Pioneers arrive on campus for start of new school year

Printer-friendly version Posted Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 13:15

The middle of August always brings a familiar sight to Alfred State College’s main campus – moving vehicles, parents and students hauling mini-fridges up staircases, and a sense of excitement that indicates the dawning of a new academic year.

During the week before the fall semester kicks off, 1,170 first-year Pioneers began moving into their new living spaces, eager to embark on the next major phase of their lives. Altogether, 2,360 students enjoy on-campus living at Alfred State.

Assisting the students on Move-In Day with hauling their belongings up to their rooms are a number of “helpers,” which include athletes, members of student clubs and organizations, Greek Life members, and faculty and staff. Additionally, residence directors decorated the residence halls to welcome students.

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan, who also assisted with Move-In Day, said, “We are delighted that our freshmen are arriving today. It’s busy, the parking lots are full. There are a few tears here and there but it’s a great freshman class coming in this year. We’re going to have a great fall here at Alfred State and we want to wish everyone a successful fall semester.”  

Senior Director of Residential Services Matt Ryan noted that Move-In Day is “really the first step in a student’s college experience.” He said the Alfred State community always comes together that day in welcoming the newest Pioneers.

“On a day that started off cloudy and rainy, it became a wonderful Move-In Day,” Ryan said. “I think it went really well, as we had a lot of smiling parents and students. Thank you to all the clubs, organizations, athletic teams, and employees that helped our new students out today.”

Check out a video of Move-In Day 2019 here.

A student and a lady move items during Alfred State's Move-In Day 2019.
An Alfred State student receives a helping hand during Move-In Day 2019.