Sunday, October 30, 2011

Beyond Borders on a Field Trip

Sweet Water Organics Trip

        On October 21st, the residents and students in the Beyond Borders LLC took an amazing trip to Sweet Water Organics and even around Bay View.
       We first started off at Sweet Water Organics where we learned one of the most unique ways to grow food.  At Sweet Water they use Aquaponics to create their food.  It is one of the most creative ways that I have seen to create food.  They do not use any soil but water and fish.  This system not only helps grow food but helps with growing fish.  They are able to sell both the fish and food to create a profit for their business.
        The building that they use is an old factory in the city of Bay View.  They completely cleaned out the building and revamped it to create what they have now.  While they do Aquaponics outside they also do it outside with small greenhouses around the outside of the building.  Sweet Water is trying to expand their efforts to the outdoors to try to use as little amount of energy as possible.  They also have another system of organic food that is outside: honey making.  They were able to create a system in Wisconsin that lasts even into the beginning of winter where bees are able to create organic honey.  The whole time that the students and residents were at Sweet Water they their eyes were glued to the different things that the company is doing inside and outside.  Some of them were even being studious and taking notes the whole time.  
        After Sweet Water we were taken around Bay View and shown it by the teacher of the LLC class, Aims McGuinness.  He was able to show us some of the historical sites around Bay View like the Father Groppi's family store.  Many students bought different and unique items like sausage that is made in the family store and many, many pastries.  The reason we stopped at some of the historical sites like the Grippi store and where May Day originated because they talked about these different things and how they connected to globalization.  The students and even I were amazed by the plethora of knowledge that Aims had about the history of Milwaukee.  Every moment was a learning experience, even when we were able to go into the the Basilica of St. Josaphat.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Half way there!!!

Well everyone we are half way to the end of the semester! We have been having tons of fun on the Honors House so far! We have had Dr. Schuster from the Honors College come to talk to the LLC students about how to be successful in the Honors College. We had a Busy Student Relaxation day in our lounge were we banned homework from the lounge for a few hours, dimmed the lights, listened to some calming celtic music and had a tea party! It was a big hit and we hope to do it again real soon! We have been spending the past week or so decorating the lounge for a Halloween house decorating contest! I have post some pictures below (all pictures taken by the fabulous Ryan Radtke)


We have also been planning a big trip to Discovery World mid November which should be some real fun! but more on that next time!

That's all I have for now keep chugging everyone! Another half to go!!!

RA Kelly Keuper

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


Hi! My name is Ivy Lee Klarer and I grew up mostly in Mount Horeb, WI, outside of Madison. This is my fourth year at UWM and I will probably have one more semester after that before I graduate with a bachelor of fine arts in sculpture, and jewelry and metal-smithing. I have never lived in the residence halls, but have visited friends there and enjoyed it. I am a freshman mentor for the students in the art and design LLC at Riverview and Cambridge.  Things I do in my barely existent spare time are work on my art creations and ideas, cook, listen to music, go out with friends, be outside, and relax. I also love to travel!! Mostly I am doing school projects and working my three jobs, which are all things I enjoy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Over the past month the art community has had some amazing events. To start off October the residents were able to do the art walk of River West. Almost every resident were able to participate in this event. They were able to learn about the River West community and see how artist in Milwaukee function. This was also got residents more comfort with this community.
Then residents were about to participated in the free Thursday at the Milwaukee Art Museum. For some of the residents it was their first time ever going to the museum. This created something new for them to try. They were very engage with leaning about the building and all the artwork inside. With that it brought up the question of “what is art”. The question is going to hunt art student forever. Even I’m trying to figure out this question. No luck so far answering this question.
Now the big event in the art community is Gallery Night, which is October 21st and 22nd. Gallery Night is where artist’s opens up their studios and share their creations. It is event all over Milwaukee with many types of arts. Some resident took the time to travel to these galleries to see what is out there. There were able to see what the 3rd ward is all about. They seem to enjoy the 3rd ward with it’s older building and the people that in that community.

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
that the museum breaks off into. In the end, everyone was happy they went.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


So I put together a bowling event for all of my lovely LLC residents. We went to the Union and did some hardcore bowling. That was about it :) It was a lot of fun, and a lot of people showed up for it so that is always a plus.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Helping Hands in Health Care LLC

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.

Our first event we had was Mario Cart with fatal vision goggles. We had a blast and enjoyed meeting and getting to know some of the students. We plan on hosting a number of events but they currently are in the making but I will definitely post when we have some things set in stone :) Our next event will have to do with zumba though!

Monday, October 3, 2011

60 Second Film Contest

Hello, My name is Jordan Larson and I am the new RA for the Film, Video, and New Genres LLC.
I am proud to be apart of the LLC, as we have already been able to be apart of many great opportunities this year. Last week, we attended the showing of Drake Doremus' Like Crazy at the Milwaukee Film Festival.

Coming soon, we have the 60 Second Film Contest! Teams of four will be given four hours to create a short (terms of short film will be determined before competition begins). After each team has concepted, shot, and edited the films within the four hour time limit, we will have a showing of all the films with a panel of judges immediately following the time deadline. Awards will be given to the grand jury favorite and the audience favorite. The competition will be target towards the LLC, but everyone is invited to the showing.

I am excited for this event which will be in November. I will make final announcements soon.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Welcome Creating your Future LLC!

Hello everyone, and welcome to a new year!  My name is Michael and I am the Resident Assistant (RA) for the Community Leadership LLC!  I am originally from Menomonee Falls and I moved to Milwaukee for school in Fall 2008.  During high school I was in band, choir and theater productions, though I haven't been in one since coming to college.  At UWM I have been involved in several student organizations and worked various on-campus jobs as well.

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!