New ETBU Students Move-in With Lots of Volunteer Help
MARSHALL, Texas (8/15/13)- Even though the first day of classes for East Texas Baptist University are not until Monday, August 19, the campus was buzzing today with activity during Move-In day for first time freshmen students and transfer students. ETBU student leaders, faculty and staff welcomed the new Tigers by helping them move into residential halls.
The worry of parents of how there student belongings will get from a heavily packed vehicle into their new place of residence is squelched quickly. As a new student arrives they are greeted by smiling faces and strong backs ready to be of assistance. With as many as 4-8 people assisting, unloading can take less than five minutes.
Brad Mashburn, a recent graduate and now employed in the Office of University Advancement, remembers well the day he arrived on campus to move-in. “ETBU is a place known for community. My first experience of this helping community was when I had help unloading my car and taking of my things into the place I would call home,” Mashburn said. “It was such a small thing, but it was huge example of how caring people of ETBU are by taking their own time to help me settle in four years ago,”
“I enjoy being part of the crew that welcomes our new students and helps them get settled in,” said ETBU Professor of Mathematics Dr. Kevin Reeves. Reeves has been teaching and helping students move-in since 1996. “Parents seem to really appreciate the help, and often comment that they had not expected any help with moving in their young person.”
ETBU Professor of Computer Science Dr. Bill Mills began teaching in 1984. He says, “Parents are amazed. One family told us that it took two days to load the car at home and only 10 minutes to unload once they arrived on campus.”
“I believe this activity helps to reassure parents and students that this environment will be a safe one for students just leaving home for the first time,” said Dr. Reeves.
Dr. Mills added, “I think move-in day is a wonderful expression of gratitude from ETBU to the students. It is a tangible way for us to let them know that we are glad they chose our university and that we will go out of our way to make sure that they get a quality education.”
Local churches also got into the act of welcoming the new students to the community. In the Quad, local church members passed out water and snacks to the new students and their families.
New students and transfer students arrive before the start of classes to participate in Welcome Week. This event will provide a time to help new students make the transition to university life as well as become familiar with the academic, spiritual, and social purposes of the University. Welcome Week will also help the new residents of Marshall develop relationships with students, faculty, staff and the local community.
On Friday morning, the new students will have the opportunity to participate in “ETBU Cares” as service projects will occur. Kids Clubs will be traveling to three local apartment complexes for students to conduct games and other activities for the children. The students will also be found on several elementary campuses of Marshall ISD assisting in preparing classrooms for the upcoming school year. Visits to several nursing homes and assisted living facilities are also scheduled.
Returning students may begin to move-in resident halls on Friday, August 16, 2013, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 17, 2013, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; and on Sunday, August 18, 2013, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
East Texas Baptist University provides a Christ-centered education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. The ETBU experience is known for “Embracing Faith, Engaging Minds, and Empowering Leaders.” The 100 year old Christian university offers a challenging curriculum in more than forty areas of study. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits ETBU to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.For admission or general information about ETBU, call 1-800-804-3828 or visit www.etbu.edu.