Author: Chloe Freeman

New Move-in Guidelines

Hello, Future Resident! 

 

We are so excited to welcome you to your new home away from home this August! This yearstudents will be moving into the residence halls over a span of two days. This is to decrease the amount of traffic on campus and allow everyone the space they need to move in while still observing campus social distancing guidelines. Assigned move in times will be as follows: 

 

Monday, August 10: 

  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Last names beginning with A – B 
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Last names beginning with C – D 
  • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Last names beginning with E – G 
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Last names beginning with H – J 

 

Tuesday, August 11: 

  • 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Last names beginning with K – M 
  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Last names beginning with N – R 
  • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Last names beginning with S – U 
  • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Last names beginning with V  Z 

 

During the assigned times, residents and their families (limited to 2 family members/guests per resident) will be able to pick up packets from their residence hall front desk containing their key, parking pass, maps, and more(University Commons residents will check in at the Sidelines Sports Grill Lounge on the first floor of the University Suites.) Residents who cannot make their assigned time should check in on August 12, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Bausher Place, but we encourage all residents to try to make it to their designated time if at all possible to help with social distancing efforts on later days. 

 

Students can stay up to date by checking the Housing website and their UCO email. Both the Housing team and our friends in Student Engagement will be sending information about Welcome Week festivities as we get closer to the start of the fall semester. For any questions, contact UCO Housing at 405-974-2746 or housing@uco.edu 

 

See you soon! 

 

 

 

Covid-19 Updates

Dear Bronchos,

 

We are looking forward to welcoming our residents to campus housing this fall! The Housing & Residential Engagement staff is working hard to ensure our halls are a safe and welcoming home for our residents as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This preparation also extends to dining services, as our partners at Chartwells implement a nationwide plan to protect students in all their dining locations.

 

We have put in place a set of protocols for the reopening of our facilities. These will be adjusted as needed to appropriately respond to changes brought on by COVID-19.

 

  • Transparent barriers have been installed at customer service locations in Bausher Place, residence halls, and dining locations.
  • All doorknobs to each residential unit will be disinfected daily.
  • All public doors and card swipes will be disinfected twice daily.
  • Bathrooms in Murdaugh Hall, West Hall and the Quad will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily.
  • Increased the availability of single room options
  • All soap dispensers in the halls will be converted to touchless dispensers.
  • Community spaces will have reduced occupancy limits to accommodate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Smaller community activities and online activities will be planned to accommodate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Increasing to-go option availability and removing self-serve options in dining facilities.

 

In addition, plans for a multi-day move in process are underway. Residents will receive information about individual move in times, best practices for social distancing while moving items into the halls, and other relevant information in the weeks to come.

 

We are continuing to work with university administration and health officials, as well as following the guidance of the Oklahoma Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as we navigate this pandemic together. Students are encouraged to read university email messages and check the housingand university coronavirus webpages for updates on services. The changes COVID-19 has brought to our daily lives are unprecedented, but we continue to strive to make campus housing at UCO a place to be engaged, secure and successful during your time with us.

 

See you soon!

 

Holiday Gift Ideas that Won’t Break the (College) Bank   

The holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year” across the campus community. Among these wonderful times is delicious food, themed events, quality time with loved ones, and a much-needed break from classes. However, one aspect of the holidays can often be a source of stress for many: gift-giving. It seems that every year the task of buying gifts is more overwhelming than the last, and the expectation to top last year looms large. Here are a few fun and creative suggestions for gift-giving that won’t overwhelm your bank account.   

Order Up! Ayers Kitchen Soon to Be on the Menu

2019 has been a year for change across the UCO campus. President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar began her journey as the twenty-first president of the University of Central Oklahoma and promised that she was “committed to joining UCO in investing in the future.” As part of making sure each student has a great experience on campus, campus departments and contractors have been hard at work getting the brand-new dining hall ready for its spring 2020 opening.  

Getting Involved While Living on Campus

With the fall semester already half over, chances are students have settled into a routine on campus. Classes are going well, studying has become second nature, and students have found a group with which to spend their free time. If you don’t feel overwhelmed with the obligations of college, getting involved with an organization on campus is the next step! There are some great options for getting involved at UCO right within your residence hall, and can be a great way to earn extra volunteer hours as well. 

Save For A Rainy Day 

A Rainy Day Doesn’t Always Mean Less Fun 

We all have had the experience of going to sleep with dry weather, and then waking up to the sound of rain hitting the window. Some find this sound comforting, while others feel confined when a rain shower rolls in. Brighten a gloomy day with our tips to make the most of your day/living on campus when the weather doesn’t cooperate.  

Are you managing the stress of college efficiently?

College is a busy time for many students and introduces new sources of stress into student’s lives. Freshman are learning for the first time how to manage their time without the help of family or a rigid class schedule; meanwhile upperclassmen are balancing the obligations of college with new, bigger responsibilities like internships and prominent leadership roles. Learning to manage stress in a healthy way is important not only for mental and physical health, but also success in classes and other responsibilities.  

So how can students manage their stress in a healthy and productive way?