AUSTIN, Texas—Mooov-In, a tradition of welcoming new and returning students to campus for the fall semester, will be held during the weekend of Aug. 20-22 at The University of Texas at Austin.
The tradition, which began 12 years ago, takes faculty, staff and student volunteers to the campus residence halls to greet the students and their parents arriving in cars and trucks loaded with suitcases, boxes and other personal possessions. The volunteers will work in shifts helping the new arrivals to unload belongings outside residence halls and providing directions to rooms where the students will live.
“It definitely gives incoming students a welcome feeling knowing that people from all areas of the university are there to help them,” said Jeff Yeldezian, president of the University Residence Hall Association, which is co-sponsoring the event with the Division of Housing and Food Services and the Office of the President. “Mooov-In takes a huge community and brings it down to a more personal level. Moving in to a residence hall can be a very chaotic time for some people and having somebody there to welcome them helps to calm things down a little.”
“Mooov-In is our way of showing a little Texas hospitality to both our new and returning students as they become part of the university family and prepare for the fall semester,” said Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of The University of Texas at Austin.
The project also provides an opportunity for new students and their parents to get to meet some members of the faculty, administration and staff before the start of classes on Aug. 25.
The volunteers will work in shifts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 20 and 21, and from noon until 5 p.m. on Aug. 22 at various residence halls on campus. The Mooov-In locations will be Jester Center, Kinsolving/Whitis Court Halls, Simkins Hall, San Jacinto Hall, Brackenridge/Roberts/Prather/Moore-Hill Halls and Andrews/Blanton/Carothers/Littlefield Halls.
More information about check-in for residence halls is available at the Division of Housing and Food Service Web site.
For more information contact: Doug Garrard, Division of Housing and Food Services, 512-232-2898, or Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.