LSU Residential Life to host Annual Student Move-In Day Aug. 22

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

As the fall 2013 semester is set to begin at LSU, the university's Department of Residential Life will welcome students on Move-In Day, Thursday, Aug. 22, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in all on-campus residence halls and apartments.

Move-In Day provides an energetic, warm, welcoming atmosphere full of LSU pride and Tiger spirit for the anticipated 2,500 new and returning students moving to campus this day. Move-in Day arrivals will be joining the nearly 2,300 students who will already be on campus for early arrival programs like Greek recruitment, Tiger Band, academic boot camps and S.T.R.I.P.E.S. More than 700 volunteers from the faculty and the staff, members of student organizations and friends of the university will team up with the Residential Life staff for this exciting event. Volunteers will help students unload their cars, move into their residence halls or apartments and answer any questions regarding campus life that the residents may have.

Among the volunteers will be the new LSU President and Chancellor, F. King Alexander, who has also invited all the parents to join him for a free lunch at one of the two LSU dining facilities, The 459 on the east side of campus, and The 5 on the west side. Also, more than 200 student-athletes will be on hand to assist those moving into on-campus housing.

As part of the LSU Division of Student Life & Enrollment's Bengal Bound schedule, there are many social events throughout the day to welcome residents to campus. On Thursday evening and throughout the first week of classes, each residential community will host a social event in the community's common area for the residents to get to know their neighbors, adjust to campus life, and meet their in-hall staff. The LSU Family Association will sponsor a banana split party for families, students and friends beginning at 11 a.m. in the front lobby of the LSU Student Union. Visit for a complete list of campus-wide opening week events.

Residential Life offers living-learning environments in eight residential colleges, the Honors House, Leadership & Service Living-Learning Community, Sophomore Gold Community and several traditional living options. LSU's residential colleges include Agriculture, Business, Engineering, Mass Communication, Science, Humanities & Social Sciences (Global Connections), Herget Hall and Information Technology.

LSU residence halls are not the dorms of yesteryears, but are part of the 21st-century living-learning philosophy. More than 50 percent of all on-campus undergraduate residence halls and apartments are either new construction or have had recent major renovations. Construction, renovations and new programs continue to provide more beds and innovations for residents.

The renovation of Annie Boyd Hall is complete for fall 2013, returning 110 beds to the housing inventory. This extensive renovation included all new suite bath bedrooms with new furnishings, walls, floors, ceilings, lights, windows, electrical wiring and central air conditioning & heating with individually controlled rooms. With a new front outdoor patio, common areas, study rooms, computer lab, kitchen and laundry facility, Annie Boyd Hall has the look and feel of a new residence hall, while preserving its original architectural beauty and character.

Also new for fall 2013 is the Faculty-in-Residence, or FIR, program, where two LSU faculty members and their families live on campus in the heart of the both residential areas, interacting and guiding students through their on-campus experience. The eastside FIR is in the new building connecting East & West Laville Halls, and the westside FIR is in the Residential College Complex. Res Life is excited about this new expansion of the living-learning paradigm.

Fall 2013 also marks the first year for the LSU Tiger Bridge Program, housed in McVoy Hall. Tiger Bridge provides nearly 200 students the opportunity to live on the LSU campus, attend classes at Baton Rouge Community College and prepare for a successful transition to becoming an LSU student in their sophomore year.

For more information on Move-In Day, contact Jay High, LSU Residential Life associate director of communications, at 225-578-0565, email, visit or find LSU Residential Life on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest by searching 'LSUResLife.'