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 Holidays Porter Hall!
Wow, how the time has flown by and the fall 2016 semester is quickly coming to a close. It has been a great last few months here in Porter Hall and countless memories have been made. We are very excited to finish up this last stretch and move into winter break. With all this comes lots of excitement, anticipation, information, and of course—FINALS!
With finals just around the corner, you may be looking for some assistance. Here are a few tips to try and boost those final grades just a bit more!
1. Check out the office of Academic Support Programs. Whether you need tutoring services, help writing that final paper of the semester, or just a nice quiet space to study, they've got you covered there!
2. Have you taken advantage of your professor’s office hours yet? If not, it is never too late to stop in and ask for help. Professors really do appreciate when students come by and ask questions and get to know them better.
3. Try putting together a study group, but only if studying with others helps to learn the material better. Not everyone does well studying in groups. Be intentional on picking who to study with and be sure those people are motivating you to study and not to procrastinate.
4. Talk with your RA regarding their study habits. They will surely have a few tips as this is an especially busy time of the year for them.
5. Stay healthy! There is nothing worse than trying to study while being sick. Cold and flu season has arrived. Make it a point to eat healthy, exercise and keep your body on a schedule to keep yourself feeling good.
6. Be sure to get plenty of sleep each night. Burning the midnight oil to cram in those last few facts tends to hinder your performance more than help. Spend some time now to plan out your study schedule well in advance rather than cramming in the night before the big test.
7. Don’t forget to give yourself a break here and there as well. Your brain needs time to relax and regroup. Even if it means taking a few moments to walk down the hall to talk to a friend, be sure to take plenty of study breaks and stay refreshed!
As finals week approaches so does a plethora of information regarding the semester hall closing. Please be touching base with your RA if you are unsure about any of the semester closing processes. They are an excellent resource right on your wing that will make sure you are on the right track. It is important that you are aware of your responsibilities going into break, especially if you are leaving for an extensive period of time. The hall closes for break at 6:00 pm on Friday, December 23rd.
Porter Hall will be open for winterim for all residents to stay with an additional cost. The sign-up can be found on the Residence Life website or by clicking here. The hall will be staffed throughout the break and desk will be open daily in the evening for item checkout or packages.
Once again, the Porter Hall Staff would like to thank you all for a wonderful semester! Good luck on all of your finals and we look forward to welcoming you back for the spring 2017 semester. For those that will be moving on to new opportunities good luck as you pursue many future endeavors!
Safety Tip of the Month: Practicing good hygiene habits is the first step to preventing the spread of illness. Be sure to wash your hands regularly to avoid the spread of germs. If you are not feeling well, be sure to take good care of yourself by getting plenty of rest, washing your hands, and seeking professional help if your illness continues. Student Health Services on campus offers free flu shots to all students, so take advantage of this if you haven’t yet!
Please don’t hesitate to come see me if you have any questions, concerns, or just to say hi!
Porter Hall Resident Director