Tenth MVNU2MSU event coming Saturday

When more than 4,000 students arrive at Mississippi State University to move into campus housing for the fall semester, help will be there waiting.

The Department of Housing and Residence Life is sponsoring the 10th Movin' You to MSU (MVNU2MSU) Day on Saturday [Aug. 8], marking the opening of MSU's 15 residence halls for the fall semester. Classes begin Aug. 17.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with students checking in at either Humphrey Coliseum or Newell-Grissom Building, depending on whether they are moving to the north or south zone. Students moving onto odd-numbered floors should check in from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Those moving onto even-numbered floors should check in from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Students who arrive to move in after 4:30 p.m. are to check in at their assigned residence halls.

Ann Bailey, director of housing and residence life, said up to 500 volunteers from MSU students and student groups to faculty and staff assist incoming residents with unloading vehicles, moving their belongings to their rooms and even directing traffic along campus roadways. She said this year's event is on track to meet that volunteer mark, but added that more help is always welcome.

"We always need more people," Bailey said. "In particular, we need people to work those afternoon time slots."

All registered volunteers will be wearing MVNU2MSU T-shirts, Bailey added.

Avent VanHorn, marketing and communications coordinator with housing and residence life, is in her third year coordinating MVNU2MSU. However, as a freshman moving into Ruby Hall during the very first event in 2005, she experienced firsthand its benefits.

"It's definitely really nice just to have people there to greet you and point you in the right direction," VanHorn said.

Vice President for Student Affairs Regina Young Hyatt said MVNU2MSU offers the university a critical chance to make a good first impression when students arrive.

"Move-in day is one of the most exciting days on campus, both for students and their families, and the university community," Hyatt said. "We want to ensure their experiences from the moment they step on campus are positive and focus on helping the student make a successful transition to university life."

More specific information on move-in day, including resources for incoming students and volunteer sign-up, is available online at www.housing.msstate.edu/mvnu2msu.

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Zack Plair | Public Affairs

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