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
Happy February Porter!
It is room reservation time for the fall already! RAs will be having mandatory wing meetings this week to provide more information about this process. It is essential that you attend these meetings, even if you plan to live off campus next year, as there is important information for you as well. Students are able to re-contract for fall housing by the amount of credits that they have. For the full schedule of when contract registration opens by how many credits you have, head on over to the Residence Life home page. Here you can also find the link to reserve your room. One major change this year is that no reservations will be able to be made until you have paid your $150 pre-payment. If you will be paying by check, you must deliver your check to 120 Royce Hall before you can enter the reservation system. We will no longer take payments after reservations have been made. For everyone, please do not take the decision to submit a housing contract lightly. Once you submit your contract, it is legally binding, and the only reason you will be released from that contract is if you are no longer attending the university. This includes if you have over 60 credits and are choosing to live off campus.
Another important update! In anticipation of the winter storm this week, a Snow Emergency has been declared for campus. This will include both street parking and lot parking. The street parking process is a two day process that will be happening on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5. February 4 is an "A" Day, and February 5 is a "B" Day. What this means is that you need to park your car on the A side of the street on Wednesday night, as plowing happens at 2:00 am Thursday morning, and park your car on the B side of the street Thursday night, for plowing Friday morning.
We will also be doing the three day parking lot snow removal process. Thursday, February 4 will be Day 1; Friday, February 5 will be Day 2; and Monday, February 8 will be Day 3. Please refer to postings around Porter Hall and information on the Residence Life webpage for the full schedule of parking lot snow removal. For parking lots, you need only move your car from your specific lot during the time it will be plowed.
Finally, keep in mind that failure to move your car from the designated plowing zone during the specified time WILL result in your car being towed, and you will receive a minimum of a $100 charge for towing. For more information about Snow Emergency Parking, please contact your RD, refer to the information you received in your mailbox in the fall, or contact University Police.
Now that it is February, we are into the Room Consolidation process. This is the point at which people without a roommate must choose whether to take their room as a single, or to move in with a roommate. The reason why this is done is to be able to accommodate students who are on a single room waiting list, while making sure that students not wishing to pay for a single are paired with a roommate. If this applies to you, you should have received information in your Porter mailbox, as well as by email. Any students wishing to have a single room should contact me by email; the charge for this is $500 for the semester, which is prorated based upon the time you are without a roommate.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, your SA or RA. And as always, every day is a great day to be a Pioneer!