Incoming students get help from Loper Move In Crew

Source: Jen Kacere, 308.865.4806,
Writer:Sara Giboney, writing specialist, 308.865.8529,

By SARA GIBONEY, UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Not all of the heavy lifting is on the shoulders of new students and their parents when they move into residence halls at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Kenzie Helmink and her parents, Fred and Kathy, move items into Helmink’s University of Nebraska at Kearney residence hall in 2011. Nearly 350 Loper Move In Crew volunteers will help incoming UNK students move onto campus Friday.

Nearly 350 student, faculty and staff volunteers – called the Loper Move In Crew – will help incoming UNK students move onto campus Friday from 8 3:30 p.m.

“It helps ease the stress of a family and allows them to interact with incoming students and show Loper pride,” said Jen Kacere, residence hall complex director.

About 2,000 students are moving into UNK residence halls in preparation for classes, which begin Monday (Aug. 26).

“We appreciate that the students and faculty and staff want to welcome our incoming students back to campus and assist with that transition period,” Kacere said.

Student volunteers move in Thursday morning then attend a volunteer orientation that evening. There are nearly 260 student volunteers for New Student Move In Day.

Jen Kacere

Kacere said student volunteers are asked to move boxes into dorm rooms, help incoming students assemble lofts or just hold doors for students and their parents moving into the residence halls.

“The assessment we did last year was very positive,” Kacere said. “Parents really enjoyed the assistance and being able to interact with the student volunteers.”

The 55 faculty and staff volunteers will operate hydration stations, hold doors and give any other assistance students and their parents might need.

Community volunteers from the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, members of the Loper Parent Association and student athletes also will help students move in.

Chancellor Doug Kristensen will greet incoming students as they move into the residence halls.

New Student Move In Day is sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, the First Year Program and the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.