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Thousands of IUP students arrive this week

by IUP News Service on August 20, 2013 11:00 AM

New students are moving into their campus residence halls at Indiana University of Pennsylvania Friday and Saturday. The first day of the fall semester is Monday.

Sam Clutter, IUP’s director of public safety, advises local motorists to avoid campus during the move-in dates by using Philadelphia Street and the Rose Street Extension.

Students’ parents have been given staggered arrival times, indicated on dashboard tags, so that move-in activity is spread throughout the day. As in past years, arriving students and their families are directed to a staging area in the Miller Stadium parking lot and will be released from there to the appropriate building.

More than 100 student workers and volunteers from a number of student organizations, along with all IUP police officers, will be on duty during the move-in days.

In addition, some 100 community assistants, academic success mentors and graduate and professional residence hall staff members will be working inside the residence halls to greet and assist students and family members.

A host of programming is planned to celebrate the new academic year and to welcome new students into the community.

Dr. Michael Driscoll, IUP president, will preside over the “Opening of the Academic Year: 2013-14” Friday at 9 a.m. in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium. The event will include remarks by Driscoll, Provost Timothy Moerland, APSCUF (Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties) President Mark Staszkiewicz, University Senate chairman David LaPorte; AFSCME (American Federation of State, College and Municipal Employees) President Cynthia Spielman; and Aaron Douthit, student member of the IUP Council of Trustees.

The program, which is open to the community, will be followed by a reception in the Oak Grove.

Freshman Convocation, the event that formally welcomes new students to the university, will be Sunday at 5 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium. It is free and open to the community.

Victor Garcia, anthropology professor and IUP’s Distinguished University Professor for 2013-14, will serve as master of ceremonies, and the following people will provide additional remarks: Driscoll; Lynn Botelho, history professor and IUP’s 2011-12 Distinguished University Professor, who will be the keynote speaker; and student Sofia Szanto.

Driscoll will host a university cookout in the Oak Grove immediately following the ceremony.

Approximately 100 students working as community assistants and academic success mentors arrived at the university Aug. 11. Student members of the soccer, volleyball, football, ice hockey and field hockey teams and the marching band also moved into residence halls during the week of Aug. 11. Practices and rehearsals for these groups are ongoing.

Last weekend, approximately 600 new students participating in the university’s College Undergraduate Success Program Early Entrance Experience moved into their residence halls. Sponsored by the department of developmental studies, CUSP gives first-year students an introduction to college and a head start on the adjustment process.

On Thursday, about 80 new freshmen in the Robert E. Cook Honors College will move into Whitmyre Hall.

All other new and transfer students who are living in university-owned residence facilities will move in Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The remainder of residence hall students will move in Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A total of 4,350 students live in on-campus housing, including 129 upperclassmen who reside in University Towers.

On Friday and Saturday, IUP will host Welcome Weekend, a number of programs and events to orient students to life at IUP. Events include a special movie night on Friday and “Happening in the HUB,” the first event in the new Hadley Union Building gymnasium, on Saturday.

During freshman and transfer student move-in, a number of bottled water stations will be set up on campus for students, parents and move-in workers. Water is being provided by IUP Greek organizations, Grace United Methodist Church and the IUP faculty union, APSCUF.

Professionals from the IUP areas of public safety; student life; housing, residential living and dining; and facilities management begin working during the fall semester of the previous year to develop move-in day procedures, signs, work schedules and publications.

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