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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

Election Program

Join us for See the Vote: Watching Washington The 2012 presidential election is bound to be one of historic proportions, and it may be your only opportunity at the University of Georgia to witness an election alongside hundreds of other students. For this reason, RHA has teamed up with University UnionCBPC, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to bring “See the Vote: Watching Washington” on Tuesday, November 6th from 8pm to 2am. This program will give you the opportunity to view the election results as they come in live all night and participate in election activities. Join us at Tate Grand Hall for free food, shirts, and secret giveaways you won’t want to miss. For those of you living on campus, there will be two party shuttle routes to transport students from practically any resi-

dence hall to the Tate Student Center. As is shown in the map to the right, route one will cover the High-Rises and run until 10pm. The second route will cover East Campus and Myers, running until the program ends at 2am. In addition, you’re welcome to park in the Tate Deck for free. This is a o n c e - i n - a - l i fe time chance to be able to experience the elections with hundreds of your fellow students. Don’t forget to invite all your friends, students and non-students are welcome to attend. RSVP on Facebook, remember to vote on Tuesday, and we’ll see you as the Presidential and Congressional Election results come in.

by amber painter and kaitlyn branson

Two shuttle routes will be running on the night of the program

inside this issue

RHA Homecoming Success page 2

melissa joy raines

NRHH Inductions page 4




November 2012 Volume V, Issue III

Movie Night Recap page 5

2 Exam Care Packages Tell your parents: The package is $25 and due by Friday, November 16th. RHA is proud to announce that our annual Exam Care Package brochures have been sent out! We are excited to have the opportunity to help Housing live its mission statement by providing a comfortable package that not only relieves stress, but also helps to foster academic growth with numerous study supplies. In each package, residents can expect to find not only a plethora of useful study supplies, but also some snacks to get them through those tough study sessions. The standard package will include a 4-in-1 ruler that doubles as a stationary set, an RHA promotional coffee mug, as well as a coupon redeemable for a free meal at a local Athens restaurant. Everyone’s

household should have received a brochure for our Exam Care Package. Packages will cost $25 with several optional add-ons, including a coupon redeemable for a free large pizza, a promotional RHA nalgene and/or tumbler, and limited edition UGA Trivia Books. Exam Care Packages have a lot in store for anyone who gets one! Now, residents can choose to purchase an Exam Care Package for themselves either by check or cash. Orders can be brought to the RHA office located just outside Creswell Hall during regular office hours.

by james han and rc goslee

RHA Successful in UGA Homecoming 2012 Led by the Kayla Brown and the Traditions Committee, RHA won “Most-Spirited: Non-Greek” After having not participated for two years, RHA came back with a bang to celebrate this year’s homecoming, themed “Go Big. Go Hard. Go Homecoming.” With awards for second place in best banner, second place in best street painting, and third place in best

spirit vehicle, RHA was able to grasp the fiercely coveted “Most Spirited: Non-Greek” accolade for the 2012 UGA Homecoming festivities. This announcement was made during halftime of the football game, which ended in a resounding Georgia victory over Ole Miss. Says Lesa Miller,

a freshman member of the RHA Traditions Committee, “I’m so proud of what we were able to accomplish! I love my committee, and I’m so glad to be a part of maintaining the history and traditions of the University of Georgia. I think we really well represented our residents, and the judges

noticed that. I can’t wait for next year!” Interested in seeing photos of the festivities? Check out the street painting and parade photos on our Facebook page here.

Members of the RHA Executive Board and Traditions Committee before the Homecoming Parade




by kayla brown

3 How University Housing Lives its Mission Dr. Gerry Kowalski, Executive Director of University Housing, on residential opportunities

dr. gerry kowalski

On behalf of University Housing and its over 600 employees, I write to thank you for being an part of our residential communities on campus. The MerriamWebster dictionary defines community as “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society”. It is perfectly reasonable to presume that most of you

share the common characteristics or interests in the success of the University of Georgia, your academic success and your personal growth and development here. Our mission in University Housing is to provide comfortable, affordable and secure oncampus housing options in residential communities where the academic success and personal growth of residents are encouraged and supported. In short, we are here to support you for your academic and personal goals within our residential communities. To that end, we provide academic advising and tutoring in the halls as well as a variety of housing options that are connected to academic initiatives. This year we added an American

Sign Language community to our mix. We have opened helped to open the Health Sciences Campus by furnishing housing for medical partnership students and graduate students in the College of Public Health. We have transitioned the Franklin Residential College (FRC) from old Rutherford Hall to Building 1516 for this year and look forward to the FRC moving to new Rutherford Hall which will open in fall 2013. Also, we plan to renovate Brown Hall on the Health Sciences Campus for 200 undergraduate upperclass students in the Fall of 2013. Likewise, University Housing has a wide variety of staff who are positioned to help you: with a work request to fix a facilities problem, with a personal issues or concern, with a question

about housing options and room change, with advising in your hall or community council or with any question or concern you might have. If we do not have an immediate answer, we can find it for you. Likewise, staff conduct a wide variety of programs such as Roommate Week and DAWG Days (Diversity Awareness Week at Georgia). I encourage you to take full advantage of the wide array of resources that University Housing provides for you while you live on campus. Best of luck with your classes and your preparations for final exams. Go Dawgs!

by dr. gerry kowalski

Spotlight on the Arts The fesitval features more than 50 events, and the entire schedule can be found here

Blue Man Group 11/6 and 11/7 Classic Center Theatre

Charter Lecture: Natasha Thretewey 11/8 The Chapel

University Theatre: The Darker Face of the Earth 11/9 - 11/11 The Fine Arts Theatre

The Spotlight on the Arts flyer

A Message from the President Mallory Whitfield’s closing remarks on a great semester Hey RHA! I hope you all have had a fantastic semester! For those of you who were experiencing college for the first time, I hope it was you expected and more! Just think, you’ve still got three and a half more years. For returners, I hope we’ve made this


semester worth remembering. Remember that we aren’t done yet though! We still have See the Vote on Tuesday! Not to mention, your individual hall councils will be planning exam breaker programs to ease you into to exam season.



As always, let me know if you need anything! I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and a relaxing holiday season! Go Dawgs!

by mallory whitfield

4 Monthly Updates from RHS and NRHH From Ben Bradshaw, NRHH Executive Director, and Rob Clement, RHS Programming Director

Residence Hall Studios is chugging along. After a very successful special “Classic City Bark” shoot in Myers programming room during RHA’s Scream on the Green program, RHS started shooting a project that Rob Clement and Megan Harrigan have been mulling over for a long time: “Cliche Man.” Cliche Man is the superhero movie everyone has seen before, with hackneyed lines like “You’ll pay for this!” and “Yeah, a little TOO quiet.” Rob and Megan star in this project,

with RHA treasurer James Han starring as the villain, Dr. Badd Guy. We’re excited for this project to finish filming in November and premiere at the final RHS meeting of the year on November 28! The special meeting on November 28 is open to all RHA members and RHS friends. We’re going to have food provided and watch various RHS videos that have been created over the past semester, including at least 1 episode of Classic City Bark, the Housing Games roll call video

and Cliche Man. Along with those videos, the meeting on November 28 will be the premiere of RHS “Independent Projects,” where this year the RHS members were given two lines, the first line and the last line of a script, and they had to write in the rest of the script themselves. Aside from these projects, RHS is most excited about filming our second special episode of “Classic City Bark” at an RHA program. Our panelists this time will be discussing the his-

toric presidential election at “See the Vote: Watching Washington.” There will also be a meet-andgreet after the filming of the episode, where program attendees can meet our panelists and discuss current topics with them. RHS is aiming to finish the year strong, and we hope you’ll join us for our interest meeting at the beginning of next semester!

November is an exciting month for NRHH! We kicked it off with our Fall Inductions on November 1st, and inducted ten new Active Members and three new Honorary Members. If you didn’t apply, make sure you watch for our applications in the Spring! On November 8th, our members will be going to Pump it Up to take a little break from the many events and obligations happen-

ing in November.. On their own, our members will also be working on individual service and recognition projects during November, choosing from various opportunities such as the Athens Area Animal Shelter, Soup Kitchens, a toy drive to benefit the children in St. Mary’s Hospital, and a drive to benefit Operation Christmas Child, among others. Regionally, NRHH chap-

ters from across the South Atlantic region will be attending the annual SAACURH conference at East Tennessee State University on November 9th-11th. At this time, we will be electing a new advisor, choosing the Program of the Year, and passing legislation to align the regional policy book to our National documents. On November 12th, our Chapter of NRHH will be meeting

to elect next year’s Executive Director.. Finally, NRHH would like to send a shout-out to member Gabby Galon. Throughout the month, she has participated in every social, service project, and meeting, Thank you Gabby!

by rob clement

by ben bradshaw

Fall Inductees Kaitlyn Branson Conner Finnegan Emily Francis Krystal Gongora Katherine Hsieh Justin Little Stephen Mays Susanne Nuttall Kaitlyn O’Keefe Victoria Rivard

Honorary Members Michael Dale Stephanie Burnett Sherrell Thorpe

melissa joy raines

New members at the Fall Induction Ceremony




5 Scream on the Green 2012 Recap Hundreds come out for the October 18th screening of “The Strangers” on Myers Quad

Residents preparing for the movie to begin

As a program head alongside Katie Ackley, RHA Secretary, I want to thank you for the overwhelming turnout at Scream on the Green 2012. Well over 500 residents came out for a chance to not only watch quite the scary movie in “The Strangers” (judging by the number of screams throughout the night), but also get numerous free giveaways. In addition to popcorn, candy, and

the usual movie foods, hot chocolate and apple cider were also provided. That’s not all, though. RHA is all about giving back to residents, and that mission could not have been more obvious with the fact that we gave the first 300 residents a choice to pick between a black long-sleeve tshirt or a customized red fleece blanket. Besides the blankets, a new initiative I headed was fa-

cilitating communication with participants over Twitter. Those who tweeted us @UGA_RHA with #scream2012 were entered into a drawing to win a blue Nalgene. This year also featured a co-sponsorship by RHS, our daughter organization. During the film, they shot an episode of Classic City Bark in the Myers Programming Room, and during intermission several of their

videos were shown on the big screen. Scream on the Green 2012 was a continued tradition with a new approach. Several of these changes will surely by implemented in the years to come. View the photos on our Facebook page here.

by cory shaw

Holiday Giveaway Supporting the UGA Performing Arts Center The most wonderful time of the year is quickly ing and RHA is once again excited and proud to continue our tradition of supporting the arts. For the month of November, RHA will UGA delegation to attend ETSU conference be supporting the UGA Performing Arts Center by attending the This Friday, RHA will be gram “DAWG Days: Shock Your UGA Holiday Concert, which will attending SAACURH 2012, a re- Senses” and the Student Award be featuring a number of breathgional level Housing leadership for Leadership Training for our taking and festive performances conference. This year, the con- Exec N’ Rec Hall Council training. by several student music groups. ference is hosted in Johnson City, Not only is it sure to be a great The event will be taking place on Tennessee by East Tennessee time, as we’ve been hard at work November 30, 2012 at 8PM in the State University. The RHA Execu- preparing spirit items for this con- Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall in tive Board and members of the ference, but we are equally excit- the UGA Performing Arts Center. various hall councils and NRHH ed to bring back to UGA the many Tickets normally cost $5 for stuwill be there to attend leadership lessons we’re bound to learn. dents and $25 for non-students. development programs. We’re However, the first 20 residents very excited because our RHA is by rc goslee to answer the following quesbidding for two awards: Program tion correctly will receive a FREE of the Year for our diversity pro-

Housing Conference




ticket to attend this once-a-year concert! The UGA Performing Arts Center works extensively with Educational Outreach. The UGA Performing Arts Center works with what K-12 music series focused on showcasing aspiring young musicians at the beginning of their careers? The answer can be located on the UGA Performing Arts Center’s website at http://2012. All answers can be submitted to Be sure to include your full name, Residence Hall, and room number!

by james han

6 Housing Dates Important things are happening in November

RA/CA Applications Available 11/12

Room-of-the-Year Voting Ends 11/12

Residence Halls Closing 11/18

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Screenshot of the UGA Housing Facebook Page

Vote for your favorite room in the ongoing Room-ofthe-Year Contest. There are Best Male and Best Female categories. All you need to do to vote is like the photos on the UGA Housing Facebook page here.

There is also a Best Video Tour, which you can vote for here. Voting ends November 12th at 2pm and winners will be announced the following day.

by cory shaw

Thanksgiving Recess 11/19-11/23

Residence Halls Opening 11/24

Creswell Community Council Spotlight

The Creswell Halloween High Rise opened the residence fall for neighboring youth

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Members of the Creswell Community Council Executive Board




The Resident - November 2012  

The November publication of the Residence Hall Association at the University of Georgia

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