Building Wide Events throughout the Year
Whether you hope to be a lucky winner at the opening Welcome Raffle and Ice Cream Sundae Party or want to express your creativity through costumes or pumpkin carving at a Halloween party, there are events throughout the year that bring residents together and provide opportunities for community building, personal growth and spiritual exploration. Like PH Apartments on Facebook, follow @PHApts on Twitter or just check the calendar to keep up to date on films, speakers, social gatherings and building wide events at PH Apartments.
Drop In Community Dinners
PH Apartment residents are invited to drop in to the Rec Room on the ground floor for a free and informal dinner on one Thursday of each month. Dinners are usually prepared by the Director of Residential Community in the Pres House kitchen or may be ordered from a local restaurant. Dinners give residents an opportunity to meet other students living in the building, talk about how classes are going, and to make or reconnect with friends. Drop in Dinners are one of the most popular of our building wide events!
Afternoon Tea and Conversation
Ever miss after school snacks? Ever just want to get out of your apartment and talk about how classes are going, movies, plans after college or how UW teams are faring? Afternoon tea and conversation is hosted each Wednesday and provides PH Apartment residents an opportunity to drop by the Rec Room for tea (or hot cocoa or apple cider in winter months), snacks and conversation. If you need to work on a paper, bring your laptop downstairs and work in one of the study areas. Hosted by the Director for Residential Community, Wednesday afternoon tea makes getting through the week a bit easier!
Activities in the Pres House Student Church
All residents of PH Apartments are invited to participate in any or all of the programs and activities that take place in the Pres House Chapel and through the Pres House Student Ministry. You have the option of: coming to worship on Sundays, joining a small group bible study, going on a retreat, taking a Spring Break With a Purpose trip, volunteering at a local food pantry, studying in our comfortable lounge, and much more. There is a tunnel connecting PH Apartments and the Pres House Chapel so you don’t even have to go outside! Visit www.preshouse.org for more information on the extensive spiritual programming available. These programs and activities are all voluntary and optional and are available to all residents.
Get to know the Director of Residential Community
The Director of Residential Community has an office on the west end of the 6th floor of the PH Apartments. Ginger is eager to meet and get to know residents, as well as provide support to residents as they try to balance school and life. Ginger offers a friendly and safe space to talk over life experiences, struggles with roommates or family members, and life in college. Ginger organizes the building wide events and activities, so if you have an idea of something you’d like to do, stop by! You can usually find Ginger in her office Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm or you can reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Director, click here.
Where are you going to live next year?!
The PH Apartment Scholars Program offered me a way to connect with students I live with as an upper classman as well as connect with other people who want to be active in the community around us. Being the leader of the Scholars Program has given me opportunities to be creative with leadership. Also it’s provided a different perspective on what collaboration can look like; that people getting financial benefits can still be engaged with their hearts and minds.
Being in a Microcommunity is a great way to meet other people in PH Apartments. I really like how it is student-led because it gives us an opportunity to explore and discuss topics we are all interested in.
The apartments have given me a place I can settle in comfortably. I’ve lived here for years, and would love to stay.
The PH Apartments Microcommunity program has allowed me to expand upon my leadership and communication skills in a topic I am passionate about! This has been a tremendous opportunity for me and the rest of my group!
The PH Apartments Scholars is a small group with big ideas. The best way to get to know your community!
Before I came to UW there was a guy in Madison who owned a house. He used to always rent out to vets, so they could live together and have a place that was theirs. It seemed like everybody knew about it, whether you lived there or not. When he died that property got sold, I guess. I’d love to have people know there is a place where vets can live together and get support. That’s why I decided to live here and help start this program.
The Microcommunity has been a great opportunity. Being a college student it is difficult to eat healthy, but through reading “In Defense of Food” and the support of the members of the group we have all been able to be more conscious about what we are eating. Maggie got some cookbooks and we got to experiment with some of the recipes. One of my favorites was from the “100 healthy pizzas” cookbook; we made a basil mozzarella pizza. It is a great way to get to know people who are all interested in …
Living at PH has been a great experience for me. I felt that I connected with my neighbors more than I would have living elsewhere on campus. The PH Scholars program has given me a home within home experience and has allowed me to connect even more with the individuals I live with.
I’ve talked to guys who were living in a small studio apartment, sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag. I tell them, ‘Just because you slept on a dirt floor in the service doesn’t mean you have to live like that now.’
I lived in a dorm my first semester here. I didn’t really know anyone and had no idea what I was going to do for housing. I met Paul at a ‘Vets for Vets’ meeting. He told me about this program and I jumped on it. It was like a blessing out of the sky for me. The thing I like the most is how cohesive we are as a group. Maybe it is our military background; we share the same values, we all pitch in around the apartment and we all get along really well.