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Monday, August 18, 2014

Photo and multimedia highlights from Move-In 2014.

Carlotta Adams stood in the corner as an army of volunteers unloaded boxes in her daughter’s apartment during the annual Move-In Day on Aug. 16.

“I didn’t have to lift a thing,” Adams said as she watched her daughter, Sarah, unpack. “This has been an easy morning.”

More than 1,800 volunteers converged on the UNCW campus Aug. 16 to welcome nearly 2,000 first-year students. Volunteers were stationed at Trask, the Cultural Arts Building and the residence halls to check-in students, help direct traffic, unload cars, man water stations, carry belongings into dorm rooms, apartments or suites. UNCW Chancellor William Sederburg greeted volunteers and new students during his first Move-In Day. 

Sarah Adams, 17, of Kings Mountain, was surprised how quickly she was moved into her apartment.

“I thought it was going to be chaos,” said Adams, who plans to major in psychology. “I think it’s nice how the community has welcomed us. One thing I noticed is that the people at UNCW are friendly and they are always willing to help you.”

Iva Cain decided to stay and help other families after moving in her granddaughter, D’Asia Cain. She directed members of the UNCW women’s basketball team as they unloaded a vehicle.

“Once my granddaughter told me what they were going to do, I just volunteered. It’s about giving back,” said Cain, who lives in Georgia. “I think this is good for the freshmen. They are a little skeptical, a little scared. They are leaving home. It’s a good ice breaker for them. It’s another way of welcoming them to the college.”

About 9 percent of the 1,927 first-year students are from out-of-state.

Ryan Davis, a resident assistant and junior majoring in biology, said what makes Move-In Day unique is the involvement of the community.

“It shows how involved the community is with the school. It also shows how important UNCW is to the community and how important the community is to the university,” he said. “We are all working together to be one big community instead of just a school in a town.”

Ryan Flowers, a sophomore majoring in communication studies and a member of the women’s basketball team, said Move-In Day sends an important message to first-year students and their families.

“We are a family. We are one. No one is left out,” Flowers said. “Parents can feel comfortable about leaving their child here; that there are people who care and can help them better themselves while they are here.”

Move-In Day is part of UNCWelcome 2014, which gives freshmen a chance to become acclimated with college life and provides new and returning students an opportunity to connect with each other. A series of events are scheduled throughout the week including convocation, Beach Blast Celebration and campus fireworks.

Move-In Day involves departments across the campus including Housing and Residence Life, Campus Dining, University Police and Auxiliary Services.

"Prior to being appointed the 2014 Move-In volunteer coordinator, I had no idea how much of a collaborative effort it is to make this event a success,” said Courney Simmons, who also serves as campus dietician. “The students, faculty, staff and community support to plan Move-In and fill volunteer slots has been more than I expected. I am proud of this event and am proud to be organizing our more than 1, 800 volunteers and providing them with the support and information that they need to seamlessly welcome our first-year students."

For a second year, UNCW promoted its "Choose to Reuse" campaign during Move-In Day. The university hopes to reduce the consumption of 8,400 single-use plastic bottles used in 2012 to zero.  In partnership with Port City Java, ARAMARK, UNCW Sustainability and Image Promotions, UNCW will be working to educate our community about water conservation and the importance of reducing plastic consumption.