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Students return to PSU this weekend

August 27, 2010
PLYMOUTH — The busiest day of the year for Plymouth State University and surrounding communities arrives Sunday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nearly 2,300 students will converge on campus, with the busiest time from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Traffic in the towns of Plymouth and Holderness will be heaviest in that time frame. All cars will be allowed 15 minutes to unload near the residence halls, and then will be directed to park in the Facilities Lot or the PE Center Visitor Parking Lot, both located on Route 175A, across the bridge. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Move-In is a special time for everyone involved.

"It's incredibly exciting, with the students displaying so much enthusiasm and energy. It's good to see them so happy about their return to Plymouth State," said Steen, who will personally greet students and their families. "The parents have many emotions, both excitement for their students' futures, but some nervousness, too. We hope parents come back to visit and see the campus in full-swing, perhaps at our Homecoming and Family Celebration on Oct. 1-3."

With clockwork-like precision, University and Plymouth police, residence hall staff and building workers help incoming students park, unload and move their belongings into the University's eight residence halls. PSU athletic teams and community members will pitch in to help students move in and get settled.

By Sunday evening, it is expected that more than 80 percent of the students will have been moved into their on-campus residences. The remainder will arrive on Monday and Tuesday before classes start Wednesday, Sept. 1.

This year marks the appearance of PSU's Welcome Center and Ice Arena, located on Route 175-A, across from the Foley Gymnasium. The $16 million facility was just completed after a 15-month construction phase. The Ice Arena will serve as a teaching facility for instruction and research in ice activities, a home for the Panther varsity men's and women's ice hockey teams, and a site for student recreation, as well as community skating.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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