Door Tags

In Park hall, our first door decorations were cacti on the third floor, sloths on the second floor, and elephants on the first floor.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

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Speed Friending

My first program of the fall semester was called “speed friending”. I think that freshman get very tired of introducing their name, major, where they are from, and other very surface level facts in large groups of people. This program was my way to allow them to form those deeper relationships with others and get to know people better.

Tables were set up and numbered before hand. Popsicle sticks were put in a cup and had numbers on them that coordinated with these varying tables. Residents first make themselves a nametag and then pick out a popsicle stick and sit at the table for a timed five minutes with another person who picked that number. They are told to have a discussion regarding the prompts left on their table. The prompts were separated by themes such as travel, food, pets, superheroes, our university, family, and hometown. Snacks were also set up on the tables for them to have while they were discussing.

One of the participants at the end noted how talking to new people isn’t as scary as she had thought, you just need to start conversation. Another set of boys when discussing their hometowns found out they grew up five minutes from one another and never knew. It was really amazing to unify both the introverts and the extroverts into one activity like this where they can begin to find common ground.

Speed friending flyer 

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

 

 

Brownie Points: Incentivizing Residents to Attend Programs

This year, I decided I wanted to motivate residents to attend programs that might not necessarily be as exciting as others. As RA’s, we are contracted to do eight programs per semester that must fulfill or educate on certain categories. Since there are three RA’s in our building, there will be a minimum of twenty four programs advertised to our freshman.

We as a building introduced the concept of “brownie points” to our residents. These are little cards (see PDF) that they will receive whenever they attend a program. At the end of the semester during finals week, they will be able to exchange these cards for real brownies! The resident with the most points will also receive a prize, most likely an amazon card. We expect that this will be a fun incentive and promote healthy competition among the residents.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

Brownie Points

Alice In Wonderland Bulletin Board

For my bulletin board, I decided to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme. I painted the background with a few different types of regular paint and sparkly paint. Since my building is Park hall, my board says “Welcome To Park”. The characters were made by cutting out the pieces of paper and just drawing out the characters. This takes a long time so you could always print them out.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

Alcohol Awareness: Mario Kart and Beer Goggles

For this semesters alcohol awareness program, I ran an event that involved Mario kart on the Wii and beer goggles. A local police department let me borrow their set of six different beer goggles that all simulated blood alcohol content levels from 0.06 to 0.25. Residents attempted to play Mario kart with these varying goggles on to show that when you’re driving drunk, you won’t be a good driver.

For this program, we also made root beer floats. Since only one person was playing at a time, I thought that would be a way to pass time while everyone is just hanging out. An officer from our local police department was present for an hour answering questions about drunk driving in Maine and having students do various sobriety tests while wearing beer goggles. He was a really great resource and was able to answer student questions.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

 

 

DIY Terrariums

This program was my first program of the first semester. Residents were invited to make their own mini terrarium in a mason jar. First, I got two dozen little cacti/ succulents from a local greenhouse. I got ones that did not have any spikes since I knew they would be hard to plant. We planted them in large mason jars which can be pretty inexpensively bought in packs of a dozen. To plant, you first need a layer of rocks. Then, a little bit of moss. Then, some dirt. Lastly, plant the succulent. These grow easily and are almost impossible to kill. The measurements don’t have to be perfect, everyone did it a little differently. Throughout the year all of their plants have grown and so have they. This was a really fun way to start of the year and helped with making each resident’s room a little more cozy.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.

St. Patrick’s Scavenger Hunt

March is mid semester, and it can be a month that drags on. With this in mind, I collaborated with one of my coworkers, Brandon, to create a program that would boost excitement. This program took A LOT of prep work, but after everything was set up, it all fell into place. We ran a St. Patrick’s day themed scavenger hunt that ran for about a week and a half. We advertised like crazy with flyers in every building and inviting people through a Facebook group.

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In our Facebook group, there was a post where people could signup their group ranging from 1 to 3 participants. We posted a riddle every morning which led to a different place on campus. When the team finds the item, they must message us a picture with the item and then leave it for the next group. Our goal in making these clues was to make them pretty easy, and judge teams based upon when they send it in. Since there were 10 teams, the 1st team to send it in that day gets 10 points, the 2nd team gets 9 points etc. We had them message their picture to the Facebook page and would keep track in a spreadsheet of when groups sent them in.

Here are some examples of clues we used:

To end the program, we had a pizza party where we invited everyone who participated. Each participant got a little prize (a little rubber duck with four leaf clover and a green necklace). We then had some props and put up a green background to all take photos and hang out for a while. It was a nice end to the program. We made certificates for the top three teams and printed it on nice card stock paper. The members of the winning team got a $15 amazon card each. Here are a few of the many photo submissions we received:

Overall, this was a great program and got a lot of people excited and involved during what is usually a slow part of the year.

Everything on my blog takes place at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Feel free to contact me with any questions, Alexandra.desruisseaux@maine.edu.