- Students help an incoming freshman move into Fletcher Hall during Kent Interhall Council's Movers and Groovers.
- Dr. Lester Lefton helps incoming freshman students move into Manchester Hall.
- A student helps an incoming freshman move a couch to the fourth floor of Manchester Hall.
- Dr. Lester Lefton jokes with the father of an incoming freshman during Movers and Groovers.
- Dr. Lester Lefton poses with some of the 700 student volunteers that help freshman move into the residence halls.
- Dr. Lester Lefton helps unload a truck during Movers and Groovers. Many parents are pleasantly surprised when help is on hand to move their freshman into the residence halls.
The start of a new school year is a busy and exciting time, especially for incoming freshmen. The residence hall move-in process can be stressful for both students and parents.
To make the experience more fun and welcoming, the Kent InterHall Council (KIC) sponsors the Movers and Groovers program. Each fall during freshman move-in day, Kent State faculty, staff and students volunteer to assist incoming freshmen get settled in their new university accommodations.
Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton was on hand bright and early on Aug. 23 to personally welcome new freshmen and to lend a hand during this time of organized chaos. Other university executive officers joined Lefton and a host of volunteers in welcoming students and parents and assisting with the heavy lifting.
The Movers and Groovers program is part of Kent State’s Welcome Weekend, an orientation program that runs Aug. 23 – 26. Welcome Weekend includes a variety of activities that help students explore the Kent State community and transition into the university environment.
One of the Welcome Weekend events is Freshman Convocation. Freshman Convocation takes place Friday, Aug. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Athletic Convocation Center. This special ceremony marks the beginning of our first-year students’ college careers and their entrance into higher education.
Welcome Weekend concludes Aug. 26 with BLASTOFF!, one of the best traditions at Kent State where student organizations and community groups gather at the track near the ice arena and DeWeese Health Center to welcome students to campus. The event includes hot air balloon rides, live music, fun activities and Kent State’s annual fireworks display, sponsored by Undergraduate Student Government, at 9 p.m.