Porter Hall

Welcome to Porter Hall

Porter Hall, named after Foster B. Porter and built in 1966, is home to approximately 180 men and 66 women and is located in “The Block”. Porter is a popular choice to both freshmen and upperclassmen students.

Porter Hall is divided into eight wings which consist of 6 male wings and 2 female wings. In fall 2012, Porter Hall was the first hall to receive a building-wide renovation. The lobby, front desk, basement, kitchen, lounges, hallways, open area furniture, and student rooms all received updates to give the hall a more modern look. In addition to an open game area/TV lounge, several basement study rooms were created to give residents a place where they can study and focus. Our renovated multipurpose and conference rooms are available to use for programs and group meetings.  An expanded computer lounge allows students to use the hall computers or bring their own laptops down to do work in a quiet environment.
Each year, Porter Hall sponsors an annual social event, called “A Night in Vegas, which is open to the entire campus community to attend. Participants donate money in return for “Vegas money” which they can use for games like blackjack, roulette, and Texas Hold’em. At the end of the evening, participants have the opportunity to participate in an auction where they can use their “Vegas money” to bid on prizes.  The money that’s donated is given to a local charity that is selected by the hall. Porter Hall also works closely with Melcher, Morrow, and Dobson Hall for the annual Block Party which takes place during Welcome Weekend. These halls collaborate with other campus organizations to put on a bash that welcomes residence hall students to UW-Platteville as well as gives the opportunity to meet new people.

Resident Director Dan Foley

From the desk of the resident director

Hello Porter and Happy April!

We are down to the last 6 weeks of the academic year! That means that closing is almost upon us. With closing just over a month away, it is never too early to begin taking things home that you will not need for the rest of the semester in order to make your move out easier in May. For those of you who are coming back to Porter or moving to another hall on campus (except Melcher or Dobson), please consider taking advantage of our Summer Storage program, which allows you to leave your belongings in your fall placement over the summer, so that they are ready to go in September! Head on over to the Residence Life home page for more information.

Also available is the Summer hall, which will be Southwest Hall again this year. Students do not need to sign a whole summer contract, but rather rent weekly. Anyone enrolled in the spring or fall semesters may take advantage of the Summer Hall. 

Please watch your email for the Spring version of the assessment of your Resident Assistant. We take all of your feedback regarding your RA very seriously, so we want to know what you have to say. Please be sure to take 5-10 minutes to fill this out. 

Also, a brief reminder that if you fall into the 60 credit on campus living requirement (you will have less than 60 credits at the end of this semester), and you are returning as a student to UW-Platteville in the fall, you must contract for housing for fall. Please contact the Department for more information or if you have questions. 

Be sure that you are taking care of yourself as we move through the last few weeks of school. April is a very stressful time, so remember that Student Counseling and Student Health Services are great resources for students, and the best part is there is no additional charge, since these services are supported by your fees.

Make sure to check out the Chancellor's Town Hall Meeting here in Porter on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the West Basement. This is a great chance to ask Chancellor Shields any questions you may have directly. 

Finally, don't forget to check out Night in Vegas, Porter's annual large-scale program, happening in the Porter Hall West Basement, TONIGHT, April 6, from 7-9 pm. Pay $3 for admission which gets you $3000 in Porter Bucks for you to spend at casino style games, such as Poker, Roulette, and Craps. Then spend your Porter Bucks at the Porter Buck Auction at the end of the evening for great prizes, many of which have been donated by businesses throughout the Platteville community. 

As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to get in touch with myself, your RA or Senior Assistant! And of course, every day is a great day to be a Pioneer!


Dan Foley, M.Ed.
Porter Hall Resident Director

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