Friday, September 30, 2011

Creating Your Future LLC

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!

Lab Rats LLC!

Hi, I'm Lexi, and I'm the RA for the Lab Rats. The Lab Rats are devoted to undergraduate research, which is something that makes UWM unique.
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!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Artsy people unite!
Riverwest if hosting their annual art crawl on Saturday. The art and design LLC will be meeting at 11:45 in the Cambridge and Riverview lobbies to walk over together. Bring $3 for entry and any money you want for food, art work, etc. WIll be a BLAST!

gallery opening

Hey All,
Inova gallery in Kenilworth has their opening tomorrow Friday at 5pm. Residents of cambridge and Riverview meet up with Jackie and Ashley in your respective building lobbies at 5:00 and we will walk over.
Meet the artists and enjoy opening gallery events!

Science and Innovation House Mentor!

Hey all!
My name is Ross Goessl, I'm a sophomore, and I'm studying Mechanical Engineering (ME) at UW-Milwaukee! In addition to majoring in ME, I'm hoping to recieve a minor in Spanish. I'm originally from Middleton which is right outside of Madison, however, I love Milwaukee and I'm really enjoy living on campus in East Tower. Finally, as you can guess from the title, I am the mentor for the Innovation House this semester...WOOOOOO!
So what are some of the fun things students in the Science and Innovation House will be doing this semester? To start off, 20 students will have the opportunity to build Lego Mindstrom Robots at Discovery World! These students will go down to Discovery World every Monday for 10 weeks and build ROBOTS. As part of the welcoming day for LLC, everyone in the LLC watched a video on some of the robots made from previous years and those robots were awesome. We are also planning on having a speaker come in to talk about different types of Engineering to help students figure out what they want to do. Finally, sometime in November we are planning on taking groups of LLC students to various Engineering Student Organizations meetings. A lot of the students have expressed interest in joining clubs, so this should help them narrow down the search!
Oh yea, I'm looking forward to a great year working with this LLC! Alright, back to homework :p

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Leadership LLC Mentor

Hey Everyone!
I'm Amber Rivard and am a sophomore at UWMilwaukee. I am studying architecture and adding a leadership certificate to my degree. I am from Brookfield, WI which is about 20 minutes away from here. I live in a UWM owned apartment building; Purin Hall. I am the mentor for the Leadership LLC this year. I was a student in this LLC last year and lived in Riverview.
My overall goal is to become a well-rounded person. As a result I do my best to get very involved with student organizations. I do volunteer work through Circkle K. For those of you who are familiar with Key Club from high school, Circle K is the college version. We do volunteer work on campus and within the greater Milwaukee community. I am also involved in the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) organization as the sophomore class representative. I love being involved in this organization because it supplements my major, gives me opportunities to network with professionals, build architecture computer skills and I get paired up with a mentor to help me with my studio projects. I am the Outreach Specialist for the Ahora! Latin Dance Organization. We stand for dance, dedication and diversity. I love dancing in my free time and preparing for performances on campus and within the Milwaukee community. It's a great stress reliever and my favorite hobby!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beyond Borders LLC

Pizza Flag Cook-Off

       So, the first event that the Beyond Borders LLC had was a Pizza Flag Cook-Off paired with an icebreaker.  We first played the icebreaker or also know as team builders so that the residents of the LLC could get to know each other.  The icebreaker was Country and Leader.  Each resident had either a country (example: United States) or a leader of a country (example: Barack Obama) taped to their backs.        The residents had to figure out either what country or leader that was on their back by asking yes or no questions.  Once they figured out what they were they had to find their match and get to know them.

       After the residents were done with the icebreaker we then did the Pizza Flag Cook-Off.  Each resident was give a picture of a country's flag.  The main food that was part of each pizza was an english muffin for the dough.  Then each resident used other food materials like onions, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and much more to make their pizza look almost like their flag.  They created some of the most wonderful creations whether it be exactly like the flag or something completely opposite.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Beyond Borders LLC

Hallo, Hola, Hej, Bonjour, नमस्ते, Merhaba, γειά σου and Hello.  
       My name is Seth Kaempfer and I am the RA for the Beyond Borders LLC in Cambridge Commons.  Right now, I am a Global Studies - Security Major and studying German as well.  I have been involved with UW-Milwaukee in many different ways from being a tour guide to a Campus Ambassador for New Freshman Orientation to now a Resident Assistant.
       So, what is the Beyond Borders LLC.  This Living and Learning Community focuses around global and international studies.  One does not need to be a Global or International Studies major to be part of the community but mainly have an interest about what is going on around them in the world.  This LLC will also link the Residence Hall community to the global community by doing different events and programs that revolve around this global interest.  The Beyond Borders LLC also has a class, Global Studies 101, that is incorporated into it.
       It looks like an exciting year for the Beyond Borders LLC with students from a wide range of different cultures and backgrounds and also with the different programs in the near future.

Wirting and Visual Cultures LLC

Hey all!
My name is Sean McBride and I'll be the Writing and Visual Cultures LLC RA for the 2011-2012 school year. My academic background is fairly scattered across the university. I started my time here at UWM (as may students do) in Architecture Studies. After the first year (again... as many students do), I realized that I would be more suited for a different major. That better place for me ended up being Conservation and Environmental Science.

So then, why Writing and Visual Cultures? How do I fit in with this LLC? Well, in my first year I took just about any and every class that was of some interest to me. I was still trying to figure out where exactly I belonged. One of the many classes I took was a creative writing class. Creative writing has been an interest of mine for the past few years now. I was that kid who never received an 'A' in an english class before I was in a Sci-fi literature class. That class had also incorporated creative writing into it. It was the first time I was actually allowed to do my own thing with writing, and ever since then it's grown on me tremendously. I ended up testing out of English here at UWM and went on to take two of the creative writing courses for the non-English majors here as well.

I'm looking to have a great year with all of the residents in my LLC as well as trying to connect with other LLC's. We should be able to put together many fun programs that will build upon your knowledge in writing and show you all the amazing things you are able to do with it as well. I'm excited for this year, and I hope that you all are as well!

Hope to see you around,
Sean McBride

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Community Leadership

Hey guys it's Dria...well technically Alexandria but either is fine :)
I am currently the RA for the Community Leadership LLC and from the looks of things we have an awesome year ahead of us! I am a Global Studies major with a minor and French and Spanish and can't wait to travel the globe. My goal is to do some sort of humanitarian work with my degree and positively impact as many people as possible. I'm constantly on the move and you will probably see me dancing by our first encounter. Which is why I'm so excited to be working with fellow dancer Amber from the Student Success Center!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello everyone, my name is Ashley Erdman. I’m the RA for the Art and Design LLC in Riverview. I live on the 2nd floor. This is my 3rd year as a RA and I so happy to be working the Art and Design LLC. I’m a senior in the art program, majoring in Sculpture and jewelry/metalsmithing with a minor in Art History.
To start of the year, we started with a Kick Off event that happen on August 31st. This event was shared with Cambridge Art and Design community. The event conceded of doing chalk drawing that was turned into animation. The residents first had to picked a work to imitate. Their word was CREATE. This worded kind of embodies what residents are going to be doing this year. They are going to living and breathing art. Even after this amazing event residents continue to do these animation drawing. Alex and Daniel created two amazing animation that have figured, airplanes and birds. I saw this animation and I was so impress that a first year student could create something like this.
All the residents seem to be talking up drawing a lot better than I have seen in other years. There is drawing going on all the time. I wish I had that kind of motivation when I was a first year student. The lounge has become a place where residents are drawing and learning from each other. The girls for the 224 suite have been working very hard on their drawing skills. Lets just say that there is going to be a lot of still life drawing by the end of the year.
This year we are hoping to create a lager community. Meaning reaching out to other communities, not just the ones in the resident’s halls. You might be asking yourself why do I have to do this. Well someday you are going to need in the art community. Collaborative art is one of the most popular kinds of art forms. To get the ball rolling in collaborative art movement residents will be working toward doing a mural for Riverview that will embodies the Riverview community.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dance Foundations!


My name is Maggie Iken and I am the Student Success Center mentor working with the Dance Foundations LLC this year. I am currently a sophomore majoring in string bass performance and music history. I'm originally from Green Bay and I'm a pretty big Packer fan. I enjoy Call Of Duty, America's Next Top Model, Chuck Palahniuk books, going to anything arts-related, tattoos, street art, and living in Milwaukee. Although I'm not a dance major, I took six years of dance my first year of dance!classes when I was younger and will take several classes here at UWM. I currently live off campus, but the LLC is located in Riverview and I have previously lived in Sandburg North.

I'm really excited to be working with Molly (a few posts below me) this year! As she stated in her post, we will be dancing at the Susan G. Komen walk on the 25th. There are other events in the works, and I'll be sure to post about them here when they're set in stone and I have details. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011


Hi Everyone!
My name is Lauren McKinney and I am the Resident Assistant for the ASL LLC. This is my first year as an R.A. and I am really excited I was given the chance to work with an LLC so close to my future profession.

I live in Freeport, IL, home of the Pretzels (are mascot literally is a pretzel). Most people do not know where that is so I just say it is near Rockford. I am a Junior here at UWM, but unfortunately I will be here for 5 years, instead of just 4.

I currently live in the Sandburg Residence Halls, in West Tower. I live on the 9th floor, but I look after the 9th and 10th floors.

I hope this year in the LLC is as good if not better than last years LLC. :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Welcome to the Dance Foundations LLC!

Hey Everyone!
My name is Molly Blum and I am the Resident Assistant for the Dance Foundations LLC. I am from Elkhorn, Wisconsin. I live on the fourth floor of RiverView Residence Halls.

Feel free to stop by!
This is my second year at UWM and I am majoring in Nursing. I have been dancing since I was three. I was on my high school varsity dance team all four years. I have also had many other dance experiences, such as dancing in Disney World, at Brewer and Bucks Games. I have won many awards throughout my dancing experience. My favorite dance that I have ever done was a Duet to Eyes on Fire by Blue Foundation. This past summer I worked with Wisconsin Dance Connections and had a blast working with high school dance teams across Wisconsin. I love watching So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars.
I am very excited to be working with the Dance Foundations LLC and can not wait for the all the events I have planned! On September 25, the LLC will being going to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and dancing for the race participants. The Dance Foundations LLC now has a Facebook page! If you have any questions let me know!