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Last modified: Monday, August 24, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY: IU Bloomington freshman move-in day Aug. 26

EDITOR'S NOTE: Wednesday, Aug. 26, is move-in day for freshmen at Indiana University Bloomington, and Welcome Week events are scheduled throughout the weekend. Following are some ideas for back-to-school stories at IU Bloomington. For additional information, call Susan Williams at 812-855-8773 or Larry MacIntyre at 812-360-0909 for specific times and locations.

Aug. 24, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's residence halls open at 8 a.m., Wednesday (Aug. 26), for Student Move-In Day, marking the beginning of Welcome Week 2009. While fall classes don't begin until Monday, Aug. 31, this year's 7,000 new IU students will have plenty of activities to keep them occupied this week.

New students and parents will be available for media interviews in the vicinity of McNutt, Briscoe and Foster residence halls at Fee Lane and 17th Street. IU administrators -- including President Michael McRobbie and Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson -- will be on hand to greet students and their families in the same area.

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Welcome Week at IU Bloomington

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Later in the day on Wednesday, President McRobbie and Provost Hanson will preside over the official freshman induction ceremonies at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in IU Auditorium. The traditional induction picnic will follow each ceremony behind the Lilly Library and Woodburn Hall adjacent to the auditorium.

Welcome Week events include programs to introduce new students to the wide variety of academic support and social activities available on the Bloomington campus.

Media may also be interested in covering Welcome Week events including:

CultureFest 2009, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, IU Auditorium, 1211 E. 7th St. Celebrates the cultural diversity on campus with speakers, music, food and activities representing various campus culture centers. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in IU Auditorium before moving outside at 5:15 p.m., where it will continue until 7:30 p.m. A CultureFest "After Party" will take place at the IU Art Museum from 7:30-9:30 p.m., followed by a gaming party at the Herman B Wells Library (1320 E. 10th St.).

New Student Service Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, Woodburn Hall 100 (check-in 8:45 a.m.). Incoming freshmen volunteers are matched with local service agencies -- such as the American Red Cross, the Hoosier Hills Food Bank and the Monroe County Humane Association -- for a morning of service alongside their new classmates.

RecFest, 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (Seventh Street and Woodlawn Avenue). From 1 to 3 p.m., new students are invited to learn more about campus recreational sports opportunities while enjoying free food and giveaways, using a climbing wall and enjoying other inflatable games, learning about intramural sports, aquatics and fitness programs and gathering club sports information.

Traditions and Spirit of IU, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, Assembly Hall (northwest corner of 17th Street and Fee Lane in Athletics Complex). This open-to-the-public event includes everything from teaching incoming students the fight song and cheers of IU athletics to introducing Hoosier coaches and cheerleaders. Following the event, shuttles will take students to the Indiana Memorial Union for "Taste of the Union."

For a complete list of Welcome Week activities, see the Web site for the Office of First Year Experiences Programs.