by Pamela Young, Published August 26, 2011
YPSILANTI - New students and their families will experience the excitement of college life when they arrive on Eastern Michigan University's campus, Aug. 27, for move-in and orientation. Fall classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 31
Student volunteers from EMU's athletic teams and student groups will help new students move into the residence halls, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A campus picnic follows for more than 5,000 students and family members from noon - 2 p.m., at the Bowen Field House and University Park.
EMU's dining services staff is preparing 5,000 turkey, ham and cheese sandwiches, and 2,000 pounds of pasta for the picnic. More than 5,000 apples and oranges, and 8,000 bottles of water and pop will be handed out. The dining staff will also feed another 2,000 new freshmen for dinner in the Dining Commons and the Eateries later that evening.
Other activities include:
Parents and family member workshops on such topics as campus safety and academic and career advising, 1:45-3 p.m., Aug. 27, in the EMU Student Center.
President Susan Martin will welcome students and parents at a special ceremony, Aug. 27, from 4-5 p.m., at the EMU Convocation Center.
New students also will participate in a series of activities Aug. 27 to Aug. 30, including Community Plunge (volunteering for the day in the community); YpsiFest, where local establishments welcome and feed students, and a student job fair.