FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 10, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Move-In Day kicks off MUW Welcome Week festivities
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Faculty and staff of Mississippi
University for Women will roll up their sleeves and lend a
helping hand to students moving into the residence halls
this Sunday at 1 p.m.
More than 100 members from the campus community are expected
to participate in the Move-In Day tradition.
“We want to show new and returning students how much we
appreciate them and support them in their transition from
high school and/or summer to the university,” said Chris
Holland, director of community living. “By having the
faculty and staff help, these students understand that we
are all here to help and really promote that family
Holland added the families appreciate all of the help.
“After all, it’s generally very hot and muggy and everyone
is moving in, which can be a tiresome process. To see over
100 people helping move in, it overwhelms people. They love
that and they know that they are loved in return.”
Downtown merchants also will do their part to make students
feel at home with welcome back signs that will be posted in
Main Street Director Jan Miller said, "We're looking forward
to the students as they return to campus. We want to
emphasize that they have great places to shop and great
places to eat in downtown Columbus. It's all within walking
distance from MUW. This is a part of their family."
Miller, who is a 1979 graduate of MUW, will join the MUW
family later this month as director of alumni relations.
Move-In Day will kick off Welcome Week activities, including
a Traditions 101 program that will help students understand
the university’s deep traditions and a program titled Funny
Money that will teach students how to manage their money.
In addition, students can enjoy a range of events including
an alcohol education program, a game show and a coffeehouse
featuring Brice Miller, a musician who evacuated to Columbus
from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina last year.
Some of the returning events include Freshmen Serenade, a
university tradition that ends with cookies at the
President’s Home, as well as the opportunity for the entire
freshmen class to participate in a community service
Holland said, “We are really excited to have students return
to the campus. We work hard all summer to provide great
living communities and we can’t wait for them to enjoy their
new home away from home.”
Day and evening classes will begin Thursday, Aug. 17. For
more information about registration, contact the Office of
Admissions at (662) 329-7106.