WCU FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS
The warm welcome Keith Corzine wants to extend to the more than 1,500 freshmen who arrive on the Western Carolina University campus this month has nothing to do with the August heat. Corzine, director of residential living, is rounding up volunteers from the staff, faculty and community to help let new students who arrive Saturday, Aug. 19, know they are joining a community that cares about them.
“You don't have to be able to carry a refrigerator up three flights of stairs to help,” Corzine said. “We are looking for people who can organize unloading, greet people and talk to parents about what a great day it is for them and their children. Whatever you do, you will have helped make somebody's initial interaction with Western a positive one.”
Men's Basketball Coach Larry Hunter, who volunteered last year along with about a dozen members of the team, said the experience helped them bond, gave them a workout and was very worthwhile. Hunter particularly remembered helping one family, which arrived in a van towing a flatbed trailer with loft-building materials, stereo equipment and computers. “When they pulled up, several of our guys thought, ‘Oh no, here we go,'” Hunter said. “But we helped them unload in a matter of minutes, and the family, which had a son and daughter attending Western, was so appreciative.”
Keshia Martin, resident director for Scott Hall, also said activities will be hosted on campus after freshman move-in day from music on the lawn to making wax hand sculptures.
“These are the students' first experiences at Western Carolina University, and we want them to know that this is a real community that extends beyond the classroom,” Martin said.
Behind the scenes, Western has been preparing for weeks for the fall semester. Resident assistants are training this week and taking inventory of the condition of rooms in residence halls. Facilities Management staff members have been replacing roofs at Breese Gymnasium, Hunter Library and McKee Building, said Joe Walker, associate vice chancellor for facilities management. They are removing a green water tank from a hill on the older part of campus and preparing to add sod to the new grassy area near Dodson Cafeteria. Soon, lights will be installed along the footpath at Norton Road Residence Hall to increase safety.
Meanwhile, workers are putting the finishing touches on the renovation of Stillwell Building and completing inspection.
Other changes on campus include new dining options in the A.K. Hinds University Center, featuring an Einstein Bros. Bagels, an express “grab and go” area with sandwiches and salads and a smoothies station. Rick Nicholson, director of auxiliary services, also says there will be an expanded pizza and Italian menu in Dodson.
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