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Admissions | Featured | News | Student LifeAugust 17, 2021

2021 Move In Held August 19-21

Written By: Rachel Putman

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students will begin moving into campus housing this Thursday, August 19, and continue through August 21.

Cub Camp participants will move into the Lion’s Den 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19; while students residing in Sebastian Commons will move in 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 20-21, and Lion’s Den residents will move in 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21.

Thursday’s move-in will be staffed by volunteers from each Cub Camp team, helping new students form relationships with their team throughout the move in process and into the three-day first-year student experience. More than 100 Cub Camp student-volunteers will be on hand to help movestudents in, as well as more than 50 volunteers from across the UAFS campus.  The move in crews will help coordinate traffic flow, distribute water, and transport belongings to student housing. UAFS employees will join student volunteers throughout the day, and some residents may even get a hand from Dr. Terisa Riley, chancellor of UAFS.

To ensure safety throughout the move in process, the UAFS Housing Office has implemented some COVID-19 procedures, including mandated face-coverings indoors throughout the move-in process, and instructing volunteers to confirm that families feel comfortable with assistance before loading any boxes into carts. 

Similar to last year, students will be assigned move in times to help limit traffic congestion and the number of people in hallways at any given time, said Beth Eppinger, director of housing and residential life at UAFS

“We understand each person has their own level of comfort regarding interacting with others due to the pandemic. We want our residents (and their parents) to feel safe as they move-in at UAFS. Our goal for residents is safety and comfort which is what they will receive when they live on campus,” Eppinger added. 

A safe, energetic move in day experience also helps the parents, supporters and families who are dropping off their first-year students feel confident in the personal attention and care students receive at UAFS. 

In addition to safety protocols for move in, students living in campus housing will have virtually unlimited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) including disposable masks, antibacterial wipes, cleaning spray, hand sanitizer and hand soap. 

“The entire UAFS Housing team is excited to welcome residents face-to-face to their fall homes! If students or families have questions, we are always available at” Eppinger added.  

Throughout the weekend, the Fort Smith and campus community should take necessary precautions while driving along the sections of Grand Avenue and Waldron Road that border campus. Some parking lots will be closed, directional signage will be in place and university police will be on hand to monitor traffic. 

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