By MATT CRANE
The newest batch of Bulldogs are almost here as freshmen move-in day begins Saturday on the campus of Mississippi State University.
Beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Humphrey Coliseum, MVNU2MSU, the event’s text-friendly alias, will see community volunteers help thousands of incoming freshmen begin their MSU journey as resident hall check-ins take place.
Director of Housing and Residence Life Ann Bailey said the number of volunteers has greatly exceeded last year’s count.
“The count as of (Thursday) morning was 675,” Bailey said. “This year we wanted to increase that because we’re opening two new buildings.”
Bailey said those buildings, Oak and Magnolia Halls, have been a wonderful addition for the housing department.
“It’s exciting to have the new buildings and have additional premium bed spaces to make our residents happy,” she said. “Our goal on move-in day is to roll out the maroon carpet and welcome our new residents to on-campus housing, Mississippi State and Starkville.”
Bailey said once residents check-in at the Humphrey Coliseum, they will be directed to the line of traffic taking them to their respective buildings.
“After check in at the residence hall level, volunteers will help them move their items to their rooms and they can get settled in,” she said. “We do have a MVNU2MSU website that’s located off the MSU homepage and our housing homepage where students and parents can find all the necessary information.”
Director of Parking Operations Mike Harris said his department has been assigned positions at each respective residence hall and will be closely working with the MSU Police Department and Housing Department to ensure smooth transitions throughout the day.
“We’re basically there to keep the traffic flowing,” Harris said. “We’ll also be assisting in getting things out of the vehicles and helping with unloading.”
Harris said visitors not involved with the move-in Saturday would be wise to avoid the residence hall areas because of traffic congestion, but believes the predicted lower temperatures should aid in a pleasant moving experience.
“The weather should be cooler and I think that will help a lot,” he said. “I think it’s gonna be a great day, and we’ve got it all planned out.”
According to the MVNU2MSU website, students and parents should expect heavy personal and vehicular traffic throughout the day, and asks those participating Saturday to observe the 10-minute limit in the designated unloading zones to provide smooth transitions and equal opportunities for all new students.
The website advises students to have their MSU Student ID ready at the Humphrey Coliseum during registration, which has been organized alphabetically by last names with specific check-in times.
For more information on check-in specifics and maps of traffic flow for Saturday, visit http://www.housing.msstate.edu/mvnu2msu/ .