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Healthy at Home Certificate Series: WatchDawgs

August 25, 2015

University Housing and the University Health Center (UHC) are excited to announce the latest product of their partnership: the Healthy at Home certificate. The certificate program is focused on addressing health and behavior-related issues that affect our residents. Throughout the academic year, six different types of programs will be offered to help our residents to be Healthy Dawgs.

Healthy At Home

UHC staff will present ten programs in the residence halls on bystander intervention in August and September, seven programs on sexual health in September and October, and six programs on stress management in November and December. More programs will be scheduled for the spring semester. Participants will be awarded a certificate and coupon card for discounts on university products and services upon the completion of three of the annual six programs offered.

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Goals of the WatchDawgs bystander intervention training:

- Develop ways to increase awareness of sexual assault and alcohol emergencies, such as learning to make observations and recognizing warning signs that may require intervention
- Increase one’s motivation to help
- Teach the appropriate skills to intervene safely and effectively, in both direct and indirect way

Why Does Bystander Intervention Matter?

The bystander effect is a phenomenon in which the more people who witness an emergency event, the less likely anyone is to intervene. BUT, silence and passivity are not okay. They encourage attitudes and behaviors that promote and normalize sexual violence. Join the UGA community as we promote a campus where violence—in any form—is not tolerated and where doing nothing is no longer an option.

Programs begin at 6 p.m. and are 90 minutes long

8/18 Creswell Hall
8/19 Myers Hall
8/25 Oglethorpe House
8/26 Brumby Hall
9/2 Russell Hall
9/3 Hill Hall
9/10 Reed Hall
9/16 Building 1516
9/22 Brown Hall
9/28 Rooker Hall

More about the WatchDawgs program is available at the University Health Center’s website.  Questions? Email

Each program will feature giveaways and refreshments!

#HDWH15 Tips

July 29, 2015

Each year the University of Georgia community welcomes more than 8,000 new students into the residence halls in a very condensed period. The Hunker Down with Housing (#HDWH15) program streamlines the move-in process and addresses resident and family feedback concerning traffic congestion, parking lot availability and elevator service. Hunker Down with Housing volunteers work to ensure the initial days of move-in run smoothly. Hundreds of Hunker Down with Housing volunteers will be located all over campus to greet new students and parents, give directions to area parking lots, direct traffic and generally serve as a resource for residents and their families. Since the first Hunker Down with Housing in 1998, volunteers have successfully moved in more than 88,000 students and helped them begin to call UGA home.

HDWH 2015

Here is our recommended checklist to make your move-in experience go as smoothly as possible, click on the red text for links to important information.

- Have your UGAID ready at check-in.
- Bring a small cart or dolly with you.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, especially if you move-in August 11 or 12
- Take our #HDWH15 move-in quiz to determine when is our recommended move-in date for you.
- Review our parking information, particularly if you will reside in Brumby, Russell, Creswell, Reed or Building 1516.
- Check out our interactive maps for unloading zones in Brumby Unloading Zone, Creswell Hall Unloading Zones, Russell Hall Unloading Zone, Reed Hall Unloading Zone, or Building 1516 Unloading Zone.
- Check out our Pinterest and Youtube pages for previous winners of our ‘Room of the Year’ contest to get ideas about how to make UGA Housing your home this year.
- Create a packing list and be sure to check out our Community Guide for policies regarding decorations, electronics and more.
- Set up your PIN for residence hall access.
- Review our video and guide on those 17-position adjustable beds and how to loft them
- Stay up to date by following #HDWH15 and/or our social media accounts: @UGAHousing on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
- Stay hydrated; water will be available throughout the halls.

We’re excited welcome more than 8,000 residents August 11-17 and look forward to seeing you all. Check out our move-in FAQ and feel free to contact us via social media or your assigned community with any final questions. Keep an eye out for Hairy Dawg, we will be walking around with him during the first few days of move-in taking pictures.  Tag yourself in our Facebook albums to share your portrait with the greatest mascot in the SEC!

Go Dawgs! We’ll see you in less than two weeks!

Packing for Move-in? Go Green!

July 15, 2015

August is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for Hunker Down with Housing 2015! Whether you are returning to live on campus for another year or moving in for your first year at UGA, you might have a lot of stuff on your initial packing list. A lot of that stuff is essential to your academic success—books, computer, snacks to fuel your study sessions. Some of that stuff is exactly what you need to relax after a long day of school and activities—a comfy futon or chair, your favorite pillow from home. But some of that stuff will cause clutter and possibly even waste.

University Housing is committed to reducing our impact and encouraging environmentally relevant behavior. We do our part to provide opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability initiatives, including new recycling bins in each residence hall, the EcoReps hall council position, sustainability programming, and a variety of water- and energy-efficient fixtures.

Before you even get to UGA for the fall, you have the opportunity to “go green” while you are preparing for the upcoming year. Follow our Go Green Packing List to do your part to reduce your environmental impact and make the move to UGA even easier!

Go Green 2015

- Jane Diener, Doctoral Intern for Sustainability

Thousands of Students, Thousands of Stories

June 05, 2015



Here at the University of Georgia we have students from more than 50 countries, 40 states, and 140 Georgia counties. Our students are writers, fashion designers, food bloggers, YouTubers, mathematicians and much, much more. However, what unites us is that we’re all a part of #OneUGA!

In recent years, students across the country have been vocal about wanting institutions to learn more about their stories and experiences on college campuses. Several students and student groups have used social media to amplify their voice and to start a larger conversation about their current challenges.


Typically, University Housing has used summer months to reach out to students via social media with the goal of allowing you to get to know us. This year, University Housing also wants to get to know more about you – who you are, your stories, and your experiences.

We know you have concerns that reach beyond your housing assignment: “How will I fit in?”, “What if my roommate doesn’t like me?”, or “How will I manage my chronic illness?” As a result, we’ve partnered with Multicultural Services and Programs to host a series of Twitter chats to learn more about your excitement, concerns and challenges as we transition into the academic year. Additionally, we want to give you the opportunity to hear from each other and other campus partners, too!

Here’s a list of campus partners who will be participating:

- University Housing
- Multicultural Services and Programs
- LGBT Resource Center
- Student Government Association
- University Health Center
- Center for Student Organizations
- Office of Sustainability
- The Arts at UGA
- Disability Resource Center
- UGA Food Services
- UGA Career Center

Join University Housing, Multicultural Services and Programs, current students and other university partners as we talk about the many ways we can thrive here at the University of Georgia. To join, tweet @UGAHousing or @MSPatUGA using the hashtag #OneUGA.

3-4 P.M. EST

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Apply to be a 2015-2016 Peer Advisor!

February 25, 2015

University Housing and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction are seeking applicants for the Peer Advisor position for the 2015-2016 academic year. This position is a paid, non-residential leadership position for rising juniors and seniors. Peer Advisors serve as mentors to first-year students enrolled in one of the seven learning communities in Creswell Hall. This year we have learning communities centered on topics ranging from business to athletics.

Successful peer advisors have great communication skills, leadership experience, and enjoy helping students transition from high school to college. Furthermore, peer advisors have the opportunity to work directly with UGA faculty members and a small group of first-year students to plan activities, social events and other off-campus gatherings.

Peer Advisor 2015

If you’re ready to help the incoming class of 2019 transition to UGA, submit your application today! Visit for more information.

Who: Rising Juniors and Seniors

: Apply to be a Peer Advisor, a mentor to a first-year Learning Community

: Applications are due February 27, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Contact Shanice Christopher at for questions and an application.

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