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Summer busy for Residence Life staff

Posted on Jul 22, 2013
Residence Life Summer Staff take time away from their normal duties to help beautify campus.
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Several Residence Life Summer Staff sit outside the Yellowjacket Union pulling weeds and laying down grass seed on a sunny morning at UW-Superior.
Photo by: Mickey Fitch

Several Residence Life Summer Staff sit outside the Yellowjacket Union pulling weeds and laying down grass seed on a sunny morning at UW-Superior. Photo by: Mickey Fitch

The July heat is no match for the high spirits and motivated smiles of the Residence Life Summer Staff.During a few weeks in July, nearly half of the Residence Life summer staff crew have taken time away from their normal duties of camp preparation, painting, furniture moving, etc to help beautify the UW-Superior Campus.

"We are happy to help out the staff and students working this summer and pitch in to keep the grounds of our university clean and green," says Brody Bakken, senior education major and Summer Staff Coordinator. In Brody's role, he runs a crew of four summer staff supervisors and a team of 30+ summer staff, all active undergraduate students at UWS. "The Yellowjacket Union is the 'front door' of our campus for visits, alumni, and tourists, and we are so happy to be able to spend time outside helping to make our campus presentable, professional, and welcoming to those folks, " he said.

Residence Life typically employs 20-30 students each summer to serve on the summer staff team. This team helps to prepare the residence halls for each camp, conference, and SOAR throughout the summer, which reaches hundreds of students and visitors to the UW-Superior campus and residence halls. The Summer Staff also helps to repair minor maintenance issues, performs cleaning tasks to help prepare the halls for fall move-in, maintains the expansive residence hall garden next to CMO Hall, and many other special projects.This summer has been a landmark year for the staff, as it is the largest Summer Staff Residence Life has employed ever.

The summer started with a boom with the removal of hundreds of pieces of furniture from Ross and Hawkes Hall in preparation for the now-underway construction and renovation projects. About half of the staff spend their fourty hours per week painting rooms, hallways, and common spaces in Ross and Hawkes Halls. In just a few weeks, the staff will again be full-force when they are helping to install furniture, appliances, and ready the rooms for occupancy in a little over a month.

"We are so excited and pleased with the hard work our students are doing this summer both indoors and outdoors. These students are some of the best we've ever had on our summer staff, and they are doing great work to help continue to boost UW-Superior in our area," said Ryan Kreuser, Director of Residence Life. Ryan visits regularly with the summer staff and supervisors, and directs their activities in the halls and campus to make sure the large list of tasks is taken care in a timely manner.

"I couldn't be happier with how hard the staff are working this summer," said Vicki Hajewski, Vice Chancellor for Campus Life/Dean of Students. "These students are the epitome of the UW-Superior student: hard-working, attentive to detail, and happy to be helping to make our campus a better place."In a little over a month, over 800 students will move into the residence halls, including the newly renovated Hawkes Hall, which hasn't been used as a residence hall since the early 1980s.

Story written by Mickey Fitch.

News Contact: Tom Hansen | 715-394-8260 | thansen7{atuws}
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