Archives—December 2014

Winter Wonderland

Hello Parents,

A student employed at the front desk of a residence hall helps a resident. Residence Life is now hiring for the 2015-2016 academic year.
A student employed at the front desk of a residence hall helps a resident. Residence Life is now hiring for the 2015-2016 academic year.

I hope you all had a great break with your students last week! I know I enjoyed the time off, and I hope your students did, too! It’s nice to come back refreshed for the last two stressful weeks of the semester. There is only one more week left in the semester and then we have Finals week. It’s hard to believe how quickly the semester passed by.

We definitely have been enjoying this Winter Wonderland as winter season has come again! Although we have enjoyed a few warm days in the past weeks, winter is definitely here to stay. This is great news for winter-sports lovers! The Mont Ripley ski hill opened for the season last Friday, November 28, and various cross country ski hills have opened as well.  In addition to that, the snowmobile trails have opened, and various sledding hills are open for use, too! It’s wonderful and refreshing to see the new activities that both students and community members can participate in this season.

As we come closer to the end of the semester and final exams, there are a few things that your students should be aware of. Room swapping, which started December 5, will take place through December 8. If your students would like to change their room or roommate, they should see their RAs for a pink room swap card. After the cards are signed, they can bring them to the office of Housing and Residential Life for help with the logistics of the move. After December 8, a room freeze will go into effect until the second week of the spring semester in January.

On Wednesday, December 10, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion will be hosting their annual Pre-Exam Jam. Students can come and enjoy some food, music, friends as a little study break before finals week. It will be nice to have students relax and calm down a little before the stresses of final exams kick in.

In addition to these events, Residence Life and the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success are looking to hire students for the 2015-2016 school year, and will be hosting two information sessions for students interested in becoming a Resident Assistant, Program Assistant, or Orientation Team Leader. These sessions will take place on Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11 at 8:00 pm in Fisher 135. Attendance at these sessions is required in order to apply for these positions, so it’s very important for your students to attend if they are interested in pursuing one of these job opportunities. Getting involved in this way is a fantastic opportunity for your students to develop their leadership skills, communication skills, and self-accountability. I myself have worked in various positions within the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, and it has given me invaluable experience as a leader and a student, and has given me confidence to step out of my comfort zone. Not to mention, many of these positions are really fun! I highly recommend that you and your students learn more at the Residence Life and Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success websites.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about winter activities, roommate swapping, or student employment opportunities, please feel free to email me at I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! Until next week!