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
It is hard to believe that we are almost to the half way point of the semester! It is also hard to believe that we have gone from 60 degree days, back to snow, back to rain...got to love spring in Wisconsin! Fortunately, we know that nicer weather is soon to be around the corner. In the meantime, make sure that you are dressing appropriately for your walk to class. Even though it was in the 60s last week does not mean that shorts and a t-shirt will work today. Use your smart phone or computer to check the weather before you head out. It’s a long walk from Pickard to any of the academic buildings. It is always easier to take off a jacket and carry it when you get a little warm, as opposed to putting on a jacket you don’t have with you!
With March, comes a lot of exciting events happening in the hall and on campus. However, before highlighting those, remember to stay on top of your studies. I am sure many of you will have mid-terms, papers, and other projects that you have to complete within the next couple of weeks before spring break. Remember to put in the time NOW so you are not struggling to get out of the hole you’ve dug yourself into. It is always okay to ask for a little help. Your RAs and I are here for you. Don’t forget about all the other awesome resources that campus can provide as well.
Spring Break: This is always an exciting (and usually much needed) break! Below is some important information for those of us who live in Pickard Hall. However, check out additional information here, as well as from your RA during an upcoming wing meeting.
Traditional Residence Halls:
1. Our nine traditional residence halls are closed during spring break.
2. It is the student’s responsibility to locate alternate housing.
3. Residence halls close 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 10.
4. No one may remain in the traditional residence halls (this includes Pickard) after 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 10.
The traditional residence halls reopen Noon, Sunday, March 19.
If you are heading home for spring break, think about whether or not there is anything you can take home now, as opposed to at the end of the semester. This could make move out at the end of the year a little easier.
Summer Hall & Summer Storage: Coming soon, look for information on summer housing as well as summer storage. Summer housing is a great option if you are staying in the Platteville area this summer to work or take classes. Summer storage is a great option if you are returning to the residence halls in the fall and do not want to take everything home with you this summer.
Hall Council: Hall Council continues to work hard to bring you exciting events. If you attended the Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting at the end of February, be sure to thank Hall Council for sponsoring the pizza. Be sure to attend each week, Wednesday nights at 8:30pm in the basement T.V. Lounge.
Friday Night Clubs (FNCs): If you are looking for something fun to do on Friday nights, be sure to check out each week’s FNC. They are a great thing to do with friends, a great way to meet new people, and a great way to have fun!
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE): The NSSE is a way for university campuses to learn about the experiences of first-year and senior students. The survey gives a picture of how the University of Wisconsin-Platteville undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. If you are a freshmen or sophomore, you should have recieved an email inviting you to participate. Please take a few minutes to do so! NSSE offers students an opportunity to give voice to their experience. The results of the survey help the university make changes that benefit students.
Room Reservation: Make sure that you are reserving your room for next school year, fall 2017! If you have any questions, please come and see me or check out additional information on the Residence Life website.
Summer Jobs: Do you have a summer job yet? If not, now is a good time to start thinking about lining something up. Look for some great opportunities not only in your hometown, but here on campus as well!
As always, please do not hesitate to stop by my office, located next to the front desk.
Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 8:30PM
Location: Basement T.V. Lounge
Contact: Adam Iserman, Advisor