Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Just a quick update on an event we ran a while back. 17 students from the writing and visual culture LLC went on October 25th to the Milwaukee Art Museum on for a quick afternoon field trip. Accompanied by the professors of the English 101 and 102 classes that are connected with the LLC, members perused the museum at their own pace looking into traveling exhibits in the art of impressionism.
Other exhibits there included collections by an artist of things unseen to most people. Through consistent letter writing and calls this artist was able to photograph many things that often go unspoken of or even known of to your average person. Some photographs of interest were samples of live HIV Virus, the cross Atlantic cables, the cryogenic freezing apparatus containing the frontier scientists of the field, and even a rejection letter from Disney refusing to allow any photographs be taken behind the scenes as not to ruin the magic of it all.
Many students were also taking the Milwaukee buses for the first time as well which was an eye opening experience in and of itself. Overall it was a fun break from the daily dragged out grid of classes and gave all the students in the Writing and Visual Culture LLC a chance to see some practical applications of Visual Culture in everyday art.
On Friday the Lab Rats went on an outing to the Manfred Olson Planetarium to view the 2012: Fact or Fiction show. I recommend that anyone who has concerns about the 2012 predictions go to this show, which takes place on every Friday at 7 through December 16th and costs $2. The show completely put my fears about 2012 to rest! 2012: Fact or Fiction takes five theories about how the world will end and then gives detail about how each theory is nothing to worry about, and then ends with a star show that first shows the stars as they would be seen from Milwaukee and then shows them as they would be viewed in the country. I learned the location of several constellations that I had known little about before, like Cassiopeia. The Lab Rats had a blast and I recommend this presentation to anyone who has nothing to do this Friday night.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This semester, the Architecture LLC had the opportunity to do a walking tour of downtown Milwaukee with none other than the Dean of the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Dean Bob Greenstreet. "Greenstreet", as the architecture students call him, took our LLC on a 3 hour walking tour downtown, pointing out Milwaukee's most significant architectural buildings.
Having lived in Milwaukee all my life and being a 6th year architecture student (BSAS and working on my Masters degree), I assumed I had seen and heard about most of the important buildings within the downtown area... Well I was definitely wrong. Dean Greenstreet's tour showcased little known spaces as well as the usual suspects. We had the chance to see spaces some people will never get to see! All of the students really enjoyed the tour and had fun getting to know the Dean of the school.
Hello, my name is Lucas Rentmeester and I'm the Architecture LLC RA. This is my 3rd year as an RA for UWM University Housing and my 2nd year as an LLC RA. I'm also a senior Architecture undergrad student at UWM.
I’ve been really enjoying having the Architecture LLC and helping my residents/students. Thus far this year we have done a tour of down town Milwaukee with Bob Greenstreet the Dean of the Architecture school. As well as, various project/model help nights. I look forward to the rest of this semester and spring semester and the various events we will have. (Sorry for the late post... first time blogging)
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Since this was my first year as a LLC mentor, I was glad to hear that I would be working with the Creating Your Future LLC. I am all too familiar with what it feels like to be unsure about your major and what you want to do after college. Since I already took the journey my students would be just starting on, I was very excited to be a resource for them. If anything, I could relieve some of the stress I felt when I entered college.
Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was spectacular. The Community Leadership LLC, along with some friends from the res halls, continued to live up to their name all month. It all began with the RAKathon and continued with independent volunteering as well as some great ideas for the upcoming months, like "Don't get sick!" tips and adopting a family for the holidays. We wrapped up the month with a potluck style 4th North community Thanksgiving Dinner.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Other than this we have had a few social events in RiverView lately and have a couple more coming up including a skateboard/longboard design competition, a ping pong competition, and our community specifically will be having a video game night in a couple weeks to celebrate the end of the semester and relax before finals get into full swing. Before we know it, it will be time to pack up and head home for winter break!
***Just a little tip to prepare for success for next year, make sure you meet with your academic adviser before you schedule classes! Meeting with your adviser can help keep you on track and help you graduate on time!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I found it and did not leave.
The richness of not wantingwrote these
Monday, November 14, 2011
Three months into the semester and the Innovation House has some awesome things going on!
The highlight of the semester has got to be Discovery World! Ten Freshman including myself our half way through a program at the interactive Science Museum designing Lego Mindstorm Robots! Every Monday night for three hours, we design, test, and build Robots that utilize bio-mimicry. What I mean by bio-mimicry is that we are designing robots to mimic a plants action. You might not think plants move, but they actually do! The Venus Fly Trap closes its leaves to capture bugs and insects for food, the traditional bean plant moves its leaves around to maximize sunlight intake, and the exploding cucumber plant launches/explodes its cucumber when touched by something. The most exciting part about this whole process, is figuring out how you can design a robot to accomplish your specified plant task. And that is what we are working on! I will try to post some pictures if our finalized robots when we complete them! Stay tuned :)
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
So we had an event tonight. It was called "It's an Elephant!". Basically, you had to gesture a picture to someone, and they had to gesture to someone else...like the game telephone. I was trying to build there signing skills, using different kinds of classifiers. We had about 10 people come around so that was exciting! It went over pretty well with everyone; it was interesting to see how people interpret things so differently. Event=Success!
Monday, November 7, 2011
A little about myself... this is my 6th year on campus at UWM. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree in May 2010 and I am currently working on my Master of Architecture degree (graduating this spring). In Summer 2009, I had the opportunity to study abroad in France, Italy, and England, which was an absolutely life changing experience.
I have been involved with the First Year Center and LLCs for 3 years now. Last year, I was the mentor for the Environmental & Global Sustainability LLC, and this year working with that LLC again as well as the Architecture LLC. I love working with the LLC students. It is a very rewarding experience to get to know the students and see them transform over the course of the year. Watch for some updates of what our LLCs are doing in the near future!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The Lab Rats recently started a program for anyone who wished to participate. Andrew, the mentor for the LLC, brought plastic cups, bean seeds, and dirt. Anybody who was interested received several seeds and a couple of cups of dirt. The basic premise is that participants had to record anytime they water their bean plant and at the end of the semester there would be a competition to see whose had grown the most.
The Lab Rats went wild decorating the cups. A competitive spirit arose as the Lab Rats started to tease each other. We all are definitely in this to win!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The Film LLC and Art LLC teamed up to go to the Milwaukee Art Museum recently to enjoy one of Milwaukee's fine art sources. We had a great time touring the museum and seeing all that it had to offer. There was so much to see that we barely saw half of the museum's art work...and some of us even got lost in the endless rooms
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hello! My name is Nikole Rude and I am the mentor for the Helping Hands in Healthcare LLC. I am looking forward to working with Alayna, the RA for the LLC. This is my third year here at UWM. I am majoring in Kinesiology pre Physical Therapy and plan on going to graduate school to get a doctorate in Physical Therapy. I am from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and am living off campus on Murray Ave but our LLC is in Sandburg, North tower.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Hello, My name is Jordan Larson and I am the new RA for the Film, Video, and New Genres LLC.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
This is my fourth year at UWM and I will be getting a Bachelors in Social Work along with a Certificate in LGBT Studies. Much like Celia, the Mentor for the LLC, I have had majors across the board before I finally settled on Social Work, so I am very excited to share my experiences and help everyone get a better handle on how they want to spend their time here at UWM!
As far as my job, my second year working for University Housing as an RA and with an LLC, and also my second year in RiverView! I am really excited to be working with everyone and am looking forward to having some awesome experiences. I am hoping to make some amazing connections with all of my residents and I strongly encourage anyone/everyone to come and talk to me whenever. I know that it can be hard to get connected on such a large campus, but I firmly believe that there is a spot here at UWM for everyone. Let's find it together!
That's about all I have for right now. I know this is going to be a great year, and I look forward to everything that is to come!
Friday, September 30, 2011
HELLO!!!! My name is Celia Osorno and I am the mentor working with the Creating Your Future LLC, which is located in Riverview. This is my fourth year at UWM and I am almost done with my degree in psychology, but I am just starting on my journalism degree, so I probably will be in school for another year.
This is my second year working for the Student Success Center as a mentor and my first year working with an LLC. I am really excited to be involved in this new way and work with Michael (the RA for our LLC) to make the LLC a great experience for our students. I have changed my major a bunch of times before finally deciding on JAMS and Psychology so I am the perfect mentor to give advice to the undecided students in our LLC and help them navigate through their first year at UWM!
Other than work for the SSC, I am playing club soccer for UWM this year and I am involved with the Society of Professional Journalists. I am originally from Green Bay, but I now live full time in Milwaukee on the East Side. I really enjoy going to concerts, hanging out with my friends, exploring the city and going to the beach, in the summer that is, when I have free time away from school and work!
The Lab Rats are going to be doing a lot of cool stuff this year. To start the year, we introduced our theme for 2011: Underground UWM. The goal is to show the Lab Rats many of the parts of UWM that are not typically seen by students or students don't usually know about. We started with a tour. First, we explored the Student Athlete Facilities at the Klotche center. These facilities have been used for undergraduate research in the past, so it made sense for the Lab Rats to see them. They got to see examples of research projects that other students have been a part of. Next the Lab Rats paid a quick visit to Cunningham Hall and walked through the chancellor's office. After Cunningham, the Lab Rats were given a tour of The Green Roof on Sandburg. The final stop on the tour was Special Collections in the library. Special Collections is not restricted, many do not know about it because it is hard to get to (It's on the 4th floor. The stairs don't go up to it and only a few elevators can get there.)
I'm really looking forward to this year and everything the Lab Rats are going to do!