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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
Wow, how time flies! It feels like we just opened for the new school year and now we’re about to bring the year to the close. There have been a lot of great things that have happened here this year in the newly renovated Porter Hall. It is my hope that students have been able to make new and lasting friendships, participate in fun and informative activities, and create memories that will last throughout their time at UW-Platteville and beyond. Now that we are reaching the end, there are several things that students and parents should know:
· Finals week is May 13th-17th and it is important for students to be in contact with their instructors so that they know the times of their final exams. In the hall, there will be 20-hour extensive quiet hours during this week which should give students the time needed to study.
· If students rented a black metal loft at the beginning of the school year, the return date for those lofts is Thursday, May 9th from 9am-4pm in the parking lot that's left of Morrow Hall and next to the baseball field. At the time of loft return, if students took their bed ends home for storage, they should bring those back to their room by that time.
· Wrapping up the school year in Porter also means that students need to rearrange their rooms back to the original layout it was at the beginning of the school year. Another suggestion is, if students are visiting home over the next couple of weeks, to start taking belongings home so there’s not much worry about taking everything home all at the same time during finals week. The week of finals is also the week that students packing up to head home. Students will need to officially checkout with their RA before leaving and the RA staff will be able to let them know what they’re expected to do.
· Porter Hall locks its doors at 6pm on Friday, May 17th and officially closes at 11am on Saturday, May 18th. If students need to stay in Porter beyond 6pm on Friday, May 17th, they need to contact myself and let me know.
It can be a bit overwhelming so, if there are any questions about closing and finals, students are more than welcome to contact myself or talk with their RA. Students are responsible for seeking out the information for what they need to do to successfully checkout. More information can found on our Residence Life webpage at http://www3.uwplatt.edu/residence-life/move-inout.
Thank you all for a great year in Porter Hall and I hope that everyone has a great summer!
Porter Hall Resident Director
P.S. Porter Hall would like to thank everyone who attended the 40th annual A Night in Vegas program on April 10th. A total of $210 was raised and will be donated to Heifer International. Special recognition goes to the Porter Hall staff, Porter Hall Council members, and volunteers who helped make this program a success.
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