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. Pens tested, cell phones tested, and laptops booted. Minds opened. At Mary Baldwin University that means a rolling schedule of move-in dates, which now includes differentiated orientations for each of seven Leadership Gateways before the incoming class of 2013 combines for Weekend of Welcome. Here’s your guide to the first few weeks of the 2009–10 academic year:
August 17-21: ACCs, RAs, OLs, SGA EC — selected student leaders whose titles make fun acronyms (Assistant Community Coordinators, Resident Assistants, Orientation Leaders, Student Government Association Executive Committee) start preparing for the year by moving in extra early. The Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadre (upperclass officers) are unpacking, too, to get ready to train the new cadets in the corps.
August 18: Teachers teach teachers as new graduate students attend Orientation for the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
August 19: Watch for green-clad students in uniform marching on campus: “leeft, leeft, left-right-left” when new students (nULLs) in VWIL move in