USM Residential Learning Communities Blog

Superbowl Party was a hit!

Posted in FW, General, ILLC, OE, UE by usmllc on February 7, 2011

Several learning community RAs (and non-learning community RAs) co-hosted a Superbowl Party in the Student Center last night. Complete with nachos and pizza, the game was projected on a big screen and there was plenty of comfortable seating! The RAs held a few contests, including a target football toss, a paper football field goal game, and a raffle for some team paraphernalia!

No matter the outcome of the Big Game, we hope you got to stop by and enjoy some of the entertainment these RAs put together for you! Nice job, everyone (and congrats to those of you who pledge allegiance to the Packers!)



UE Hosting a Grilled Cheese for Charity Night

Posted in UE by usmllc on October 18, 2010

Come on down to Philippi on Sunday, October 24 starting at 7 pm for one of the best comfort foods known to man! Sandwiches will be sold for $1.50 and proceeds will be going to Meals on Wheels, a local charity that provides hot meals to senior citizens and others who may be ill.

Click here for more information on our Facebook event page!

UE goes back to kindergarten!

Posted in UE by usmllc on October 6, 2010

Last night, Upperclass Experience grabbed their hypothetical backpacks and lunchboxes and had a great time coloring, eating animal crackers and fruit snacks, and getting some good study tips. The academic programming block for UE provided an opportunity for the floor to come together and relax for a bit. For those of you who made it, thanks for coming out! Remember, you will receive housing points for every program that you attend!

UE Pays it Forward!

Posted in General, UE by usmllc on September 20, 2010

As part of the Civic Engagement programming block, Upperclass Experience has begun their week-long Pay it Forward initiative on their floor. Please make an effort to reach out to community members – on UE as well as USM!

UE and GEB cohost 9/11 Vigil in Student Center

Posted in General, UE by usmllc on September 13, 2010

To kick off UE’s Civic Engagement Programming Block, the learning community teamed with GEB to show the documentary entitled “9/11” as part of an effort to commemorate the events of that day in 2001. Along with the showing of the video, a temporary memorial was erected for students to add their own memories or dedications, PostSecret style. That memorial is hanging in the student center still; if you would like to add your own memory or dedication, please see your RA for a card to add.

UE and ILLC to get their diplomas tonight…

Posted in ILLC, UE by usmllc on April 7, 2010

Well, almost anyway. Tonight, April 7, timelines for post-graduate options will be available in print form. In keeping with the goal-setting block, the two communities should find this information useful for their goals. Each “diploma” will include three timelines: one for applying to graduate school, one for applying to a service organization such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America, and one for applying to jobs.

Hopefully, in getting this information residents will be inspired to evaluate what they have done for themselves and for meeting their goals. Have you been doing all you can to improve your resume? Are you using your resources wisely? Have you taken advantage of opportunities presented in living in these learning communities?

Have fun planning!

UE enjoys a stimulus package during the Financial Literacy Block

Posted in UE by usmllc on March 3, 2010

In light of the beginning of the Financial Literacy Block on the Upperclass Experience last week, residents received their own stimulus package in the form of Monopoly Money! On the backs included tips and resources about personal finances in hopes of increasing financial literacy.

Please keep in mind the following events to help with financial literacy:

  • Thursday, March 4: Apartment Search Workshop with Peter Mason from POGO Realty at 7:30 pm in the Conference Room.
  • Thursday, March 11: UCU Workshop with Kevin Foley at 7:00 pm in the Conference Room.

Come one, come all!

Change for Haiti Update!

Posted in UE by usmllc on February 2, 2010

At press time, it appears that the Change for Haiti fundraiser has raised about $700 (just from the change jars and the Grocery Bingo for Haiti night) for Water Missions International! The group is ecstatic, and is just waiting to complete their bottle drive and for some other potential donations. Thanks to all who have helped thus far!

UE students organize Change for Haiti Fundraiser

Posted in UE by usmllc on January 22, 2010

A small group of very dedicated UE residents (Patric Brophy, Jay Smith, and Darren Brown) have taken on the mission to fundraise for the Haiti relief efforts. They have chosen Water Missions International as the organization to which the funds will be donated.

WMI is solely dedicated to bringing clean and safe water to developing countries and disaster-struck areas. The creators of the Change for Haiti project hope to make a substantial donation to this cause, especially considering those who are dehydrated after a surgery or after being trapped in rubble for days.

Please keep an eye out for the Change for Haiti fliers and change jars around campus and the town of Gorham (from January 24-31) and help us with the effort. Also, please come to the Grocery Bingo Night on Wednesday the 27 in the Student Center as the proceeds will also be donated to the Change for Haiti program.

Upperclass Experience and GHS Team Up for Trick or Can!

Posted in UE by usmllc on November 13, 2009

From the Gorham Times 11/13/2009