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UHV to house freshmen, sophomores in hotels temporarily

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Sept. 1, 2010 at 4:01 a.m.


YOU SHOULD KNOW:Each student impacted by the construction delays will be contacted by the school

All meals, accommodations and transportation will be taken care of by UHV

For more information about Jaguar Hall construction, contact Wayne Beran, vice president for finance and administration, at beranw@uhv.edu

Student housing questions should be directed to Zandy Baker, director of housing, at bakera@uhv.edu

Ongoing construction and water damage will again delay incoming University of Houston-Victoria freshmen and sophomores from moving into Jaguar Hall this Sunday.

Instead, students affected by the construction will check in on the first floor of the University Center from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, then they will be ushered to several area hotels, where they will stay until construction is complete.

"We are going to ensure that these students are housed, fed, safe and in their classes," UHV Interim President Don Smith said in a press release. "This is just a temporary situation until we can ensure that Jaguar Hall will be a first-class residence hall that these students can call home during the school year."

Hotel accommodations will include meals and transportation to campus.

Jaguar Hall's remodeling project commenced in May, but crews' attempts to convert the building to a dormitory and remove mold from the previous structure have been repeatedly delayed.

The original move-in date for Jaguar Hall, which can accommodate 258 students, was slated for Aug. 19, in time for the first day of classes on Aug. 23.

But when it appeared construction would not be ready in time, the university changed the move-in date to Sept. 5, and freshmen and sophomore students were given until Sept. 7 to start classes.

Classes are still planned to begin Sept. 7, but while freshman and sophomore students are unable to move into their dorm rooms, the university will offer a shuttle service to campus until construction is finalized, which is now expected to be sometime during the first week of classes.

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