The Team Gearing Up for Opening Day

Campus Life – UConn Today

The countdown has begun. And when the this buzzer goes off Friday morning, more than 3,550 students and a cadre of family and friends, will flood campus.
The new faces will be met by staff and upperclassmen who have long been preparing for their arrival.
“When the freshmen families pull into the parking lot, it can be really cute,” said Amy Crim, the associate director of housing services, Office of Residential Life. “Students and parents can be nervous and have a ton of questions. We try to lighten things up as much as possible.”
In Storrs, the Class of 2022 will be welcomed on Aug. 24, while upperclassmen will return throughout the weekend. More than 19,000 undergraduates call Storrs home during the academic year, and over 12,000 live in residence halls.
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Crim’s team members greet them and tell them what is going to happen. Freshmen families are instructed to report to designated campus parking lots depending on residence hall assignments. The lots are used as staging areas because parking is not abundant near most residence halls.
Husky Haulers – UConn upperclassmen who volunteer to come back early — are on site near all housing to and greet the newcomers and literally help them carry their possessions. Fraternities, sororities and Learning Communities often come out to help.
“We have hundreds of them who come back early for this job,” said Crim. “Our staff gets here at 6:30 a.m. and it’s really a fun day, but it’s also an exhausting one.”
The key to an efficient move-in and start of an academic year is planning, which essentially begins in May – right after commencement.
Aris Ristau, director of building services in Facilities Operations & Building Services, oversees the team of housekeepers and general trade workers who perform maintenance on campus.
“As soon as the students leave in May, we being to check every single room on …

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