With summer break coming to a close and the start of classes just around the corner, Alfred State College recently welcomed students to campus for the beginning of the 2018-19 academic year.
During the week before the new semester kicks off, roughly 1,200 first-year students began moving into their new living spaces, eager to embark on the next major phase of their lives. Altogether, around 2,400 students enjoy on-campus living.
Assisting the students on Move-In Day with hauling their belongings up to their rooms were a number of “helpers,” which include athletes, members of student clubs and organizations, and faculty and staff members. Residence directors also decorated the residence halls to welcome the students coming in.
“It’s always exciting to see students moving into the residence halls for the start of the new school year,” said Matt Ryan, senior director of Residential Services. “We do our best each year to make sure that students feel welcome on campus, especially in the living areas that they will be calling home for the next several months.”
Once they arrived on campus, students couldn’t help but notice the improvements and upgrades that the college has been making throughout the summer. Campus workers have been busy on a number of projects over the past few months, including beginning phase two of the MacKenzie Makeover project, with renovations to the South and East wings. Additionally, Robinson/Champlin Hall and Getman Hall now have brand-new bathrooms.
Additionally, the Student Success Center has been rebuilt to allow for more areas to enhance collaboration among students and mentors, and a new echocardiography lab has been added to the Agriculture Science Building. Across campus, satellite boilers are now installed to increase energy efficiency.
“We’ve also added parking to both campuses, upgraded the locker rooms at the Orvis Activities Center, added new paint to the automotive labs, and much more,” said Glenn Brubaker, senior director of Facilities Services. “It’s been a very busy and productive summer here at Alfred State, and it’s always rewarding to see, once the new academic year starts, just how much our efforts pay off and really help to enhance the students’ experience at our college.”