Summer is a busy time for MU's Housing & Residence Life office
HUNTINGTON -- Though most of the students have returned home for the summer, now is a very busy time for Marshall University's Department of Housing & Residential Life.
Director John Yuan says that there is a lot of work to be done in the summer months.
"We have just under 80 students staying on campus for Summer School who are staying in Twin Towers West and we also have summer conferences going on throughout the summer," Yaun said. "People may stay for three days to a week and after they leave another group may come in. They're staying in some of the commons buildings or the Twin Towers East and that will go one through Aug. 3. This fall we are expecting an upsurge of INTO students so right now we're predicting just under 1,700 students living on campus. We'll be about 98 percent full.
"There's a common perception that things are quiet here but actually the summer is one of our busiest times," he added. "We are getting ready for Residential Advisor and Residence Director training which begins in August. We have a total of 57-58 Resident Advisors who live on the floors of the students and about five residence directors who manage one to three residence halls. We are also revising manuals. We have to prepare for a lot of the activities that occur throughout the school year in the summer."
The Department is also engaging in a variety of construction and renovations.
"We are getting rooms repainted and updated," Yaun said. "We have several projects going on. We are building an academic center in Twin Towers East, are doing some exterior work there and there is a new boiler going in. We have a new kitchen going in at the Commons Buildings and we are buying new computers for the computers labs. We are replacing about 75% of the computers in the computer labs to faster models and we are also installing more wifi devices because we have people coming in with iPads, iPhones and other wireless devices."
According to Yaun, nearly 2,400 students are expected this fall while about 1,150 of those being first year students living on campus.
Yaun's staff goes through the rooms as soon as students leave in order to access any damages.
"We make a list and our assistant director of facilities and his staff will work out a schedule for cleaning all the rooms," Yaun said. "They then get to work on things like painting walls, cleaning windows, replacing carpet etc. throughout the summer."
Marshall has 10 Residence Halls. Tours of the student housing are available throughout the summer.
For more information on Housing and Residence Life, visit www.marshall.edu/housing.
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