Published: Monday, August 17, 2009
Classes do not begin until Aug. 31, but many Aggies will start returning to campus Sunday (Aug. 23), the day Texas A&M University officials have designated as Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day.
The assistance day program, developed by the Department of Residence Life, is an effort to welcome new and returning students and their parents by helping them move personal belongings into the residence halls, notes Ron Sasse, departmental director.
“Extra resources will be devoted to move-in on Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day to make things easier for all our new and returning students and their parents,” Sasse adds. “This will help ensure that unloading zones near the residence halls do not get too congested.”
Sasse, along with representatives from University Police, the Recycling Center, Dining Services, Transportation Services, Landscape Services, Student Life, the Corps of Cadets and various members of the administration, faculty and staff began planning for this day not long after the last move-in.
The teams of move-in volunteers – including administrators, faculty, staff and students – will be on duty in specific areas from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. These volunteers will be on hand to welcome and assist students and parents. Texas A&M Interim President R. Bowen Loften will also be there between 8 and 10 a.m. to welcome the Aggies.
Members of the volunteer move-in teams will wear distinctive T-shirts so students and
parents will easily recognize them. They will help unload vehicles as they pull up into unloading zones. The volunteers will also help load carts and dollies, available at no charge for those moving into the residence halls, and help students get their belongings to their rooms. As a concession to the summer heat, Dining Services will set up refreshment stations in strategic locations offering free bottles of water. They advise the students and their families that, although not all dining facilities will be open during move-in, a list of those that are open is at http://diningservices.tamu.edu/facilities/movein09hours.stm.
Officials say that a survey conducted over the past few years shows that, for various reasons, the majority of residents prefer to move into the halls on a Sunday. This can cause some traffic congestion, and officials have taken that into account.
Additional traffic control will be added in highly congested areas during peak times. Drivers in the campus community should expect delays during this peak traffic period. “One-hour temporary curbside parking will be allowed in designated campus locations in an effort to ease the congestion,” adds Rod Weis, director of Transportation Services. These areas will be marked with signs and orange barrels.
Bicyclists are encouraged to use caution, as bike lanes may be obstructed during move-in week (Aug. 23-30). Move-in maps are available at http://transport.tamu.edu/move. These maps give clear parking instructions and show the locations of recycling stations for disposing of empty boxes, as well as information and refreshment stations. Recycling officials note that empty boxes must be placed in one of the designated bins.
On the central and south areas of campus, students and parents will have the opportunity to use Lubbock Street from Coke Street to Spence Street as a temporary unloading zone. Mosher Lane behind the Commons also will be available for unloading.
Transportation Services officers will control access to Lubbock Street, and it will be one-way eastbound with parking allowed curbside. Vehicles will exit Lubbock by passing in front of the Commons. The same controlled-access process will be used on Mosher Lane in the rear of the Commons, allowing vehicles to enter Mosher Lane from Bizzell Street and exit adjacent to the Southside Parking Garage onto Lewis Street near Parking Area 40.
On the north area of campus, Parking Area 30 will be designated and marked as a temporary unloading zone. Asbury, Houston and Jones streets will be controlled by Transportation Services officers, with parking allowed curbside for unloading.
Since all unloading zones are one-hour parking only, Transportation Services will provide free shuttles from Reed Arena PA100 to the Northside and Southside areas for parents and other visitors. These shuttles will run Sunday, Aug. 23, fr om 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Break Service will run Monday – Friday, Aug. 24-28, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no service Aug. 29-30. Once a vehicle is unloaded, it can be moved to PA100 and the driver can ride a shuttle back to the residence hall.
For additional information about residence hall check-in, contact the Housing Assignments Office toll-free at 888-451-3896. This office can also be reached electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Internet at http://reslife.tamu.edu.