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More than 1,800 freshmen moved into residential colleges at UM this week.

From UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 20, 2014) —

It was just shy of 9 a.m. Wednesday when University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala strolled toward the elevators of the Hecht Residential College where Connor Morley stood clutching the rails of the grey laundry cart.

“What is all this stuff,” Shalala asked, looking at the cart, which was brimming with bags and plastic containers.

“Food,” said the young freshman, who hails from Westchester, N.Y.

“You know, we do feed you here,” Shalala remarked, smiling and chuckling with Morley.

With parents, siblings, and friends assisting them, more than 1,840 freshmen representing the Class of 2018 moved into Hecht, Eaton, and Stanford Residential Colleges this week, gearing up for an academic year that’ll be filled with excitement in the form of events, sporting contests, new dining options—and a few new high-tech enhancements.

Shalala spent time Wednesday morning with mascot Sebastian meeting with freshmen and their parents. She visited several rooms, where students were sorting through clothes and putting sheets on beds.

At several rooms where students had not arrived yet, Shalala left a welcoming note on the door.

Students this year will find new video display boards in all of the residential college lobbies and elevator areas that will carry important messaging for students.

“Much more engaging than eight and a half by eleven-inch flyers,” said Jon Baldessari, director of housing operations and facilities for the Department of Housing and Residential Life. The display boards, he said, can be “managed locally in each area, centrally from the housing office, and even in emergencies by University staff.”

UM Information Technology is installing additional wireless access points in each dorm room in the coming weeks to improve signal strength and the overall wireless experience, and new electronic locks have been installed in Mahoney and Pearson as well as the front doors of all University Village apartments.

About 2,100 continuing students are moving into Eaton, Mahoney, and Pearson Residential Colleges, as well as University Village. In all, about 4,300 students will live on campus this year.

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