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Resident A Monthly Publication of the Residence Hall Association at The University of Georgia Designed and Compiled by Cory Shaw, Director of Communications

Get to Know Your New RHA Executive Board Mallory Whitfield, President mewhitty@uga.edu

Amber Painter, Vice President amberpai@uga.edu

RC Goslee, National Communications Coordinator rcgoslee@uga.edu

Cory Shaw, Director of Communications cshaw15@uga.edu

James Han, Treasurer jameshan@uga.edu

Katie Ackley, Secretary kackley@uga.edu

Kayla Brown, Historian kaylabrn@uga.edu

Kaitlyn Branson, SGA Senator ktbran38@uga.edu

Ben Bradshaw, NRHH Director bradshaw@uga.edu

Rob Clement, RHS Programming Director robbo719@uga.edu

Tamara Burke, Advisor tsburke@uga.edu

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Evan Thraikill, Advisor

The 2012-2013 RHA Executive Board

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New Year, New Image Welcome to RHA, Where Housing Meets Home

Explaining the Residence Hall Association to your friends and parents just got a whole lot easier. When asked what exactly RHA is, reply with “it’s where housing meets home.” This phrase captures the essence of the organization, because it is our goal to make the on-campus living experience for residents as comfortable and fun as possible, while also fostering academic growth. Sounds a lot like home doesn’t it? Be on the lookout over the coming semester for our rebranding campaign, month-long

advertising geared towards helping people understand this very goal. The campaign will include flyers, banners, social media, and shirts, with the central theme being a house outlined with the names of the twelve hall councils. While RHA can often get confusing, with an abbreviation for everything, this will no doubt educate those new to campus. So welcome, and be sure to make yourself at home.

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inside this issue #RHAblockparty page 2

September 2012 Volume V, Issue I

Supporting the Arts Trivia page 6

The Housing Games page 3 blane marable photography

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2 #RHAblockparty a Social Networking Success The August 15th program at Legion Field was a unique colloboration with UGA Housing

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Residents awaiting entrance into Legion Field for #RHAblockparty

Social media is all around us. Most of us have accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, or Tumblr, and most of us find time on them come study breaks. UGA Housing and RHA have taken notice, and this is where #RHAblockparty came into play. On Wednesday, August 15th, social media debuted in lifesize. Residents were given the

opportunity to voice their wishes for upcoming programs on a giant Facebook Wall and were able to “pin” ideas on an equally impressive Pinterest Board. Furthermore, the popular game Angry Birds came to life as well, transitioning from a flick of the finger to an actual throw of an Angry Bird pillow into giant blocks. An interactive component of the event was also a huge

success, growing the online presence of both UGA Housing and RHA. The live DJ played songs requested via Twitter. Also, using various hashtags, from those answering questions about the best residence hall, to the first several tweeting us with the hashtag of the year #stayconnected, residents were given RHA promotional items. Of course, this was in conjunction with our normal give-

aways, namely food and shirts. Felicia Harris, the University Housing Doctoral Intern for New Media, was instrumental in making this happen. To her, the event was an opportunity to let residents know that “communication with University Housing doesn’t just stop after the movein process.”

by cory shaw

Free Bowling Night is September 26th RSVP for Rock & Roll Bowl on our Facebook event page

Hey residents! Don’t forget to come on out to RHA’s 14th annual Bowling Night! The theme of this year’s program is “Rock & Roll Bowl.” This program has been a big hit with residents for the past few years, so you won’t want to miss out on your chance to get free bowling, free t-shirts and free food. This program will be held on Wednesday, September 26th from 8-11 pm at Showtime Bowling, located at 555 Macon Highway. Don’t forget to bring your Student IDs with a housing sticker! Get event details on our Facebook page, and come on out with your whole floor to have a good time.

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The Rock and Roll Bowl flyer promoting the September 26 event

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3 exec ‘N rec 2012: The Housing Games Hunger Games themed leadership conference a time for learning, networking, and fun

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Dr. Kowalski, Executive Director of Housing, giving the Keynote Speech cory shaw

The front design of The Housing Games shirt

Each year the Residence Hall Association coordinates a two part student leadership conference that aims to educate the twelve Hall Councils on campus. This year, the educational portion of the conference was held on September 8, 2012 in the Miller Learning Center, while the more recreational portion was held on September 14, 2012 at Funopolis in Commerce, Georgia. For the first part, councils were asked to prepare a number of things in advance to represent their communities in a spirit competition. After councils arrived, they participated in a number of activities and programs that ranged from teaching them teamwork and leadership, to the many skills they need to be successful throughout the year. Along with learning about what RHA does, they also learned a number of RHA traditions, such as “ride the pony” and a few chants as well. During this time,

they also networked with other Hall Councils in the hopes they’ll be able to team up throughout the year. Lastly, the communities were given time to meet as Hall Councils to share and discuss what they had learned as well as start planning some programs for the upcoming months. The more recreational aspect of Exec ‘N Rec is aimed at giving the Hall Councils an opportunity to bond with one another before the real work begins. Once councils get to know each other, they are much more likely to openly share ideas and be more excited about spending time with one another in meetings. It also rewards them for being willing to spend a Saturday learning about their positions. Overall, the Hall Councils had a fantastic time and learned a lot along the way.

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Council members doing the Wobble during a break

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by mallory whitfield

Hall Council members displaying a banner advertising a program

A Message from the President Mallory Whitfield, Senior, begins her second year as RHA President I hope the semester has been off to a great start for everyone! Congratulations to the Community Council members who were elected this past month to represent their communities! I look forward to seeing what you guys have in store as the semes-

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ter unfolds. Don’t forget about our upcoming program Rock & Roll Bowl at Showtime Bowling. I look forward to meeting many of you all there! As always, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you need anything. You can always shoot me an email or stop

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by the RHA office during my office hours, I love visitors! Good luck with classes as tests pick up and, of course, Go Dawgs!

by mallory whitfield

4 A Message from the NRHH Director Hey RHA! I hope you all have enjoyed the past month living on campus, and that you have discovered some of the many available opportunities to lead, serve, and recognize across campus while being scholastically successful. I know I have had a blast in my first month serving as Executive Director of NRHH. NRHH is comprised of the top 1% of on-campus residents, and is a daughter organization of the Residence Hall Association. We are committed to promoting our four pillars of Leadership, Ser-

September Service Project

vice, Recognition, and Scholastics within the Residence Halls, and host socials, service and recognition projects, and other events throughout the semester to do so. In the coming months, you can look forward to hearing about all of the awesome service and recognition projects that are going on within NRHH. I hope that, with time, you will consider joining this wonderful organization!

by ben bradshaw

August OTM Winners! Be sure to fill out the online form for next month if you see proactive students

1. Desk Assistant - Brooke Owens, Brumby Hall 2. Custodial/Maintenance - Mr. Wilkes, Family and Graduate Housing 3. Executive Board Member - Cory Shaw, Residence Hall Association 4. Educational Program - Sex and Cupcakes, Brumby Hall 5. Graduate Assistant - Evan Thraikill, Residence Hall Association 6. Resident Assistant - Kelsey Davis, Brumby Hall 7. Social Program - Pinterest and Pastries, Brumby Hall 8. Spotlight - Hunker Down with Housing, University Housing 9. Student - Megan Harrigan, Residence Hall Studios

On Sunday, September 9th, NRHH went to the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, and volunteered for a collective 30 hours. Our members got to play with the dogs and puppies there, giving them the attention, exercise, and yummy doggie treats they yearned for. The animal shelter is located at 125 Buddy Christian Way and accepts walk-in volunteers every day except for Wednesdays, so we would love for residents to help us continue supporting this community service.

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Three New Officers

Our chapter is proud to announce the election of three new officers as of Monday, September 10th. Brad Burzumato was elected our new Associate Director (AD) of Membership and Recruitment. Paige Sullivan was elected our

new AD of Recognition, leaving the position of Administrative Operations Coordinator available to be filled by Morgan Castleberry. All three officers have already proven invaluable, and NRHH is fortunate to have their leadership.

Letters to the Troops

In addition to electing new officers, our meeting on Monday was focused on the importance of Service. After discussing this topic for a few minutes, our AD of Service, Onyale Dunloe, gave

our members and other guests the opportunity to write letters to active soldiers to show our support. We look forward to seeing what our Recognition-themed meeting on the 24th has in store!

Consider Joining NRHH October is NRHH’s Recruit- service projects, and meetment month, so watch out for ings and see if NRHH might be invitations from our members to the right organization for you! come with them to our socials,

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Meet the New Board Ben Bradshaw Executive Director

Paige Sullivan AD of Recognition

Brad Burzumato

AD of Membership and Recruitment

Nadgey Louis-Charles AD of Programming

Onyale Donloe AD of Service

Morgan Castleberry

Administrative Operations Coordinator

Melissa Joy Raines

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AD of Technology

Five of the seven NRHH Executive Board members

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5 Residence Hall Studios Off and Running Rob Clement, RHS Programming Director, excited with the new school year

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Megan and Rob prepare to film Amber for The Housing Games Roll Call Video

Residence Hall Studios has already had a productive September, and we’re barely halfway through it! I worked closely with Megan Harrigan (Business Director, RHS), and we were extremely excited to get to work on the RHA Executive Board Roll Call video ever since it was announced that Exec ‘N Rec would be “The Hunger Games” themed. We worked hard on a script in the few weeks after school started, and planned a busy shooting schedule. Over the course of Sunday and Labor Day, RHS and the RHA Executive Board worked over 15 hours to film the roll call video. In the week that followed, I edited the video to be premiered at Exec ‘N

Rec. The video was well-received and is a testament to the fantastic work that Residence Hall Studios is capable of doing. In the midst of editing the Exec ‘N Rec Roll Call video, RHS filmed our first talk show episode of the year, which covered such diverse topics as the Democratic National Convention, the mars rover, and the Olympics. Our five-woman strong panel consists of Alma McCarty, Aveana Jackson, Kelcie Willis, Kelly Johns, and Samantha German. At all RHA events, RHS is there filming the program, and Exec ‘N Rec was no different. Everything from the tribute parade to Dr. Kowalski’s keynote address, to the programs the RHA Execu-

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Megan directs Bree Preuitt and RC Goslee in a scene

tive Board put on was captured over a month away from launchby our cameras, and a recap vid- ing the channel by co-sponsoring eo will be uploaded to YouTube “Scream on the Green” with RHA. and put on the channel. Speakby rob clement ing of the channel, we are a little

Our SGA Senator is there for Residents Kaitlyn Branson is involved in both RHA and SGA, addressing resident concerns

Welcome back to campus, and for all first year residents welcome to the University of Georgia! I hope your first month of classes have treated you kindly. My name is Kaitlyn Branson and I am your RHA SGA Senator. What exactly does that mean you may ask? Well I am the person who represents the voice of all residents on campus within

the Student Government Association’s senate body. I highly encourage each of you to keep up with the happenings of Student Government as they speak for all students on campus and deal with many issues that may directly affect you. Anyone is allowed to attend senate which meets every other Tuesday at 7:30 in the MLC, and we welcome all comUGA12RHS

ments, concerns, and questions. In our last meeting we passed a resolution that was in favor of implementing an A+ grading system here at UGA. Just to clarify, when we pass a “resolution” it does not mean that it will necessarily happen but rather that it is something the students here are in favor of. There will be many more resolutions and pieces of legis-

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lation to come throughout the year, so stay informed and stay involved, and if you ever have an issue or concern that you would like to have addressed email me at ktbran38@uga.edu or stop by during my office hours Wednesday from 12:30-3:30pm at the RHA office next to Creswell.

by kaitlyn branson

6 Supporting the Arts Win tickets to the Ballroom Performance Group RHA is excited to announce that we will continue Supporting the Arts during the 20112012 school year. Supporting the Arts is RHA’s initiative to extend opportunities to residents to attend a variety of fine arts events across campus and within Athens free of charge. For September, we are excited to be partnering with the Ballroom Performance Group, which will be hosting a Friday Night Dance on September 21st at 8 pm in the New Dance Building near Snelling. There will also be a free Rumba lesson at 7 pm. The first fifteen residents

to answer the trivia question correctly will receive free entry to the event. Responses should be sent to rha@uga.edu, and should include your first and last name, contact number, residence hall and room number. The deadline is Tuesday, September 18th at 11:59 pm. All winners will be notified on Wednesday by e-mail. The Trivia Question is: What UGA professor founded the Ballroom Performance Group in 1991?

by james han and ben bradshaw

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Members of the UGA Ballroom Performance Group

RHA Committees

Program Schedule

There are options from Policy Review to Spirit Hello Residents! Are you on Hall Council, or wish you could be? Do you want to get more involved on Campus, or in Housing? Well, look no further! RHA has the answer, and the answer is RHA Committees. We are looking for dedicated students to join one (or maybe even more) of our committees. Whatever your passion, focus, or inclination we have a committee for it. We do a myriad of activities, like: preparing for homecoming; amending hall con-

stitutions; planning diversity and sustainability events; and creating advertisements for RHA programs. Applications are on the RHA website and they are due by Wednesday, September 19th, to the RHA office outside of Creswell. Hope to hear from you soon!

Rock and Roll Bowl September 26, 2012 Wizard of Oz the Musical October 12, 2012 Scream on the Green October 17, 2012 Housing Rocks the Vote November 6, 2012

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Sustain My Heart February 13, 2013 Let Your Colors Run 5K

March 30, 2013

Office Hours for the Semester Residence Hall Association Office Hours - Fall 2012

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Amber

Amber

Amber

Amber

Amber

Amber

9:00 am - 9:30 am 9:30 am - 10:00 am 10:00 am - 10:30 am 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Rob

11:00 am- 11:30 am

Rob

11:30 am - Noon

Rob

RC

Noon - 12:30 pm

Katie/Amber

RC/Katie

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Katie/Amber

RC/Katie

Kaitlyn

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Katie/Ben

Kaitlyn

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ben

Kaitlyn

Amber Amber

RC RC RC

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

James

Cory/Ben

Kaitlyn

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

James/Mallory/Kayla

Cory

Kaitlyn/Mallory/Kayla

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

James/Mallory/Kayla

Cory

Kaitlyn/MalloryKayla

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

James

Cory

Mallory/Ben

Rob/Katie

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

James

Cory/Kayla

Mallory/Ben

Rob/Katie

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

James

Cory/Kayla

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