Mulroy-Bowden named director of Residence Life
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently named Linda Mulroy-Bowden as the director of the Department of Residence Life. Mulroy-Bowden has been the interim director since July, 2011 and has worked at UW-Platteville in Residence Life since 1990.
Mulroy-Bowden has been a part of campus life since before Southwest Hall was built in 2008, and has enjoyed being a part of Rountree Commons and Bridgeway Commons, from the idea phase through construction.
“It feels wonderful to be named director of Residence Life,” said Mulroy-Bowden. “I am able to work with an outstanding central and office staff, resident directors and resident assistants. I am proud to lead the Department of Residence Life.”
Mulroy-Bowden takes her role in Residence Life seriously when it comes to the retention of students on campus. “Those who live on campus for two years, as we are trying to enforce, are retained at a higher rate because Residence Life provides various opportunities and connections for the students,” she said.
One of the many new initiatives Residence Life is exploring involves a gender-neutral option for living on campus. “This option is brand new, but will allow students to live as they identify. If students feel more comfortable living with roommates of the opposite sex, or identify in ways that do not allow comfort in the traditional residence halls, there will be a place for them to live,” she said. “Residence Life supports inclusive communities and the gender-neutral housing will help create an inclusive community where everyone is welcome.”
Living learning communities are a new addition to Residence Life, with three being options for the 2013-14 school year. There are two LLCs focused on women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and agriculture. A Global Lens LLC focuses on students who are interested in or majoring in international affairs. In addition, Pickard Hall will host a First Year Experience interest community aimed towards incoming students and focused on providing resources necessary to succeed in college and a healthy living interest community is planned for Bridgeway Commons.
Residence Life will be able to continue to enforce the residency requirement where freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus for two years in accordance with UW System policies. Mulroy-Bowden hopes that with enforcing the residency requirement and growth in learning living communities, residents will find the residence that fits their needs best. There are also hopes to continue renovating the existing fleet of traditional residence halls so that students feel comfortable no matter where they chose to live.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to provide a variety of options to students when they choose where they want to live on campus,” said Mulroy-Bowden. “We want to meet the needs of students, and also offer amenities that are appealing.”
Contact: Linda Mulroy-Bowden, UW-Platteville director of the Department of Residence Life, (608) 342-1845, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Sarah Kessler, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, email@example.com