Residence Hall Move-In For The Fall Semester At Texas A&M Starts Sunday
COLLEGE STATION – Aggies by the thousands will soon return to the Texas A&M University campus in preparation for the beginning of fall classes on Aug. 29, and university officials have designated Sunday (Aug. 21) as Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day.
The program, developed by the Department of Residence Life, is an effort to welcome new and returning students and their parents by helping them move personal belongings into the residence halls, Residence Life officials note.
They say that a survey conducted over the past few years shows that, for various reasons, the majority of residents prefer to move into the halls on a Sunday. This can cause some traffic congestion, and officials have planned accordingly to make the process go as smoothly as possible. In addition to extending hospitality and a warm welcome, the day also embodies some of the university’s core values such as selfless service and respect.
As in years past, extra resources will be devoted to move-in day to make things easier for new and returning students and their parents. University transportation officials and police officers add that teams of volunteers will be on hand to welcome and assist students and parents and their help will ensure unloading goes as quickly as possible and the designated unloading zones near the residence halls do not get too congested.
The Residence Life Department, along with representatives from University Police, the Recycling Center, Dining Services, Transportation Services, Landscape Services, Student Life, the Corps of Cadets and various members of the administration, faculty and staff began planning for this day not long after the last move-in.
The teams of move-in volunteers – including administrators, faculty, staff and students – will be on duty in specific areas from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin will also be there between 8 and 10 a.m. to welcome the Aggies.
Members of the volunteer move-in teams will wear distinctive T-shirts so students and parents will easily recognize them. They will help unload vehicles as they pull up into unloading zones. The volunteers will also help load carts and dollies, available at no charge for those moving in, and help students get their belongings to their rooms.
As a concession to the summer heat, refreshment stations will be set up in strategic locations offering free bottles of water provided by Pepsi. The company will also provide T-shirts for all students living on campus. Company representatives are also volunteering to be on hand and assist with families.
Dining Services officials advise the students and their families that, although not all dining facilities will be open during move-in, a list of those that are open is at http://dining.tamu.edu/.
Being unfamiliar with campus, they can also get information by downloading free mobile aps for their cell phones that will give them access to campus maps, directories and on campus dining information, as well as a calendar of events and sports information.
Free downloads and updates are available through the Texas A&M web site at http://www.tamu.edu/mobile/apps/.
Additional traffic control will be added in highly congested areas during peak times from Sunday through Wednesday (Aug. 21-24) but drivers in the campus community should expect delays during this peak traffic period. One-hour temporary curbside parking will be allowed in designated campus locations in an effort to ease the congestion, Transportation Services officials add. These areas will be marked with signs and bicyclists are encouraged to use caution, as bike lanes may be obstructed during the week.
Move-in maps are available online at http://transport.tamu.edu/specialevents/move.aspx. These maps give clear parking instructions and show the locations of recycling stations for disposing of empty boxes, as well as information and refreshment stations. Recycling officials note that empty boxes must be placed in one of the designated bins and not in trash dumpsters.
On the central and south areas of campus, Lubbock Street from Coke Street to Spence Street will again be used by students and parents as a temporary unloading zone. Lubbock Street will be controlled by Transportation Services officers, and will be one-way east with parking allowed curbside between Nagle and Spence. Vehicles will exit Lubbock by passing in front of the Commons.
On the North side of campus, portions of Lot 30 will be used by students and parents as temporary unloading zones. Asbury, Houston, Jones and Hogg Streets will be controlled by Transportation Services officers with one-hour parking allowed curbside for unloading.
Transportation Services will also provide free move-in shuttles from Reed Arena Lot 100 to the Northside and Southside areas for parents and other visitors. These shuttles will run Sunday through Wednesday (Aug. 21-24) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once a vehicle is unloaded, it can be moved to Lot 100 and the driver can ride a shuttle back to the residence hall. Break Service for buses will run Monday through Friday (Aug. 22-26) from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fall Weekend Transit Service begins Aug. 27.
Transportation Services may also be contacted with any questions about parking or bus scheduling at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 862-PARK.
For additional information about residence hall check-in, contact the Housing Assignments Office toll-free at 888-451-3896. This office can also be reached at email@example.com or at http://reslife.tamu.edu. Transportation Services may also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 862-PARK.