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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 27, 2009

Cool weather, volunteers make for smooth move by first-year students

Nearly 1,500 new Northwest freshmen and their families arrived on campus Thursday, Aug. 27, during an exceptionally smooth Move-In Day effort aided by cool weather, an absence of rain and the work of scores of staff volunteers and student 'Cat Crew members, who helped students move their belongings into residence halls.

Increased enrollment means that virtually every available residence hall bed on campus will be filled as the fall trimester begins Aug. 31.

Following general registration, international student registration and the expected addition of new graduate students and dual credit students, Northwest is expected to have a total student body population of more than 7,000, more than 2,600 of whom will live on campus.

"It's going great," said Leslie Abarr-Chandler, coordinator of student orientation and transfer affairs. "We've been getting people through really quickly. Of course it's busy, but we haven't had any people waiting, and a lot of people have commented about how smoothly things have gone."

The first order of business for new Bearcats arriving on Thursday was to unload their belongings in parking lots adjoining their residence halls, where polo-shirted 'Cat Crew members were waiting to help answer questions and carry luggage.

After settling in a little bit, Chandler said students headed for Orientation Central, a one-stop welcome center set up in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom, where they picked up their IDs, Advantage planner, academic catalog and other items.

Many students also checked out their University laptops from the Jon T. Rickman Electronic Campus Support Center or got parking permits before heading back to the residence halls to start organizing their rooms before residence hall orientation.

Evening activities included a Bearcat Arena watch party for the Bearcat football team's season opener against Abilene Christian and a Student Senate Backyard Bash in Centennial Garden.

"From going out on campus, everything is going very smoothly," said Dean of Students Matt Baker following a reception for 134 new international students.

"We've got cool weather, and we've had a great kick-off to the school year," Baker said. "The residence hall check-in has gone very smoothly, Public Safety and all the 'Cat Crew volunteers are out and keeping people moving forward. It's an exciting day for all our new Bearcat families who are coming to Northwest and starting their tradition."

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468