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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
Happy Summer Pioneers!
I hope that you are enjoying the relatively calm weather that we are having this summer! It's already been over a year since the EF-2 tornado that struck campus on June 16, 2014, and I am happy to report that campus is looking amazing!
But I'm getting ahead of myself; allow me to quickly introduce myself for those of you who don't already know me. My name is Dan Foley, and I'm one of the newest members of the Porter Hall staff team! This is my second year at UW-Platteville; I spent last year as the RD over in Pickard Hall in the Circle. This summer, I have made the long journey over to College Drive and Porter! A bit about myself: I have a Master of Education from the University of Oklahoma in Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Iowa State University. However, Wisconsin is home, I am originally from Waukesha, and know Platteville well, as I have had family here since 1993. I have been heavily involved with residence life since I started college back in 2005, including working as an RA, as well as being involved with Residence Hall Association, the National Residence Hall Honorary, and numerous conferences and other activities.
Here on campus, we are already busy getting ready for your arrival in the fall. This includes preparing for staff training, as well as many other projects in preparation for the halls to open. As a reminder, the halls open on Saturday, August 29 at 8:00 am for move in for our new students. This includes all students who are new to UW-Platteville. Move in goes until 2 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!
Be sure to head on over to the Residence Life website for more information about opening, move in, loft rental, and so on. You can also stop by our table at New Student Registration this summer, if this applies to you. And as always, don't hesitate to call or email me using the contact information listed below.
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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