First year students arrived at Shippensburg University during Welcome Week to start the fall semester. SU provided four days of activities to help first-year students become familiar with campus before the semester started.
The first day, Thursday Aug. 19 was move-in day. First-year students moved into their respective dorms with help from Resident Life staff and volunteers. Student groups also helped, including the football team, women’s soccer team, the cheerleading team, and ROTC members.
There were several separate move-in times for new students and they were divided into waves by groups of zip codes. Residence life staff and volunteers handed out cold water bottles at each dorm throughout the day.
Once students were checked in, they could begin their Fall Welcome Week activities. Student ID and parking passes were being given out at the Ceddia Union Building. The CUB had several different events going on including Big Red’s Family Zone, set up in the CUB amphitheater. Welcome Week packs were handed out in the CUB food court, its entrance graced with a balloon arch.
All students moving in had to get a nasal swab COVID test done at a testing center set up on the second floor of the CUB.
In the evening, first-year students went to the “Welcome to Ship” event at which the SU Marching Band performed and keynote speakers Fred Banny and Stephanie Jirard, the chief equity, inclusion and compliance officer and Title IX coordinator, spoke to students, according to the Welcome Week schedule.