Moving 101: President Merten Leads the Way

Posted: August 29, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Adjusting to college life is hard enough without the added stress of moving. President Alan Merten, along with other top administrators, last week continued the tradition of helping resident students have an easier transition. Instead of standing behind a podium to greet the newcomers, Merten donned a bright gold and green T-shirt and extended a welcoming hand.

As part of the tradition, dozens of upper-class students who are members of fraternities, sororities and campus organizations helped their fellow students unload and move in, all in record time.

Move-in day
Members of fraternities, sororities and other campus clubs help with move-in.

The resident student move-in was just the first wave, bringing 4,000 students to the Fairfax Campus. Fall classes begin this week, and many more thousands of George Mason students, faculty and staff members descend on all the university’s campuses.

As life (and traffic) settle into a routine, a full slate of activities are planned for the first week to help the community meet and greet, get some free food and learn about all the university has to offer.

Welcome Week Promises ‘Fabulous’ Events

Welcome Week events, following this year’s theme of bringing the “feel of Las Vegas” to George Mason, will be held on the Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William Campuses Monday through Saturday. Each day of the week has a special theme, from Monday’s “Be Fabulously Informed” to Friday’s “Be Fabulously Engaged.”

“Welcome Week is an integral part of the cocurricular experience,” says Lisa McCalla of the Office of Student Activities (OSA). “A variety of campus resources will be available throughout the week to address academic, social, emotional, recreational and spiritual needs as students prepare to transition into university life.”

move-in day
Faster than you can say “unload that van!” it’s done.
Creative Services photos

Fairfax Campus

Here’s the lineup of events for Welcome Week. All events are held on the Johnson Center Plaza unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, Aug. 29, through Wednesday, Aug. 31—7 a.m. to 5 p.m., free day planners, “grab’n go” breakfast goodies, games and photography sessions with Mason’s mascot, Gunston; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., funnel cakes, snow cones and a caricature artist.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 30—9 p.m., Outdoor screening of “Shrek” at Presidents Park housing.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31—11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet members of the George Mason Patriots athletics teams; also carnival-style games, cotton candy, giveaways and a raffle; noon to 1 p.m., photographs with Gunston. From 8 to 11 p.m., Student Union I (SUB I) Game Room: free games of pool, foosball, air hockey and table tennis.
  • Thursday, Sept. 1—noon to 4 p.m., Elvis impersonator, make a photo key chain, funny T-shirts, henna tattoos and rock climbing supervised by the ROTC program. Student organization showcase from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Oceans 11” in the Johnson Center Cinema at 6 and 9 p.m.; free games in the SUB I Game Room.
  • Friday, Sept. 2—11 a.m. to 3 p.m., valuable information—recreational and service opportunities, on- and off-campus jobs and transportation tips—for new students, faculty and staff. “Sin City” in the JC Cinema at 6 and 9 p.m. and again at midnight; the first “Every Freakin’ Friday” program, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., with a black light casino, a live band karaoke, a craft corner, a Las Vegas-style buffet and pizza.
  • Saturday, Sept. 3—8 p.m., Center for the Arts: comic show with Seth Meyers from Saturday Night Live. Get tickets at the JC Plaza Information Tent or the OSA; 8 p.m., Physical Education Building: see the women’s volleyball team in action.

Prince William Campus

  • Monday, Aug. 29, through Friday, Sept. 2—Welcome Week tent: games, activities and giveaways.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 31—Welcome Week tent: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., electronic astrologer and Costco welcome table.
  • Thursday, Sept. 1—10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Prince William’s Office of University Life Showcase and the Freedom Center Showcase.

Arlington Campus

  • Monday, Aug. 29—University information and giveaways.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 31—3:30 to 9 p.m., George Mason Information Fair and outdoor barbecue; 6 p.m., social hour in Student Lounge.
  • Thursday, Sept. 1—3:30 p.m., outdoor barbecue, and “Arlington at Your Fingertips.” Arlington County information will be available from fitness clubs, entertainment and food establishments, political organizations and businesses. Free food provided. At 6 p.m., social networking hour in Student Lounge. Free. Arlington Office of Student Services and University Life, 703-993-8984.

For more information on Welcome Week events, see the OSA’s web site.

Posted Aug. 29, 2005

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