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Appalachian’s Move-in Day 2016 — ‘controlled chaos’ is order of the day

BOONE—You’d expect the arrival of 2,500 new students plus parents, siblings and several mountains of gym bags, electronics, Rubbermaid® totes, microwaves, pillows, twin-bed quilt sets and untold bags and boxes of miscellany might create a little chaos on move-in day at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageStudent volunteers move new students’ belongings into Coltrane Hall.View larger imageJake Hofmann, programming coordinator and RHA for University Housing, works to sign up students to work on the Hall Council in Eggers dorm.View larger imageKarlus Mullins, Kannapolis, is a freshman at Appalachian State and will be living in Coltrane this year.View larger imageRecycling cardboard from left are Becky Coffey, Linda Coffey and Thomas Alvarado who worked to stay on top of the boxes and packaging piling up in Gardner and Coltrane dorms.

“The campus will be insane,” said Tom Kane, director of university housing, the night before the onslaught. But, in truth, Kane’s team has honed such a well-oiled system of volunteers with dollies and four-wheel carts, trash and maintenance stations and conga-lines of movers that by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, if all goes as expected, the stacks of cardboard boxes will have been recycled, beds will have been adjusted, arranged and made, students will have met new roommates, campus parking lots will be empty and fall semester 2016 officially will be in session.

According to Susan Davies, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management, “The incoming freshman class is shaping up to be the largest, most diverse class so far, and the freshman class will exceed 3,100. We also have about 1,250 transfer students and more than 500 new graduate students on campus.”

Kane confirms he is expecting more than 2,500 students to move in between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. today.” It’s fun, everybody is excited, the stuff gets unpacked, goes up, the rooms get set up and then everybody goes to Walmart,” he said.

“This is always one of the most exciting days on campus, and one of my favorites,” Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, said early on move-in day. “It’s a beginning full of possibilities for our new students. Our housekeeping staff and the hundreds of volunteers have made moving in all these students seamless. All of us in the Appalachian Community are dedicated to making the rest of this experience a fulfilling and transformational one for the students who are joining us today.”

Kane expects everything to go well. But, he said, “It will rain. If it doesn’t, it’ll be a miracle,” Last year an unusual hail storm temporarily shut down the process, blew away a few tents and pinned Kane and Chancellor Everts in Eggers Hall for almost an hour.

Rain or shine, according to a post on the Appalachian State University Facebook page, Kane and his crew have pulled off another beautifully orchestrated move-in day. Laura O’Donnell Scuron commented, “Kudos to all the volunteers! Despite crowds, very organized!”