LSU President F. King Alexander addresses parents and students at the Honors College picnic on Move-In Day with Dean Nancy Clark Credit: Department of Residential Life
The Honors College recently hosted the Les Amis Picnic in the Laville Courtyard during move-in day for incoming students.
Move-in day began at 8:00 A.M., with 47 welcome leaders helping students move into their dorms. The welcome leaders have volunteered their time to help with all the Honors Welcome events over the next few days.
“This is my favorite time of year,” said Honors College Academic Advisor Jessica Sanders. “We spend all summer preparing for the new class of Freshman, and we’re really excited to finally meet everybody and get them on campus.”
Dean Nancy Clark attended the event, greeting new students and parents.
“I’m very excited to see all our wonderful students,” said Clark. “It’s really a pleasure to meet their parents and reassure them that as long as they’re here at LSU, we’re here to take care of them and see that they can do their best.”
LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander also visited the proceedings to show his support for incoming students.
“I think [during move-in day] it’s just the energy, the enthusiasm, it’s everywhere,” said Alexander. “Talking to the parents, talking to the students, we just want them to know they made the right choice and we’re here to help them to succeed. That’s why we’re all here. I’m looking forward to a great year at LSU.”
Among the volunteers were Resident Assistants, helping the new students check into their rooms.
“Move-in day is probably one of the best days of the year,” said Senior RA Logan de La Barre-Hays. “Everyone is really ready and happy to start off on a brand new foot. What I’m looking forward to most this year for my residents is the chance to really let Laville shine as a community. We’ve got so many great honors program on the schedule that I just think this is going to be a year to remember.”
Senior RA Tom Holsteen expressed similar views.
“Move-in day is a really high energy day that really lets us set the tone for the semester,” said Holsteen. “It’s a great day to see the excitement of the freshman as well as returning students.”
At 11:00 the students and parents adjourned to the Laville Courtyard for the Les Amis Picnic, giving the students the opportunity to meet and greet.
Freshman and Chemical Engineering major Jaden Gillespie spoke about beginning his time at LSU and joining the Honors College.
“I’m excited to move in, I’m excited to meet new people,” said Gillespie. “I’m excited to start learning.”
Freshman and International Studies major Eileen Deleo shared Gillespie’s enthusiasm.
“[Move-in day] has definitely been very exciting,” said Deleo. “I’ve already met some new people on my floor. Everybody seems really friendly, and I’m looking forward to living here.”
Once both students and parents were seated in the courtyard, President F. King Alexander greeted the crowd.
“We’re thrilled to have you here,” said Alexander. “A big part of this university is about getting involved. Take advantage of everything the university has to offer, and maximize every day you’re on this campus. We’re here today to get involved, to take full advantage of this great university We’re here to help you move in. Thank you for being a part of LSU.”
The Honors College welcomes 565 Freshman for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Story by Jacqueline DeRobertis, LSU Honors College
For more information, contact the Honors College at 225-578-8831