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May 2, 2003

Faculty, staff sought to help students move in

by Anne Krapfl
Remember moving yourself or perhaps your children into college housing? Remember thinking youd give practically anything for a little help? Starting this fall, faculty and staff will have an easy opportunity to make a difference at move-in time for first-time Iowa State students. The residence department is recruiting faculty and staff to volunteer for move-in crews the week before classes begin. Whether its an hour or a full day, they invite you to sign on.

Its just a great chance to meet and welcome new students outside the classroom atmosphere, said Susan Lammers, hall director at Larch Hall and coordinator of the move-in crews project. Its been quite successful at other schools; weve just never formally organized anything for faculty and staff at Iowa State.

Were hoping it can become a traditional part of move-in week, she said.

The residence department hasnt yet confirmed the dates for which theyll seek volunteer help, but the most likely window is Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 21-23. The residence neighborhoods targeted for this project are Union Drive (Friley, Helser and Eaton halls) and Richardson Court, in the southeast corner of campus.

The range of tasks available is wide, Lammers said. Greeters could assist with traffic flow in parking lanes and lots, hold doors open or keep elevators moving as needed. Volunteers also are sought to staff hospitality tables, where they would answer questions, offer directions and serve ice water. And for the really servant-oriented, yes, you can help unload vehicles and carry things indoors.

Faculty and staff who would like to volunteer should contact Lammers,4-9272,, by May 30 to request an application form.

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