Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Event: The 24 Hour Film Competition

The biggest event that we do every year for the Film, Video, and New Genres LLC is our 24 Hour Film Competition.  Every year we ask our residents to form multiple groups that compete with each other to make short films based around a series of Obstructions, or limitations, that we have developed.  This year, our residents were given six obstructions.

1: The title of every short is “The Petrified Hostess”
2: All of the shorts are of the Neo-Noir genre.
3: None of the shorts can depict murder
4: A donut must appear in every short
5: Residence Halls, Pick ‘N Save, and Mitchell Hall (where they attend most classes) cannot be used
6: All shorts must be in color

Four films were made.  Two films won top prizes but in a first for the Film LLC every film came home with an award.

Links to the films are below!


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Year of the Arts

As you all must know, this year was the Year of the Arts, and with the amazing residents and staff that made up the Art&Design LLC this year, this title has proved to be more than just accurate. Throughout he year, the Art&Design LLC has gotten the opportunity to learn about the RiverWest community, the Latino community, the community that works with the restoration of the River, the Milwaukee art community as a whole, and even a bit of some of the communities in Chicago.

Each resident this year has learned a lot about the art and artists around them, but also about him/herself as an artist and the role that he/she plays in his/her own community. The residents were first able to simply meet some students with the common interest of art, but also were able to connect with other artists as well as the greater Milwaukee community and the Art Department's staff here, at UWM. The residents were able to display work in what was the first exhibit for many of them. They got to see the work of other's while working to improve their own abilities and play off of their own strengths. Overall, the LLC was successful in getting students engaged within their own community as well as the communities around them.

I have learned a lot from my LLC residents this year. My residents have kept me sane through all of my art classes more than anyone, and being able to work with such an amazing group of young adults has been an incredible experience. I got to know each resident as an artists as well as an individual, and each one has strengths and knowledge that each and every one of my residents has passed on to me and helped me grow. Our community has been strong in that everyone has supported everyone else in the group and worked together to get through the year. The Art&Design LLC truly helped make this year live up to the title of the Year of the Arts, and I am truly grateful for everyone who made this year into what an amazing experience it has turned out to be.

Mobile App Reflections

Hello Everyone,
As we reflect back on our year, it is great to see how many opportunities the Mobile App LLC has given our residents. Our LLC members Anthony Jesmok and Aaron Hartwig, along with other UWM students will be working this summer in the Zilber school of Public Health building. They will work on creating mobile apps for local businesses in and around the Milwaukee area. They have been working on a couple apps this semsester, including a Milwaukee County app, the Sojourner Family Peace Center for domestic abuse app and revamping the UWM app. We look forward to see their work and using the applications they make. The group is currently trying to create their own department for mobile app development, which would help make things easier for them to do projects. Although the Mobile App LLC this is giving UWM a chance to partake in helping student be able to apply what they learn and right away send them into the business of creating apps. So good luck and have a great summer!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Deaf Coffee Chat

If you’re looking for a Deaf event, or a great place to practice signing, check out Deaf Coffee Chat!  This event is held every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at Starbucks 544 East Ogden Ave right here in Milwaukee.  ASL students of all levels, interpreters, student interpreters, and Deaf individuals come together to have a place to communicate using ASL.  Don’t worry if you’re not confident in your skills yet because others will help you out!  Deaf Coffee Chat takes over this Starbucks.  There are people everywhere signing, so there is always someone to talk to.  Make sure you introduce yourself to someone new.  You will be surprised how much you can learn from others!

Take the 30 bus from Sandburg and it will take you right there!  Just don’t forget your UPASS!

Check out the Facebook group Milwaukee Deaf Coffee Group for updates.  Go grab a coffee, sit down, and start chatting.  It’s great to get off campus, explore Milwaukee, and practice those signing skills!  So go join the fun!

2012 - 2013 Business LLC in review

Hey Guys!

We had some awesome events this year for our LLC. The two that really succeeded were our Bradley Center tour accompanied by a Buck's Game, and also our Marcus Theatres tour of the majestic, where we got to talk to executives and watch a movie. We also had an amazing Harley Tour that let our residents see some proud Wisconsin history.

After a few weeks of being in a LLC, I could already tell my residents were going to teach me a lot more than I could teach them. They displayed an ability to meet a lot of people all while working hard at your grades along side of them. Our residents were able to find a balance between having fun, and doing well in school.

The main thing our residents got out of our LLC was seeing what a degree from UWM could offer them. Many of the tours and events we took them on employed many people from UWM. It was great to show our residents that they can do a lot in this city, and to be excited about that. Our residents also seemed to be very social. I believe this is because they are in the same classes, so they automatically have a connection from the first point in the semester.

There are too many moments for me to pick a favorite one. Being a leader in this LLC was an experience I will never be able to replicate. I have learned so much while meeting many friends and having an amazing time.

Stay golden!

R.A. Alec Just

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Year of Community

This year, the Peck School of the Arts Foundations theme was Art and community. This theme carried on not only on campus, but in our Art and Design LLC as well.

In the fall, the students created a collaborative piece about the Milwaukee river's impact on the community, and the community's impact on the river. The students did research and created smaller paintings that were joined together into a larger piece. Then the large painting was copied and made into a banner that is now displayed on a previously blank wall next to Riverview Residence Hall.

This spring semester we completed our service learning project by helping LLC professor Raoul Deal install his latest show at the Latino Arts Center. We were able to give back to a professor who began the LLC and made our community possible!

Another thing we did this spring was our 2nd Annual Spring Arts LLC Expo. We collaborated with the  UWM Film community to put up an exhibition in Cambridge featuring the Film LLC's short films, and the Art and Design LLC's paper sculptures.

The Riverview and Cambridge Art and Design communities also joined together and took our annual trip to Chicago. We explored the Chicago Institute of Art, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and China town.

Throughout the semester we've created our own community in the residence halls through events like MAM After Dark, eating dinner together, go karting, holiday decorating, and more.

As this batch of Art students leaves the LLC and new ones prepare to come in, I hope the students realize what a great experience they've been given and always appreciate the community they were, and always will be a part of.

Monday, May 20, 2013

2012-2013 Reflections

Now that the year is winding down, it's good to take some time to look back and see all the awesome things the Writing and Visual Culture LLC was able to do this year. Although we have a low enrollment of students, Mikel and I were able to rock it out and have a blast!

I was so happy to meet and work with such an awesome RA. We were able to do some great things, like going to Lyrical Sanctuary and the UWM Drag Show!

This LLC has taught me many things, consistency, tolerance and more importantly... how to have fun! Not having a class included in the LLC made it difficult and interesting but we were still able to connect with the few students involved and enjoy our time together. I have been extremely fortunate to be a part of such a great opportunity, and although I will not be a mentor for the LLC next year, I am humbled by my experience.

Now, let's take a look back shall we?

UWM Drag Show
Dr. Seuss Party
These are just two events we did this year! With that being said, my favorite part about my LLC was being able to see students enjoy their time and put on events that are fun and interactive. Like Lyrical Sanctuary! It was great to see students and people from the community get up in front of a crowd and present their poems and songs! I could never do that!!

I sincerely wish everyone good luck on their exams and in the future! The future of LLC's looks promising!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

CCBLR formerly the CVSL

The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research provides the UWM campus with different opportunities to volunteer throughout the city and beyond. Each week of the year there are opportunities to make a real difference in Milwaukee and beyond by working to improve the environment, mentoring local kids, stocking shelves at a food pantry, serving breakfast to Milwaukee’s homeless community, engaging in an alternative spring break, and helping older adults.
It is through this organization that I became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters. I have been a Big for 2 years now and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone's life. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the CBBLR, especially since they provide transportation to and from Keefe Avenue school where I volunteer. So if you're looking for a way to make a difference around Milwaukee check out the CBBLR!!!!!

Student Signing Association

A great on campus organization for ASL students, is SSA (Signing Student Association).  They put on events throughout the year where Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and ASL students can go to communicate and hang out.  This is a great way to meet other people who are learning ASL or are actively involved in the Deaf Community!  Some of the various events that have taken place this year include: Sign N’ Snack, rock climbing, ice skating, and Deaf Day. 

SSA is a student run organization.  There biggest event every year is Deaf Day which is a great cultural awareness event for Deaf Culture and the Deaf community.  This event brings in presenters that are actively involved in the Deaf Community and you really get a feel for what Deaf culture is and how much it is valued within the Deaf Community.  You can check out upcoming events on SSA’s Facebook group page “SSA (Signing Student Association).”  Go check out SSA, and come to an event!  It’s great fun!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gallery Night in the Third Ward

Every three months, there is a gallery night/day event held in the Third Ward of Milwaukee. At this event, various artist sign up (and pay) to participate and show their work at local galleries throughout the Third Ward. The galleries are open to everyone for viewing during this event and completely free, so go check it out!

This month, gallery night/day is being held on Friday, April 19th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, April 20th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. You can take the Greenline to get to the vicinity of the galleries, but it will require some walking! To see a list of all the available locations for this month's gallery night/day, you can take a look at the participant list at This will give you access to names, locations, and maps! Check it out, look at local art, and have fun!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Phi Alpha Theta!

Hi All!

Looking to get involved? Like history? Join Phi Alpha Theta the history honor society!

This is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and in history! I am currently the vice-president and will be the president next year. I am working on some great opportunities for our members!

To join, all you need is 12 history credits, a 3.1 in history credits taken, and a 3.0 overall. You also don't have to be a history major! The last thing you'll need is a 40 dollar payment for lifetime membership! Being in an honor society looks great on applications and provides great networking opportunities.

Some of the things we are working on (hopefully) for next year are a "geek week". This will be a week of honor societies promoting themselves and having some fun activities to learn about the organizations!

We are also hoping to host a regional Phi Alpha Theta conference. In addition, we will be having our third annual Phi Alpha Theta conference next year as well. These all are great opportunities to get involved and add to a resume!

If you want to get involved feel free to email me, Brianna, at!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pirate Exhibit Outing!

Arggg Ya'll,

This is Pirate Hannah here to talk about the Honor LLCs trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum! A few Fridays ago, the Honors LLC and 30 individuals from the Honors College boarded the bus toward the MPM to visit the Pirates! Exhibit.

It was a lot of fun! We learned about the shipwreck of a pirate ship in an interactive and engaging way. I learned a lot about the history of pirates, why people became pirates, and the dangers surrounding piracy.

After the exhibit, those who went were able to tour the rest of the museum. The 10 LLC students that went with me, from what I heard, had a great Friday afternoon and they were glad they went! A big shout-out to Shannon and Alan for helping me put this together, as well as Keri for purchasing the LLC tickets!

Until next time mateys!!

RA Hannah

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Disney College Program

Hi Business Panthers,

Long time no chat! I wanted to share an awesome semester long internship called the Disney College Program! I'm a part of The Walt Disney World College Program Alumni Association here on campus and my role, besides being an awesome Business Panther LLC Resident Assistant, is an Internships  & Programs Campus Representative.

The Disney College Program is a semester long paid internship where students at UWM of any majors can participate at either Walt Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California. It is a front line cast member position role where students get to do various positions such as attractions, character performer,  quick-service food and beverage, and main entrance operations.

Students from UWM receive credit by embarking on this internship and can take collegiate level classes provided by Disney University as well as different networking seminars and housing operations events. Once you have completed the internship you'd be considered an alumni of the Disney College Program and can apply, through Disney, as an Internships & Programs Campus Representative at UWM!

If you're going to start college next semester you can apply to leave for your Spring term (Jan-May) by applying in the Fall (Sep-November). Visit for more information!

Stay classy,

RA Michael Ameel

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

I'll meet you at the Crossroads!

As the semester winds down I'd like to talk about the final program we had with the Crossroads LLC.
We've had a great year and our final trip was the icing on the cake.

The Crossroads LLC took a final trip to Milwaukee's Discovery World to check out the Les Paul House of the Sound.

The Les Paul Exhibit House of Sound is an interactive exhibit that houses the world's largest collection of Les Paul artifacts and allows Discovery World visitors to contributions Les Paul has made to contemporary music.

Below you can read about the experience from one of the Crossroad LLC members, Chris Crittenden.

This was my favorite automaton.
On Sunday May 6th, My RA took me and my LLC to Discovery World. When I first heard this is where we were going, I didn't think that I would have had as much fun as I did. One of the first things that we did was play around with some really cool machines called Automatons, which were in the form of really funny scenes. I was able to get a picture of some of my favorites.

Anna touching a sting ray!

Then, we went to the aquarium area of the museum, which turned out to be my favorite area. The aquarium housed many gigantic tanks filled with many exotic fish that I had never seen before. I think my favorite tank was the one with the small jelly fish in them. Another thing that was really cool in the aquarium was the sting ray tank, where you could actually touch one of the sting rays. I had never touched one before so it was a really awesome experience. 

After that we toured the upstairs area, which had many interesting exhibits that showed various ways that water can be saved by reducing the amount we use for showers and things like that. I must say it was very informative.

The last thing that we did was visit the Les Paul exhibit, which housed many cool looking guitar, and had a various hands on activities to demonstrate sound. 
Overall, I am very happy that I got to visit Discovery World because without this field trip, I probably would have never discovered it on my own.

- Chris Crittenden, 
Crossroads LLC Member, May 2013

I hope you enjoyed reading about our experiences at Discovery World!

As always, we'll meet you at the Crossroads!

RA Sylvia Yang
Crossroads LLC, May 2013


The Society of Human Resources Management is a great organization to get involved in if you are a business, or especially Human Resources, major.


The UWM Chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) is dedicated to meeting the needs of students pursuing an education or career in the field of human resources.
Being a member of UWM chapter of SHRM gives you many benefits, including student networking, career advice, guest speakers and access to seminars and many other activities to help you enhance your learning experience. Some of the activities include mock interviews, professional speakers, internship opportunities, state and nationwide conferences, company tours, resume workshops, networking with other Human Resource professionals, and learning the keys to being successful in your future Human Resource career.

Contact Info:

Nick Smith

Vice President
Ashley Gaglione


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hunger Clean-Up

Hello Everyone,
The Mobile App LLC will be participated in the Hunger Clean-Up on Saturday April 27th with the UWM Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research. The Hunger Clean-Up is for UWM students, faculty, and staff to help with neighborhood clean-ups, like help out at the homes of local elderly residents, collect food and stock shelves at a local food pantry, clean and paint at homeless shelters, and participate in other projects at local non-profit agencies. Lunch was provided afterwards. We were able to get more connected with the larger Milwaukee community. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Lightspeed Entertainment

This semester, some of the LLC's from Cambridge went to Ligthspeed Entertainment in Greenfield, WI for a night of laser tag, go karting, and arcade games. My favorite was the go kart races, as I don't get to drive much in Milwaukee, it was fun to be behind a wheel again, and even better to be racing! But be careful, don't bump into the sidelines too often or the race will end and your opponents will want revenge.

They have a Mon-Thurs. daily special of $25 all you can play.
$9 gets you one go Kart race 
$20 combos for 1 go kart race + 2 laser tag games. 

Location:  4251 S 27th St. Greenfield, WI 

To take a bus (takes 1 hour):
Walk to North and Newhall
Get on 21 bus towards Mayfair
Get off at N27 and North
Get on 27 bus towards College
Get off at S27 and Bolivar
You're there!

Visit their website:

*Shout out to RA Shayla for planning the awesome event!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Did You Hear That?! I Think It Came From Over There?!

Take Your Winchester!
(Just kidding, you can't do that!!)

Interested in the possibility of something being haunted, the chance that a ghost could be in the same room as you? If you find this appealing, go check out the Pabst Mansion!  With reports from workers and visitors, hearing sounds of footsteps on the third floor (When no one is up there), weird noises and objects moving. 
No reservations are needed for general admission!  There are three simple rules: no photography, no food/drink and no touching. 
During the regular season:
Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(Guided tours start at: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00.)

Sunday noon - 4 p.m.
(Guided tours start at: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00.)

Closed: Wednesdays mid-January through February, and Easter.
Open: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day!

Adults: $9
Seniors/Students: $8
Children ages 6 - 17: $5
Under 6 years of age: Free

The Pabst Mansion is located downtown 2000 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233

1.      Walk to Maryland & Kenwood (About 2 mins)
2.      At Maryland & Kenwood take the number 30 Bus towards 67th Keefe (about 36mins, 36 stops)
3.      At Wisconsin & N 21 Walk to 2000 W Wisconsin Ave (about 1 min)

Total travel time is about 38 minutes