WHAT: Mooov-In at The University of Texas at Austin at which university officials will welcome incoming students and their parents while volunteers help students move into campus residence halls.
WHO: University President Bill Powers, Vice President for Student Affairs Gage E. Paine and Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly will welcome the incoming students and their parents.
WHEN: 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24
WHERE: Almetris Duren Hall, 2624 Whitis Ave.
BACKGROUND: Mooov-In, a program that began in 1993, embodies a tradition of students, faculty members and staffers helping new and returning students moving into their residence halls the weekend before the start of fall semester classes, which this year begin Wednesday, Aug. 29.
Volunteer students, faculty members and staffers will be available to help with parking and directions, carrying boxes and suitcases, managing carts and providing water stations.
This year Mooov-In involves about 300 volunteers working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, at all campus residence halls. The program is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, the Division of Housing and Food Service and the University Residence Hall Association.
About 7,500 residents will live in campus housing this fall semester. About 70 percent of the beds will be for freshmen.
Also during Mooov-In Weekend, the Division of Student Affairs will give all incoming freshmen a free copy of the innovative Freshman Success Guide. The publication features university students and alums who give inside advice on topics such as how to study, buying books, choosing a major and where to eat. The publication underscores the university's goals for the class of 2016 to graduate in four years, achieve high grade point averages and get involved in healthy out-of-classroom activities.
The Office of Student Affairs is creating a special Mooov-In postcard for parents to write a note to their student. Parents may request a postcard at centralized check-in, and the campus resident assistants will later distribute those to students during the first week of school.