pizza and Networking Social". Business Panthers LLC residents ate pizza and mingled with upperclassmen from Delta Sigma Pi - one of the largest co-ed business fraternities in the nation. This was a great opportunity for residents to talk to upperclassmen about UWM and business and for Delta Sigma to recruit some very ambitious and awesome students!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A CS Update

Here's the update on the Creative Suite:

G1 is a place to socialize, stay up late (while maintaining healthy sleep schedules, of course), and become really close to a group of friends!

G1 is a great place to watch a movie or play Halo Reach.

G1 is a quite, friendly place to do homework (Like Alex is right this very moment.)

G1 is THE place to watch Glee. Every Tuesday night at 8/7 Central, flocks of seasoned Gleeks and newcomers enjoy the humor and music of FOX's hit musical show.

The people who live on North G1 are naturally social and kind! If you're looking for a place to relax, check out G1.

G1 might also be the place to start your own business... Check out the work of the North G1's very own Noah Johnson and his T-shirt company, Stray Ink, on facebook!
Beyond the impromptu TV watching sessions or Halo marathons, the CS has some exciting things coming up! Keep your eyes open for dates coming out soon for these cool activities:

  • Mario Kart Happy Hour
  • The CS Goes Downtown

Thanks for reading and see you soon at one of these cool events!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Off to Discovery World!

Well, on October 17th the Lab Rats will be on an adventure around Discovery World! I think we're all getting pretty excited for the trip. Discovery World has a little something for everyone, a music area dedicated to Les Paul, a really cool aquarium, an exhibited regarding the future of the Great Lakes, and many more options. Each student in the LLC can relate his or her major to one of the exhibits: Kristin is a biology/pre-vet major and can learn about the life cycles and anatomy of different aquatic life at the Reiman aquarium exhibit. Shelbie is a forensic science major and can learn about how many gallons of water the average person has in their body at the Liquid House exhibit. Tyler is thinking of majoring in graphic design and pursuing a career in video gaming and can learn about gaming technology at the Hive exhibit, which will take us on a "3D journey" and have the faux-environment respond to our movements. Mike is a chemistry major so he will learn about water molecules and Lake Michigan in the City of Freshwater exhibit. And both Parijat and Anurag are physics majors, so each will learn a little more about physics through the Energy and Ingenuity exhibit, which shows us the inside of a nuclear reactor.

Stay tuned over the next couple weeks to see how our trip went!

Lets Spread Deaf Culture!!!

Hey all!
As you can see we have been having a great semester so far here in the ASL LLC!
On October 28th we will be having a forum or discussion in our lounge to discuss ways we can help to educate about and spread Deaf Culture in the Residence Halls. Katie Woods and Heather Ford, from our awesome LLC team, will be coming to help guide us on the right track and help be a source of information about deaf culture/community. We will also have Chris Sewalish from University Housing coming to be a voice for the residence halls.
We have such a bright group here I'm am sure that together we can come up with ways to use the information they have gleaned in their classes to increase awareness and knowledge about the deaf community. I look forward to letting you know of some of the ideas we come up with, and be on the look out for those ideas to become a reality in the future!

Until next time,
I'm Kelly Keuper, the RA for the ASL LLC

Have a stupendous week :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Health Care LLC: September

Hello all! I hope your first month of college was as fun as mine was! Living in an LLC is awesome! For starters, I'm living in North 15/16. Not every kid living on these two floors are technically in the LLC, but I would say about 30-40 of us are. There is everyone from Nurses to Pre-Med here (or biomedical sciences- Diagnostic Medical Sonography like me- the only one!)It is awesome to get to know a bunch of kids who have the same interests as you, and sometimes you have classes together! Everyone in our LLC has a seminar on Thursdays, it is technically "Nursing 103" but as my schedule it was a CHS (college of health sciences) seminar. Anyways, regardless of your major in this seminar, we all have this class together. We've only gone to it 4 times, and its pretty low key which is nice. We journal and discuss readings and now we're watching a movie!

Our LLC had a tie dying event earlier this week and we got shirts that said "We are the futures of health care" on them and got to tie dye them! I'm pretty proud of how mine turned out, for being a pretty bad tie-dyer. (excuse my messy desk!)

In the first month of school kids in our LLC have had movie nights out in the lounge, my first night here we played bananagrams and apples to apples and went for a night walk, and lately a big group of us have been watching Glee! It is super fun to just chill with kids from your floor and watch a good tv show! :)

As of now, I have no idea what October has in store for us, possibly some volunteer opportunities and who knows what else! I do know that I will have a blast doing whatever we're doing. Health Care LLC is the place to be!

Have a great second month of school!
- Emmalee Vander Zanden

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Meet some of the panthers in Business Panthers!

Q&A with some students in the Business Panthers LLC

Major: Undecided but thinking about business

Q: What do you see differently with the community you have in the Business Panthers LLC and communities that are Non-LLC?
A: “[Here in Business Panthers] we are a lot closer. We have more common interests and we can relate better”.
Q: What has being in the Business Panthers LLC done for you personally?
A: “It has inspired me to reach goals I never thought I had.”

Nick likes to ride his motorcycle and go to the gym to lift weights in his free time.

Major: Architecture and Business Minor

Q: Why did you choose to live in an LLC instead of a Non-LLC environment?
A: “I was never really involved in high school, and I found that I didn’t really fit in anywhere. Being in an LLC made me think that I could find more people like me that had the same interests”.

Major: Marketing, Finance and Real Estate with Certificate in International Business

Q: What do you like best about Business Panthers?
A: “Everyone has the same major and we all have the same [business] classes. So if you need help with your homework or you need to discuss something in class you didn’t understand, you can just go to someone on your floor”.
Q: How do you feel about your fellow Business Panthers?
A: “I like everyone in the LLC, they are all down to earth but also business motivated. I’m building long lasting relationships. And when we are older and have careers, these are the people I know I can go to.

Taylor competed in his DECA’s International finals, and is trying to start a DECA chapter here at UW-Milwaukee.

Major: Accounting
Q: How do you think Business Panthers has or will help professionally (career and academic wise)?
A: “Well it looks really good on a resume. And being in Business Panthers, [RA Louella] introduced us to some ‘big guns’ in the business school. If I wasn’t in Business Panthers, I probably would never know or meet some really important people in Lubar”.

Nakia has her eye on working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers, one of the Big 4 Accounting firms in the world. Nakia is also organizing a West 5/6 Family T-shirt and a Business Panthers T-shirt.

**The above individuals were interviewed and informed of this blog post with their permission. They also approved of their picture. All individuals in this blog post are aware of this blog post and approve of this blog post.

Need Help?

It's hard to believe one month has gone by!

By this time in the semester all of UWM is moving full speed ahead. Hopefully students understand how their classes work and what expectations instructors have of them. Before we know it, midterms will be upon us!

If you're still feeling a little overwhelmed by the semester work load, that's okay too. If you need a tutor or help with your work, find those resources on campus now. Even if you have the smallest inkling of stress in the future, reach out NOW! It will be easier in the long run, I swear it.

Some campus resources I recommend checking out:

The First Year Center

This resource could be your one stop answer to all of your questions! If you're a first year student, this is a great place to find help. They have wonderful advisors who are there only to help you. Go here to talk, meet classmates/peers, and get access to tutors and mentors. The FYC is located in Bolton 120.

The Writing Center

The WC is open to all writers on campus, freshman to grad students alike. The staff here can help develop ideas to write, organize thoughts, revise drafts, and help you refine your writing ability.


Many of the classes you are in have tutors assigned to them and are completely free to you! They'll answer questions, review material, and ensure your understanding if you go to them. If you class doesn't have a tutor, hit up the FYC and see if you can find one.

I recommend you do these things early (now!) and start forming good study habits. It might be a lot harder to form these habits when it's just days before a final...

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 27, 2010

OUR Highlighted

A lot is happening in the Lab Rats' LLC these days. In class, they are working on visiting various research labs around campus - mine included. Besides being an RA in West, I'm also an RA (Research Assistant) in Dr. Mosack's Patient Advocacy and Research Lab here on campus (a psychology lab). Right now the study that I'm involved in researches how patients with HIV and diagnosed depression can adhere to their HIV medications and how their HIV affects their depression. It's pretty deep stuff! Another study that I was involved in for the lab researched bisexual identity development among college-aged women. I got in the lab the first semester of my sophomore year and I am very glad I got my foot in the door as early as I did.

In the spirit of Undergraduate Research, I would like to highlight the Office for Undergraduate Research, or OUR, since it affects so many students who will read this. The OUR describes itself as  "a centralized location for undergraduates seeking on-campus research opportunities and faculty seeking enthusiastic, motivated undergraduate students with whom to collaborate." (Taken from the OUR homepage).

Students can even visit this link,, to start creating their own research profile and apply for credit in a research lab.

Another resource that the OUR website provides is a list of roughly 90 research projects that are happening on campus right now: If you are interested in getting involved in Undergraduate Research, skim through these studies too see what floats your boat. You never know where you might end up!

I really can't stress enough how important it is to start early in your undergraduate research experience. I have always been the youngest assistant in my lab, which means by the time I graduate, I'll have the most experience out of everyone - which looks awesome on my curriculum vitae and graduate school applications!

I'm really glad I got the opportunity to push the Lab Rats into undergraduate research and get them started in some labs right now!

OUR homepage:
OUR facebook page:

Check it out!

Friday, September 24, 2010

ASL LLC gets an exciting new addition.

The ASL LLC is off to a great start and this week past week we welcomed a new floor-mate. Mohammed comes to us from Kuwait, and this is his very first time in the US. Everyone was very excited to learn we would be receiving a new resident and we welcomed him with open arms. The students spent a long time researching Kuwait's customs to make Mohammed feel right at home. He is going to be studying English as a second language for 4 months here at UWM.
He has come a long way to be with us.
It seems that this semester will be very educational for everyone! The LLC students will get to learn about a foreign culture and teach about their culture. They have already stepped up to teach me a little about signing culture. Coming in to this semester, I did not know anything about sign language or Deaf Culture but I have already learned so much from these students. For instance have a learned several signs like "nice to meet you", "understand", "girl", "boy" and several others. I have also learned how close people are in Deaf community. When you are part of the Deaf society, you automatically have friends and a family no matter where you are solely based on your similar experiences with the signing community.

I have learned so much from the ASL LLC residents and cant wait to learn more from them and from Mohammed. I'm confident he will return to Kuwait having had a very special experience here in the US.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Business Panthers at Lubar's Back-to-Business Picnic!

The Business Panthers LLC located in West 5/6 have been extremely busy networking and working towards success!

The Business Panthers LLC kicked off their year by attending the Business Ice Cream Social in Lubar's Undergraduate Student Advising Office N297. There, the Business Panthers students enjoyed refreshing sundaes and conversations with the Lubar staff. Howard Spearman, a Lubar Undergraduate Business Advisor, talked with the students and explained how the Advising Office could help them. Then Greg Krejci, the Director of Business Services, introduced himself to the students and told them how his office could help them explore majors and careers, build their resume, and search for internships. Krejci also shared that he would personally edit the students resumes if they set an appointment with him ahead of time- just because they were in Business Panthers!

On Wednesday, September 22, some of the Business Panthers attended the Back-to-Business Picnic located at Pangea Mall to put their networking skills to work and get a delicious lunch sponsored by Lubar School of Business and Direct Supply. The picture above shows some Business Panthers students with their RA Louella Aquino and their Mentor Blen Bayu. Some students were not able to join due to class conflicts - there are some dedicated and studious students in this LLC!

Coming up, the Business Panthers will have another LLC event called "Lubar in the Residence Halls". Now that Business Panthers have made several trips out to the business school, it's time to bring the business school to them! Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event coming up fast in October!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The CS Welcome!

The Writing and Visual culture LLC is off and running smoothly, ladies and gents!

It's the fourth week of class now and hopefully we're all adjusted to the living and learning that has been going on.

Down here on G1 of North Tower things seem as creative and social as ever. I'm so excited to see all the residents hanging out and making friends. What's more, the friends we're making are our future network! As creative individuals, networks such as this will someday (or already are!) crucial to success!

You might be wondering what "The CS Welcome" is?

Let me being with explaining the name: The CS. The CS is a name for both the group of students in the Writing and Visual Culture LLC, and one of the nicknames for our floor (North G1, the Ninja Turtle Lair, NG, and now The CS). The Creative Suite, in the unabbreviated form, implies a general interest in creativity the residents of North G1 share. Maybe it's visual art, theatre, music, literature, or just a healthy interest in creativity. The people of North G1 are creative people. Thus the new nickname.

You have to admit, calling ourselves The CS is much more hip and edgy to say than Writing and Visual Culture LLC.

"The CS Welcome" was an event that took place on Monday, September 20th in Sandburg Residence Hall. It was an opportunity for residents of North G1 and students in the LLC class to meet, mingle and eat delicious pizza. Students enjoyed food, refreshments and good conversation. Not only did they get all that, but UWM mascot Pounce the panther stopped by for some entertainment and school spirit.

The CS is doing well, I hope you can see. However, to make this more clear next time, I think an official event photographer should be appointed. A picture of Pounce would have made this entry supreme! Send me a pic if you have one!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Second week of Creating Your Future

Hi everyone! How's everyone doing? Well, our LLC - Creating Your Future meet up every Wednesday and it's been going great. There's about ... 20 students in the class and I'm trying to remember everyone's names.  It's hard but we all live on the same floor in one wing so I'll get it soon :)
Have I explained what this class is about?  Well, the class is more like a classroom-type but it's all good.  This class is about exploring your future career options.  Most of the students are undecided but have an idea on what their career might be.  Some students, like myself, have declared our majors but decided to join for more resources and information.  Today we played CAREER PICTIONARY and my team won (with my awesome artistic skills, just kidding) ! And then we evaluated our interests, skills, values, etc. and we're gonna fill out this major scorecard.  That's the exciting part! (for me at least) So, I'll update with you all next time :D

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Health Care in the 21st Century Update !


Alright so the beginning of the year is off to a wonderful start. The latest thing that we have had as a fun event occurred right after the house meeting! Everyone gathered into a circle and played ninja. It was hilarious to watch everyone trying to make moves to protect and hit others hands at the same time! It was a great bonding experience for all those involved.

I do have to say though 15/16 in North tower is the place to be. Up to this point we have had a good 6 movie nights were everyone just decided they wanted to get together and watch a movie, as well as, a GREAT game night where a bunch of people sat in the lounge and got to know each other over a rousing game of apples to apples. But it is not all just fun and games over here, oh no... we also have a tone of creativity. A few individuals got together and decide to make a Robot.... Props to them !

Everyone in the LLC for health care thus far is a blast to talk and hang out with! I can't wait for the future events and fun times I know will happen with all these wonderful students!

Milwaukee Film Festival

This semester is already off to a great start as students in the Film Video and New Genre LLC have already become a close knit group of film makers. They have used each other as motivation to go out and start filming and making projects. Just this past Thursday I was walking back from Kenilworth and got near the Architecture building when I saw a group of my residents taking pictures. When I asked them what they were doing they said they were working on homework for their film class. Getting a head start most of them ended up finishing the assignment a week before it was due. Thus giving them time to spend the night in our lounge watching a movie.

This LLC has already proven to become a great benefit for the students as they have resources to bounce ideas off of and collaborate as well as give feed back. It is something I wish I had as a first year film student.

What have we been up to?
Just last week we had our first official LLC kick off where a group of about 20 of us got together and played some Scene It! and eat pizza. Poor choice on my part was that I forgot to order the drinks. Oops. We had a blast though and it was a very much back and forth race as we had four teams two of which held a strong lead and than suddenly it all turned around.

Most of the residents attended Pantherfest and had a great time hanging out together. As far as enjoying the headliner that is something you would have to discuss with them.

Also like I mentioned before you can always find them in the lounge about every other night watching a film. All the chairs are filled and you can't forget about the beloved LoveSac.

Whats up next?
We are currently planning to attend the Milwaukee Film Festival. Everyone has a good list that they would like to see as the film festival has a large amount of highly acclaimed films. So you probably will be able to catch one of them at most of the screenings at least at the Oriental. We will be attending as a group to the film Breathless (2010 Restoration) a film I enjoyed watching as a first year film student and one that will be talked about in their film classes as it focuses on the 1960 film style with black and white.
Films they have their eye on? Buried, Hipsters, Lucky Life, Waiting for "Superman" and much more.
The students also are considering volunteering at the Film Festival as they receive a free tshirt and entry to a movie.
Volunteers can register at

Thats all we got for now! Join us sometime!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lab Rats Update!

Hey all!

It's time for an update on the Lab Rats! Recently we had a fun pizza party and discussed the first Lab Rats LLC class and what the residents hoped to gain out of being a part of the class and LLC. Some awesome ideas included getting experience in undergraduate research early in their college careers, starting to network with professors, and just having fun!

The Lab Rats have even already started their own research projects. Ishu and Shelbie decided to take note of how many times they saw transportation other than walking (i.e., bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades) around campus. Mike and Tyler kept track of people's favorite fruits. Kristin and Anurag tallied up how many hours per day people spend doing homework. The groups collected information by asking people around campus and keeping track of responses or just by merely being observant. It will be interesting to see the outcomes of the research!

Well, that's all for now from the Lab Rats. I will leave you all with this delightful photo (this is actually the default pic for the Lab Rats facebook group).

Friday, September 10, 2010

ASL LLC's first event of the year.

Hey everyone,
The ASL LLC has had our first event this past Wednesday the 8th! Our Pizza Pig out was a success, even though we ran out of pizza. We had started to plan a big event for our second semester, and talked about other option for this semester. We had a chance to talk with Katie Woods our ASL LLC mentor who had fun chatting with the residents, giving them advise and talking about the deaf community at UWM. Some of our ASL LLC residents will be going to the Brewers game this Sunday the 12th where there will members of the deaf community signing the National Anthem.

We've started out this semester in a great way and hopefully it will continue to go well.

Talk to you again real soon,
Kelly Keuper

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Business Panthers on the Prowl for Success

Hello and welcome to the Business Panthers Living Learning Community (LLC) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee! This is the inaugural year of the Business Panthers; nevertheless, our LLC and our LLC students are on their way to big success.

I’m excited to introduce myself to you as the Business Panthers LLC Resident Assistant. My name is Louella Aquino and I’m a second year student pursuing Marketing and Spanish. It is my first year as a Resident Assistant, and I’m excited to also be able to guide the Business Panthers LLC. Before declaring my major this fall, I have already been fortunate enough to have had two Marketing internships: first with the Milwaukee Art Museum and second with Motorola, Inc. This year will be an exciting one for me as I dive deeper into my business education and explore business with my LLC students!

These are pictures of a Marketing Intern at work at the Milwaukee Art Museum: helping out at MAM: After Dark and the Brewers' Sausages' photo shoot.

The Business Panthers LLC will help students (already interested in business or still contemplating) explore business majors and careers, develop a sense of belonging with our Lubar School of Business, and academically and professionally reach success.

As the Business Panthers RA, some quantitative goals I have set for myself that align with the LLC's objectives are: 1) Have 80% of students in the LLC continue to pursue their business degree and remain in the LLC. 2) Recruit at least 3 students interested in business to the LLC. 3) Have at least 1 LLC student obtain a well paid, respectable internship at the end of their first year.

The Business Panthers LLC is located in West Tower Floors 5 and 6. Stop by, say hello and become successful with us!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Hey Health Care in the 21st Century !

Hey everyone !

I am Nikki and I am the RA for the Health Care in the 21st Century LLC. This is my second year as an RA for an LLC and am really excited for the different opportunities it provides for the residents. I am from Kenosha, WI but now call North Tower 15/16 home! I am in my 5th and last year of school and thus my last two semester are made up of Nursing Clinicals. I am engaged to a great guy who actually lives in east tower at the moment. I really can not wait for the year to get into full swing. The LLC welcome event today should be a blast. Remember LLC students to mark on your calender Sept. 27th since their will be a Tie Dye event where you get an awesome LLC themed shirt and then get to make it your own. Not to mention you will be able to talk not only your professors but other individuals in the Nursing and Health Sciences programs. Making Connections, plus having a blast....what more can you ask for?

Till next time, Nikki

Film, Video, and New Genre

Hello and welcome!

My name is Zachery Holder and I am the Resident Assistant for the future of our entertainment world, at least I like to believe so. I reside in Sandburg Residence Hall on the 19th floor where the Film, Video, and New Genre Living Learning community is already booming with artist and film makers eager to make movies.

I am a 3rd year student at UWM and a 2nd year RA. I am a film major myself and am gaining more of a focus in animation and video. I graduated high school from Verona Area High School right outside of Madison. It was my art teachers in high school who really sparked my passion to have film as my career as I spent most of my time in our video lab. I recently finished an internship at Walt Disney World and now am a Campus Representative for their Disney College Program. I spent my summer working at Six Flags Great America doing shows and parades. I also had the chance to work with American Idol while they were in Milwaukee which was an unforgettable experience. I am a RA mainly for the fact I love to help people and just be active in my campus and helping new students and meeting such great people along the way makes this experience all the better.

I am rather excited to have this group of students who a good number have connected from the start and have grouped up to start working on projects. It's exciting because it is definitely something I wish I had during my first year. It's great to see that within the first week of moving into Sandburg the goals of these residents are already starting to be achieved. Our goal for this community is to come together to collaborate on ideas and network to help bring those ideas to reality. One of the hardest things to do when making a film is getting people to help you and be dedicated to it. In the LLC everyone is here to make a film, video, or animation or something of the likes.

Up coming events we will be having our first Film, Video, New Genre LLC Kick off in the Channel on Tuesday Sept. 7th at 7pm where the residents will be able to test their movie knowledge and eat free food and relax just before the really jump into their classes and homework.

I have high hopes for this year! Hope to see you around!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finally at UWM :)

 Off to college

Hello everyone! I moved into Cambridge Commons on Saturday at 9:30am so I left home at 7am.  My boyfriend and my two younger sisters came along.  I was nervous and excited at the same time.  So, we're finally in Milwaukee and I'm trying to spot the residence hall but it was actually easy because I've seen the pictures before and there were colorful flags on the rooftop :D Thank you staffs!

This is a view of the courtyard

So unloading for me was less than an hour. I'm glad I didn't bring too much.  Remember: Don't bring octopus lamps, microwaves, and mini-fridges...into Cambridge at least. It varies in different residence halls, I believe.  And when you're there, they give you two carts :)  As you enter the hallway, the walls are decorated with activities, maps, warnings, etc so its very welcoming !

Outside of my suite and going to enter for the first time!
And finally unpacking :D

-After I unloaded my boxes, me and my family went to explore Milwaukee.  It was a great day but after they left, it's heartbreaking. You're officially alone but don't think about it too much because there are other students that are going through the same thing that you are :)  Honestly, when it came down to "unpacking" I didn't know where to start....but I started on my clothes and next thing you know, you are finished! Lay in bed...and sleep.  I hope you (freshmen like myself) had a good experience as well and a great year :)

Welcome to Writing & Visual Culture!

Hello and welcome!

I hope everyone is as excited about this year as I am. And I mean everybody. You (whomever is reading this), your neighbor, and your cousins. Everybody. The Writing & Visual Culture LLC is going to be a smashing good time.

Residents have moved in and we're off to a great start of the year. Down here on NG1, which is where I, RA Jeffrey, and a great number of the LLC residents live, is starting to become a pretty cool community.

My name is Jeffrey Brennan and I'm the RA on G1 in North Tower of Sandburg Residence Hall! I'm a photography and journalism major from Sauk Prairie, WI, a small village near Madison. This is my second year at UWM and first as an RA. As the RA of this floor, I'm also in charge of planning cool events for the Writing & Visual Culture LLC.

I'm excited to meet you all and really get to know you throughout the year!

Here's a picture of me:

(Cool how I just put that right in there, huh?)

Lastly, I'll tell you all about a few things coming up you should take advantage of. Tomorrow is LLC Kick Off Event in Flicks. This a great time to meet everyone involved with the LLCs and perhaps even your instructor! The date again is, Wednesday, September 1st, @ 4:30p.m.

Another cool thing coming up is an event just for us Writing & Visual Culture folks. This will be a time to specifically meet one another and really build some tight bonds between us. So, save the date! Wednesday, September 15th! We'll have food and a cool writing/visual art collaborative to work on.

See you all soon!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nyob Zoo (Hello!)

Hello everyone!
My name is May See Yang and I'm from Green Bay, Wisconsin.  I'm a freshman @ UW-Milwaukee and I'm in the Creating Your Future LLC.  I'll be living in the Cambridge Commons residence hall and I'm currently majoring in Anthropology :)

LOL, that's me doing a pose at camp.  Anyways, I'm into movies, music, art, and cultures.  I love to promote diversity and I like to meet people from different ethnic backgrounds.  The thing I'm looking forward to the most is learning.  I'm excited and ready to learn. Let's make this year an exciting one!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Healthcare in the 21st Century LLC

My name is Emmalee Vander Zanden. And as many of you may have noticed, my first name is spelled a little differently than the typical 'Emily' but it is pronounced all the same :) I am an incoming freshman and will be a part of the "Healthcare in the 21st Century" LLC located in North tower. I'm from DePere Wisconsin which is about 15 minutes south of Green Bay.

that's me on the crutches! can you guess why I picked healthcare? :)
I'm a bit of an accident magnet.
I'm very excited to move in, and meet people that are going into the same field that I am. As of now I'm looking to major in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and minor in Spanish, but I'm only a freshman, things can always change! I'm not sure what our LLC will be doing but I'm sure it will be fun!
Untill next time!

Welcome to the American Sign Language LLC

Hello there everyone!
My name is Kelly Keuper and I will be the Resident Assistant for the ASL LLC. I am from Brookfield, Wisconsin, and was in the Brookfield Central High School class of 2009. I am Junior at UWM and I live on the second floor of Sandburg Hall West Tower.

Come see me in 270C

Although, I am the ASL LLC RA I do not speak sign language, I am actually a psychology major. But, I cannot wait to learn some sign language this year. I am looking forward to doing some really fun things this year with the ASL LLC and getting to know all of you. To get started we will be having a get to know the LLC Pizza Party on September 8th in the West 2 common area.

Cant wait to meet all of the residnets and get this semester started!
Hope you all enjoyed the summer!

Kelly Keuper, ASL LLC RA

Sunday, August 15, 2010

What's Up, Lab Rats?!

Why, hello there!

My name is Sam, and I'm the RA for the awesome Lab Rats LLC in West Tower 3/4. I'm from Sheboygan Falls, WI and am now a junior at UWM double majoring in psychology and Spanish. I hope everyone is refreshed from summer and is raring to go on their first year at UWM!


It sounds cheesy to describe how excited I am to be the RA for this LLC, but I really can't tell you guys how awesome this semester is going to be. I've got a fun-filled semester lined up for my Lab Rats, and we're going to kick-off the year with some de-lish pizza from Palms Gardens. As a psychology major, I already have experience in undergraduate research so I hope to be a great resource for my Lab Rats! See you all soon!

Ps - Lab Rats --> join the Lab Rats LLC 2010-2011 facebook group asap! :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

LLCs Featured in the UWM News - again!

For the second time, an article about LLCs was featured in the UWM News.  Click here to read it.  The article focuses on the LLCs that are new for 2010-2011:

  • Healthcare in the 21st Century
  • Environment and Global Sustainability
  • Business Panthers
  • Writing and Visual Culture
If you missed the article that was featured last semester, you can read it here.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Now Seeking 2010-2011 Student Bloggers!

University Housing is currently seeking writers for this blog! If you're living in an LLC this fall, please consider blogging about your experiences. Last year this blog had over 600 unique visitors, and we only expect that number to increase.

What would you write about? Well, basically whatever is going on in your LLC. Contribute pictures, videos, or just words. Your role as an LLC blogger is to give current and prospective students an idea of what it's like to live in an LLC.

If you're interested, please contact me at or on Facebook.

And, to all Fall 2010 LLC residents: I'm excited for you to get to UWM and live in University Housing!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Drawing to a Close

Only a couple more weeks more and school will be done for the summer and my wonderful LLC will be saying their final goodbyes. This semester has been awesome and I'm glad that I've been able to work with some really cool kids and learn all about their research.

This past Friday was the Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Lab Rats had the chance to present their research to judges and tell all about what they've been learning. Mesi researched the breast cancer needs and concerns of African Americans and African immigrant women, Lizzie spent time researching the barriers to prenatal care for African American adolescents, and Joe researched muscle oxygenation during exercise on motorized versus non-motorized treadmills. All of the presentations looked awesome and well put together.

Another bit of news is that the Lab Rats LLC was featured in an article on the homepage of UWM's website. The article talked about the research opportunities that the Lab Rats have and even quoted Joe and Mesi.

Finally, the end-of-semester LLC social is coming up Sunday, May 9th. We are planning to go to the Gasthaus for some delicious food at 6:30 and then head back to Sandburg to watch the new "Alice In Wonderland" in Flicks at 7:30. I'm excited and I think this will be a fun way to wrap up the year!

Well, i guess this is so long. I've had an awesome semester and the Lab Rats LLC has been great!


LLCs Are Famous!

Check out the UWM News article about Living Learning Communities, which was posted on the homepage of today!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What a day.

The COMPASS LLC had a wonderful time at the Shedd Aquarium this past Saturday. We had about 4 hours to check out all the exhibits and made good use of our time.

They have a few beluga whales. One of which had a baby in December, which prompted me to have this song stuck in my head for a good portion of the day. One Aquarium guest standing next to me at the Beluga tank remarked, "Wow, look! A dolphin swimming with a manatee!". Apparently she missed all the signs...

We swung through the gift shop and Christina and I found (but did not purchase) otter masks.

The LLC pauses for a moment to really think about everything they've seen...

The COMPASS LLC is on a boat.

I brought along a few note cards and a pack of crayons. When we had time at the end of the day, we stopped at a table and everyone drew what their favorite part of the trip was, and explained why.

Mason enjoyed the medusa cniderians...more commonly known as jellyfish for they way they swim.

Maggie found the bride by the belugas to be amusing. Yes, there was a couple that apparently got married at the aquarium.

Matt liked the belugas because he found them to be the most interesting of anything there.

Justin liked the eel because it was easiest to draw on a note card.

Christina was also a fan of the jellyfish and how they were changing colors.

***Not pictured, they had a few windows talking about tectonic activity and ancient oceans. This applied to my group because the course the LLC took last semester was about plate tectonics. However, nothing there was especially photogenic or "drawable".

It was a good trip and everyone had lots of fun.

Until next time.....
-Carly Danger Wilson