Welcome to Southwest Hall
Southwest Hall, completed in 2006, is home to 380 students who will live in 95 four-person suites. Each suite has four single bedrooms, a living room, a dining area with kitchenette, and two bathrooms. There is high speed internet access in every bedroom and elevator access to all floor levels. The entire building is air conditioned and each suite is fully furnished. Each of the six floors has a study room with a computer that can be used for group projects. Other public areas include the main desk, mailroom, lobby, multipurpose room, laundry room, and community room with vending area. Southwest Hall remains open during the official academic year breaks.
From the desk of the resident director
Hello Southwest Hall!
February has arrived and the Spring semester is officially in full force! Classes are picking up and there are tons of opportunities for engagement in the hall and on campus this month. I challenge you to take a moment and check out all the great opportunities for involvement this month and try out something new. Though February is a short month, it can feel long and drawn out due to weather typically being less than desirable. Don’t get cabin fever this month and instead keep active and engaged! Below there are a number of items to check out and be aware of for the month of February:
RecycleMania: Once again UW-Platteville will be participating in RecycleMania. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on how sustainable you are currently and work to reduce your waste and overall carbon footprint. Recycling is so easy now that the entire campus has a single stream recycling program. This means that no separation necessary and all your recycling can go into 1 bin to be taken out to the receptacles outside Southwest. Last year UW-Platteville had a recycling rate of 42.2% and we can certainly work to up that percentage! Check out the website for more information on the program and to find out what is and isn’t recyclable. While you are there, be sure to take the Recycling Pledge. The hall with the most pledges signed gets a pizza party!
Compost Bins: On the topic of sustainability, Southwest Hall is a part of the campus pilot compost program! You can compost virtually ALL food waste and paper products such as napkins or paper towels. Composting is an incredibly earth friendly way to discard your food waste and certainly will lessen the frequency of trips to the dumpster. There are 2 lidded green buckets located in the Southwest Hall Community Room for you to dump any food waste into. I encourage you to work with your suitemates and add taking your compost down to the bins as a part of your suite chores.
Room Reservations: If you have not yet reserved your space in Southwest for next year and are planning to continue your stay with us, please do so now! It is unlikely at this point that you will be able to reserve your same space for the 2016-2017 school year as Southwest Hall continued our early sign-up process in November. However, students are able to go into the system prior to when room reservations begin for the rest of the halls on February 8th to reserve an open space. Space is limited and spaces are offered to first come, first served. If you are having difficulty with the system, don’t hesitate to come down and ask for assistance.
Residents wishing to reserve a space in another hall may do so during the appropriate credit periods which are as follows:
- 60 completed credits and above: February 11th-14th
- 30-59 completed credits: February 15th-21st
- 15-29 completed credits: February 22nd-24th
- 14 completed credits and below: February 25th
Special Note: Once filling out your Residence Life application and submitting, you are in a binding contract. Contracts may only be canceled if you are no longer a student at the university or for extreme circumstances. DO NOT sign a lease off campus if you have completed an application with us for 2016-2017.
Inclement Weather: February is a common month for bad weather. Please be sure to stay tuned to the Residence Life website and your email for information regarding Snow Emergency for Parking. Once an SEP is called, there will be postings throughout the hall and in your mailbox to help ensure that you are parked in the correct spot to avoid the possibility of getting towed. When in doubt, please refer to the website for the most up to date information.
When traveling by foot across campus, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get from place to place and watch out for ice. Please report any concerns around the hall to a Southwest staff member so we can work to fix it.
Suite Forum: If you aren’t aware yet, Suite Forum meetings have a new date/time this semester! We now meet at 9:00 pm on Mondays in the Southwest Hall MPR. The executive board team has worked hard to make some really great changes to this semester and we encourage you all to come and check them out!
Community Webpages: Please be sure to follow your RA’s community webpage if you have not done so yet. Follow this link, find your RA and click on their room number to be directed to the page. Following the page is a great way to stay up to date on all the happenings on your wing and throughout the hall!
Upcoming Events to Keep in Mind:
- Boxes and Walls: February 1st-3rd from 6:00-8:00 pm right here in Southwest Hall. Boxes and Walls is a diversity museum covering a variety of hot topics in today’s society.
- Career Fair: February 2nd-4th in Ullsvik Hall. Check out the Academic and Career Advising Center for more information.
- Southwest Hall Presidential Pool Party: February 12th from 10:00 pm-midnight at the PAC pool. Check out the presidential themed pool party sponsored by none other than the Southwest Hall staff! There will be plenty of wet and dry fun as well as some red, white, and blue refreshments available!
- Duncan Diner: February 24th at 7:00 pm in McGregor Hall. Head back to the 60’s for a hotdog and milkshake and McGregor Hall’s annual Duncan Diner! All proceeds will be donated to charity.
Have a safe and fantastic February Southwest Hall! I hope you enjoy the month and enjoy yourself this month with everything that is going on.
Southwest Hall Resident Director