By Adrienne Gavula
As students prepared for yet another year, packing everything needed for 10 months, parents finally had something to look forward to on the dreaded move-in day. In the past, students had two days to move in, causing widespread frustration. This year, the process spanned four days.
New students could move into residence halls at noon, Thursday, Sept. 4, with continuing students moving in at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 6. Last year, 90 percent of students living in residence halls moved in Saturday. This year, the distribution was much more even. Thirty-three percent moved in Thursday, 23 percent Friday, 31 percent Saturday and 7 percent on Sunday.
"In recent years, the problems and delays associated with the shorter move-in period grew," said Terry Hogan, dean of students. "Last fall, some families experienced very long delays due to traffic congestion. It was enough to persuade everyone involved that we needed a change."
Student Affairs has received positive feedback from parents about the new system.
"I have been coming to Ohio University with my kids for the last four years and, until this year, it has been a real pain," one parent said. "We checked my son into Sargent Hall Saturday, and I couldn't believe the ease of traffic there and throughout the campus. It actually made the entire day a pleasure because we could really enjoy setting up the room, going to lunch and enjoying the campus without the traffic worries."
Another parent added, "My oldest son is a freshmen, and we moved him into Tiffin Hall at noon Saturday. It was a smooth and pleasant experience for our family. [Move-in Day] was well-organized, great communication, plenty of assistance and quick response to problems or questions. This day will always be memorable for us, but they helped make it a completely pleasant memory."
Making the move-in process easier for parents and students takes cooperation of many different University units. Student Affairs would like to thank Residence Life, Campus Safety, Facilities and Auxiliaries, Facilities Management, Dining Services, The City of Athens, University Communications and Marketing, Parking Services, Recycling and Reuse, University College, Baker University Center, Registrar, Bursar, Financial Aid, Communication Network Services, Admissions, Campus Recreation, Student Activities, Baker University Center, Office of the President, Public Occasions and The Marching 110.
Adrienne Gavula is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.