MAILED: April 19, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life office will hold its third annual Winger Welcome Social for the "Take a Wing Under Your Wing" program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Tamarack Room, Davies Center.
"Take a Wing Under Your Wing" is designed to create opportunities for students to make connections with faculty and academic staff in natural, life-oriented settings. As participants in the program, faculty and academic staff members known in the program as "wingers" break from their more traditional, professional roles on campus and become honorary wing members in the residence halls.
Wingers take part in a wide variety of activities with their wings. Previous activities have included attending wing meetings, hosting cookouts and parties, bicycling and taking historical tours.
Research shows that the more connected students feel with the university they attend, the more likely they will succeed at that university. Margaret Hallatt, associate director of housing and residence life, believes there are many benefits from this program.
"This program allows faculty to have the opportunity to get to know students, where they are from and any concerns they may have," Hallatt said. "On the other side, students can connect with one faculty member and get to know them as a whole person. They are also a wonderful resource for the students."
The social is open to faculty and academic staff members who currently are "wingers," as well as others who are interested in becoming a participant. Interested faculty and academic staff members who have not been invited to participate by a resident assistant can e-mail Hallatt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 1, 2000