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Advisory: Media invited to freshman move-in day Aug. 23

August 20, 2007

Members of the media are invited to cover freshman move-in day at Wake Forest University Aug. 23.  Residence halls open to students at 8 a.m., and faculty, staff and upperclassmen will be on hand to help freshmen and their families unload vehicles and carry personal belongings inside.  Freshman orientation begins with move-in, and classes begin Aug. 29.

The university plans to welcome to campus roughly 1,130 freshmen from 45 states and 10 foreign countries, with slightly more than a fifth of the new class coming from North Carolina.  Most freshmen will live in Bostwick, Collins, Johnson, Babcock and Luter residence halls, all located on the south side of campus along Gulley Drive and Jasper Memory Lane.

Photographers and reporters interested in talking with freshmen and their families should plan to arrive by 8:30 – 9 a.m.  News Service staff will be available to escort media inside residence halls.  Television stations may arrange with the News Service to set up earlier for live shots.  Marked media vehicles may park along Gulley Drive, where most move-in activities will take place.

Between 9 a.m. and noon, interviews may be arranged with Donna McGalliard, director of Residence Life and Housing, and Johnne Armentrout, assistant director of the University Counseling Center.  Armentrout will be available to talk about empty nest and college transition issues that parents and students face.

University Stores will set up a satellite sales location under a large tent on Manchester Plaza to more conveniently offer many supplies that freshmen need, ranging from laundry bags and mattress covers to computer surge protectors and printer ink cartridges.  Joining University Stores will be Space Savers, the Winston-Salem-based retailer of home storage and organization products, selling a variety of items appropriate for dorm-room use.

Freshmen will pick up their ThinkPad computers and color printers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Information Systems (IS) Building, Rooms 224 and 225.  A shuttle bus dubbed the “technology tram” will carry students from their residence halls to the IS building.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on move-in day, important information will be provided to freshmen on the fourth floor of the Benson University Center.  Students can pick up ID cards and mailbox keys and learn about a variety of university programs including financial aid, dining, counseling and health services and the Learning Assistance Center.

A reception for freshmen who are children of Wake Forest alumni and their families will be held at 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of Reynolda Hall.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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