Programs & Events

Student using a cider pressResidence Life's goal is to develop positive, inclusive, and respectful communities on our floors, in our buildings, and campus-wide to enhance the college experience for our residential students. Our Resident Assistants (RAs) provide programs to create that community or sense of belonging for the students living in the Residence Halls. We provide programs to encourage personal development for our residents and give them socially and educationally enriching opportunities that they may otherwise never experience.

Floor and Hall Events

Our Resident Assistants create this community through a variety of different programs they plan and organize each semester. Each RA is required to plan and organize six different events for their residents each semester. These events are two different social events and four educational events focusing on scholarship, leadership, diversity & interculturalism, and personal responsibility. In addition to these six events, each RA hosts three floor snacks. A floor snack is when the floor members come together for a chance to hang out while enjoying a snack provided by UM Dining. The events hosted by the RAs are focused on that RAs floor community, but students are welcome to attend any event hosted within their Residence Hall. This allows them to meet and connect with students from across the building and experience a wide-variety of programs while living in the Residence Halls.

Examples of common floor and hall programs include:

  • Presidential Lecture Series
  • Academic Advising Fair
  • Relaxation Around The World
  • G-Wiz Magic Show
  • Shake it Out With Zumba!
  • Hike the M
  • Stress Less with Curry Wellness
  • Light Up The Night with the Women’s Resource Center
  • Blood Drive
  • Oktoberfest with Curry Wellness
  • Involvement fair with SIN
  • Cider Press with Eco Reps
  • Self-Defense class
  • Diversity fair with the Student Involvement Network
  • Body Love
  • Rock-climbing
  • Day of the Dead program

All Residence Hall Events

In addition to events hosted by the RAs for their floor, Residence Life hosts multiple all Residence Hall events.

Hall Brawls

Image of the Turner Knowles students at GO DayEach month Residence Life hosts a Hall Brawl for all students living in the Residence Halls.  The year starts in August with GO Day and then each Residence Hall staff take turns hosting these events to allow students to meet others from across campus while building Hall Pride and Spirit.

To go along with the Hall Brawls, each Residence Hall has a team color that they are encouraged to wear while attending the Hall Brawls. The team colors are: Aber- orange, Craig/Elrod/Duniway- lime green, Jesse- red, Miller/Pantzer- purple, and Turner/Knowles- bright blue.  By attending the Hall Brawls, students can build a greater sense of community with their fellow Hall-mates while also meeting other students living across campus.

August- GO Day on Sunday, August 24th: 1st Place- Turner/Knowles, 2nd Place- Aber, 3rd Place- Miller/Pantzer

September- Water Balloon Brawl on Sunday, September 21st: 1st Place- Turner/Knowles, 2nd Place- Miller/Pantzer, 3rd Place- Jesse

October- Monster Mash on Friday, October 24th: 1st Place- Craig/Elrod/Duniway, 2nd Place- Jesse, 3rd Place- Turner/Knowles

November- Harry Party Dance on Wednesday, November 19th: 1st Place Turner/Knowles, 2nd Place- Craig/Elrod/Duniway, 3rd Place- Miller/Pantzer

February- (A) Bare Necessities will be on Thursday, February 26th from 7-10pm in the UC Ballroom. Come learn to Salsa Dance, compete in food eating contests, and learn valuable information from SARC. This event is hosted by Aber Hall.

March- Jesse Hall will be hosting a Sock Hop Carnival. More information coming soon!

April- Relay for Life on the Oval

Academic Programming

Image of students at an Academic Resource programResidence Life also partners with Undergraduate Advising, Career Services, and Student Wellness through the Curry Health Center to offer all Residence Hall students more programming focused on the academic needs of students.  Programs provided by this collaboration include a Resource Fair, Information on Spring Registration, Studying for Final Exams, Getting a Better Start to Your Spring Semester, Exploring Majors, and Resume Writing.  These programs strive to address academic stressors that many first time students may be experiencing as they transition into college and can learn about the vast array of resources available to them on campus. Often the Writing Center and Math Lab are in attendance at the programs to connect with students.

Fall 2014 Programs

“Help Your Semester Fall Into Place” Resource Fair

Wednesday, September 24th 5:00-6:30pm Location: Outside-area between Duniway and Miller

Campus resources will host interactive tables with information about their department and how they are beneficial to student success. Students will travel around the tables filling out a Resource Bingo Card to receive a Jimmy John’s sandwich and a chance to win a gift basket. Some of the attending campus resources include: Financial Education, Study Jam, Career Services, Curry Health Center, Optimal Bear, Residence Life, Student Involvement, and more!

Academic Advising and Career Exploration

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 4-6pm in the Payne Family Native American Center in the lower level gathering space

There will be coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies as well as prizes! Students will get the opportunity to receive important information when it comes to academic advising, signing up for classes, as well as career exploration. During this program there will be four different informational booths that students can drop by to ask questions, get some advice, as well as ideas for a possible future career.