December 4, 2007

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Housing Hosts Reslife Bucks Auction, Opens Online Store

VALDOSTA - On-campus students, who have been collecting Reslife Bucks throughout the semester, will have the opportunity to bid on electronics, VSU merchandise and more during the annual Reslife Bucks Auction at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the old gymnasium. Students who attend will receive $30 worth of bucks to be used at the auction and those who complete the event evaluation will receive an extra $50 worth of bucks.

On-campus students have had the opportunity to attend events, programs, lectures and activities throughout the semester in order to acquire Reslife Bucks from the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Valdosta State University. With options of personal enrichment, community service, residence hall events and more, students earned from $10 - $300 in Reslife bucks for participation, based on the type of program.

Last minute opportunities to earn bucks are available throughout the day. For a full list of events, visit the Reslife Bucks Calendar at http://easapps.valdosta.edu:7777/pls/apps/f?p=118:1:5109633974260771 . Accessible through BlazeNet and the Housing Web site, this calendar displays information about all residence hall events.

Students who don’t attend the auction can still purchase select items through the new online store, which opened in October 2007. Open 24-hours a day, students can spend their Reslife bucks or use the ATM feature to share bucks with their friends. A minimum of $375 Reslife Bucks is required to shop at the online store. Students may also choose to carry their balance over through spring semester.

The Reslife Bucks program was initiated in fall 2006 as an effort to encourage on-campus students to engage in opportunities for diversity, community service and learning outside the classroom.

“We established the program to give students a fun opportunity to be civically engaged and always learning,” Njeri Pringle, Patterson Hall director, said. “We as a department are invested in living and learning outside the classroom.”

Pringle said that Residence Life hopes to expand the program to all students. She is discussing options with several departments to create a partnership to help the effort, which will benefit students and improve the successfulness of these events. If successful, all VSU students will be eligible to receive bucks for activities campus-wide.

Call Pringle at (229) 245-3736 or the Offices of Housing and Residence Life at (229) 333-5920 for more information.

Sample items on auction:
iPod Shuffle
iPod Nano
iPod docking stations
Television
Guitar Hero 2
Kodak Digital Picture Frame
Exercise Giftpacks
Laundry Giftpacks
Grocery gift baskets