FLORENCE---For the second year in a row, Francis Marion University faculty and staff are organizing to help new freshmen students move into campus housing Sunday, Aug. 20.
Faculty, staff and student volunteers will assist new students and their families by helping unload their vehicles and carrying belongings to the rooms in the residence halls. Other volunteers will help hook up computers. Dining services will provide hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks for students, family members and volunteers.
New students are scheduled to check into the residence halls from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Upperclassmen return to campus Monday, Aug. 21. Approximately 1,100 students will live in university housing during the 2000-2001 school year.
Coordinating the “move in” are David Burt, an English professor, and Darryl Bridges, assistant vice president for student development.
“We want the freshmen and their families to catch the positive, can-do atmosphere that’s part of the University,” said Burt, noting that FMU President Fred Carter will again lead the volunteer effort. “This will go a long way toward getting the school year off to a good start for them.”
Bridges said that new students and their parents always have some anxiety when first arriving on campus. “Many of them don’t know anyone here yet, and they don’t know exactly where to go and what to do. We hope to help make their lives a little easier by helping them move into their new home,” he said.
Most students have already pre-registered for the coming year, but for those who haven’t, open registration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. The first day of classes is Wednesday, Aug. 23, and late registration and drop/add will take place Aug. 23-25 and Aug. 28-29.