As spring break rolls around, most students head back to their hometown and enjoy the time off. When they are at their actually home, they start to think and plan for where their home will be on campus next year.
For many students, they will find themselves in 3M, VMC, and even the new Burke Hall singles. But, for some current honors freshmen, they already know that Michels Hall will shelter them next semester.
Michels Hall has eight students in each suite and is available to both sophomores and juniors. This building is unlike any other of the upperclassmen housing because it also incorporates a service aspect. Each suite interviewed with local community organizations in the Greater Green Bay area to find community partner that they want to work with for the entire academic year. There are five community sites that these students will volunteer with: Aldo Leopold, Boys and Girls Club, Freedom House, Green Bay YMCA, Norby’s Buddies, and Syble Hopp School.
Each member of a suite are required to do 30 hours of direct service with their partnered organization. The goal of this service is that members will experience the living, learning, and serving objectives of Michels.
Students will practice the living objective by attending four community programs, celebrating communio, and treating each other with respect. Also, by participating in two reflection sessions and identifying needs and experiences of individuals in the community through service, students will also learn about others and themselves. Lastly, they will discover service through their work with the community and develop authentic relationships at these sites.
There are a couple groups of honors students finishing up their year in Michels and groups from Bergstrom waiting to take over for next year. All of them will experience the great community that is built and nourished in this unique living opportunity.