UNM Residence Life & Student Housing will greet nearly 2,000 new and returning students and their families this week as they begin arriving on campus. But preparation for student arrival began well before the summer months of June, July and August.

Preparation for the week’s operations include organizing the keys and fobs for building and room access, creating welcome packets, training almost 100 student staff including resident advisors, desk attendants and student safety personnel, and logistical preparations for parking and Pedway access with Institutional Support Services partners at PPD and PATS.

Although Operation Lobo Move-In officially begins Aug. 11, the campus saw plenty of activity in the days before then as some students such as Band, ROTC and international students arrived.

“Move-in is our most exciting time here in Housing as we look forward to providing the best experience possible for our residents,” said Wayne Sullivan, director, UNM Residence Life & Student Housing. “A positive experience living on campus can impact a student’s entire college experience.”

The largest project, by far, is the preparation for move-in. Custodial and maintenance staff prepared more than 1,600 rooms, 250 apartment living spaces, and countless common study, laundry and kitchen areas to prepare for occupancy in the seven residence hall facilities.

Campus directions assist new students with the move-in process at four residence halls.

During the summer "down time," UNM Housing works to complete major projects such as renovations, repairs and upgrades, while still housing a number of summer students and interns in the Student Residence Center Apartments, and hosting numerous summer conference guests throughout the other residence halls.

Major projects this summer included installing a substantial Wi-Fi upgrade in all residence halls so that residents will be able to access UNM’s wireless network from their rooms, major interior room renovations in Alvarado Hall with new flooring, closets and furniture, replacing showers in Laguna - DeVargas Complex, and exterior stairwell repairs and paint in the SRC Apartments.

“Many of these projects are not necessarily glamorous, but they are the behind the scenes items that give our residents a more comfortable and safe living environment,” said Sullivan.