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 SRU Seeks Volunteers, Merchants to Help with Freshman Move In Aug. 25-26 



July 28, 2005

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;



             SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University is inviting community volunteers to help move in one of the largest freshman classes in recent history Aug. 25-26. The Week of Welcome includes orientation activities and programs through Labor Day weekend.

Residents and local merchants are encouraged to participate to promote community pride, said SRU’s Karen Perry, coordinator of Week of Welcome. Week of Welcome utilizes more than 400 volunteers, including upper-class students, faculty, staff and alumni. Volunteers will be given  Week of Welcome staff T-shirts as a token of appreciation.

          Freshmen move in from 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. SRU utilizes groups of 15-25 volunteers every hour to accomplish the move-in. Volunteers are needed to participate in the event from serving refreshments to carrying students’ personal items to the rooms.

“The move-in of almost 1,500 new freshmen is a monumental task, but when more than 400 volunteers help out, the task is handled much quicker and with fewer hassles,” said Dr. Robert Watson, vice president for student life. “Week of Welcome is an important tradition. From the time the university was founded, 116 years ago, community residents have played an active role in students’ lives. We want new students and families to feel welcomed by the university community from the minute they get here and to remember the red carpet long after they graduate.”

To volunteer, call Perry at 724-738-4895.

          SRU begins its fall semester Aug. 29. Official enrollment numbers will be posted on the 15th day of classes.

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