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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
Hello from Porter Hall!
Time has really flown by this semester! We are already past the midway point of the semester and exams and projects seem to be on everybody’s minds.
Later this month, the Residence Hall Association will be starting its annual Thanksgiving Charity Drive. This is a penny war where wings compete against each other to raise the most money. Pennies are worth positive points while silver coins and dollar bills count negatively toward the total. The winning wing will win a pizza party from RHA, so check those car seats, check those couch cushions, and check your piggy bank so your wing can win. Change will be collected in wing buckets at the front desk.
If you are interested in staying in Porter Hall over Thanksgiving break, you will need to sign up at the front desk. The signup sheet is at the desk now! Be sure to check your email for more details. If you do not sign up then your card access will be shut off over break and you will not be able to swipe into your building.
As we approach the end of the semester it is easy to get overwhelmed with coursework, finals, and travel plans. Make sure to use your resources. Seek out assistance at the Writing Center, Math Center, or Tutoring Center. You could also approach your RA or me for some study tips and just to talk about how things are going for you.
Also during the end of semester it is easy to get stressed about coursework and finals. Make sure to set aside some time to do something you enjoy to have a little fun and relax. We do not want you to burn out! The most important thing is to make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and eating healthy so your brain is up to the challenge on exam day!
If you have any questions, or you just want to chat, please stop by my office.
Have a great month!
Porter Hall Resident Director
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