Aug. 12, 2016
Mean Green Move-In, UNT’s annual event that marks the opening of residence halls for the fall semester, is slated for Aug. 21.
UNT Housing expects a majority of the university’s estimated 6,300 student residents to arrive on move-in day, says Eric Johnson, a residence life coordinator for UNT Housing.
“Our goal every year is to have the quickest and most effective move-in that we can possibly have,” Johnson says. “With that being said, we would love every bit of assistance from our students, faculty and staff to come welcome this new wave of Mean Green students.”
From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers will provide help at various residence halls. As in previous years, volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and lunch in Crumley Park.
- To volunteer, email Johnson
On move-in day, fellow students, faculty and staff help to greet freshmen and assist them — and their families — in making the transition to living on campus.
The event also is a jump start to First Flight Week — UNT’s official welcome program to help new freshmen network and get a feel for campus life before the fall semester begins Aug. 29.
Move-in day is a busy time for the entire campus community.
With construction on Eagle Drive and the I-35 Express project underway, Kristi Ormand, assistant director of auxiliary services, and her team have put a lot of time and focus into ensuring all participants — students and volunteers alike — have a smooth day.
Each year observations are made and improvements implemented,Ormand says. This is an all hands on deck event, and it takes a village sometimes.
A housing ambassador for Victory Hall, Krystal Solomon plans to participate in move-in day. Solomon, a student in UNT’s Frank and Sue W. Mayborn School of Journalism, is beginning her junior year and this will be her second time volunteering.
“I’ll always remember the fraternity guys helping me move in my freshman year. That’s what it’s all about — helping our freshmen while creating memories with them,” Solomon says. “It’s great that volunteers get to be a part of their experience.”
Solomon is ready to answer parents’ questions and assure them that their students are in good hands.
"This is one of the biggest classes and there is so much in store for them," she says.
Johnson added, “For many of our residents, this is their first time embarking on a college journey so there is always a good amount of nerves. But, having someone help you who has been through it before and who knows the campus is a big help.”
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Photo Above: President Smatresk and volunteers at Mean Green Move-In Day 2015; Photo Right: New students moving into residence halls (Ahna Hubnik/URCM)