As students moved into their dorms at the start of fall semester, several changes and upgrades awaited them. UTC Housing had a busy summer installing wireless internet, new flooring, new lighting, among other upgrades, meant to enhance the on-campus residential experience.
“Our Housing Operations staff have worked very hard this summer on a number of projects. Mary Jean Broyles, Assistant Student Housing Director for Administration and Operations, has worked on the installation of wireless access in all of the Decosimo, Lockmiller, and approximately half of the apartments in Johnson- Obear. We are hoping to make additional progress with wireless over the next year,” Dr. Steven Hood, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Housing, said.
Many apartments or units on campus got a facelift with new flooring, lights, kitchen cabinets, and door locks.
“New flooring has been installed in Boling Apartments, and we have completed renovations of approximately 15 more apartments in Lockmiller that includes painting, new flooring, new light fixtures and upgraded kitchen cabinet hardware. We have replaced locks in Guerry and UC Foundation as part of a plan to upgrade all lock/key hardware in South Campus for additional security measures,” Hood said.
According to Hood, some administrative processes will also be changing.
“Residents will be hearing from us in late September or early October regarding some changes to room renewal process that we believe will be beneficial for all UTC students. The changes that we are making will be to improve the overall experience for residents, while considering the facts presented to us both in our end-of-the-year satisfaction survey, the master plan survey and national student housing trends,” he said.