A host of programming is
planned to celebrate the start of the academic year and welcome new students into the IUP community.
The first day of class for the fall semester is Monday, August 25.
On Friday, August 22, at 9:00 a.m., President Michael
Driscoll presides over the “Opening of the Academic Year: 2014–15,” in the IUP
Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.
The event includes remarks by Driscoll;
Provost Timothy Moerland; Mark Staszkiewicz, Association of Pennsylvania State
College and University Faculties president; David LaPorte, University Senate
chairman; Jessica Halchak, State College and University Professional
Association president; and Aaron Douthit, student member of the IUP Council of
A ribbon-cutting ceremony follows to celebrate the opening of the
Crimson Café, a new 410-seat, micro-restaurant-style dining facility between
Cogswell Hall and Stabley Library. The Crimson Café will feature Starbucks, The
Fireplace, Burger Studio, and Crimson Bistro. The Crimson Café is the first phase
of the university’s three-phase Dining Innovations plan.
facility will be open after the ribbon-cutting for tours and samplings from the food stations.
The morning’s events conclude
with the final Picnic in the Grove of the summer, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Oak
Grove. Picnickers may purchase food from Aramark in the Oak Grove or bring
their own lunch.
All of the events on August 22 are free and open to the
Freshman Convocation, the event that
formally welcomes new students to the university, takes place on Sunday, August
24, at 5:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.
Krzysztof (Krys) Kaniasty, the IUP
Distinguished University Professor for 2014–15, serves as master of
ceremonies. The speakers include President Michael Driscoll; Victor Garcia,
Distinguished University Professor for 2013–14, keynote speaker; and student
trustee Aaron Douthit.
A cookout in the Oak Grove immediately follows
convocation. Both events are free and open to the community.
officially began August 10, with the arrival of approximately 100 students working as community
assistants and academic success mentors for the Office of Housing, Residential
Living and Dining.
Move-in continues in these stages:
During freshman and transfer student
move-in, bottled-water stations will be set up for
students, parents, and move-in workers, courtesy of IUP Greek
organizations and IUP APSCUF.
Sam Clutter, director of University
Safety, asks local motorists to avoid campus during the move-in dates by using
Philadelphia Street and the Rose Street Extension.
IUP officials have been making community residents and merchants aware of
move-in days and the anticipated traffic associated with the event.
Students have been given staggered
arrival times, indicated on dashboard tags, so that move-in activity is spread throughout
each day. As in past years, arriving students and their families are directed
to a staging area in the Miller Stadium parking lot and will be released from
there to the appropriate building.
More than 400 volunteers, including
members of more than 25 student organizations, will assist as movers. IUP
police officers, faculty, and student workers from a variety of offices
are active throughout move-in days to help make students feel welcome.
In addition, 120 community assistants,
academic success mentors and graduate and professional residence hall staff
members will work inside the residence halls to greet and assist students and
Professionals from the Office of Public Safety, the Center for
Student Life and the Office of Housing, Residential Living and Dining begin
developing move-in day procedures, signs, work schedules and publications
during the spring semester of the previous year, according to Valerie Baroni,
chair of the IUP Move-In Committee.
A total of 3,942 students live in
on-campus housing, including the 129 upperclassmen in University Towers.
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