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Ashton Woods Access: April 2017
 
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Community Calendar
 

See what's going on in your community with the April events calendar.

 
Lease Renewal
 

Apartment Lease Renewal Begins April 1

All current Family & Graduate Housing standard leases end at noon on July 31, 2017. If you would like to return to your Family & Graduate Housing Apartment next year, online Lease Renewal for 2017-2018 begins April 1. The online Lease Renewal site will allow you to request to return to your current apartment or transfer to another apartment within the Family & Graduate Housing community. If you do not want to renew your lease for next year, you must also visit the online Lease Renewal site to decline your lease renewal. Lease Renewal will be available through April 30.

Note that all residents who wish to renew their lease must not have a delinquent university account balance and must provide proof of university affiliation for the 2017-2018 academic year. You will need to meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to renew your lease for next year:

  • Enrolled for the 2017-2018 academic year as an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Employed by the University of Illinois as a full-time faculty/staff member or a post-doc for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Enrolled for the 2017-2018 academic year as an undergraduate student and will have immediate family members (spouse, child, or parent) living with you in your apartment.
  • Classified as a University Visiting Scholar for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Please contact the Family & Graduate Housing office if you have any questions regarding the Apartment Lease Renewal process.

Flexible Apartment Leases = Yes; Summer Termination = No

Residents who are planning to renew their University apartment lease will continue to have a flexible lease for the 2017-2018 academic year. This means residents who are graduating or losing their University affiliation for any other reason (loss of university employment, Visiting Scholar appointment ends) will continue to be able to submit an Early Termination of Lease Request form to the Family & Graduate office if vacating their apartment prior to July 31, 2018. Early Lease Termination Request Forms are available online at the University Housing website

(http://www.housing.illinois.edu/tools/forms-documents) or at the Family & Graduate Housing office. If the request is approved, residents will continue to be billed for rent a minimum of 45 days from the day their completed Early Termination of Lease Request form is returned to the Family & Graduate Housing office.

In the past, residents who wanted to end their lease between May 15 and July 31 were allowed to do so with the summer termination option. Summer termination will no longer be available beginning with the 2017-2018 standard and extended academic year leases. As a result, residents who will be affiliated with the University during the 2018-2019 academic year will not be eligible for early lease termination.

 
Resident Tidbits
 

What’s New in University Apartments for 2017-2018?

Here are just a few of the many upcoming changes and projects for the Family & Graduate Housing community.

  • There will be no rent increases for the 2017-2018 academic year!
  • The entire length of Orchard Street which runs through Orchard Downs will be replaced with a new road. The road project will begin in May and will be completed by the end of September 2017 (weather permitting). During the majority of the road project, residents will still be able to access their parking lot. Bus service will not be possible on Orchard Street during the project, so bus stops will be moved to Race Street. There will still be a bus stop located at the corner of Orchard Street and Florida Avenue. We are excited that our resident cars and bikes will no longer have to deal with large potholes!

Final Fling Volunteers Needed

We are looking for residents to help with the Final Fling! The date is Saturday, May 13 at noon. You may choose to set up and decorate, cook or serve food, make and serve cotton candy or popcorn, monitor children’s games, or clean up. If you are interested, please contact your neighborhood CA or CJ Holterman at cjholt@illinois.edu.

Great Leaders Wanted!

Do you know any residents who are great leaders in our community? Then nominate them to be a member of the International Honorary for Leaders in University Apartment Communities (IHLUAC). Every resident of Family and Graduate Housing is eligible to nominate another resident for this honorary. Residents who may be nominated are those who have lived in Family and Graduate Housing for at least one year, have actively participated in a variety of programs, and encouraged the strength and diversity of our community. Remember leaders come in all shapes and sizes and so do their contributions. Past recipients are not eligible for nomination.

Residents will be selected for IHLUAC on the basis of their leadership, service, volunteerism, participation, and positive attitude. Award recipients will be invited to a celebration where they will be honored for their contributions to our community and the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque that is displayed in the Family & Graduate Housing office.

Nominations are being accepted through April 28, 2017. The nomination form is available at the Family & Graduate Housing office. Please complete the form and scan/email it to cjholt@illinois.edu or return the paper copy to the Family and Graduate Housing Office by Friday, April 28 by 5:00 p.m. For questions, please call the Family & Graduate Housing Office and ask to speak with CJ Holterman.

Solicitation Not Allowed in University Apartments

The University of Illinois Police Department is asking that anyone who feels harassed by door-to-door solicitors contact the department immediately. Police and the Family & Graduate Housing office have received numerous calls about solicitors from Clearview Energy and PalmCo Energy using aggressive tactics to persuade residents to switch energy suppliers. Those salespeople have been banned from University property, and the police department continues to work on additional solutions.

If a salesperson persists after you have declined an offer, shut the door. Residents should not feel compelled to show anyone their energy bills. Residents should not allow salespeople into their homes — if anyone trespasses into your home without your invitation, call 911 immediately.

The safety and comfort of everyone living on university property is a primary focus of the University of Illinois Police Department, and anyone who feels threatened or harassed is encouraged to contact police.

Signals Indicating Potential Tornado Activity

Be aware that when the National Weather Service has issued any type of watch or warning, this information will be announced on local television and radio stations. Typically, words will crawl across the bottom of the television screen informing viewers of current weather conditions. In addition to this, a “W” is posted in the upper right-hand corner of the screen throughout the duration of the watch or warning. Radio stations often inform listeners of weather conditions every few minutes during severe weather. 

Another sign of severe weather is the sounding of a city-wide Tornado Warning Signal. This signal is a loud siren that the fire department sounds when a tornado has been sighted in the area. This siren is tested the first Tuesday morning of each month at approximately 10:00 a.m. Generally, when this alarm goes off at this time on the specified day of the month, this is only a test and does not mean that there is a tornado. However, if the weather conditions are such that a tornado could occur and you hear the siren, seek shelter immediately. (Information taken from the Champaign County E.S.D.A.)

 

 
Ashton Woods Events
 

We will be going to Indianapolis on Saturday, May 27. Registration will begin Monday, May 8 at 9:00 a.m. Adults are $15. Children are $10. We will be going to Circle Centre Mall and the Children’s Museum. The link to register is http://go.illinois.edu/IndyBusTrip

We will be going to Chicago on Saturday, June 17. Registration will begin Monday, May 29 at 9:00 a.m. Adults are $15. Children are $10. We have one drop off and pick up location at Museum Campus. The link to register is http://go.illinois.edu/ChicagoBusTrip

 
Programs at Orchard Downs
 

All University Apartment residents are invited to participate in programs at Orchard Downs. All programs are in the Orchard Downs Community Center, 510 George Huff Drive unless noted. See below for more information.  

Family Housing Council Social Nights

Please join the Family Housing Council (FHC) for resident socials on Saturday, April 1 and Saturday, April 15 (spring themed activity) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

How to Balance Work, Life, & Family
Tuesday, April 4 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Struggling to juggle responsibilities? The demands of work, school, and family can take a toll on our campus community members, especially toward the end of the school year. This fun and relaxing workshop is put on by members of the Counseling Center. All residents welcome; children must be supervised. Snacks and beverages provided!

International Children’s Day Celebration
Sunday, April 9 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

We will celebrate our community’s diversity at a children’s party with LOTS of fun activities, snacks, and crafts. All families are welcome to participate; children must be supervised.

The U & I Project: Celebrating Diversity with Arts & Crafts
Wednesday, April 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

At this fun and interactive workshop, we will be designing our own flags and pennants to reflect our international heritage and to celebrate the diversity of our community. Theresa Benson from the Counseling Center will be guiding us through the workshop. Snacks will be provided, and we encourage residents of all ages to join in on the fun! Children must be supervised.

International Trivia Night
Thursday, April 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Questions will highlight different countries around the world. Residents will play on teams, so be sure to show up early to split up. The winning team will be awarded a prize! Small snack and candy will be served. Children must be supervised. 

Easter Egg-stravaganza
Saturday, April 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Come celebrate the Easter holiday with us featuring sub sandwiches, snacks, arts and crafts, and decorating Easter-egg COOKIES. All residents are welcome; children must be supervised.

Story Time – April Showers Bring May Flowers
Wednesday, April 26 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This month we will have a reader from the Center for Children’s Books, who will read about the changing seasons and the magic that comes from transition between spring and summer. Small snack and craft will be provided. All families welcome; children must be supervised.

Spring & Summer Safety Training
Thursday, April 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The Midwest experiences changes in weather that increase likelihood of tornadoes, inclement weather, and allergies in the spring. If you are interested in learning how to deal with these changes, workers from McKinley Health Center will be presenting upon how to best stay healthy and safe during the season change. All residents are welcome, and new residents to Illinois are strongly encouraged to attend.

Bike Rodeo
Saturday, April 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

An afternoon of fun and interactive learning. Volunteers from The Bike Project will teach us how to start, brake, and steer a bike. We will also learn how to use traffic signals and the basics of bike safety on the streets of Urbana Champaign. All families welcome! Children must be supervised. We encourage participants to bring their own bikes to best learn from our volunteers.

Birthday Bingo
Tuesday, April 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Please come enjoy bingo games and prizes. Also, do not forget about birthday cake! Happy Birthday to you April babies!

Coming Soon - Summer Fun for Children

Children’s Summer Fun Day Camp – “Deep Sea Adventures” will take place July 10-14 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. every morning at the Orchard Downs Community Center. This free program is open to any child entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. The program will include Bible stories, fun games, interesting crafts, Beautiful songs, delicious snacks, and special prizes! Also, a free celebration lunch for all the families will be held Friday, July 14. To register online go to tcbc.cc/daycamp. If you have questions you can email Ruth at ruth.krehbiel@gmail.com This event is open to children of all nationalities and religious backgrounds.

 
Community Programs
 

Sewing Room (Changed to 1st and 3rd Saturdays)

The Sewing Room is open on April 1 and April 15 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 2044-A). Sewing machines and other equipment including scissors, pins, measuring tape, and thread are available for residents to use. The Sewing Room monitor is Patricia León (email: paleonfotografia@gmail.com).

Parent-Child Playgroup

Come play and learn with us! Parent-Child Playgroup will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Family Resource Center (1834-A). Caregivers and children ages five and under participate in fun and educational activities, such as crafts, music, story time, and snacks. Contact Candace Brahm at brahm2@illinois.edu with any questions.

Welcome to the World

Babies are a sign of hope and bring much joy to our lives. At Family & Graduate Housing, we would like to welcome your newborn to our community with a small gift. This is our way of saying, “Welcome to the World!” If you have recently welcomed a new baby into your family, please contact Candace Brahm at brahm2@illinois.edu or the Family & Graduate Housing office at (217) 333-5656.

Women’s Support Group

Come join us for tea and conversation. The Women’s Support Group is a comfortable space for women to bond and learn new skills while supporting each other. There will be weekly workshops on a variety of topics such as art, cooking, stress-management, parenting, and more. This group will meet Thursdays from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Family Resources Center (Orchard Downs 1834-A). Childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Candace Brahm at brahm2@illinois.edu.

Yoga and Meditation Happy Hour

Join us for Yoga on Mondays from 6:00­ to 7:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center, 510 George Huff Drive. The Art of Living - UIUC Chapter has been a registered student organization at UIUC since 2014. Its aim is to promote the mental, emotional and physical well-being of members of the campus community with the help of yoga, meditation and breathing techniques. This is based on the belief that a stress-free individual builds a stress-free and violence-free society. The Yoga and Meditation Happy Hour will be a fun-filled session where you will practice yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to help the overworked mind settle down and let your inner peace shine through. Come, be happy!

International Women’s Connection

The International Women’s Connection (IWC) is a friendship & cultural exchange group that was started in 1987. Since then, hundreds of women have had the opportunity to practice English, make friends and learn about American culture. The group meets every Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. for a free English class and from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for various activities to help you adjust to American life. The location for the meetings is Twin City Bible Church, on the corner of Lincoln & Michigan Avenue, Urbana (approximately 6 blocks northwest of Orchard Downs).  The IWC welcomes women of all nationalities or religious background and any level of English fluency. Childcare is also provided. For more information, visit www.iwc-tcbc.weebly.com or email Ruth at ruth.krehbiel@gmail.com. 

 
Resident Resources
 

DANIELS HALL DESK

The Daniels Hall Desk, located at 1010 West Green Street, has various equipment available for residents to use free of charge. Need a vacuum cleaner to tidy up your room? Need a bicycle pump to fill up your tires? Then stop by the Daniels Hall Desk, open 24 hours a day to check out any of the following equipment: vacuums, bicycle pumps, a battery charger, a tool box and snow shovels.

ZIPCARDS AT ORCHARD DOWNS

Grab a Zipcar for a few hours to run errands, the whole day for a local shopping or sightseeing trip or a few days for a vacation getaway.  Every trip includes gas, insurance and 180 free miles per day. One Zipcar is parked at Orchard Downs in the North Laundry Parking Lot and the second is parked at the South Laundry Parking Lot. Join Zipcar for $15.00 at https://members.zipcar.com/apply/

You don't need to be an expert to be a volunteer in the Sewing Room!

The Sewing Room is a Family Housing Council and Family Graduate Housing facility located in the Learning Resource Center at 2044-A Orchard Street. We are looking for volunteers that enjoy helping others with their sewing skills. Volunteers will open and close the facilities, and monitor the use of the available materials. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ahmed Orabi at aorabi@illinois.edu.

 
MultiCultural Health Center
 

The MultiCultural Health Center (2040-A Orchard Street) hosts a free medical clinic every Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a walk-in clinic staffed by volunteer medical students and supervised by a licensed medical professional. For several years, HeRMES has operated in partnership with area health clinics that serve the uninsured and underserved of Illinois.

Clinic Hours

Please call (217) 265-6267 to make an appointment during the scheduled hours listed below.  Walk-ins are also welcome.

Wednesday      4:00–6:00 p.m.
Thursday         5:00–8:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Robert King at rking10@illinois.edu.

HeRMES: Every Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. 

WIC Hours: Friday, April 7 & April 21 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

CCCHC Services: Champaign County Christian Health Center is a non-profit clinic in our community located at Presence Community Resources Center on Wright St. on the Presence Hospital Campus, with a satellite office at the MultiCultural Health Center by appointment only. Please contact CCCHC through the appointment line, (217) 402- LOVE (5683), if you need assistance with primary care. For more information, visit http://ccchc2003.org.

Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Services: WIC services are provided for women, infants and children and are offered by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Services for WIC participants include supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, counseling, screenings and referrals to other health services, welfare and social services, and immunizations for children. (Note: Clients who are receiving coupons can only pick up their coupons from the MCHC office on the 6th and 12th months. The coupons sent on the first 3 months and the 9th month must be picked up at the C-UPHD office. Clients must also make sure to register on the WIC website in order to make themselves eligible to pick up WIC coupons when available at the MCHC prior to pick up so it can be delivered to the MCHC for pick up.)

For stress-management consultation email klamber4@Illinois.edu.

 
Maintenance Requests
 

http://go.illinois.edu/maintenance

 
Pest Control
 

Ashton Woods building 2309 will be inspected during April. 

Treatment will be provided only as needed; twenty-four-hour advanced notice will be given prior to treatment. To request treatment, visit http://go.illinois.edu/maintenance.

Pet Owners: please put your dogs in the small bedroom between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. after we post a dated notice on your door. We need to enter your apartment to inspect for pests and change your monitors. We will be at pet apartments Monday and Tuesday during your posted time to prevent your dogs from being locked up all week. Thank you for your cooperation!

 
Important Contacts
 

Ashton Woods Office phone: (217) 244-7551

Complex Director

CJ Holterman
Phone: (217) 333-5656
Email: cjholt@illinois.edu

Community Aide

Rachel Pharris
rpharrs2@illinois.edu

Dario Acosta & Alejandra Jimenez Alcala
acostaa2@illinois.edu & ale.jimenezalcala@gmail.com

Other Contacts

Family & Graduate Housing Office: 333-5656
Emergency: 9-911
U of I Police (non-emergency): 333-1216
McKinley Health Center Dial-A-Nurse: 333-2700
Student Insurance: 333-0165