POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — As the fall 2012 semester is set to begin at LSU, the university’s Department of Residential Life will welcome students on Move-In Day, Thursday, Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in all campus residence halls and on-campus apartments.
Move-In Day provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere full of LSU pride and spirit for the anticipated 2,500 new and returning students moving to campus. More than 500 volunteers from the faculty and the staff, members of student organizations and friends of the university will team up with Residential Life staff for this exciting event. During the day, volunteers will help students unload their cars, move into their residence halls or apartments and answer any questions regarding campus life that the residents may have.
Among the volunteers will be Interim LSU System President and Chancellor William L. Jenkins and LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell, who will both welcome residents throughout the morning. Jenkins and Bell will volunteer at Engineering Residential College, North Hall, at 8:15 a.m. and Laville Honors House at 8:50 a.m. Vice Chancellor of Student Life & Enrollment Management Kurt Keppler will join them in volunteering at East Laville Hall.
As part of the LSU Division of Student Life’s Bengal Bound schedule, there will be many social events throughout the day to officially welcome residents to campus. The LSU Family Association will sponsor a banana split party for families, students and friends beginning at noon in the front lobby of the LSU Student Union. That evening and throughout the first week, each residential community will host a social event in the community’s common area for the residents to get to know their neighbors, adjust to campus life and meet their in-hall staff.
Residential Life now offers living learning environments in eight residential colleges, the Honors House and several traditional living options. Global Connections, the newest residential college offering, gives students the opportunity to explore Louisiana’s rich international cultural heritage while expanding their understanding of global events and issues and the role of a global citizen.
LSU residence halls are not the dorms of yesteryears, but are part of the 21st-century living-learning philosophy. More than 50 percent of all on-campus undergraduate residence halls and apartments are either new construction or have had major renovations or improvements in the past 10 years, and construction and renovations continue to bring more beds to campus for students.
This fall, Residential Life will open their doors on many renovated and newly constructed buildings. Residential College One – North Hall, home to the Engineering Residential College, is complete, adding an additional 354 beds for students. Additionally, the two-year renovation of East Laville Hall and a new center building connecting West and East Laville halls are complete. Finally, the four-year bathroom renovation project and courtyard enhancement in the Pentagon community has also been completed.
For more information on Move-In Day, contact LSU Residential Life Associate Director of Communications Jay High at 225-578-0565, email firstname.lastname@example.org  or visit www.lsu.edu/moveinday  or www.facebook.com/LSUreslife .
For a complete list of campus-wide opening weekend events, visit www.lsu.edu/bengalbound .