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Moving back to the birds nest

With the fall semester quickly approaching, the grounds of Illinois State University will once again be swarming with students as they begin to move in mid-August.

From Aug. 4–17, approximately 6,200 students will be filing into ISU dorms and apartments to get settled for the upcoming school year.

Rachel Kobus, the coordinator of marketing and assessment for University Housing Services, said that preparing for move-in is a year-long process.

“The university does quite a bit of preparing for students to come,” Kobus said.

For example, University Housing sends move-in letters to students and their families, which include the day and time of the scheduled move-in, a map and information about the residence hall or apartment.

University Housing also works with campus partners, the Town of Normal, campus dining and the police departments for things like road blocks and closures, Kobus said.

From Aug. 11–15, North Street will be one-way east from School Street to Fell Avenue. Fell will also be one-way south from Mulberry to College and closed between College and North.

Returning students who are living in Cardinal Court or Fell Avenue and School Street apartments, schedule their own move-in times beginning Aug. 4.

Students living in east campus, which include Hewett and Manchester, will start moving in Aug. 11 and 12.

The majority of students will move in after that.

“The busiest move-in days are Aug. 13 and 14,” Kobus said.

There will be water stations and signs with directions on busy move in days.

“It was a smooth and quick process last year,” she added.

The only thing that is changing this year is that the move-in hours for West Campus, which include Wilkins, Wright and Haynie, are being condensed to 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kobus said these halls have tended to move quicker than other halls in the past.

This year, there are more than 400 students and staff volunteers to help with move-in days.

To assist with the residence hall move-in, a group of students, called Curb Birds, volunteer to help students and their families have a smooth and easy move-in day.

The Curb Birds can be distinguished by their red shirts and will be standing on the curbs outside the residence halls to help unload the vehicles as they pull up.

(Archive Photo) Bradley Hupp uses a cart provided by Watterson Towers to move his belongings last year.

(Archive Photo)
Bradley Hupp uses a cart provided by Watterson Towers to move his belongings last year.

 

 

They will also be renting out moving carts for students, and offering them the opportunity to buy Ethernet cables, cable cords and area t-shirts

Cory Anderson, a Curb Bird Coordinator and junior exercise science major, said their main goal is to make new students and parents feel as comfortable as possible.

“Starting college is a nerve-
racking experience to begin with, and move-in shouldn’t be added stress,” Anderson said.

“When I moved in as a freshman, the Curb Birds were so friendly and helpful, so I hope we can give the same experience to this year’s incoming students.”

University Housing starts promoting volunteer work in May.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet new peers. And it also looks good on a resume,” Kobus said.

To volunteer this year, contact Seann Berrocales at scberro@ilstu.edu.

More information can be found on the University Housing website at Housing.IllinoisState.edu.

To volunteer this year, contact Seann Berrocales at scberro@ilstu.edu.

More information can be found on the University Housing website at http://www.uhs.ilstu.edu.

 

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