WELCOME TO Pickard HALL
Pickard Hall, named after Josiah L. Pickard and built in 1969, houses 275 residents, approximately 205 men and 70 women, and is located in “The Circle." Very popular with first year students, Pickard Hall provides a close community atmosphere for its residents. Starting in the fall of 2013, Pickard Hall will be hosting a First Year Experience Interest Community (To learn more about Interest Communities, click here).
The structure of Pickard is unique in that it has a center stairwell in addition to those at the east and west ends of the building. The study lounges and main lobby of Pickard were updated with new seating and tables in the spring of 2012. New mini fridges were placed in all of the student rooms in the spring of 2011 and spring of 2012.
Pickard Hall sponsors an annual "Fright Fest" haunted house-type activity at Halloween as a charity fundraiser. This event is open not only to UW-Platteville students, but to community members as well. In the Spring, the staff and hall council also put on a murder mystery event, like a giant Clue game! These are both amazing opportunities for residents to get involved, make new friends, and gain valuable leadership experience!
From the Desk of the Resident Director
Happy December Pickard Hall!
It is hard to believe that the fall 2016 semester is coming to a close. Pickard has had an exciting semester with a lot of great events, programs, and happenings. While it is fun to reflect on the semester thus far, don’t forget about that final push to the end. The biggest thing left is of course, FINALS! Be sure to check out the link if you are still unsure when your finals are or just need some general information.
As finals approach, make sure you are utilizing resources and asking for assistance if needed. Here are a few tips to try and boost those final grades just a bit more!
• Be sure to check out the many resources campus has to offer. You never know what little tips and tricks they can share with you. A great place to start is with Academic Support Programs.
• Utilize your professors and their office hours! Professors are people too. They enjoy it when students stop by their office and ask questions or just say high.
• Study however works best for you. If that is by putting together a study group, then find friends and classmates that will hold you accountable and help you study. If you study best by finding a quiet space in the library, then do that. Do what works for you!
• Don’t be afraid to ask your RA for tips! They are a great resource as well and have gone through a couple semesters here at UW-Platteville.
• If you’ve attended hall council this semester, you’ve probably heard me say this numerous times, take care of you! Cold and Flu season are upon us. When you are stressed, your body is more susceptible to these illnesses. So, make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and of course, washing your hands!
• Don’t pull all-nighters. Research and studies show that all-nighters actually do more harm than good. Your brain needs that time you sleep to process and store all the knowledge you are trying to learn.
• Just like you brain needs sleep, your brain also needs time to relax outside of just sleep. Make sure you are taking small study break. Whether it’s going for a walk around campus, watching a 30 minute episode of your favorite show, or playing a quick game, it will help your brain relax and be ready to go when you get back to studying.
Once you have made it through your finals, you will be responsible for checking out for the semester. Be sure to sign up with your RA starting Friday, December 16th for that check out time. If you are returning for the spring, the process is fairly easy and we will look forward to seeing you in 2016. If you are moving or leaving, make sure you are working with your RA and that you are letting me know if your plans have changed. The hall closes for break at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 23rd. Whether you are leaving us or returning, all refrigerators must be defrosted, unplugged, and dried out before you leave! Make sure you start this process 24 hours before you plan to leave.
Snow Emergency for Parking (SEP): All residents should be receiving a brochure that explains our procedures when a snow emergency for parking is declared. It is YOUR responsibility to move your vehicle and be aware of the process. When an SEP is declared, there will be emails sent out, Facebook posts, fliers in the lobby and on your wing, and additional information put in your mailboxes.
Want to be an RA!?: Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about RA applications for the ’17-’18 school year. There will be an in-hall RA informational night December 1st at 7:00pm in the Pickard T.V. Lounge. Then, on December 7th at 7:00pm in Velzy Commons is the Department’s RA Marketing Night. Come to meet some of the staff from each hall. Check out the website to find out more info!
Safety Tip of the Month: Practicing good hygiene habits is the first step to preventing the spread of illness. Be sure to wash your hands regularly to avoid the spread of germs. If you are not feeling well, be sure to take good care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, washing your hands, and seeking professional help if your illness continues. Student Health Services on campus offers free flu shots to all students, so take advantage of this if you haven’t yet!
If you are graduating or not returning to Pickard in the spring, best of luck on your next endeavors!
Best of luck with finals and I hope you all have a great Holiday Season.
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 8:30PM
Location: Basement T.V. Lounge
Contact: Adam Iserman, Advisor