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Aug. 15, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Volunteers WOW newly arriving SRU students

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – More than 600 volunteers are lending a hand to WOW new students as they move in on campus for fall semester.

This year’s incoming 1,500 new students will arrive Aug. 23-24 followed by upper class students later in that weekend.

The volunteers are part of the Aug. 23-26 “Weekend of Welcome” program that includes everything from helping students and parents move belongings into campus residence halls to helping them purchase books, obtain parking passes, set up computers and learn where the campus dining halls are located.

Transfer students and those who have elected to live in Living/Learning Communities will move in from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 23. Arriving students will have the chance to tour the newly completed 105,000-square-foot Robert M. Smith Student Center and visit the Student Development Center, Starbucks and Quaker Steak and Lube facilities located in the center.

“The SRU Help Desk, which handles computer issues, Bailey Library, Academic Advisement and Academic Services Offices will all be open as will the ID Office, the Student Accounts Office and the Parking Office – some with extended hours,” said Paula Olivero, assistant vice president for student development and WOW Weekend chair.

Cheryl Norton, SRU’s new president, will mix and mingle with arriving students and their parents throughout the weekend.

SRU Parking Decals, which must be ordered online one day in advance of pick up, are available at: Decals may be picked up in the Parking Office located in the University Union and must be in place by Sept. 1.

“We have a long tradition of celebrating the arrival of new students, including welcoming them and their parents to campus and to the University family. We have planed a number of activities that will help them acclimate to campus, meet their roommate and get to know other new students,” Olivero said.

Opening day will include an 8 p.m., Graffiti Dance Party in Morrow Field House for students participating in the Jump Start Program, living/learning communities and transfer students.

“Our new students and their families always appreciate the help they receive during move-in. We traditionally set-up information tents in the residence hall areas and offer water – and cookies – to those involved in the move-in process,” said Christopher Cole, director of the Smith Student Center and WOW move-in sub-committee chair.

“We are always pleased to see the number of students, organizations, faculty and staff who sign up to assist with fall move in,” said Kevin Currie director of residence life. “Their help makes the process go very smoothly.”

New student move in to campus residence halls is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 24.

Arriving students and their families will have free access to the Aebersold Student Recreation Center beginning at 6 a.m. Boozel Dining Hall will be open for breakfast at 7 a.m., for those arriving early.

Traffic access to campus will be limited with signs and volunteers directing those delivering students and their belongings to the residence halls.

An 8 p.m. welcome ceremony, including remarks by President Norton and details on SRU’s history and traditions, will be in Morrow Field House, followed by a carnival, sponsored by SRU’s Association of Residence Hall Students, at 9 p.m., in the Smith Student Center.

Students will have the opportunity to tour campus, purchase books and related materials and attend WOW Workshops in the field house Aug. 25. An 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., barbeque is planned for the Quad (Rain: Boozel).

At 6 p.m., a “Welcome to SRU” party, featuring mini-golf and other games and activites will be hosted in the ARC. SRU’s Student Government Association will host a “Welcome Bonfire S’Mores and More” near Building F beginning at 9:30 p.m.

At 9 a.m., Aug. 26, Polish the Rock, a new program designed to link SRU leaders with newly arriving students, kicks off. The program is organized by SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

An Aug. 26 shuttle bus to the outlet mall in Grove City will leave the University Union at 12:30, 2 and 4 p.m., returning at 4 and 6 p.m.

SRU’s fall semester classes begin at 8 a.m., Aug. 27.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.