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'Groovin' Move-In'' planned for UNI residence halls

August 17, 2003
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Lyn Redington, UNI associate director/residence/housing, (319) 273-2333
Drake Martin, UNI assistant director/residence/education, (319) 273-2333 or (319) 273-6330
James Barnes, UNI move-in crew coordinator, (319) 415-5699 (cell) or (319) 273-7063 (office)
Vicki Grimes, Office of University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- By the end of the week, some 3,800 students are expected to be moved into their rooms in the 10 residence halls on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Along with parents and family members, they will get help from more than 100 students who have signed on as part of the move-in crew that will provide assistance Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 21-23.

Lyn Redington, UNI associate director of residence, says a number of new programs this year have also proved popular and are bringing students into the halls ahead of the regular schedule. About 300 first-year students directly from high school signed up for the new 'Springboard' program designed to help develop them into a cohesive community. They will be living in Hagemann, Noehren and Campbell Halls and arrive on campus Wednesday, Aug. 20, with a kick-off dinner with UNI president, Robert Koob, scheduled that evening. Special events on Thursday will welcome them to the campus and provide them with extra resources to make a smoother transition to the residence system and college.

Also, Redington says 430 students have chosen to participate in UNI's recently-approved 'Two-Year Advantage' pilot program that allows students living in the residence halls to receive the same dining/housing rate for the first and second years of their contracts. Among other benefits, this plan also allows them to move into the halls Thursday with no additional fee.

A new parking system, 'CP' for C-preferred, designates about 800 parking places closest to the residence halls for students who are returning for at least a second year in the halls. Other changes in the residence system include the re-opening of Campbell Dining Center for weekday lunches and dinners while the Towers Dining Center is closed for renovations, and a new window and carpeting project throughout the fall for units in the College Courts family housing area that is expected to help residents significantly lower their utility costs.