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July 2013 Edition

Message From The Director

Dear Parents of our Residents,

This is going to be a very exciting year for us here in On-Campus Housing at Memorial University! The first “tower” of our new residence is opening in September and will become home to 250 residents. The second “tower” is scheduled to be open by January 2014 and will accommodate 250 more residents. Our newest buildings and the 500 additional beds, which have been nearly a decade in the making, will bring our residence community up to almost 2000 residents.

This season will also mark the beginning of a new food services contract with ARAMARK Canada Ltd. In addition to changes to the various cafés on campus, ARAMARK is introducing a different line up for our Residential Meal Plans. The new top-tier Meal Plan, The Unlimited, provides unlimited ‘All You Care to Eat’ food services in our Main Dining Hall, as well as FLEX dollars, which can be used at the other ARAMARK operated cafés on campus. And, after a year of being closed for renovations, we are eagerly awaiting the re-opening of Hatcher House, which will include two new eateries on the main floor.

When it comes to Housing and Food Services, the 2013-2014 academic season is shaping up to be an exciting year. But there is more to living on campus than a place to lay your head and plenty of hot food. The Residence Life Office is introducing two new Living Learning Communities (LLC) for residents who are interested in outdoor recreation or enrolled in first year engineering. We are also introducing new Alcohol-Free Areas and a variety of other activities and programs that support our residents.

I am very excited to welcome your child to our residence community and promise you that we will do everything to ensure that this will become their home away from home while they are completing their studies.

We look forward to meeting you all at the door in September.


Sincerely,
Nancy Parsons
Interim Director
Housing, Food and Conference Services
Memorial University

It's all about the choices we make

As a parent, we certainly do not need to teach you that your child’s future depends on the choices they make. Your child has already chosen to pursue post secondary studies, to leave home and to live on campus at Memorial University. Once they arrive, the choices they make each day will continue to have a profound impact on the lessons they learn. Here at Memorial, residence is more than a convenient place to live and study. As part of an institution of higher learning, our residences are living-learning environments, and our Residence Life staff are experts in teaching young adults how to make good choices and to learn from their experiences. As the parent of a young adult who is away from home for the first time, we want to reassure you that the lessons we teach in residence are just as important to the development of your child as the lessons they will learn in class. Our residents are also our students, and we teach our residents about life.

Our Residence Life Office

The Residence Life Office is responsible for the educational aspects of living on campus at Memorial. Our residence life staff include student staff, part-time staff, and full-time professionals.


Full-Time Residence Life Office Staff:

LoriLynn Rowsell (Manager of the Residence Life Office)
LoriLynn is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing Offices. She is also responsible for addressing residents’ behaviour that violates the University’s Code of Student Conduct and the Housing Regulations.

Dwayne Taverner (Supervisor of the Residence Life Office)
Dwayne supervises all the full-time, part-time, and student Residence Life staff. He is also responsible for conducting research and developing all the Residence Life procedures, practices, and programming.

Cory Flynn & Travis Myers (Residence Life Advisors)
Cory and Travis are responsible for providing a whole range of guidance, support, and advice for our residents, as well as delivering residence wide programming. Cory and Travis live on campus and are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to any critical incidents in our residence community. Come September, there will be three Residence Life Advisors on staff.

Claire Goobie (Administrative Assistant):
Claire is responsible for helping with all administrative tasks for the Residence Life Office, as well as for helping coordinate and supervise our new after-hours desk.


Part-Time Staff — Residence Co-ordinators (RC)

The Residence Coordinators are the part-time university employees who are responsible for supervising the student staff, identifying and addressing resident needs, overseeing the residence activities and programming, and promoting responsible behavior among their residents.

Student Staff — Resident Assistants (RA) and Academic Assistants (AA)

The Resident Assistants are part-time student employees who provide support, guidance, and programming for the residents of their building. There is an RA on every floor in every residence.

The Academic Assistants are part-time student employees who are responsible for encouraging, promoting, and delivering academic support programs. There is an AA in each of our residences.

You should always encourage your student to speak to the Residence Life staff if they have any needs, issues, or concerns.

Academic Support and Guidance

There is an abundance of academic support and guidance readily available in your child’s new home. The Academic Assistants are available to address academic questions and provide advice. The Academic Assistants also have access to lots of useful information such as old exams, notes, and text books. The Residence Life Office hires returning residents as tutors for English, Math and Sciences, and these tutoring services are free! Our residences are in close proximity to the campus Academic Advising Centre, Memorial’s Help Centres (Math, Physics, English, French, etc.), and the Queen Elizabeth II Library (QEII). The QEII Library also provides a quiet place for residents to study throughout the day. If they are unsure of where to look for help, they should ask their Academic Assistant. We are only too glad to help!

The City of St. John's

Some parents may not realize just how accessible the city of St. John’s is to their child while they are living on campus at Memorial. Our On-Campus Housing lies in the heart of the cultural, educational, and commercial areas of North America’s oldest city. Your child can reach any educational facility on Memorial’s campus within 10 minutes, and the province’s largest shopping mall, grocery stores, banks, and restaurants in less than one half hour. Within a 30 minute walk your child can be exploring downtown St. John’s, including: Water Street, the oldest paved street in North America; Newfoundland’s newest public cultural space, The Rooms; historic churches; Mile One Centre; as well as the Fluvarium, a number of walking trails, and countless other attractions. Living on campus puts both Memorial University and the City of Legends at your child’s doorstep. Student rates are often available at many of these venues.

University Parking Permits

If you are sending your child to residence with a car, they will need a parking permit in order to park on the campus. Cars without a valid parking permit are issued ticket. Parking permits for residents are available from Campus Enforcement and Patrol. A letter from the Housing department is required to confirm that the student lives in residence.

The Housing department will require the following documents before issuing a letter to a resident:

Letters will be available from the Housing department’s General Office, Room 1031, Coughlan House, on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The deadline to obtain a parking permit letter will be Friday, September 6, 2013.

Food Services

Our “All you Care to Eat” meal plans are the pride of our food services at the Main Dining Hall. With unlimited portions and an abundance of variety, your child will certainly not starve! All residents of Paton College and the New Residence must purchase a meal plan and Burton’s Pond residents may choose to buy one of our flexible meal plan options. For more information on our food services please see www.mun.ca/hfcs/foodservices

Meal Plans

The Unlimited ($2260)

With the Unlimited Meal Plan you may enter the Main Dining Hall as many times as you wish, whether it is for a meal, a snack, or just a cup of coffee. The Unlimited Meal Plan also includes $125 FLEX dollars to spend at the various campus cafés operated by Aramark Canada. 

The 19 ($2260)

With the 19 Meal Plan you may enter the Main Dining Hall up to 19 times per week. The 19 Meal Plan also includes $200 FLEX dollars to spend at the various campus cafés operated by ARAMARK Canada.

The 14 ($2160)

With the 14 Meal Plan you may enter the Main Dining Hall up to 14 times per week. The 14 Meal Plan also includes $250 FLEXdollars to spend at the various campus cafés operated by ARAMARK Canada.

Stay in Touch

Care packages are a sure sign of love & support, and are always anticipated with excitement by residents! You can send and forward all your child’s mail to one of the following addresses:

Residents of Paton College

[Name]
[Room Number, House]
Paton College
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1B 3P7

Residents of Burton’s Pond

[Name]
[Box Number, Apt Number, Court]
Burton’s Pond Apartments
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1B 3P7

Residents of New Residence

[Name]
[Room Number, Tower]
New Residence
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL A1B 3P7

Reminders

The opening dates for the Fall 2013 for first year residents is Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. Early arrival cannot be permitted for travel reasons. Check-in locations are as follows:

Accommodation fees are due the same day as tuition, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, and can be paid online through Memorial Self Service or in-person at the Cashier’s Office in AA 1023.

The Residence Experience RezEx 2013 (Orientation) begins on Sept. 1, 2013.

Memorial University’s Parent Orientation will be held on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in the Bruneau Centre starting at 10:30 A.M.

Around Campus

Living on campus means easy access to a variety of activities:
  • Intramurals
  • Volunteering
  • Varsity sports
  • MUCEP (part-time work)
  • Aerobics
  • Clubs & societies
  • Church groups
  • The Works gym
  • Leadership programs
  • Orientation

A good balance of extracurricular activities keeps the mind and body healthy and provides a chance to get away from the books once in a while! For more information, visit www.mun.ca/student/life and www.today.mun.ca.

Remember

Encourage your child to:
  • Get involved
  • Deal with issues quickly
  • Talk to the residence life staff
  • Approach their professors and university staff if they need advice or guidance
Above all, encourage and support your child. Show concern and ask questions about your child’s life, but do not invade their privacy. Trust your child.

Finding oneself can be difficult enough without having the people whose opinions you respect most second guessing you and your decisions. Support them in their quest for an education.

Privacy

In accordance with the province’s Access to Information and Protection of Personal Privacy Act, Memorial University has enacted a policy on access to information.  We are required to protect our resident’s personal information and are not permitted to release their information to anyone, including parents/guardians,  without the resident’s written consent.  Residents can give their permission to have their information released to third parties by completing the Release of Information Form, which is available from the Housing Main Office.  This form permits our staff to release personal information as requested to the identified third parties, however it does not permit a third party to act on behalf of the resident.

Contact Us

Housing, Food and Conference Services
1031 Coughlan House
Paton College, Memorial University
St. John’s, NL
A1B 3P7
Tel: 709-864-7590
Fax: 709-864-3520
Email: housing@mun.ca
www.mun.ca/hfcs