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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!

To all of our new students, welcome! To our returners, welcome back! Opening is such an exciting time, and I love meeting everyone and seeing familiar faces from last year! 

We are almost ready to kick off the semester, and I hope that everyone has enjoyed Welcome Weekend! It's not over yet! Head on over to the Welcome Weekend website to view their full schedule. Here in Porter, be sure to check out our Welcome Back Root Beer Float Social, Monday, August 31 at 3 pm in the West Basement. We will also be having a cookout on Labor Day! 

A great way to get involved in Porter is to participate in Porter Hall Association, our own hall governance group. As a resident of Porter Hall, you are automatically a member, so why not come check it out? This is an excellent way to meet other residents, build your leadership skills, and develop your resume. It is also a great way to have a voice in what goes on in the hall and how we spend student money. Meetings will be happening on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm in the Multipurpose Room in the West Basement, beginning on September 9. Right now, all exec board positions are open, so consider running for one. Positions include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Residence Hall Association Representatives.

If you want to try out a smaller scale leadership opportunity, get involved in House Government. Each wing constitutes one house, and there are positions available including Programming Coordinators, Recognition Coordinators, and Porter Hall Association Representatives. Watch for more information about this at your first wing meeting. Your houses each even have their own name! 1 West is Bayley House, 1 East is Casperson House, 2 West is Eisfelder House, 2 East is Bennett House, 3 West is Goff House, 3 East is Perkins House, 4 West is Hake House, and 4 East is Vail House. Each house is named for an important military veteran connected with UW-Platteville. House Government is a great way to get involved in helping to build community and an identity for your house!

Opening wing meetings are required! Lots of very important information will be presented, and even if you are returning to campus or to Porter, a refresher is always in order at the beginning of the Fall semester. If you are unable to attend your own wing's meeting, please check with your RA, SA or RD about attending a meeting on a different wing. You are responsible for knowing all information presented at that meeting. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me, your RA or SA! And as always, every day is a great day to be a Pioneer!


Dan Foley, M.Ed.
Porter Hall Resident Director

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