Muskingum University officially kicked off its fall semester by welcoming students to campus during the annual Move-In Day weekend. Following weeks of planning to develop a safe, exciting experience, the highly-anticipated return-to-campus event was met with enthusiasm by students, staff, and faculty members alike.
On Sunday, Aug. 16, hundreds of first-year, face-mask toting students arrived at designated registration areas to begin their Muskie journey. Returning students then joined them on Monday as teams across campus facilitated their transition to residence halls and other living locations.
University planning teams and student leaders scheduled a variety of activities from Sunday evening and throughout the day on Monday designed to engage students and to have some socially-distanced fun. Highlighting the weekend’s activities, keynote speaker Odell Bizzell II discussed – via live stream – the skills needed to lead in a diverse workplace, and the ways to grow and thrive during the pandemic.
“Although Move-In looked a bit different this year, the eagerness Muskies showed to return to campus was evident and mutual,” said Dr. Michael Malone, AVP for Student Affairs. “Students and their families willingly followed the guidance we put into place to protect each other and to promote a healthy environment, which is a testament to our amazing community.”
Senior Zoey Stenson echoed Dr. Malone’s sentiment regarding students eagerly anticipating the return to campus living and learning.
“Whether you’re a first-year student or returning for another year, this weekend has been on the calendar for a long time,” Stenson said. “There was definitely a smile behind my mask as I walked around campus again, and I know mine wasn’t the only one.”
Classes at Muskingum officially began on Tuesday, Aug. 18.