Students to Begin Arriving Aug. 17 for Fall Semester

Photo of Move-In Day

Beginning Aug. 17, more than 1,100 first year and transfer students will arrive to move in and prepare for the fall 2006 semester.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Aug. 4, 2006 – Southeast Missouri State University’s residence halls are gearing up for the arrival Aug. 17 of more than 1,100 first year and transfer students who will be living on campus beginning with the fall 2006 semester.

In addition, another 1,289 returning on-campus students will move back into the residence halls Aug. 18-20.

Bruce Skinner, associate director of the Office of Residence Life, says Southeast will have about 2,300 students living in its residence halls this fall.

“Move-in Day is an important day,” he says, adding that Aug. 17 is designated as move-in solely for first-year and transfer students so all new students have the opportunity to get acclimated to campus at the same time without the distraction of returning students doing the same.

“We really gear our move-in day and the entire weekend to helping get our first-year students acclimated to Southeast and to being a member of our community,” he said.

Move-in Day will begin at the Show Me Center/Student Recreation Center located on New Madrid between Henderson and Sprigg streets. Students will park in and enter from the north side of the complex. A one-stop shop of local businesses and campus departments will provide on-campus students information while they pick up their room assignment, room keys and check-in information. Cell phone companies, banks, Greek organizations, student organizations, the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, beauty supply companies, pizza restaurants, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and many others will be among the vendors represented.

Skinner says new students have received designated check-in times from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. based on the building in and the floor on which they will be living. This helps expedite the process as elevators in buildings are moving to designated floors without interrupted stops in between, Skinner said.

Students also may opt to move in during Early-Bird Move-In from 6 to 8 a.m. and during an open period from 1 to 4 p.m. Early Bird Move-In is for first-year students wanting to check in before their scheduled time.

“Last year, we had 150 students take advantage of Early Bird Move-In,” Skinner said. “It was popular last year.”

Once students pick up their keys, they will be directed to their residence hall, where they will move their belongings into their rooms. After students check in, they have a few hours to say goodbye to family and friends and, then, a series of scheduled activities are set up to help students acclimate to the on-campus living community.

With so many people and vehicles on Move-In Day, sometimes, things can get a little hectic, Skinner said. The Office of Residence Life will have staff throughout the residence halls ready to assist students and parents as they transition to on-campus living.

In addition, more than 600 student and staff volunteers will assist with moving students into their rooms on Aug. 17. About 450 of the volunteers will be Greek students along with several others representing religious and service organizations, Air Force ROTC, and the football, soccer and volleyball teams.

“We could not complete a single day move-in without the help of our volunteers,” he said. “We have a very organized process for the students and their family members that make the trip to campus to help their student move into their room.”

The Department of Public Safety at Southeast is urging people to consider alternate travel routes near campus Aug. 17. Beth Glaus, manager of parking and transit, said heavy traffic congestion is expected on New Madrid between Henderson and Sprigg streets from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the heaviest traffic expected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Since all new students are checking in at the Student Recreation Center throughout the day, New Madrid Street will be inaccessible for through traffic and will be used by local traffic exiting the Student Recreation Center headed to the Towers Complex and the other residence halls on the south side of campus for most of the day,” Glaus said.

She added that those not participating in residence hall check-in may wish to consider traveling north and south on West End Boulevard instead of on Henderson or Sprigg, and east and west on Bertling or Independence instead of on New Madrid. Glaus said Broadway may have more congestion than usual during the move-in period, so motorists may want to choose these alternate east-west routes.

The day will come to a close at 7:30 p.m. when Andy Masters will address the first-year students in Academic Auditorium. Masters is a professional, motivational speaker who will discuss “Balancing Student Life and Academics.”