New Student Programs Offers Opening Week Reminders


Opening Week is practically here! Just a few reminders to help you, and any students you may encounter, have the best possible experience as our campus community returns for Fall 2019.

Aug. 5-9

  • Resident Assistants are already on campus for training.
  • Many of our student athletes and international students have begun arriving.

Sunday, Aug. 11

Monday, Aug. 12

  • International Orientation begins

Tuesday, Aug. 13

  • SE101 Training (for faculty and staff who have registered to participate)

Wednesday, Aug. 14

  • International student enrollment
  • OWL Training
  • Move-in day volunteers arrive (more than 1,000 students are already in the residence halls by the end of the day)

Thursday, Aug. 15

  • Move In Day!
  • Traffic on campus is carefully controlled on this day! The following road or lot closures may impact your travel to campus:
    • Limit traffic on Henderson Avenue between Broadway and Normal Avenue for pedestrian safety.
    • No traffic will be allowed down New Madrid Street past the intersection at Henderson Avenue (eastbound) or from the Sprigg Street intersection (westbound) from 7 a.m-2 p.m.
    • Greek Drive will be open to allow access to the parking near Rhodes Hall, Magill Hall, Johnson Hall and the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building.
    • Should you exit Greek Drive onto New Madrid Street, exercise extreme caution and be aware of possible congestion and delays as you enter traffic exiting the centralized process at the Student Recreation Center.
    • The following parking lots will be unavailable from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m.:
      • Student Recreation Center guest
      • Vandiver/Merick (1-21)
      • Houck Stadium (1-8 and 1-9)
      • Kent Library (1-20)
    • Staff parking availability:
      • Parking Lot 2-9, on the corner of Pacific Street and Normal Avenue and north of Grauel Building
      • Parking Lot 1-18, on College Hill
      • Parking Lot 1-25, south of the Forrest H. Rose Theatre along Watkins Drive
      • Staff are encouraged to avoid parking on College Hill to allow shuttles to safely pass.

Friday, Aug. 16

  • All faculty and staff are invited to join us at Convocation!
    • Activities start at 11 a.m. in the Show Me Center; formal program begins at noon.
    • Formal program begins at noon with Dr. Vargas and inspirational speaker and best-selling author John O’Leary addressing the incoming class.

Saturday, Aug. 17

Sunday, Aug. 18

Monday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 20

  • Classes begin. Want to help new Redhawks find their way? Sign up to help at a Welcome Tent at one of five locations.

View more helpful tips and resources, including the Guide to Assist Students, the full Engage in 8!, and the schedule of offices offering extended hours to support our students at

For questions, contact Katie Krodinger, director of New Student Programs, at