Programs & Events
Residence Life's goal is to develop positive, inclusive, and respectful communities on our floors, in our buildings, and campus-wide to enhance the college experience for our residential students. Our Resident Assistants (RAs) provide programs to create that community or sense of belonging for the students living in the Residence Halls. We provide programs to encourage personal development for our residents and give them socially and educationally enriching opportunities that they may otherwise never experience.
Floor and Hall Events
Our Resident Assistants create this community through a variety of different programs they plan and organize each semester. Each RA is required to plan and organize six different events for their residents each semester. These events are two different social events and four educational events focusing on scholarship, leadership, diversity & interculturalism, and personal responsibility. In addition to these six events, each RA hosts three floor snacks. A floor snack is when the floor members come together for a chance to hang out while enjoying a snack provided by UM Dining. The events hosted by the RAs are focused on that RAs floor community, but students are welcome to attend any event hosted within their Residence Hall. This allows them to meet and connect with students from across the building and experience a wide-variety of programs while living in the Residence Halls.
All Residence Hall Events
In addition to events hosted by the RAs for their floor, Residence Life hosts multiple all Residence Hall events.
Each month Residence Life hosts a Hall Brawl for all students living in the Residence Halls. The year starts in August with GO Day and then each Residence Hall staff take turns hosting these events to allow students to meet others from across campus while building Hall Pride and Spirit. To go along with the Hall Brawls, each Residence Hall has a team color that they are encouraged to wear while attending the Hall Brawls. The team colors are: Aber- orange, Craig/Elrod/Duniway- lime green, Jesse- red, Miller/Pantzer- purple, and Turner/Knowles- bright blue. By attending the Hall Brawls, students can build a greater sense of community with their fellow Hall-mates while also meeting other students living across campus.
Residence Life's final Hall Brawl will be the Relay for Life in April.
Residence Life also partners with Undergraduate Advising, Career Services, and Student Wellness through the Curry Health Center to offer all Residence Hall students more programming focused on the academic needs of students. Programs provided by this collaboration include a Resource Fair, Information on Spring Registration, Studying for Final Exams, Getting a Better Start to Your Spring Semester, Exploring Majors, and Resume Writing. These programs strive to address academic stressors that many first time students may be experiencing as they transition into college and can learn about the vast array of resources available to them on campus. Often the Writing Center and Math Lab are in attendance at the programs to connect with students.