Bring on the boxes, bed spreads and bittersweet emotions! The University of Findlay’s incoming freshman class will be moving into campus housing from 1-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13.
The event, filled with so many hellos and goodbyes, is also a big deal for many faculty, staff and current students, who strive to make the day even more special by volunteering their arm strength and good cheer for the masses. Non-freshman students who volunteer are given the opportunity to move into campus housing early, on Wednesday, Aug. 12; other upperclassmen will move in on Aug. 15. Last year, more than 200 helped move freshmen into what, for most, was their first home away from home.
Volunteers are provided with refreshments throughout the day, T-shirts and dinner. An address on Aug. 14 at 4:20 p.m. at Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex’s Student Recreation Center by President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., to the incoming class, which will be flanked by faculty in academic regalia, will be followed by UF’s Arch Ceremony, a tradition in which students walk through the arch toward Old Main; students walk back through the arch after they graduate. Fell will host a new student welcoming and “farewell to parents” reception after the Arch Ceremony on Old Main’s front lawn.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, freshmen will participate in a service project as part of UF’s experiential learning component. The University’s New Year at UF Celebration Picnic for students, faculty, staff and their families will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday on Cory Street Mall.
Throughout this particular week, faculty and staff will also take part in informational and training sessions in preparation for the start of fall semester classes, which will begin on Monday, Aug. 17.