AUSTIN, Texas—More than 100 faculty, staff and student volunteers will be helping new and returning students move suitcases, boxes and other personal belongings into residence halls throughout campus this weekend during the 13th annual Mooov-In at The University of Texas at Austin.
Mooov-In is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 5 p.m.
Dr. Larry R. Faulkner, president of the university, will be among those working as a volunteer from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 27, at San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 E. 21st St.
The tradition takes university volunteers—Leadership Week student participants and university faculty and staff —to the campus residence halls to greet the students and their parents and offer their help. 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’s hard work and it’s hot but here at the university’s residence halls we are like family, and this is our way of welcoming our new family members,” said Latonya Robinson, adviser to the University Residence Hall Association (URHA), which co-sponsors the event with the Division of Housing and Food Service and the Office of the President.
“Mooov-In is one of the first chances we have to demonstrate our Longhorn spirit to the new students,” said Sarah Pratt, president of the University Residence Hall Association. “URHA is extremely proud for the opportunity to participate in this time-honored tradition.”
The volunteer 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. 31.
More information about check-in for residence halls is available at the Division of Housing and Food Service Web site.
For more information contact: Sarah Pratt, University Residence Hall Association, 713-553-1852, Latonya Robinson, URHA adviser, 512-232-5611 or 512-569-1219, or Robert D. Meckel, Office of Public Affairs, 512-475-7847.