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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.
From the desk of the resident director
I hope you are all enjoying your summer break so far. Campus is not quite the same with so few students around, that being said we are doing quite a bit of work to prepare for the return of students in the fall. Before the school year was over, the Porter Hall staff came up with the theme of Under the Sea: Port of Porter for next year and we will be working hard over the summer to plan some fun programs and activities around that theme.
Whether you are returning to the building or will be new this fall, there are plenty of ways to get involved and meet other Porter residents, such as at our weekly Hall Council meetings. Hall Council is a governance group that works to make necessary changes in the hall as well as provide fun programs and social opportunities. At the beginning of the school year we will be holding elections for our two open RHA representative positions, and you could potentially take one of those leadership roles.
Since it is the summer, Porter Hall is currently closed so you will be unable to come check out the building for the time being. However, if you are a new student and want to see what a typical room on campus looks like, you may contact Prospective Student Services to see a room in McGregor Hall. Also, when you come to campus for New Student Registration, be sure to take advantage of the hall tours at the end of the day.
If you want to know more about Porter Hall, please feel free to head over to our Facebook page. There you will find pictures of various events from last year. As you’ll see, Porter is quite an excellent place to live.
I hope you continue to have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Porter Hall Resident Director
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