Resident students move into campus housing

Before settling on campus, this year’s resident students gathered in the Pennington Student Activity Center for Move-in Mane-ia, the start of the Traditions program.  With bed sheets, TVs and microwaves for their new rooms in tow, students had the chance to not only move-in, but also find out about Southeastern’s many services offered to students.

Move-in Mania was held on Sunday, Aug. 14, with check-in beginning at 9 a.m.  Students who were moving in were able to go to different booths and pick up information on services such as Campus Dining, University Police, Health Services, Greek Life and Career Services.

“We had 1,030 students check into housing during Move-In Mane-ia, which is an outstanding turnout,” said Robin P. Rodrigue, director of marketing and strategic initiatives. “This is the second year of Move-In Mane-ia and the event was a huge success!  Attendance was excellent, the move-in process went smoothly for residents and they had the opportunity to meet with several on-campus departments during the event to ask questions and learn about the variety of services available to them as a Southeastern student.”

As students went around to the booths, they were able to have each booth initial a card that, when completed, could be entered into a drawing held by University Housing.  The prizes consisted of various items that could help turn an empty dorm room into something more special.

“It’s everything you need in a dorm, like Ethernet cables, a book sack and other things,” said Clara Hudson, a sophomore psychology major.

Throughout the day, students and their families could be seen unloading cars.  Loading zones were set up in the resident hall parking lots and monitored so that the process would run more efficiently during the move-in.

“Hopefully it goes smooth carrying everything up the stairs,” said Dylan Zeringue, a freshman kinesiology major. Zeringue, who registered early, was not put on a waiting list and was able to get a place in residential housing.

As the turnout suggests, on-campus housing is in high demand.  A waiting list is still being added to and used to determine who is placed upon any openings.

“University Housing is still processing applications and placing students on the waiting list into rooms as room cancellations are made,” said Rodrigue.  “All of the students who were invited to Move-In Mane-ia had room assignments as the event centered around checking into the residence halls.”

As the kickoff to the Traditions program, University Housing saw this as a chance to have a positive start to the semester for students moving into the halls on campus.  For more information, contact University Housing at 985-549-2118 or [email protected].

“We are proud to be involved in Traditions and look forward to a great year with our new residents,” said Rodrigue.