On Friday (Aug. 20) approximately 5,400 students will move onto West Virginia University’s campus to begin the fall 2010 semester.

“This is an exciting time of year in Morgantown, but it can also be a bit chaotic,” said Corey Farris, director of Housing and University Apartments. “We work hard to ensure the process is as comfortable and easy for students and their families as possible.”

In order to minimize the crowd, students are designated specific time frames to check in. Students who attended orientation on or before June 11 are asked to move into their assigned residence halls from 8- 11:30 a.m. The rest of the students are asked to move in from 12:30-5 p.m. Keys will be issued upon arrival and moving carts are provided, yet limited.

During these times, students and their parents will be directed to an unloading zone that is as close as possible to the residence hall. Students will unload their belongings while the driver will stay with the vehicle.

Once unloaded, the driver will be directed to a nearby parking lot. Most will be able to park in a University parking lot, while others will be given vouchers that entitle them two hours of free parking in the city parking garages on University Avenue and Spruce Street. These passes were mailed ahead of time to students living in Dadisman, Arnold, Boreman, Stalnaker and the International House.

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Members of the Mountaineer Parents Club were mailed a special permit that can be used for free parking in University parking lots during move-in and move-out days, compliments of the Department of Transportation and Parking.

Once the students are settled in, there are plenty of things to do on campus. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be representatives in the Mountainlair Ballrooms to help with questions concerning financial aid, work study, registrar, scholarships, student accounts, dining services and student employment. Campus tours are available upon request.

Lunch will be served for students who are already moved into the residence halls from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Caf� Evansdale, Boreman Bistro and Hatfields. Students who have a meal plan may use it at this time.

Residents will attend their first mandatory floor meeting at 5 p.m. to meet their Resident Assistants and floor mates. Welcome Picnics will be held on both campuses from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“The idea is to keep them busy doing positive things, in part just to help them get integrated, make friends, and get them in the pattern of doing university activities that are fun, but also healthy,” said Ian Kellems, resident faculty leader of Boreman Hall.

For more information, visit http://housing.wvu.edu/.



CONTACT: Corey Farris, Housing and University Apartments
304-293-2790, corey.farris@mail.wvu.edu

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