January 2010 Water Bottle Fillers: Coming to a Water Fountain Near You Soon!
Watch for the new water bottle fillers being installed on select water
fountains in all residence hall areas. Fill your reusable water containers
at our water bottle filler locations.
The DOHRE Green Team/Recycling/Sustainability Committee piloted
the water bottle fillers at four locations: the Housing Office, Jennings
THE UF VILLAGE COMMUNITIES NEWSLETTER - VOLUME 10 ISSUE 1 Hall, Broward Hall, and Keys Residential Complex. Because of the
success of the pilots, 17 more water bottle fillers are being installed.
Thanks to the Maintenance Services staff for supporting this program.
Make it a Day On... Not a Day Off!
Trust the tap! Tap water is as clean as and greener than
During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights bottled water. Water from Housing water fountains is also
leader Martin Luther King, Jr. filtered.
recognized the power of service
to strengthen communities and Save a barrel of oil! The Container Recycling Institute (CRI)
achieve common goals. “. . . estimates that supplying thirsty Americans with water
bottles for one year consumes more than 1.5 million barrels
Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on that legacy by transforming of oil, which is enough to generate electricity for more than
the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his 250,000 homes for a year, or enough to fuel 100,000 cars for
teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where a year.” Plus a large percent of plastic water bottles are NOT
people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and recycled. And don’t forget the monetary and environmental
move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. costs of transporting water from all around the country to
your grocery store shelf.
If you search the website www.allforgood.org, you will find over 20 pages of volunteer
These giant rabbits
opportunities here in Gainesville; opportunities like feeding the homeless, working at the Tons of water are the creation
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, teaching school children about business and economics, tutoring bottles like of the Cracking
children after school, helping kids get physically fit by playing sports with them, encouraging these end up Art Group. The
people to embrace “zero waste”, helping out at hospitals, nursing homes, veterinary clinics, in landfills installation seen
hospice houses or museums, and so on. There is something for everyone to do. each year here in Portofino,
Italy is made by
recycling old plastic
The late Coretta Scott King embraced the King Day of Service as a meaningful way to
celebrate and honor her husband’s legacy. She said, “The greatest birthday gift my husband collected from
could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by landfills.
performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.” This publication
Department of Housing and Residence Education
University of Florida TEL:(352)392-2161 is produced by the
The King Day of Service has grown steadily from a local project to a nationwide P.O. Box 112100 FAX:(352)392-6819 Office for Village
movement, which perpetuates the life and teachings of one of America’s great heroes. Please Gainesville, FL 32611 www.housing.ufl.edu and Community
join us in making the next King Day of Service a celebration in which tens of millions of people For Villager updates, information, photos, Services and is
serve their communities in his honor, pledge nonviolence to create the Beloved Community, Advisor: Rena Buchan
and more go to: available in alternate
Editor: Kristal Markowitz www.housing.ufl.edu/villages format for the
and commit to ongoing service.
Kristalm@housing.ufl.edu Educating Leaders for a Global Community visually impaired.
The pest control section, along with the UF Department of Entomology have managed an
experimental program with Maguire village during the past year, where the residents were
supplied an IPM Cleaner Solution bottle with instructions of how to mix up dish washing
liquid and water for applying to insects. It provided the residents with an alternative to
unnecessarily purchasing over the counter pesticides and enabled a 40% reduction in the
amount of pesticides in the apartments.
Control: The soapy water kills the insects within 5-10 seconds in most cases. It is quite amazing to see
Problem? this in action. It must be sprayed directly on the insect in order to be effective. This is an
advantage because it does not leave behind any toxic residues. It also can remove the scent
Let us know! trails that the insects leave for their nest mates to follow to the food sources. It provides a
by Wayne Walker quick method of collecting a particular insect for pest control staff to see. It is important
email@example.com to always know what insects you are seeing and many times when we arrive the insects have
disappeared. Another good thing about having a sample of the insect is that each language
IPM CLEANER SOLUTION BOTTLES
has different words for the same insect. The name of a certain insect in your language may
I hope that everyone had a nice break for the holidays and enjoyed some time away not be the same as in my language. If I can see the insect, I can identify it and know where it
from school. This month we are planning to introduce you to our newest item in the may come from and then I am better able to control it.
effort to be more green and sustainable. As I have pointed out in previous articles about
We will begin distribution of the IPM Cleaner Solution bottles in January. They will be
pest control, we have instituted an integrated approach to pest management within
delivered to your apartments according to the schedule below. There will be myself, Eric
the villages. It is called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and it relies on the use of
Lee (the other pest control technician), the residence directors for your villages (Lesa and
less toxic methods of controlling insects within the village community. We in the pest
Marah), the residence life coordinator (Thomas), and possibly the assistant director for the
control area of housing have been changing the products that we use in your apartments
villages (Rena). The bottles will be delivered empty; however there will be an instruction
for the past two to three years. We have managed to reduce the exposure of you and
sheet with them that explains how to fill them. The label on the bottle will also contain
your children to pesticides through our ability to find alternative methods and products
instructions on how to mix the dish washing liquid and water in the bottle. We want you
to manage pests. Our integrated approach is to look at issues of sanitation, exclusion,
to keep the bottles, please use them and not throw them away. If you find value in the IPM
and maintenance. The basic philosophy of IPM is to deny the insect entrance to your
Cleaner Solution bottle, we would encourage you to share this idea with your off campus
apartment through better maintenance of doors, windows, and wall penetrations. The
friends and family. When you move away from the villages, we want you to take the bottle
second part of the IPM program is the sanitation of the individual apartments. This
with you and use it in good health and share the information with your friends and family
effort is being addressed through the semi-annual inspections and the great work that
in your home country. There is additional information at the website on the label and
you as residents are doing in keeping the apartments clean. The one of the major ideas
information sheet. Go to the website http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu and click on the Campus IPM
in IPM is to not give the insects any reason to stay in the apartment by eliminating as
much food as possible. You are doing a great job on this part of IPM.
Even though we have all of these efforts in place, there are still the occasions when the The distribution schedule is as follows:
insects do find their way into the apartment and become a problem. Many of you have Maguire/UVS week of January 11, 2010
purchased over the counter pesticides in the form of aerosol cans or liquid containers
of pesticides in an attempt to control these pests yourself. Many of these pesticides are
Diamond Village week of January 19, 2010
not real effective and most of them are harmful to children and our environment. There Tanglewood Village week of January 25, 2010
are studies available that show that something as simple as soapy water will kill insects Corry Village March 2010 - specific week TBA
on contact. We all know that soapy water is not harmful to the environment and is not
harmful to the skin if contacted by children. It does not leave a pesticide residue that Information will also be sent in the Community Update the week prior to distribution in
someone could come in contact with. each village. If there are any questions or clarifications needed about this project, please
contact me at my email address firstname.lastname@example.org
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this is ...
Blood Donor Month sunday monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday saturday
carnation 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Belly dancing class
Corry 5 p.m.
M: 389, 390 M: 387, 388 M: 381, 382 M: 379, 380 M: 365, 373
1: New Year’s Day
2: Science Fiction Day
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Tanglewood Kids Hour Tanglewood
Minerva Circle Belly dancing class
Resident’s Tanglewood 4 p.m. Welcome Back Party
Corry Village Corry 5 p.m.
7: Transatlantic telephone service began, 1927 Meeting 7pm and International
11: Amelia Earhart Day
M: 367, 368 M: 374, 375 M: 369, 370 M: 366, 371 M: 372, 378
16: Religious Freedom Day 17 18 19 20 Diamond
21 22 23
Minerva Circle Belly dancing class Meeting 7pm Diamond Welcome
18: Martin Luther King Day Corry Village Corry 5 p.m. Back Party
Kids Hour Time TBA
Tanglewood 4 p.m. Kids Hour Corry 4 pm
18: Arbor Day (in Florida only)
M: 376, 377, M: 386, 393
M: 384, 385 M: 391, 392
Minerva 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
C = Corry Gator Circle
31 Maguire/UVS Kids Hour International
D = Diamond Nights Belly dancing class Coffee House
Resident’s Corry 5 p.m. Tanglewood 4 p.m. Kids Hour
M = Maguire @ Diamond
Meeting 7pm Corry 4 p.m. Time TBA
T = Tanglewood Pest
U = UVS Control Circle U: 321, 325 U: 330, 331 U: 329, 333 U: 320, 324 U: 323, 328
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Spotlight on Student Services Interview Tips
Many of you are entering your last semester at UF, and soon you Approaching Employers Being from another country and not
will need to decide if you are going to return to your own country knowing what to expect in an interview
or try to find employment in the US. Here are some tips for When approaching employers can be overwhelming. Here are some tips
international students who are interested in staying in the States. as non-citizens, it is important on what to expect and how to do well.
Regardless of nationality, ALL students should visit the UF Career Resource to be well-informed and honest
Center (CRC) in person and on the web at http://www.crc.ufl.edu/students. * An American job interview is your
about your work eligibility.
opportunity to show the employer that
Realistically, employers have you are the best fit for the position and
American Resumes & CVS Attending Career Fairs different expectations about can work will within the organization/
visas and they will know you are company. In an interview, employers will
In many countries outside of the an international student from evaluate your language skills, abilities and
Career Fairs provide students
your overseas education and experiences listed on your resume.
United States, resumes and CVs are with opportunities to learn about
previous work experience. It is * Gain familiarity with the company/
the same; however, in the US, they various careers, network with organization and the position for
are different. A resume is a short, 1-2 ok to wait for employers to bring
employers and secure jobs or up the subject, but if they don’t,
which you are applying. Company or
page document that highlights your internships. Be confident in your organizational Web sites have a lot of
education and work experience and you should mention it by the information that will help you do your
approach, making sure to dress for end of the interview. Since many
is used to apply for work outside an research.
success. employers have fears about hiring * Employers want to know why you
academic training. A CV is a longer
document used for academic and a foreign national, make sure that are the best choice for the job. What
research positions that details your Research the companies and you are well informed about the distinguishes you from other applicants?
organizations attending, H-1B process. Become familiar with the company/
career. It can be as many pages as organization and the position for which
necessary. making note of US citizenship
you are applying.
requirements. Be prepared to talk Realize that being an * Body language is also important
Do not include visa status, about the H-1B visa application and international student is an during an interview. Typically when
photographs or personal information practice selling your strong points asset to an employer! You have you arrive, shake hands with everyone
such as date of birth, marital status, – relevant skills, accomplishments knowledge about a different in the room and introduce yourself. Sit
culture, speak a different language comfortably and confidently. Make eye
number of children, race, gender, and experiences.
and have proven to be very contact when answering questions, but do
health or religion. not stare.
adaptable. Approach employers
CRC programs and Showcase * Have questions prepared. The
When writing a resume or CV, be confidently, but not boastfully,
Essentials workshops can help interview is your opportunity to find out
sure to include the most relevant knowing that your skills and things that you could not find through
you prepare for your career fair
information first. Adapt your resume experience make you very research, but do not bring up salary.
experience. Visit Career Fairs pages marketable.
to the job/position you are applying * When the interview concludes, shake
for preparation tips or stop in for hands again with everyone in the room
for and be sure to expound on any assistance. and thank them for their time. Follow up
experiences you have had that may with a thank you note to all interviewers.
relate directly to the position.
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PROPER HANDLING AND DISPOSAL Quick Tips: Work Faster – Work Smarter!
OF COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS by Jenni Wright, Coordinator for Learning and Development
The use of energy efficient CFLs is increasing. CFLs must be
Adding a Web Address Bar to the Task Bar
properly handled and recycled due to the small amount of mercury they contain.
How many times a day do you launch Internet Explorer or Mozilla
WHAT TO DO IF A BULB BREAKS Firefox to search for something on the web? Save yourself a step by
Open a window, leave the room and restrict access for at least 30 minutes. typing that website address right into your task bar!
Get children and pregnant women out of the area immediately.
If the light bulb has been provided by Housing 1) Right click on the task bar at the very bottom of your screen.
(like the lights in your ceiling or in the breezeway), put in an iService maintenance 2) Mouse over Toolbars.
request. If it is a weekend, evening or holiday, contact your Community Assistant or 3) When the new menu pops up, select Address. The Address bar
Residence Director and ask for emergency maintenance.
should pop up on the right side of your task bar.
If the light bulb is one that you purchased and installed, 4) You may need to drag the Address bar out to see it better. Click
follow these instructions for safe and proper clean-up: on the dotted bar and drag it out to the left until you see the Go
Wearing disposable gloves, carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with 5) Type a website in and click Go!
cardboard or paper. Tape can be used to pick up small pieces and powder.
Wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes.
Double bag fragments, powder and clean-up materials.
Wash your hands after cleanup to prevent contamination.
FREE CFL BULB RECYCLING
Burned out CFLs can be taken to the following locations in
Gainesville for recycling:
George’s Hardware, 3424 W University Avenue
Zell’s Ace Hardware, 3727 W University Avenue
Indigo Green Store, 322 SW 4th Avenue
The Lighting Gallery, 2430 NW 6th Street
Alachua County Hazardous Waste Collection Center,
5125 NE 63rd Avenue (2 miles north of 39th Avenue off Waldo Road)
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Rethinking Our Resolutions Maintenance Staff Needs Your Help
By Dr. Jennifer Stuart Several times a year, GFH Maintenance Staff visit every apartment
to perform an important function: changing the air filter. This minor action
The Counseling and Wellness Center produces major results, for you and for the equipment in your apartment.
The New Year is a time for reflecting on the past, examining our lives, and identifying
To change the temperature in your home, your heating and air-conditioning system sucks
goals for the coming year. For many people, these goals take the form of the in air from a room, pulls it over coils to heat or chill it, then blows the tempered air through
infamous “New Year Resolution.” Most of us have made (and broken) our share of ducts to the other rooms in your home. The air filter is stationed at the point where air is pulled
resolutions in the quest for self-improvement. Maybe we decided to study more, into the system. It traps air-born particles that get sucked in with the air and keeps them from
stop procrastinating, begin an exercise routine, or give up an unhealthy habit. blocking the blower and clogging up the coils. Clogged coils can't heat or cool the air passing
Undoubtedly, the intentions were good. Too often though, these resolutions focus over them, and they may damage the system. So, the air filter helps your heating and cooling
on fixing something we think is wrong with us, and help to convince us that we are system do its job, keeps it running efficiently and protects it so it will last longer. *
not okay the way we are. When the resolution gets broken (like most of them do),
Filters also help to keep dust from building
it can leave us feeling guilty and even less motivated. Worse still, the quest for self- up in your ducts, or being blown into other
improvement can become an all-consuming task, getting in the way of those things rooms of your house. In recent years, this air
that are truly fulfilling. What would happen if this year, instead of trying to change cleaning function has become more important to
ourselves, we tried to more fully inhabit the lives we already have? The guidelines homeowners, and manufacturers have designed
below are designed to help you make more enriching resolutions : filters that use your heating and air system to
remove microscopic particles like dust, pollen,
pet dander, bacteria, plant and mold spores, and
Reflect on yourself. Are there parts of yourself that you have neglected? Maybe
even smoke from the air in your home. *
interests you used to have or causes you have been passionate about? What is it that
you really like about yourself? What makes you come alive? Resolve to nourish those To do their job correctly and efficiently, Maintenance Staff needs your help. Here are a few
parts of yourself in the coming year. tips for making this happen:
Reflect on your relationships. Are there relationships you need to repair? People 1. Read the Community Update - the CU tells you when Maintenance Staff is coming to
you have lost touch with? Are there people in your life who don’t know how much your apartment and why they are coming.
you care about them? Or maybe there are healthy relationships that you would like to 2. Make sure access to the air filter is clear - if the filter is in your hallway closet, make
deepen. Resolve to reconnect with others and nurture these relationships. sure that none of your belongings are blocking the filter. Maintenance Staff will not move your
things out of the way. Besides, obstructing the air flow will make your air conditioning unit work
Reflect on your life. Are there places you would like to grow, or places where you harder and not as well. If you don’t know where the filter is, ask your Village maintenance staff
member to show you.
have been holding yourself back? Are there new things you would like to try, or a
change you haven’t quite gotten the courage to make? Resolve to take those risks and 3. If you have family members or visitors in your apartment, make sure they know that
stretch beyond your comfort zone. Maintenance is coming. Tell them they must allow Maintenance Staff into the apartment to do
their job - this means listening for their knock (they always knock and announce who they are),
and removing the chain lock. Remember: UF Maintenance staff members are ALWAYS in
This year, if you decide to make a resolution, resolve to do something that will enhance
uniform, and they carry picture ID badges. If you have any concerns about the person trying to
your life in some meaningful way. Nourish yourself, connect with others, and allow enter your apartment, call your Village office or UPD for assistance.
yourself to grow. For more information on personal wellness and growth, visit the
Counseling Center website at http://www.counsel.ufl.edu or call 352.392.1575 4. If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a resident of GFH ,
contact your Village office or re-read your Housing contract.
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