CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 13, 2004 — Southeast Missouri State University’s residence halls are gearing up for the arrival Thursday, Aug. 19, of more than 1,200 first year and transfer students who will be living on campus. In addition, another 1,000 returning on-campus students will move back into the residence halls Aug. 20-22.
“This fall, we’ll have about 2,300 students living in our residence halls,” says Bruce Skinner, associate director of the Office of Residence Life. More than half of the 2,300 students are first year students who will be living away from home for the first time.
“We make a special effort to connect these first year students to the Southeast community,” Skinner said. “There are hundreds of scheduled and spontaneous events for new and returning students to take advantage of during the first few weeks of the fall semester.”
The beginning of an on-campus student’s transition to the Southeast community will begin Aug. 19 when they move into their residence hall. “We have a very organized process for the students, parents and family friends that make the trip to campus to help their student move into their room,” Skinner said.
More than 600 student and staff volunteers will assist with moving students into their rooms on Aug. 19.
“The efforts of our volunteers are a key to the success of our move in day activities. Without them, we could not move in over 1,000 students in just 10 hours,” said Theresa Haug Belvin, coordinator of New Student Programs.
Move-in Day begins at 6 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Show-Me Center/Student Recreation Center. A one-stop shop of local businesses and campus departments will provide on-campus students with information while they pick up their room keys and check-in information.
The Department of Public Safety at Southeast is urging people to consider alternate travel routes near campus that day. 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 4 p.m., with the heaviest traffic expected from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residence hall check-in for first year students is planned for 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center located on New Madrid between Henderson and Sprigg.
Glaus said 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 Broadway instead of on New Madrid.
Once students pick up their keys, they will be directed to their residence halls 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.
“I still recall how my mother felt when I moved into the residence halls, so I feel an obligation to help every parent I see with any question or concern they may have. After all, we must remember that this is just as significant a change for the parent as it is for the student,” Skinner said.