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Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2007


IU Freshman Move-In Day tomorrow; Welcome events scheduled throughout the week

EDITOR'S NOTE: Wednesday, August 22, is Move-In Day for freshmen at Indiana University Bloomington and Welcome Week events are scheduled throughout the weekend. For those of you interested in covering back-to-school stories at IU Bloomington, here are story ideas and events you may be interested in. For additional information, call Susan Williams at 812-855-8773 or Larry MacIntyre at 812-360-0909 for specific times and locations.

IU 21st Century Covenant students arrive in Bloomington, Wednesday, August 22
Monica Burris of Indianapolis and Mario Ramierez of East Chicago arrive in Bloomington this week to begin their college careers as part of an inaugural class of 275 21st Century Covenant Scholars. IU's Covenant scholarship was announced last fall as a grant that would combine with the 21st Century Scholars program created by Evan Bayh when he was governor of Indiana to give promising students the opportunity to graduate with a bachelor's degree debt free in four years from IU Bloomington. "This scholarship means the world to me," said Ramierez, who explained that his mother and he can sleep well at night without worrying about how to pay for college. For Burris, a first generation college student, the scholarship means "creating a new foundation for my children and generations to come." Both students are available for interviews on new student move-in day on Wednesday.

Card access entry in more IU dorms this fall
For increased security, more IU dorms have been outfitted with card access entry this fall. Six out of 11 residence centers -- Willkie, Forest, Briscoe, McNutt, Teter and Read -- now require the swipe of a student identification card to get into the dorm. Card access was first experimented with eight years ago in Willkie Residence Center, and the university moved ahead to phase in the technology, adding Forest and Briscoe last fall and McNutt, Teter and Read this year. Two or three more residence centers will be added over the next two years so that all dorms require valid i.d. cards for entry.

Student Move-In Day, Wednesday, August 22
IU Provost Karen Hanson will join President Michael McRobbie and Laurie McRobbie to meet and greet new IU students moving into the dorms and their parents. The trio meet at 8:30 a.m. at the DeVault Alumni Center and set out in separate golf carts in order to visit all 11 IU residence centers during the morning.

IU Welcome Week is August 22-27
All new students are expected to be on campus and checked into housing on the Bloomington campus by Wednesday, Aug. 22, for the beginning of "Welcome Week." Welcome Week activities, designed to help new students feel more comfortable and connected, include:

Freshman Induction Ceremony, 3 p.m. or 5 p.m., IU Auditorium, Wednesday, Aug. 22. IU President Michael McRobbie will formally welcome the freshman class of 2007.

CultureFest, 4:30-8 p.m., IU Auditorium, Thursday, Aug. 23. Voted one of IU's top three annual events, CultureFest celebrates IU's diversity.

RecFest, 1-3 p.m., HPER Building, Friday, Aug. 24. New students will find out why Sports Illustrated on Campus says that IU has "perhaps the nation's top recreational sports program."

Traditions and Spirit of IU, 4:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Friday, Aug. 24. New students celebrate the Cream and Crimson by learning the "IU Fight Song" and cheers, meeting special guests and enjoying plenty of surprises.

New Student Service Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Whittenberger Auditorium, Saturday, Aug. 25. A new event for Welcome Week this year, 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.

First Day of Classes, Monday, Aug. 27. IU faculty and staff will be posted throughout campus with maps and information to help new students find their way.