Just hours after parts of the Holderness campus were underwater from the effects of Tropical Storm Irene, Plymouth State University and surrounding communities welcomed thousands of students for the start of classes in a mid-week Move In Day. Move In is traditionally held on the Sunday before classes begin, but because of the threat of weather related problems from the storm it was postponed from Sunday, August 28, to Tuesday, August 30.
|Left to right, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, Susan Beninati of Salem, N.H. and PSU returning student Kevin Beninati at Mary Lyon Hall|
Those precautions proved appropriate when heavy rains pushed the Pemigewasett River over its banks, eventually flooding the PSU athletic complex and Route 175-A in Holderness. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen was heartened at how incoming students, their families, PSU staff and the community made Move In a success.
“The organization that went into making this day go smoothly has been impressive,” said Steen. “People understand the situation, and they’ve been great.”
|PSU football team members move student belongings into Geneva Smith Hall|
Nearly 2300 students and their families arrived beginning early in the morning, with PSU athletic teams and other PSU volunteers already on campus helping students to quickly and efficiently fill the University’s seven residence halls. Susan Beninati of Salem, N.H., brought her son, Kevin, to Mary Lyon Hall and was thrilled with the help she received.
“Having the football team unload everything–it’s the best thing in the world,” Beninati said. “It’s always good to come back. We’ve had a good experience here.”
“It’s a great day for the University, with the optimism and excitement,” said Steen, who personally greets many students and their families. “The students are talking about their majors, their classes, and their undergraduate research. We’re all looking forward to a great year.”
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