Residents, this is your month, and we want to show you how much we appreciate you. Thank you for providing the staff with many unforgettable memories. Stay posted for Resident Appreciation Week.

Fall is here, and it’s time for pumpkin spice and everything nice. Be sure to book your ticket to Fright Fest at Six Flags with friends and/or family. Other fun events in San Antonio are going to a locale pumpkin patch as well as attending BOOtanica fall festival and plant sale at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Take part in the Tobin Lofts events as well as other events happening nearby.

Fall Tips for College Students

Remember to lock your doors, even if you’re stepping out for a few minutes. If you haven’t already, invest in some form of renters insurance. The season is changing and so are the colors, so try out different seasonal wreaths in your apartment. If you’re looking for a perfect fall color scheme while remodeling, look for the colors red, yellow, orange, and brown. If you want to be involved in nearby college and/or universities, join them at football games, which will be posted on our monthly calendar.

Fun Fact

A U.S. dollar bill can be folded approximately 4,000 times in the same place before it will tear.

October Is the Month of:

  • National Vegetarian Month
  • Cookie Month
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October Recipe: Pumpkin-Praline Layer Cake

Ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1/4 cup whipping cream

3/4 cup chopped pecans

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup cooking oil

4 eggs

2 cups canned pumpkin

1/4 teaspoon black walnut flavoring (optional)

Whipped cream topping (see recipe below)

Directions:

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and whipping cream. Cook over low heat until the brown sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour mixture into two 9×1-1/2-inch round baking pans. Sprinkle evenly with the pecans. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt. Set it aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the granulated sugar, cooking oil, and eggs. Add the pumpkin and dry ingredients alternately to the oil mixture, beating until the mixture is just combined. Stir in the black walnut flavoring, if you like.
  4. Carefully spoon the batter over the pecan/brown-sugar mixture in the baking pans. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake in a 350-degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpicks inserted in the centers come out clean. Cool the cakes in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Invert them onto wire racks, replacing any brown-sugar mixture that remains in the pans. Cool before assembling.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the whipped cream topping.
  6. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a serving plate, praline side up. Spread with the topping. Add the second layer, praline side up. Pipe or dollop with the remaining topping. Sprinkle lightly with some additional pie spice, if you like. Makes 12 servings.

Whipped Cream Topping

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups whipping cream

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a clean mixing bowl, beat whipping cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form (tips curl).
  2. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  3. Beat the topping mixture until stiff peaks form (the tips stand straight).

Reminders & Updates

Stay posted for all of our events, and be sure to come out with your new friends/roommates. Also, there has been a lot of pet waste left on each floor; please take your dogs and/or cats outside. We have a wonderful pet area as well as waste trash bags, so utilize them to the fullest. Please refrain from vandalizing the vending machines by shaking/hitting them. If one is found vandalizing a vending machine, there will be a minimum $100 fine per occurrence. Thank you in advance!

Happy October!

We hope you’ve had a good start to the semester! Everyone should be settled in by now and ready to take on the school year. October will be packed with events and a special Resident Appreciation Week planned from October 2–6, so be sure to look at the events section in this newsletter.

Renewal rates and new lease rates are ready! Please stop by the front desk so we can answer any questions you have in regard to renewing your lease — we’re happy to help.

Get involved. Get ahead.

Did you know students who are involved outside of the classroom are more successful in their academic pursuits? If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to find opportunities to get involved on campus and in the local community. Your campus’ student activities office is a great place to start to find out about clubs, organizations, and campus events. You can also connect with our team to find ways to get connected. Whether it’s the chess club or intramural football, or volunteering at a local shelter, we would love to help you find ways to get involved both at your Campus Advantage community and on campus.

How are we doing?

Have you filled out your resident satisfaction survey yet? Please take a moment to let us know how we’re doing! Simply visit http://ratemy.community. We are always working to improve your experiences!

Community Events

October 4 @ 5 p.m. — National Taco Day in the office

October 8 @ 5 p.m. — Frito Pie Bar

October 9 @ 10 a.m. — Donuts and Monsters Before Class

October 10 @ 7 p.m. — Cupcake Decorating

October 11 @ 7 p.m. — Taste from Around the World (China)

October 12 @ 1 p.m. — Resident of the Month Announcement

October 15 — Celebrating October Birthdays

October 18 @ 7 p.m. — Baked Potatoes in the clubhouse

October 21 — Halloween Door Decorating Contest Begins

October 22, All Day — Root Beer Floats in the office

October 24 @ 7 p.m. — Sugar Skull Decorating Contest in the clubhouse

October 25 — Taste from Around the World (India)

October 26 @ 7 p.m. — Pumpkin Carving in the clubhouse

October 29 — Door Decorating Contest Winners’ Announcement

October 31, All Day — Happy Halloween! Popcorn balls and treats in the office