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PURDUE UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES NEWSLETTER FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

Work Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 & 2 Residential Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Growing Pains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 & 5 Destination Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Work-Life Balance

Well-balanced lives help UR employees help students

A new program designed for University Residences employees is helping them maintain a more balanced lifestyle and feel better about themselves, two things that have a positive impact on their interaction with the students. Not just an exercise program, the Wheel of Life program exclusively at University Residences encourages staff to step outside of their normal routine and try things such as fly fishing and tying flies, jewelry making, and ballroom dancing -- right in the middle of the work day.

University Residences staff learn ballroom dance steps during a Fun & Recreation work-life balance seminar .

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"When your wheel of life is out of balance, you're not going to be rolling through life very smoothly," says Kathleen Taylor, a life balance intern. Taylor, an undergraduate student in public health promotion, helped design and implement the program, which started in October and lasts through the end of the semester. The idea that a healthy and happy employee is a more productive employee is the motivation behind the campus-wide Healthy Purdue program that uses symbolic apples as part of a reward system. Many University Residences staff can't take advantage of Healthy Purdue offerings because of their work schedules, so a program unique to that department seemed necessary. "It all started off with Barb Frazee, executive director of University Residences," says Christa Pazera, general manager of Meredith Hall. "She wanted to come up with a program that her staff could partake in and that would hopefully become accepted as part of the Healthy Life program. I'm proud to say it was accepted as a purple apple program." Pazera says that working in University Residences is much like being part of a family -- involving very close interaction with the students where they live. "We spend more time and give more attention to the students -- it's total immersion," Pazera says. "We have the opportunity to be right in their house. Our staff goes from their work family home to their own families." The Wheel of Life program helps employees understand the eight areas of a well-balanced life: achievements, fun and recreation, finances, self-esteem, health and well-being, friendships and relationships, work and careers, and home and family. Linda Pedigo, a service worker and the program ambassador at Purdue Village, says about 70 percent of the Purdue Village staff is participating. "It's really building the morale of the staff," she says. "And that affects how we do our jobs." Reni Winter is a freelance writer for Purdue Marketing and Media.

University Residences employees paint pottery during a Fun & Recreation work-life balance seminar .

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Sharlee Lyons

University Residences Marketing and Communications Manager ContRibUtinG EDitoR

Elaine McVay

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Jessica Able HFS Communications Coordinator,

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Student Leadership

URPA supports experiential learning and leadership development for residents

One of the main objectives of the University Residences Parents Association is to provide students with leadership experiences, and by looking at some of the things the students within the Residence Hall Association (RHA) have been doing, it's clear this objective has been met. Denton Sederquist, RHA advisor, has seen students evolve into leaders first-hand. The leadership experiences RHA provides are through executive board positions, the writing of legislation, constitution updates, the voting process, and through conference attendance, he says. From students ensuring successful meetings to implementing programming material into the residences and earning distinct awards and honors, the leadership opportunities are plenty.

University Residences student leaders attended the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference earlier this year .

Conferences such as the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH) and Indiana Residence Hall Organization (IRHO) helped students and RHA grow, Sederquist says. Purdue was also named School of the Year by IRHO. "The students are very appreciative of the learning and leadership opportunities from these conferences and programs," he says. "They have asked me what their next step is in growing as a leader, and I have encouraged a number of them to run for the executive board positions in RHA for next year. Growing leaders for the future is very important in maintaining the health of an organization. RHA is an excellent opportunity to grow leaders!" With the help from the RHA and the parents association, the two can proudly say they provide leadership opportunities for students in the state of Indiana, the Great Lakes region, and throughout the United States. Michelle Warren is a freelance writer for Purdue Marketing and Media.

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GrowingPains

Agree to Disagree

Compromise is key to helping your student adjust to life back home .

When your student returns home for the summer, the ever-evolving parent/child relationship could be tested to the core. It is during this time that parents and students alike will have to work on ways to happily coexist in an environment where respect is shared. Communication and compromise are the key components to a smooth transition from campus living to living back at home for the summer. According to Seville Brown, a parent from the University Residences Parent Association, having a discussion about expectations of both parties probably won't prevent all disagreements during your student's time at home, but it does set the ground work for further negotiations. "At this point in your relationship, compromise is the key," she says. "I believe that in every relationship we have in life -- with our parents, our children, our coworkers, our neighbors, our friends -- we must be willing to compromise to make it work. Respect for each other is the key to any successful compromise. Our children learn respect from us, so how much more willing should we as parents be to show respect for their ideas and decisions?" Brown adds. While your student is home for the summer, Brown believes it's important for you to consider topics that might lead to disagreements. Curfew is the first subject that will require negotiation, according to Brown, but laundry and taking over the bathroom are close seconds! To help alleviate any expected or unexpected stress once your student returns home, Brown recommends keeping the lines of communication open throughout the school year. Encouraging them to share their thoughts and opinions will help them understand that you respect them. In family situations, your student must understand she/he is now part of a unit, not an independent entity.

Students accustomed to the bustle of campus life may have difficulty adjusting to living back at home .

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Open Dining Card

Students living off-campus can still enjoy eating in dining courts

You don't have to live on campus to enjoy chefprepared fare at the five Purdue dining courts. Since 2003, UR has offered off-campus students ­ and anyone who wants one ­ a 25-meal Opening Dining Card for just $200. "For students living off-campus, when they're here for class they need to eat somewhere," says Missy Wilson, Smalley Office Manager. "Each dining court has a chef and its own specialty. People love it."

Freshly-made pasta dishes are made-to-order at the Mozzarella Fresca station in the new dining court located south of Wiley Hall .

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It's also important for you to remember that your child is entering adulthood and breaking into the world; he or she deserves to be respected as an adult. "Their life on campus is much more exciting than your home and they have been making their own choices and decisions for many months now," Brown says. "As successful parents, we raise our children to be independent adults. As a parent, that requires letting go of control and being proud of the fact they can now make their own decisions. "We should be elated that our children are growing into independent adults who will soon join the next generation of leadership for our country," Brown adds. Michelle Warren is a freelance writer for Purdue Marketing and Media.

To learn more about URPA or to make a contribution, visit www. housing.purdue.edu/URPA. You may also contact Kyla Houston, parent association liaison at [email protected] or 765.494.1000.

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