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The sounds of Wright State volunteers racing around campus in the traditional golf cart brigade while picking up awaiting families to transport students’ belongings to their dorms were replaced by steadily pushed grocery carts with the occasional wobbly wheel at this year’s Operation Move-In.

Traditionally, the Wright State community comes together for a large move-in event, with more than 400 volunteers helping new students settle into their new homes. The coronavirus pandemic forced Wright State to alter its plans to ensure that students are able to move into on-campus housing safely.

“Very careful, very well organized,” said Dan Bertsos, director of Residence Life and Housing.

Students first arrived on campus in Lot 4, where Residence Life and Housing staff checked them in with a touchless drive-through process. Staff volunteers were on hand to give directions, answer questions and sanitize carts after they are used.

Students received a Wright Start kit that included hand sanitizer, masks for the student and their two helpers, a thermometer, reminders of campus safety protocols, and instructions on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot.

More than 1,260 new and returning students will move into 29 residence halls and on-campus apartments during Operation Move-In Aug. 20-23.

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