Pickard Hall

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

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

We’ve heard this from the time we were in elementary school. I would say that March gave us our fair share of showers as well. However, it is still an exciting time of the year as the grass turns green and we are finally able to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Be sure to always keep an eye on the weather. Throughout April, we will have tornado drills. Remember to always get towards the interior of the building and to the lowest level possible.

I hope you all had a great spring break and feel re-energized for the final push of the semester! Along with keeping up with classes and preparing for finals, there are a few other important things to take notice of and prepare for.

Class Registration: It’s that time of the semester…to get ready for the fall 2017 semester! Do you know what classes you want to take, what classes you need to take? Make sure you are contacting your advisor and setting up an appointment to get ready for class registration. It is always a good idea to go to your advisor meeting with a rough-draft of a schedule and some classes that you want to take. Realize that depending on when you register, you may need to have some back-up classes ready to go as well.

The Final Academic Push: After March 31, we have six weeks left of classes, plus a week of finals. Are you happy with how classes have been going this semester? How are you doing in your classes? Do you even know what you currently have for a letter grade in each class??? Now is a crucial time in the semester. Make sure you are making that final push. Find out where you are sitting in each class. Talk with your professors. Begin to form study groups with classmates in preparation for finals. Start that final project/paper that isn’t due until the end of the semester…because that due date will be here before you know it! As always, do not forget to utilize the many resources that are willing and ready to help you out here on campus.

VOTE!: At the beginning of April, there are a lot of important elections on campus, as well as in the Platteville community. Be sure to cast your vote for Student Senate President/Vice-President, as well as casting your vote for local and state level elections on April 4th. If you are registered in Wisconsin, myvote.wi.gov is a great site that will tell you who and what is on your ballot Check it out!

Closing for the Semester: Believe it or not, but summer will be here before we know it! Are you ready? If possible, begin taking things home that you know you will not need. For example: If you have a couple sweatshirts and a light jacket, it is probably safe to take home your winter jacket. April break (April 14th – 17th) is a great time to do this! As explained in the email I sent out a few weeks ago, the halls remain open for April break, we just ask that you register letting us know you are staying.

Also, make sure you are paying attention as more information will be coming out as we approach the end of the semester. Information on times for loft returns as well as how the checkout process works will all be coming to you very shortly.

In addition to closing, let’s think about opening for fall 2017! If you are living in the residence halls in the fall and would love the opportunity to move-in early, and help out new students, then consider becoming part of the Fall 2017 Welcome Crew! More information will be coming out later this month, so stay tuned!

Summer Hall: Are you taking classes on campus over the summer or working in the area? Do you need a place to live? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should consider staying on campus in Rountree Commons! Stay for the whole summer or for a couple of weeks. Fill out an application and let Residence Life know if you’re interested. For $120 per week, you get a great place to live without the hassle of utilities.

Summer Storage: Are you living on campus next year? Are you dreading the thought of packing everything up to take it home? If so, then you should consider Summer Storage! For $150, you can save time, avoid the hassle, and make move-in next fall that much easier. To review or print off a contract, check out the Residence Life Website. Be sure to view the contract for the hall that you will be in during the fall 2017 semester. Halls are broken down as follows:

Traditional Hall Contract

Southwest Hall Contract

Rountree Commons Contract

Bridgeway Commons Contract

***Special Note: If you are staying in Porter for fall 2017, you will not be able to participate in the summer storage program due to new furniture being put into that building!***

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Be sure to educate yourself and your friends. There will be many great programs and events happening on campus. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information to come, or talk to your RA.

Safety Tip of the Month: Practice proper bike safety if you are choosing to ride a bike on campus or within the community. Wear a helmet, ride with traffic, obey traffic laws, use proper signals, and wear proper clothing when riding at night. Also, be respectful of other pedestrians using the sidewalks.


Adam Iserman, M.S.
Pickard Hall Resident Director

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