Freshmen Move in to Presidents Park Today

Posted: August 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Presidents Park comes alive today and tomorrow with excited students and anxious parents sharing the first-time ritual of moving the family freshman to campus. The days are filled with check-ins for university services, orientations for international students, and meetings for resident and commuter students.

After taking care of business, students can relax and enjoy dinner — served by faculty and staff — at today’s new student picnic and Friday’s new student barbecue buffet, both beginning at 5 p.m. Friday evening, students get acquainted amid dancing and partying on top of the Parking Deck.

Shopping trips to area malls are planned throughout the day Saturday, Aug. 24, and Casino Night begins at 9 p.m. in the Johnson Center Atrium. On Sunday, Aug. 25, students can participate in Wet ‘N Wild from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring waterslides, water tag, and free food. The day is capped off by another barbecue and a concert in Presidents Park.

The university has received approximately 3,300 applications this year for 3,077 beds, according to Paul Barkett, director of housing and residence life. “Students have become more satisfied with their on-campus experience,” says Barkett. He estimates that 60 percent of incoming freshmen have requested on-campus housing, though this year’s official statistics will not be available until fall. If that figure holds true, it shows a nearly 5 percent increase from last year’s numbers.

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