New Student Invasion!

by Jill MacKinney '05

Boxes, fresh faces, and helpful student leaders were in abundance on Saturday, August 30, during APU's move-in and Orientation Weekend. More than 1,100 undergraduates moved onto campus, setting an all-time enrollment record.

Cougar Mall transformed to serve incoming students with a plethora of useful information about various majors and departments, as well as student-run organizations and services.

New students and parents also filled West Campus as it hosted the community informational fair on Kresge Plaza. This venue provided new students with the opportunity to get information about local churches, banks, and businesses. The Richard and Vivian Felix Event Center served as the site for housing check-in and assignments, as well as photo-taking for ID cards.

Although the campus buzzed with activity, nothing rivaled the busyness of the dorms, as students and their families transformed the empty rooms into "home-sweet-home". Along the halls of the freshman dorms boxes piled high, as the air filled with sounds of introductions to new roommates and neighbors.

Student leaders from Residence Life and Communiversity were on hand to help with the move-in process and provide helpful information and encouragement. These energetic helpers also aided in the check-in process on Cougar Mall and on West Campus.

New students weren't the only ones moving in this weekend, as all other living areas hosted special move-in events. Most residence areas provided free food and a chance for new residents to meet their neighbors. The Shire Mods welcomed residents with a lively atmosphere, as a student band performed in the courtyard.

Move-in day proved to be a busy time for many new students, while they rushed to get acquainted with new faces, and a new campus. While this process can be hectic, the APU community strives to make the transition to college life as smooth as possible.