by Pamela Young, Published August 20, 2014
YPSILANTI – Nearly 1,900 new students and their families will experience the excitement of first being on the Eastern Michigan University campus when they arrive at EMU, Saturday, Aug. 30, for the University’s four-day First Four extravaganza. First Four features Move-In Day, orientation and a host of other activities for students and their parents.
WHO: 1,871 new students will arrive on Eastern Michigan’s campus for the start of the Fall 2014 semester.
WHAT: Eastern Michigan University’s First Four: Move-In Day/New Student Orientation
More than 200 new student orientation assistants, plus volunteers from fraternities and sororities and student-athletes will help new students move into their residence hall rooms.
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Move-In, followed by additional events. Other activities are scheduled Aug. 31 – Sept. 2. Classes start Sept. 3.
WHERE: Residence halls on Eastern Michigan University’s main campus in Ypsilanti. New students will be moving into Walton, Putnam, Phelps, Sellers, Wise, Best and Downing Halls, which are grouped together, and Hill, Hoyt and Pittman Halls next to the Student Center.
Other Move-In and back-to-school events at Eastern Michigan University include:
Saturday, Aug. 30
Family Picnic: At EMU’s Bowen Field House, University Park (on main campus), 12-2 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served.
Convocation Ceremony: EMU President Susan Martin welcomes students and their parents, 3-4 p.m., at the EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, north of Washtenaw Ave.
Family Tailgate: Outside Rynearson Stadium, 4-5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. EMU vs. Morgan State football game.
Sunday, Aug. 31
CloseUp Performance Theatre: A high-impact, high-energy show written and performed by EMU’s own student theatre troupe. No subject is taboo in this honest exploration of issues, choices and decisions that today’s college students face every day. Performances are at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30p.m. in Pease Auditorium.
EaglePalooza @Student Center: Students can enjoy a meal, hang out with their orientation group and enjoy lively entertainment and games, 6-8:30 p.m., EMU Student Center food court, 900 Oakwood Dr.
Lores and Legends Tour: This interactive and entertaining evening tour offers students an inside look behind the school and town, 10 p.m. Meet at the north side of Bowen Fieldhouse near University Park.
More upcoming activities
Fajita Fest: It’s all about food, fun and student organizations galore. Students representing more than 200 student organizations are ready to share information about the benefits of on-campus involvement, Monday, Sept. 1, 5:30-8 p.m., Student Center.
Community Plunge: Community Plunge offers an opportunity to volunteer at a local nonprofit organization and explore how students can make a difference in their community, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (various Ypsilanti sites).
YpsiFest: Students will receive Ypsi bucks and an YpsiFest schedule that lists the hot spots to visit. Have a meal out on the town, compliments of Eastern Michigan, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free shuttle service runs from campus to the retail stores and restaurants in downtown Ypsilanti and historic Depot Town.
Meijer Mania: Nearly 4,000 students are expected to participate in Meijer Mania, Thursday, Sept. 4, from 7-10 p.m. Students can buy food, furniture, clothes, household items and bedding at this special event. Evening activities include free giveaways and free transportation from EMU.