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COMMUNITY CONNECTION
A monthly PCH Resident Newsletter brought to you by the Housing Information Office

SEPTEMBER 2018
 
 
 
Welcome home!
 

WELCOME HOME!!

Welcome to the PCH Community Connection Newsletter!! Be on the lookout for the PCH Newsletter throughout the year to help you explore your new home away from home! The newsletter will provide you with information to help get you connected to the University as well as the PCH community. Remember you can always find us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, or on our Private Certified Housing website!

 
 
 
ILLINOIS FOOTBALL Starts SATURDAY

Fighting Illini football opens the 2018 season on Saturday, September 1, at Memorial Stadium. You can still buy tickets for the game, or check out the 2018 schedule.

Illinois and Kent State will start @ 11:00am. Come join us and swim in a sea of orange and blue! We hope to see you there, but if you can't join us in person, the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network. GO ILLINI!

 
 
 
SEPTEMBER PCH EVENTS
 
 
 

Presby Hall hosts Friday Night Flix the first Friday of every month at 8:00pm. It's free in the McKinley Foundation living room, and all are welcome to attend! Additionally, Presby is kicking off CU Pridefest with a free showing of Call Me By Your Name on Wednesday, September 12, at 7:00pm!

 
 
 

The Presby Hall community garden, McKinley Giving Garden, needs volunteers every Monday at 6:00pm. Absolutely no gardening experience necessary! More information can be found here.

 
 
 

Newman Hall is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, September 12, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Please consider dropping by and donating!

 
 
BIKES on CAMPUS
UIPD Public Safety

All personal bicycles on the Illinois campus should be registered at your Residence Hall or House as well as with the University Police Department. Complete your online UIPD Registration form HERE.

Don’t have a bike? You can rent one at the University YMCA through Y-Cycles. BONUS: The first 2 hours are FREE!

Looking for a place to gather to repair or discuss and share knowledge of bikes? Check out The Bike Project! Also, The Bike Project is offering a free bike light giveaway on September 20 from 4:30-7:00pm at the Alma Mater (SE corner of Green St. and Wright St. in Urbana) and at the corner of Illinois St. and Lincoln Ave. (near the Hallene Gateway) in Urbana. Check out the Facebook event page for more information!

 
 
TAKE the WELLNESS PLEDGE!

The Take the Wellness Pledge initiative is a collaborative effort by units and departments within the Division of Student Affairs in a systems-wide approach to improve wellbeing at the individual, campus community, and greater community level. Take the pledge today!

 
 
SAFEWALKS and SAFERIDES
MTD Saferides

If you are walking at night, follow these guidelines from the UIPD Division of Public Safety:

  • Use well-lit, high-traffic routes when walking on campus
  • Don't walk alone at night
  • Stay aware of your surroundings; listening to music or using your phone can distract you from people or vehicles around you
  • Trust your instincts; if you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and go immediately to an area with lights and people
  • Most importantly, use your common sense!

If you find yourself in a situation where you need transport, take advantage of two services provided for the campus community: SafeWalks and SafeRides

SafeWalks is a courtesy service provided to University of Illinois students, faculty, or staff so that they do not have to walk alone within the campus area. Contact them at (217) 333-1216. Note: Please give at least 15 minutes notice.

SafeRides is an MTD service that provides safe transportation for individuals who are generally traveling alone when no other means of safe transportation is available. Contact them at (217) 265-7433.

 
SafeWalks 
 

Download the FREE mobile app for SafeWalks for iOS and Android.

SafeRides and SafeWalks contact information is also on the back of your i-card!

 
 
AT ILLINOIS, WE CARE
 
 

More than 50% of college sexual assaults occur in either August, September, October, or November, and students are at an increased risk of sexual assault during the first few months of their first semester in college. To report an incident, learn about ways to support someone who has been assaulted, talk to someone about sexual assault, or even if you're not sure what to do, visit http://wecare.illinois.edu/.

 
 
 
 
 

Know the risk factors, know the warning signs, and don't be afraid to speak up if you or someone you know is struggling.

Visit https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/ for information related to counseling services available to students.