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Be Safe Out There!
With Spring Break just hours away for many, we at the Perch would like to remind you to be safe wherever your vacation takes you. Here are just a few tips to follow to help make sure you have the best break possible. On the Road Buckle up! Also take turns behind the wheel, and whoever sits shotgun should stay awake to keep the driver company. Make sure everyone has a valid driver’s license and the vehicle registration is in the car before driving off. In Hotels Reserve a room that’s above the first floor but below the sixth floor. Why? First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach. If safes are provided, definitely use them for any valuables you may have. At the ATM Try to go the ATM in groups, but avoid getting overly complacent about safety just because you’re traveling in numbers. Also try to go during daylight hours. When you approach the ATM, do a full 360 degree scan, looking completely around you to see if anyone is hanging out where they shouldn’t be. Continued on Page 2
With warmer weather around the corner, more and more of UNCW’s population will be taking advantage of their bicycles, skates, and skateboards.Please remember to be safe and watch out for one another when moving through campus. It can be dangerous to ride through crowds of pedestrians on busy sidewalks. When possible, walk your bike on any sidewalk around campus. When riding, use bike lanes and be cautious and courteous around pedestrians. Make their day, as well as yours.
Save the Date
Be sure to put our upcoming events on your calendar! Join us on Facebook for the latest updates and information. All events are FREE. Off-Campus Coffee Breaks Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Brookstone & Campus Walk Sponsored by Reserve at Forest Hills
March 28 April 4
Cornerstone Lounge, Fisher Center Get Your Bike and Board in Gear Wednesday, April 11 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. University Commons Amphitheater Stress-Free Zone Monday, April 30 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. University Commons Amphitheater
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We Want You
At the Seahawk Perch
As the semester rushes to a close, we want to remind you of the services and resources offered by the Perch. We also look to you for suggestions on programs and offerings you would like to see from our office. Come in or call today for: • Off-Campus Housing Needs • Family resources, including Summer Camp Guides, the Babysitter List, and Family Movie Matinees • Professional Development Workshops • Support for Veterans • Upcoming focus groups exploring student needs Please feel free to stop by our desk in the Fisher Student Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to share your ideas for new programs or social events.
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Safety Tips Continued
While Drinking Be responsible. Pace yourself if you choose to drink, and avoid hard alcohol or other drinks that are powerful and have fast effects. Also be aware of alcohol poisoning. Access a helpful tool right from your cell phone by visiting B4UDrink.Mobi and estimate BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) levels anywhere and everywhere you take your mobile phone. On the Beach Drinking and sun can equal a bad sunburn and an even worse hangover. Sun can maximize the effects of alcohol so keep this in mind if you party on the beach. Take it slow and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. If you start feeling faint or light headed, get shade and water immediately. And don’t be a lobster..use sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and reapply often.
While Swimming Jumping into the water without a lifeguard is putting yourself at risk. Even the most experienced swimmer can get caught in an undertow. In case you get caught in a rip current, don’t bother swimming against it. Instead, swim parallel to shore until the rip passes. Going Out Go out with your friends, go home with your friends. This way you can look out for one another, and get a friend home who is too intoxicated to be out. Also be on the lookout for signs of predatory drugs: extreme wooziness, confusion, difficulty standing and slurring speech. Leaving the Country Safety has a lot to do with what you pack when traveling abroad. Don’t bring flashy valuables and dress conservatively so you don’t stick out too much. And do your homework beforehand about your destination, keeping in mind you are subject to the laws of the country you visit. To get a full list of tips for traveling abroad, as well as travel warnings for certain countries, check out the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
Non-Traditional Senator Report
My name is Josh Kinchen and I am the 2011-2012 SGA Non-Traditional Senator. I have had the honor of serving the Non-Traditional student population this year and it has been an outstanding experience. I have been the author of several pieces of key legislation within SGA and have become very well regarded amongst my fellow Senators. In short, I have set the bar for other Non-Trad Senators for the future. I have set the precedent for the Non-Trad Senator to be mature, organized, hardworking and focused. Being in the Non-Trad community, you should already have these qualities and the SGA is anticipating another Non-Trad Senator to share what we have to offer in those intangible ways. If you have the time available to continue this important tradition of being the SGA Non-Traditional Senator, here are the basic requirements: Attend every Senate meeting (Tuesdays, 7:30pm) (1.5-3 hours a week) Attend every Student Affair Committee Meeting (1 hour a week) Attend one Council meeting every two weeks (30mins-1hour every 2 weeks) Conduct 2 office hours per week (very flexible) Perform 3 community service hours per semester Duties specific to Non-Traditional Senators, other than those posted in the Statutes: Work with the Seahawk Perch Graduate Assistant to produce a monthly Non-Trad Newsletter (this can be used as office hours) Attend Seahawk Perch-sponsored Non-Trad functions (these can be used as office hours) Coordinate with the Non-Trad Committee of the Transfer Student Organization for events and advocacy The Seahawk Perch is a resource office for Non-Traditional, Commuter, Military-Affiliated and Graduate Students. Transfer Student Organization is an official student organization of UNCW, who serves the transfer and non-traditional student populations. This position is held in very high regard amongst the SGA Senate and the UNCW administration, so I hope you will consider running for office. Time-sensitive opportunity! The Elections Packet is available online: http://student.uncw.edu/org/sga/elections.html Please read ALL the material on these forms CAREFULLY! If you have questions about the elections process, contact email@example.com. If you would like to meet with me about the Non-Traditional Senator positions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNCW students have teamed up with the non-profit group Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. to help U.S. troops call home. With ongoing deployments to combat areas and other posts worldwide, as many as 369,000 troops are serving in the U.S. military overseas. By donating gently-used cellular phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers, Wilmington area residents can provide a precious connection to loved ones back home. Community members can donate phones to the cause on the UNCW campus March 26-31. Collection boxes will be in eight locations on the UNCW campus starting Monday, March 26: the Seahawk Perch in Fisher Student Center, Randall Library, Wagoner Dining Hall, Cameron Hall, Education Building, Admissions Office, Campus Recreation Center and the Campus Activities & Involvement Center(CAIC) in the Fisher Student Center. Senator Josh Kinchen Non-Traditional Available by appointment Email: email@example.com
Additional Resources to Help with Your Semester
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center offers walk-in sick care, immunizations, allergy injections, physicals, preventive education, and more. The Pharmacy fills prescriptions and sells over-the-counter medications.
The University Learning Center
The University Learning Center provides students a learning environment and experience that differs from the classroom; we focus on high-quality individual, small-group and large-group student-centered and student-lead learning. Offering content tutoring for most university courses, math and statistics tutoring, peer-lead group review sessions, study skills, writing services and more. Location First floor of DePaolo Hall Hours Fall and Spring Sunday, 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. First two weeks of the semester, Reading Day and Exam Week Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (910) 962-7857 // firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Second floor of DePaolo Hall Hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (910) 962-3280
The goal of the Counseling Center is to assist students in maximizing their success at UNCW and in life. The center’s staff provides confidential counseling services to help students build a more satisfying and successful college experience. Services include individual and group counseling for personal, relationship, or substance abuse concerns. In addition, staff members provide outreach and consultation services on a broad range of topics for students, faculty, staff and the university community. Location Second floor of DePaolo Hall Hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (910) 962-3746
Offering a range of services, including resume and cover letter help, job search assistance, interview skills, graduate school preparation, internship opportunities, choosing a major, and more. Location Fisher University Union 2035 Hours Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call the Career Center at (910) 962-3174 to make an appointment with a career counselor. Career Express Lane Monday - Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Meet with a career counselor for 15-20 minutes. No appointment necessary! (910) 962-3174 // email@example.com
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