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
May has arrived!
Whether you say the school year went by fast…or you feel like it dragged on, it is hard to believe that the end is almost here. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your year at UW-Platteville and in Pickard Hall! As you prepare to leave for the summer, please make sure that you stop by my office and say good-bye. I am excited to hear about what you all have going on for the summer. However, before we get to that point, there are a few reminders I have for you as we all prepare for the end of the school year.
First, let me make you aware of something that is very cool. Pickard’s Hall Council was recognized as the Outstanding Residence Hall Governance Group for the 2015/2016 academic year. If you see any of our Hall Council Executive Board Members, be sure to congratulate them and thank them for all that they have done for Pickard Hall throughout the year. Job well done Hall Council!
The Final Academic Push: As you are preparing to wrap up those final projects and study for those final exams, make sure that you remember a few key things.
• First, make sure you get some sleep! Studies show that pulling all-nighters to cram and study for an exam will do more harm than good. Your brain needs sleep in order to process and store everything that you have learned.
• Eat HEALTHY meals each day! While it is easier to go to GWAM or the HAUS and order your favorite burger basket with cheese curds or some loaded fries, relying on that to get you through the next two weeks will not end well. Studying and feeling like you are getting hungry? Make sure that you always have water with you. Sliced or diced fruits, vegetables, and nuts make great snacks while you are studying and also provide good nutrients for your body.
• Do NOT wait until the night before to start studying. Study for smaller periods for a few days leading up to your finals. It will help you better retain the information.
• Finally, while you are studying your notes, see if you can’t explain them to your roommate. If you can explain it in your own words, that shows that you are starting to develop a better understanding of the topic.
• For more test taking tips and study tips, check out some of these awesome resources from the PATH Office.
Closing for the Semester: Make sure that you are signing up for a time to check out with your RA. Your RA will be posting a sign up schedule outside their door sometime the first week of May. Please remember that RAs are student too. They have finals and projects that they must complete as well, so please be respectful of their time. To help ensure that your check out is easy and hassle free, please make sure you are ready to go when your time that you signed up for comes around. Follow the closing checklist that you were all emailed and you will be good. If you have any questions, please ask!
Loft Return: Metal loft return will be taking place Thursday, May 5th from 9:00am – 4:00pm in the Morrow Parking Lot. Make sure that you are working with roommates and friends to get your loft returned during this time to avoid any late return fees.
Welcome Crew: If you are looking to have a positive impact on our new students in the fall, to be an active member of the residence hall community, to promote an inclusive environment, and have a strong work ethic, then you should think about applying to be part of welcome crew for next fall. Pick up applications at the front desk or from me, RD Adam. Applications are due to the Resident Director by Friday, May 6, 2016.
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 Southwest Hall! 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 2016 semester. Halls are broken down as follows:
***Special Note: If you are staying in Dobson or Melcher for fall 2016, you will not be able to participate in the summer storage program due to summer renovation projects in those buildings.***
As always, do not hesitate to stop by my office!
Have a fun and safe summer,