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Arkansas Tech Freshmen move in Saturday
Arkansas Tech Freshmen move in Saturday

The life-changing experience of a college education begins this weekend for Arkansas Tech University freshmen.

The Arkansas Tech Office of Residence Life will host move-in day on Saturday, Aug. 23, for the members of the freshman class who will live in campus housing. 

The first wave of freshmen will begin moving in at 7 a.m. Saturday, followed by the remainder of the on-campus freshmen at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

After a series of activities designed to introduce on-campus freshmen to their residence halls, their campus and each other this weekend, their off-campus counterparts will join them on Monday, Aug. 25, and formal freshman orientation will begin.

Classes for the fall 2014 semester will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 27.  

 Preliminary figures indicate that Arkansas Tech is on pace to eclipse its enrollment record of 11,369 students, which was established in fall 2013; and its first-time, full-time freshman enrollment record of 1,572, which was established in fall 2011.

Enrollment figures will become official following the 11th class day of the fall 2014 semester.

“This is a very exciting time of year for our faculty, staff and students,” said Susie Nicholson, vice president for student services and university relations. “Freshman move-in day is the perfect way to begin the academic year because it demonstrates the togetherness and sense of family that have been an integral part of Arkansas Tech for generations.”

A volunteer move-in crew consisting of registered student organization members and student-athletes at Arkansas Tech will be there to greet the approximately 1,450 freshmen scheduled to move in on Saturday.

The move-in crew will assist freshmen and their families as they move belongings into the residence halls and begin the process of making their new rooms their homes away from home.

Volunteers also lead an effort that ensures cardboard and other recyclable items from move-in day are properly processed.

Kevin Solomon, associate dean for campus life at Arkansas Tech, said approximately 275 students representing 25 campus organizations will be part of the move-in crew. Add the student-athletes into the mix, and there will be upwards of 400 move-in crew volunteers ready to help freshmen and their families on Saturday.

This fall will mark the third consecutive year that the Arkansas Tech Office of Campus Life has organized and trained the volunteer move-in crew.

“The biggest change is that it has made move-in much more efficient,” said Solomon. “Families pull their vehicle up, our move-in crew helps them unload and move the freshman’s belongings, the freshman fills out his or her paperwork and it’s done. I visited with several parents last year who didn’t have to move a single box. Our move-in crew does a great job and it has contributed to a smoother process for all.”