A host of programming is planned this weekend to celebrate the new academic year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and to welcome new students to the community.
New students will move in today, Friday and Saturday. Others will return Sunday. The first day of class for the fall semester is Monday.
Sam Clutter, director of University Safety, has asked motorists to avoid campus during the move-in days by using Philadelphia Street and Rose Street Extension.
On Friday at 9 a.m., IUP President Michael Driscoll will preside over the “Opening of the Academic Year: 2014-15” in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.
The event will include remarks by Driscoll; Provost Timothy Moerland; Mark Staszkiewicz, president of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties; David LaPorte, University Senate chairman; Jessica Halchak, president of the State College and University Professional Association; and Aaron Douthit, student member of the IUP Council of Trustees.
Immediately following their remarks, the university will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Crimson Cafe, a new 410-seat, micro-restaurant-style dining facility between Cogswell Hall and Stabley Library. The Crimson Cafe will feature Starbucks, The Fireplace, Burger Studio and Crimson Bistro. The Crimson Cafe is the first phase of the university’s three-phase dining innovations plan.
Following the ribbon-cutting, the facility will be open for tours and samplings from the food stations.
The morning’s events will conclude with the final IUP picnic of the season from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Oak Grove.
Freshman convocation, the event that formally welcomes new students to the university, will take place Sunday at 5 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.
Krzysztof “Krys” Kaniasty, IUP’s Distinguished University Professor for 2014-15, will serve as master of ceremonies and the speakers will include Driscoll; keynote speaker Victor Garcia, IUP’s 2013-14 Distinguished University Professor; and student trustee Aaron Douthit. A cookout in the Oak Grove will immediately follow convocation. Both events are free and open to the community.
A total of 3,942 students live in on-campus housing, including the 129 upperclassmen in University Towers.
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 and IUP APSCUF.
Students have been given staggered arrival times, indicated on dashboard tags so move-in activity is spread throughout each 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.