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Hospitality tents aid Longwood's move-in effort

August 25, 2008

Hospitality tents, manned by volunteers providing information along water, lemonade and pizza, greeted Longwood University students for the 2008 move-in. "Hospitality tents" provided information, food and drinks to Longwood students during move-in

"Hospitality tents," manned by volunteers providing information along water, lemonade and pizza, greeted Longwood University students for this year’s move-in.

Volunteers were at four tents from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22, and three tents Saturday, Aug. 23. The tents were the brain-child of the hospitality subcommittee of the Opening Logistics Team (OLT).

"Dr. Cormier wanted the opening of the academic year to be as well-planned as commencement," said Dr. Ken Perkins, executive assistant for student success and professor of sociology, who chairs the OLT. "ARAMARK volunteered to supply the water, lemonade and catering set-up, and Domino’s volunteered to provide free pizza. I was at move-in from Thursday through Saturday, and we had zero complaints. Eight different people came up to me and, without being solicited, said how smoothly it went. Longwood has always been a welcoming place and a supportive place."

People who developed the hospitality plan were Rick Myers (Facilities Management), Brenda Ferguson (ARAMARK) and Susan Borum (Materiel Management and Purchasing). The volunteers were coordinated by Elaine Brawdy (president’s office). "Some 125 people volunteered at the first call, so we didn’t need any more calls, and every one of them showed up," Perkins said.

The OLT, which has about 15-20 members from all walks of campus life, was formed in the spring. "The OLT does more than simply work with move-in; we consider the opening of the academic year to be from the first orientation and registration, in the spring, through drop-add in the fall," Perkins said.

New and returning students also found that newly renovated Cox Residence Hall has re-opened. Cox, which was taken offline during the 2007-08 academic year while being renovated, features air-conditioning and an outdoor terrace, both of which are new, and the lounges and first-floor lounges and common areas have been refurbished, said Larry Robertson, executive director of residential and commuter life. The renovation is similar to the work done to Wheeler Residence Hall, which reopened in August 2007.

Longwood had not planned to use Tabb and South Ruffner residence halls this year but was forced to by the larger than anticipated freshman class, Robertson said. "We have about 1,050 residential freshmen, which is the most ever," he said.

Freshmen moved in Aug. 21, students who live in the apartments (Longwood Landings, Lancer Park and Longwood Village) moved in Aug. 22, and returning students moved in Aug. 23-24.

Move-In Photos

Longwood's largest freshman class began moving in on Thursday, August 21
Longwood's largest freshman class began moving in on Thursday, August 21
All freshman were offered both a "Surviving Farmville" book and Class of 2012 t-shirt
All freshman were offered both a "Surviving Farmville" book and "Class of 2012" t-shirt
President Patricia Cormier chats with "Movers & Shakers," student volunteers who help with move-in, in front of Curry Residence Hall on freshman move-in day
President Patricia Cormier chats with "Movers & Shakers," student volunteers who help with move-in, in front of Curry Residence Hall on freshman move-in day
Student "Moves & Shakers" assist freshmen moving into Cunningham Residence Hall
Student "Moves & Shakers" assist freshmen moving into Cunningham Residence Hall