The annual population explosion is about to happen on college campuses nationwide as students return in droves. Suitcases will be unloaded. Posters affixed to walls. Pencils sharpened, cell phones tested, and laptops booted. Minds opened. At Mary Baldwin University that means a rolling schedule of move-in dates and start-of-the-year events. Here’s your guide to the first few weeks of the 2007–08 academic year:
August 14:Watch for green-clad students in uniform marching on campus: “leeft, leeft, left-right-left” when new students (nULLs) in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) move in.
August 15:Is that the echo of a long pass on the soccer field or the smack of a ball hitting a forearm in the PAC gym you hear? It might be — volleyball and soccer student-athletes start moving in and begin practice August 16. Cross country runners move in August 18 and practice later that week.
August 20:Teachers teach teachers as new graduate students attend Orientation for the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
August 21:Freshmen in the Ida B. Wells living-learning community move in and receive a specialized introduction to Orientation, soon to begin learning about the civil rights and women’s rights figure for whom their community is named.
August 22:New students who are members of American ethnic minorities (which now represent more than 35% of the student population) will begin learning to spread their wings and fly through Orientation in SOAR (Survival Opportunities and Resources). They will discover quickly that they have become part of an inclusive community.
August 22:New students in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) move in to their state-of-the-art center and discover how Mary Baldwin is different from their middle or high schools, but still a little like home in all the right ways.
August 22:Faculty and staff powwow at the annual opening meeting for the President’s state-of-the-college address, and later gather to dish on the lawn at the President’s House at the friends and family picnic.
August 23:Keep your eyes open for excited students and scattered luggage, boxes, and items destined to be room décor, when the newest members of the Residential College for Women (RCW), the Class of 2011, move in. Their comprehensive four-day Orientation, with its theme, Many Voices, One Song, nods to the college’s cross-curricular theme “Voices” and includes an introduction to the Mary Baldwin University Advantage.
August 23:New students in the college’s unique graduate program in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance (MLitt/MFA) attend Orientation, asking, methinks: “Wherefore art thou a student of the Bard?”
August 26:All the summer marching practice is tested for the first time in public at the VWIL nULL Induction Parade, the first parade of the academic year.
August 27:And so begins the 2007-08 academic year as first classes are called to order. Returning students to the Residential College for Women will have been streaming into residence halls and houses in the day or two preceding the start of classes.
August 27:Hunt Dining Hall has been open for limited hours for the past few weeks, but a joyful noise spreads across campus as the Dining Hall opens for full business once again with its tasty meals morning, noon, and night.
August 29:“Believing in the principles of student government, I pledge myself