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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.

Resident Director Dan Foley

From the desk of the resident director

Hello! Welcome to Porter Paradise, your Pioneer Home!

Oh my goodness! It's already August! Our Senior Assistants will be arriving back on campus this weekend, and Resident Assistants will be coming back the weekend after that. This means only three weeks of student staff training stand between us and opening! 

Since I am new to Porter this year, a little bit about my background. I was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but I am no stranger to Platteville as I have had family here since 1993. I have a Master's Degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University. This is my second year here on campus; I spent the last year over in Pickard Hall as the Resident Director there. I'm very excited to have had the chance to come back to Wisconsin and to be here in Porter. During my free time, I love to take road trips all over the United States, but more often you'll find me hanging out watching Netflix or exploring the local communities around the Tri-State Area.

If you will be arriving on campus early for any reason, this will be coordinated through whichever department is having you move in prior to opening weekend. Just to remind you, there is a charge to students who wish to arrive on campus early for reasons other than those coordinated by a campus department. This can be arranged through the Department of Residence Life, which can be reached at 608.342.1845.

For our students new to UW-Platteville, the halls will open on Saturday, August 29 at 8:00 am. Move in goes until 2:00 pm that day, and is immediately followed by the Chancellor's Welcome, which is the kickoff to Welcome Weekend, which includes a Scavenger Hunt on Platteville's Main Street with a picnic, as well as Play Fair and an Ice Cream Social that night. Watch for more updates about this as it gets closer to opening! For our returning students, move in continues on August 30-September 1.

If you have not yet rented a loft and wish to do so, you still may do so. Head to the Residence Life Home Page and click on Bed Loft Information on the right hand side; then choose the bottom button for Porter Hall. If you have not rented a loft at this point, you will need to pick it up during opening weekend; they can be picked up at the Morrow Hall parking lot, a short walk from Porter. Remember, it takes two people to carry a loft. For those of you who reserved a loft prior to August 21, it will be delivered to your room, but assembly will still be required when you arrive.

We are very excited for the beginning of the semester here in Porter! We have some great opening programs planned for you and a sweet opening theme, Porter Paradise! For more information about how to get involved and about what kind of programs are coming up, be sure to chat with your Resident Assistant or Senior Assistant once you arrive.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer, and I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the end of August!


Dan Foley, M.Ed.
Porter Hall Resident Director

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