Alumni Return for Move-In

Posted on: August 27, 2013

movein-jennings-360x240MSU's campus is once again populated with thousands of Spartans from across the state, country and world.

About 7,800 new students poured on to campus Sunday, Aug. 25, and there to help freshmen with their big move were alumni who volunteered their time. Among them were more than 20 CAS alumni who greeted students, answered questions and helped move carts full of loaded boxes.

The alumni volunteers got to select which hall they wanted to be stationed, some of whom chose to work at the dorm they lived in during their time at MSU.

Pam Bunnell Jennings, a 1971 Television and Radio Broadcasting graduate, did just that.

"I asked to volunteer at South Hubbard Hall because that is where I lived my first two years at MSU," Jennings said. "The dorm was built in 1966, so I'm not sure if we were the first class there or the second. Either way, it was brand spanking new. Also at the time, only women lived in Hubbard, while the men lived in North Hubbard."

Randy Munguia, a 1983 Communication graduate, helped out for a similar reason.

"Usually I help in the Brody neighborhood since I lived there when I was a student at MSU," Munguia said. "Being familiar with the layout and specific needs of Brody residents always makes the process flow better."

Erika Myers, a 1997 journalism graduate and member of the CAS Alumni Board, volunteered with her husband.

"We volunteered two years ago and had a great time," Myers said. "To see their excitement brings back many good memories of my time at MSU."

The alumni each had their own reason for volunteering, but many came to a similar consensus that they love helping one of their own.

"When I moved in as a freshman, it was great having a smiling face there to greet me," said Erika Weadock, Mid-Michigan Spartan Alumni Group Young Alumni director and president-elect, and 2010 Communication graduate. "I want to make sure new Spartans have the same experience. MSU is truly my passion and I want the new members of the Spartan family to love this place as much as I do."

Thanks to our gracious alumni, students may have received their first taste of what it means to be a Spartan. Helping each other out with a warm, Spartan smile. Thanks to all our alumni who volunteered and helped get our students off to a great start for the school year!

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