Before Kansas State University students return to classes on Monday, thousands of them have to move into their new homes in the residence halls.
Hannah Robinson, who is majoring in business at K-State, moved into Boyd Hall on Saturday.
“I had never been in the building before, but I like it,” she said.
Robinson’s parents, Charlie and Judi of Sabetha, said the move-in environment felt welcoming. From members of the Farmhouse fraternity who helped move boxes and fix furniture to the directional signs on their way to campus, Charlie said the process was handled very efficiently.
“It helps the parents feel better as well as the students,” he said.
However, university staff members were not the only ones waiting to welcome new students to campus.
Members of the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene set up tents across the street from Boyd, Putnam and Van Zile halls to cook free food for the new students and their families. The church has been holding a similar event at their church on Kimball Avenue for a few years but decided to move it to campus this year.
“We want to tell the students we really care about them and tell the parents that we care about their students,” said Pastor Steve Myers. “It’s hard for parents to leave their students.”
Dominik Dubovsky was also ready for the students moving into their empty dorm rooms. He was working at a booth outside the K-State Student Union selling posters for the company Global Prints. The offerings included images of the Abbey Road crossing of the Beatles, Bob Marley, the Eiffel Tower and a smiling Marilyn Monroe.
“Students come to their rooms and they see white, empty walls,” he said. “So the first thing they can do is buy a poster to put on the wall.”
Although Hannah Robinson had not yet had a chance to decorate her room, she did take advantage of the food offered by the church. She said she plans to try out some of the campus ministries as well as the baking club.
“I’m looking forward to the whole experience, meeting new people and learning.”