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The Class of 2012 officially moves in Friday, Aug. 28. That means about 500 new students will be arriving on Aug. 28, between 8 and 11 a.m. Some 100 students are already here for fall sports and other pre-orientation events.

“It always amazes me that we move 500 students into their rooms in about three hours,” said Roger Godin, MBT College House prefect and associate dean of College House administration, who oversees the move-in for the Orientation Planning group. He expects as many as 500 vehicles will arrive here between those hours.

All arriving students must first check in at the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center registration area. After that:

  • Ware and Bonchek students will be directed to enter the College from Race Avenue near the Public Safety office.

  • Schnader students will cue up in the Williamson parking lot to drive between Hackman and Fackenthal to arrive at their destination on the Hartman Green entrance to Schnader.

  • MBT students will line up in the parking lane on the campus side of College Avenue between the Barshinger Center and the Marshall Gates in front of Old Main. Waiting vehicles will be directed a few at a time to drive along the sidewalk to the front door of Old Main, then right and immediately left into the parking lot between Diagnothian and Distler. From there, vehicles will be directed down the road to the rear of Marshall and Buchanan halls.

This is a temporary interruption and faculty and staff should prepare accordingly, said Godin. “My suggestion is people should just smile, say hello and 'welcome to F&M.'”

“Over the past few years we’ve become a well-oiled machine due to the outstanding work of many offices and volunteers,” said Godin. Some 250-student volunteers from F&M’s athletic teams, student clubs and organizations are expected to help direct traffic and get new students where they need to go.

“The look of relief on parents’ faces when a group of students approach their vehicles to help is wonderful to behold,” Godin said.