Students show up at Highlands

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By Don Pace

Statewide, national and international students, many seeing Las Vegas for the first time, checked in for orientation and housing assignments over the weekend at Highlands University.

Margaret Mary Makoge left her home in sunny Cameroon and saw the snowflakes falling as she arrived in her new hometown.

Makoge and other students spent Sunday afternoon moving their belongings and settling into their dorm rooms around campus with the help of new friends and university staff.

Melody Hall residence assistant Natasha Romero said the university welcomes students to a tidy room and tries to make it homey so moving into a new and strange environment isn’t so scary.

“We really try to keep our new students active so they are not so homesick - we try to make it a home away from home,” Romero said.

Housing secretary Leticia Merrills-Gonzalez said resident halls are at near capacity. She said everyone on campus is excited and anxious as they see the construction on the new dorm complex near completion. Officials expect students will move in to the complex with high-end accommodations by the fall semester.