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 November Pioneers!
Upcoming Events: You might be busy studying but take time to attend some of the great events going on around campus. The residence halls are hosting some great Friday Night Clubs this month. Wilgus is hosting Paint and Punch November 11th. You’ll be able to enjoy yummy mocktails as you learn how to paint 3 different options of paintings on actual canvas, all free of charge! Then, join Brockert Hall for Pies and Pajamas November 18th.
Keeping up with your Grades: How are you doing in classes? Are you comfortable with where your grades are at? Do you know that there is work that still needs to be done before the end of the semester? Do you have no clue with where your grades stand? Whatever your case may be, make sure to check your course grades on PASS and follow-up as necessary. It is not too late to make a final push to get those grades up. A great place to begin is with your instructor. Stop by during their office hours, set up an appointment, let them know if you are struggling. Other great campus resources include University Tutoring Services, Writing and Tutoring Center, First Year Experience, and the Testing Center.
Take care of yourself: With the weather changing towards cooler temperatures, we all know that cold and flu season will be very close to follow. Make sure you are taking care of you, both physically and mentally. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep, wash your bed sheets on a regular basis, wash your hands with soap and warm water, and make sure you are eating healthy. Utilize Counseling Services if you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just need someone to talk to.
Make sure you stop by Student Health Services (located on the second floor of Royce Hall) to get your free Flu shot!
Thanksgiving Break: Porter Hall will close for students not registered to stay for the break beginning at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, November 23rd. The hall will then reopen at noon on Sunday, November 27th at noon. Look for more information to come.
Porter Hall Spring 2017 Intents: All residents who live in the residence halls are required to complete an intent form for the spring semester. These forms are used to determine room changes, open spaces, etc. Residents are held to a full academic year contracts, but are able to change rooms or move to a different building if they would like and if space is available.
Contracts are only terminated for reasons including graduation, participating in a university sponsored activity (i.e. internship, co-op, student teaching) or discontinuing your status as a student. If you are leaving for one of the above reasons, please be sure to stop by the Department of Residence Life office in 120 Royce Hall to pick up the contract release paperwork. The office is open from 7:45 AM-4:15 PM Monday through Friday.
Please don’t hesitate to come see me if you have any questions, concerns, or just to say hi!
Porter Hall Resident Director