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Ashton Woods Access: November 2015
 

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Community Calendar
 

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

 
Holiday Office Hours
 

The Family & Graduate Housing office will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 
Illini Union Turkey Bowling Night
 

Join us on Monday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the Illini Union Bowling Alley located in the Illini Union Downstairs Recreational Room (1401 W. Green St. #115, Urbana) for a fun night of bowling for the whole family. In honor of the Thanksgiving season, any resident who bowls a Turkey (three strikes in a row) will take home a prize! Snacks will be provided, and bowling and shoes for all residents are free. Prior registration is required to play. Please register by Tuesday, November 10 through the following online form: http://goo.gl/forms/C9vlJn0wbZ. If you have any questions, feel free to email Joy Sugihara at sugihar2@illinois.edu

 
Thanksgiving Dinner
 

We would like to invite you to enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at the Wesley United Methodist Church (1203 W. Green Street), and all residents and their families are welcome. We hope to see you there! 

 
Family Photo Shoot
 

We are inviting all residents to participate in a family photo shoot! The photo shoot will be held on Saturday, November 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana). If you are interested in attending, please register at http://go.illinois.edu/familyphotoshoot2015. Registration beings on Monday, November 2, at 9 a.m. and will last until 4 p.m. Family and Graduate Housing is offering the first 50 residents to register a free 5x7 photograph, and other pictures will be available for purchase. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brandi Binder at blbinde2@illinois.edu

 
Collins Community Excellence Award
 

The Dr. John E. Collins Community Excellence Award recognizes the accomplishments of a resident who has demonstrated excellence through their contributions toward creating community within University Housing and on campus. The select recipient will win a $1,000 cash award.

The recipient must:

  • Be a current resident of University Housing residence halls or apartments, and be in good standing with the University.
  • Have demonstrated excellent contributions to a University Housing residential community.
  • Be actively involved in the recipient's residential community.
  • Show respect towards all members of the community.
  • Demonstrate efforts to build strong community by actively planning or promoting programs and events

Individuals who are employed by University Housing will need to demonstrate contributions beyond their position responsibilities. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 20. Applications must include the resume of the nominee plus two letters of recommendation. Submit all applications at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/6382162

 
Campus No-Smoking Policy
 

Smoking is prohibited on all property owned, leased, occupied, or controlled by the campus, including Willard Airport and other areas outside of the main campus. Please refer to the Smoke-Free Campus map which illustrates campus property boundaries (http://www.campusrec.illinois.edu/Smoke-Free/docs/smokefreecampusmap.pdf).

The University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD), along with campus security personnel under their supervision, will enforce the Smoke-Free Campus Policy as follows:

  • First violation: Written warning

  • Second violation: $25 fine. Note that this fine can be waived by completing an online educational program

  • Third violation: $50 fine

  • Fourth violation and beyond: $100 fine for each occurrence

To report violations at Goodwin-Green, please call UIPD’s non-emergency telephone number at 217-333-8911 so that a patrol car or campus security officer may be dispatched. At Orchard Downs and Ashton Woods please email or contact your community aide (http://housing.illinois.edu/communityaides) and the Family & Graduate Housing staff. We encourage community members to speak with other members when you notice someone smoking in the community.

 
Programs at Orchard Downs
 

All University Apartment residents are invited to participate in programs at Orchard Downs. See below for more information. 

Sewing Room

The Sewing Room is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. 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 Tyra Brown (email tlbrown3@illinois.edu).

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 Brittney Walker at bwalker3@illinois.edu or the Family & Graduate Housing office at (217) 333-5656.

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 (Orchard Downs apartment 1834-A). Caregivers and children ages five and under participate in fun and educational activities, such as crafts, music, story time, and snacks. Contact Brittney at bwalker3@illinois.edu with any questions.

Free Nutrition Workshops

Learn how to plan meals on a budget and prepare healthy meals for you and your family. Come for free food, incentives, recipes, and to earn a certificate from the U of I Extension Office. This 9-week course occurs every Monday November 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center (Orchard Downs apartment 2044-A). Please sign up to participate at http://tinyurl.com/fghcooks (space is limited and registration is required). Contact Brittney G. Walker at bwalker3@illinois.edu with questions.

Thanksgiving Birthday Bingo

Were you born in November? Then we have a party for you! Come join us on Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate all November birthdays in the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana). All residents are welcome to come enjoy birthday cake and bingo! Please contact Joy Sugihara with any questions at sugihar2@illinois.edu.

Thankfulness Story-Time and Craft Night

Please join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana) on Thursday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. for story-time and craft night all about being thankful! In partnership with The Center for Children's Books, this is a fun event for children of all ages and their families. Please contact Joy Sugihara at sugihara2@illinois.edu with any questions.

Super Smash Bros Tournament 

All teens are welcome to come hangout at the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana) on Thursday, November 5th, at 6:30 p.m. to play in a Super Smash Bros Tournament. This is an event ONLY for middle school and high school students. Pizza and drinks will be served! If you have any questions, please contact Joy Sugihara at sugihar2@illinois.edu

Family Game Day

Please join us on Monday, November 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana). We will be playing fun family games and snacks will be provided!

Family Movie Time

Do you like watching movies with your family? How about eating snacks and popcorn while watching movies? Then this event is perfect for you! Come join us on Tuesday, November 24, at 11:00 a.m. for family movie time at the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana). We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuscola Bus Trip

On Saturday, December 26, we invite all residents to join us for an exciting bus trip to Tuscola! If this event interests you, please register at http://go.illinois.edu/tuscola on Monday, November 30, beginning at 9:00 a.m. There will be no refunds once you have paid for the trip so please be sure to check your calendars ahead of time! Since this trip is only open to residents of Family and Graduate Housing for OD, AW, and GG, residents who plan on attending must have their name on a lease. Adults and children will pay $5 to ride the bus. Due to the change in the bus company's policy children will no longer ride for free and need to be in car seats. If you have any questions, please contact Brandi at blbinde2@illinois.edu.  

Women's Tea Time Support Group

Come join us for tea and conversation. The Women's Tea Time Support Group is a comfortable space for women to bond and learn new skills while supporting each other. There will be bi-weekly workshops on a variety of topics such as art, cooking, stress-management, parenting, and more. This group will meet every other Thursday at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Family Resources Center (1834-A). Childcare will be provided. For more information, please contact Brittney at bwalker3@illinois.edu

 
Health and Wellness Programs
 

MCHC Health Center Calls for Volunteers

The MultiCultural Health Center is looking for members in the community who would be willing to serve as volunteers for the health center. If you are a doctor, nurse, dentist, or any form of health professional we would love to work around your availability and have your help! Please feel free to contact our MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts at klamber4@illinois.edu if you are interested or have any questions.

MCHC Health Club Registration

Registration for the MultiCultural Health Club is still going on! The Health Club will consist of a group of residents who are interested in improving health and wellness awareness for themselves and their fellow neighbors. Residents will participate in special programs constructed to improve their health and physical activity. If you are interested, please contact our MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts at klamber4@illinois.edu

Family Game Night

Join us at the Orchard Downs Community Center (510 W. George Huff Dr., Urbana) on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:30 p.m.  for a fun night of games with your family! There will be snacks, and a variety of games provided. If your family has a game that you enjoy, you are welcome to bring it to play and teach others. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts.

Zumba Aerobics Class

The MultiCultural Health Center will be hosting a Zumba aerobics class on Monday, November 9, for those interested in participating. This will be a great chance to exercise and work towards keeping your health and body in shape while also dancing to fun, upbeat music. Please wear exercise appropriate attire. Members of the MCHC Health Club are encouraged to participate. To sign up or receive more information, feel free to contact the MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts at klamber4@illinois.edu

 
MultiCultural Health Center
 

Location: 2040-A Orchard Street

The MultiCultural Health Center (2040 Orchard Street, Apartment A) 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 serveral years, HeRMES has operated in partnership with area health clinics that serve the uninsured and underserved of Illinois.

The first annual Illinois Free and Charitable Clinics Week takes place in November. This is a reminder that the clinic is here to serve children and adults with medical needs at no cost.

Please note: The clinic will be closed Thursday, November 26, as well as Thursday, December 10, 2015 through Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in observance of the holidays and winter break.

Clinic hours

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

Winter Health & Safety

The winter season will be here before we know it. Along with the winter comes consistent cold weather and snow. It is very important that residents are aware of the some of the steps to take to make sure that they have a safe and healthy winter season. Here are some tips from the MultiCultural Health Center:

1. Make sure you layer your clothing in order to stay warm during the winter season. There are three important layers when dressing for winter:

  • Insulation layer: Clothes such as thermal underwear or compression shorts, or shirts that can keep your blood flowing and warm are important during the winter.
  • Base layer: Clothes such as long sleeve shirts and sweaters that are thick should be worn on top, and long jeans or pants should be worn on bottom. This will help protect you from the cold.
  • Outer shell layer: Make sure to wear a thick coat, gloves, winter hat, and snow boots on top of your base clothing to keep you warm prior to going outside.
  • It is important that older babies and young children have one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions. This will help protect them from the cold weather the most effectively. 

2. Invest in a shovel and an ice scraper for your car.

3. Please make sure to get an insulation kit for your home if possible.

4. If you are leaving your apartments for an extended period of time, please make sure not to close your taps completely. Leave enough of a drip in your faucet to keep your pipes from freezing or bursting.

5. Don't leave space heaters operating when you are not in the room.

6. Make sure to walk slowly and carefully to stay safe while walking on streets with ice or cars during snow flurries.

If you have more questions, please feel free to contact the MCHC GA Kelechi Lamberts. Have a safe winter. 

 
Maintenance Requests
 

http://go.illinois.edu/maintenance

 
Pest Control
 

There is no inspection scheduled during November, but you may request treatment at the link below. 

Pet Owners: please put your dogs in a small bedroom between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. after we post a dated notice on you 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!

To request treatment, visit http://go.illinois.edu/maintenance.

 
Important Contacts
 

Ashton Woods Office phone: (217) 244-7551

Complex Director

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

Community Aides

Cameron and Kaitlyn Riopelle
csriopelle@hotmail.com

Tiffany Puckett
tpucket2@illinois.edu

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

Ashton Woods Access Editor

Erin Ciciora
elukehar@illinois.edu

Editorial Assistant

Elisa Payne