LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2014) — Volunteers are needed to help with Move-In 2014, a series of four days when University of Kentucky students move into undergraduate housing on campus. Volunteers are needed to roll out the blue carpet and welcome students by helping unload their belongings and direct them through the move-in experience on south, central and north campus.
Anyone interested in being part of this wonderful opportunity to make a great first impression for students and their families please visit http://www.uky.edu/Housing/move-in_volunteer/ for more information and register as a volunteer on the online form.
For most of the nearly six thousand students moving in later this month, this will be their first time away from home and their first college experience. In a recent email to UK faculty and staff, UK President Eli Capilouto said the university's primary goal is student success, and volunteers can help have an impact on that through Move-In.
"Offering a warm welcome to the newest members of our campus family is an important part of fostering their success," Capilouto said. "Volunteering for Move-In is a wonderful way to aid in our students' transition from home to college."
Paul Brown, business officer for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development in the College of Education, has volunteered in the past and says it’s rewarding knowing that your first impression — from a simple saying “Welcome to UK” — can set the tone for someone’s entire academic year.
"I just felt it was my duty as a UK employee to help someone move in on UK’s Move-In Day and the weekend," Brown said. "Some of these students are new to the state and the UK Campus. They could have gone to any other college or university, but they chose UK. I have enjoyed being a part of that event year after year!"
Holly Hapke, a faculty member in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, says volunteering for Move-In is a "stirring experience."
"What I like most about Move-In days are welcoming the students’ family and friends; exchanging stories with other volunteers about their own move-in experience; and impressing upon the next class of UK students to get connected — NOW," Hapke said.
This year’s move-in is scheduled over four days. Students participating in sorority recruitment and UK band members will move into the residence halls Saturday, Aug. 16. The Living Learning Program participants move in Wednesday, Aug. 20, and the official day when first-year students move into the residence halls is Friday, Aug. 22. Returning students move back into the halls Saturday, Aug. 23.