Union College faculty, staff make moving in an easy
transition for students
LINCOLN—Trading the familiar
comforts of home for the uncertainty of dormitory life is bad enough. But
hauling clothes, school supplies, microwaves and refrigerators up several
flights of stairs in Lincoln’s August heat makes the transition to college
even more daunting.
Students moving into the dormitories
at Union College find their stress levels decreasing as they meet the
smiling faces and ready hands of Union’s faculty and staff. These
volunteers prove that many hands make quick work as they turn an
intimidating task into a few minutes’ effort.
This year marks the eighth annual
Student Move-In, sponsored by the Union College Alumni Association. Janya
Mekelburg, alumni activities director, said that the most rewarding part
of organizing such a service is the way students and parents respond.
“They’re amazed that even the president of the college would show up to
help,” she said. “They’re overwhelmed.”
About half of Union College’s
full-time faculty and staff volunteer for the Student Move-In each year.
The help of college employees in getting settled is especially valuable
for new students. It gives them the chance to get to know the professors
and administrators they’ll be seeing in a professional setting for the
rest of the year.
Keith Riese, an engineering
professor, is a regular Move-In volunteer. According to Mekelburg, Riese
assists for a full day, rather than just one or two shifts. “I know how
much it helps the kids and parents,” Riese said.
Participants will volunteer in
two-hour shifts. Friday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug.
14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.