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FaCilities All three institutions report positive impacts resulting from these inspections. At the University of Florida, over a period of three years of inspections, staff observed an 80 percent reduction in cleanliness problems (such as greasy stoves, dirty floors, and unsanitary conditions) as well as a 55 percent reduction in safety and security problems (such as aluminum foil on stoves, covered smoke detectors, and dangerous use of extension cords). At Central Michigan, Schmidt comments that it helped staff to be proactive with students who might otherwise have left behind “hundreds of dollars of damages.” At the University of Texas at Arlington, Molly Albart considers their inspections, begun seven years ago, as both successful and cost-effective. She points to decreases in the number of pest infestations, nonregistered roommates, and cleanliness problems as proof. Also, she says the ad may 09.pdf 1 14/05/09 inspections have reduced the amount of money they had to put into cleaning the apartments in between residents. Other Initiatives: In addition to apartment inspection programs, several other initiatives have been implemented to support the goal of educating residents about apartment living. New Resident Orientation: The idea is basic but critical. In order to educate and inform residents on the rules and regulations as well as on their responsibility when it comes to maintaining their apartments, it is important to reach them as early as possible. This is the goal of an orientation program at the University of Florida. Once a month, new residents are invited to a one-hour session where residence life staff review the rights and responsibilities of residents. After only three years of facilitating new resident orientations, staff could see a major improvement in the relationship between staff and residents. Off to a good start, residents and staff are more likely to listen to each other in times when problems need to be addressed. Cleaning Classes: In 2007, after analyzing the preliminary data from the first round of cleanliness inspections and after receiving many questions from residents on how to efficiently clean their apartments, the University of Florida staff launched cleaning classes in each village. With the help of custodial staff, residence life staff organized one-hour classes in a vacant apartment where participants could go from room to room learning about cleaning tips and products. Frazier, at North Dakota State, reports developing a similar initiative and seeing success as well. conTinues 50 7:59 PM Affordable. Customized. Scalable. C M Y CM MY CY CMY : K
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Talking Stick - November/December 2009

Talking Stick - November/December 2009
Contents
Online Now
Vision
Just In
Your ACUHO-I
Transitions
Regroup
Facilities
Business
Calendar
No Small Measure
Military Matriculation
Conversations
First Takes
Reporting Out
Welcome
Snapshot
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - BB1
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - BB2
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Talking Stick - November/December 2009
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Cover2
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 1
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 2
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Contents
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Online Now
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 5
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Vision
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 7
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Just In
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 9
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 10
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 11
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 12
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Your ACUHO-I
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Transitions
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 15
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Regroup
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 17
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 18
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 19
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Facilities
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 21
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 22
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 23
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Business
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 25
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 26
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Calendar
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - No Small Measure
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 30
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 31
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 32
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 35
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Military Matriculation
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 42
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 43
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Conversations
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 45
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - 46
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - First Takes
Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Reporting Out
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Welcome
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Talking Stick - November/December 2009 - Snapshot
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