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Briefs........................... August 22, 1997

Husky Haulers to help students move in
Students moving into residence halls will have a little extra help this year - from a group of faculty and staff, including several top administrators.

The idea was raised on the University's list-serve UCFORUM-L during the summer break by Art Brodeur, special assistant to the Chancellor, following discussion among the Chancellor's staff. The list-serve is an electronic forum for debating issues important to the University community. Brodeur and other contributors to the list said helping students as they arrive would promote a sense of community and be welcoming to students.

Within days the idea attracted more than 30 volunteers, including Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs Mark Emmert, Director of University Libraries Paul Kobulnicky, and Registrar Jeffrey von Munkwitz-Smith. Carol Polifroni, associate professor of nursing, Preston Britner, a new faculty member in the School of Family Studies, and Veronica Makowsky, a professor of English, are among the faculty who have volunteered.

The majority of resident students move in on Sunday, August 24, with first-year students arriving from 8 a.m. and continuing students starting at 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, August 25 and 26, are also residence hall check-in days. After resident assistants check students into the halls, the Husky Hauler volunteers will help families unload their cars and carry students' possessions to their rooms.

If you would like to volunteer, contact Kim Chambers, coordinator of academic programs in residence halls, at (860) 486-2150 or at holc3@uconnvm., by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 22.

UPS strike over, textbooks still coming in
The UPS strike is over, but whether students will have all their books by the first day of classes is still up in the air.

"Professors are still ordering textbooks - a lot is coming in daily," says Madeline Spata, division manager of textbooks for the UConn Co-op. She says her staff are doing everything they can to ensure that textbooks are available, but "We're not promising that books will be here for the first day of classes. Textbook publishers are being very creative, but they are backed up, too. Everything has been affected by the strike."

Spata says the books ordered early have already come in. During the strike, the Co-op amassed orders to have the textbooks shipped by freight.

"Late orders and back orders are the question," she says. "We're hoping by next week UPS will be back to full service when students make changes in their schedules and we have to reorder books."

Anyone with questions about their textbook orders should call Spata at (860) 486-3727.