Plymouth State University Move-In a Success; Gray Skies Don’t Dampen Enthusiastic Return to Campus

September 2nd, 2013 by blyndes


PLYMOUTH, N.H.––Gray skies and the threat of rain didn’t stop Plymouth State University from staging a successful Move-In day September 2. Nearly 2,200 students and their families converged on campus for the annual event, considered the busiest day of the year for the campus and surrounding communities.  Despite the gloomy weather, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said the complicated task of getting nearly half the undergraduate student body moved into their residence halls went very well.

PSU football players are an integral part of Move-In, helping students move their belongings into residence halls.

“Despite the threat of bad weather, it was an incredibly joyous day,” said Steen.  “Things went very smoothly; this is a day just filled with possibilities and excitement.”

Joining President Steen in greeting students and parents was PSU’s Student Body President, Kayla Grimes, of Pike, N.H., who noted the start of a new school year is exciting but stressful, and a friendly welcome can be helpful.

“I think giving them a great first impression of Plymouth State is important; a welcoming face when they’re very nervous and making a big transition can really help ease some of the nerves,” said Grimes.

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, right, welcomes Jaye Lang of Hampton, N.H. who was helping daughter Sarah Eldridge move into Mary Lyon Hall.

PSU Move-In allows students to quickly and efficiently fill the University’s eight residence halls with the help of staff, students and families. PSU’s athletic teams, including the entire football and wrestling teams, as well as sororities like Delta Zeta, help incoming students park, unload, and move their belongings. By Labor Day evening, more than 90 percent of the students had moved in to their on-campus residences.

Alyssa Delaporta of Mystic, Conn., a sophomore Education major, said she was happy to be back on campus.

“I’m very excited, and all of the football players helping move my things really helped,” said Delaporta.

Nearly 2,000 students move into PSU's eight residence halls in less than a day.

Jaye Lang of Hampton, N.H., whose daughter Sarah Eldridge transferred to PSU from Keene State, said she was thrilled with how easy the moving process was. “It took just a couple of minutes and we’re in,” Lang said. “This is awesome. I couldn’t be happier.”

First-year student Derek Moore of Nantucket, Mass., moved into Mary Lyon Hall and was impressed with how easy it was.

“It was pretty quick, actually,” said Moore. “This is a beautiful dorm, and I’m very excited to be here.”

Having Move-In on Labor Day allows more parents to join their students and offers students a seamless transition to the start of the academic year. Convocation and a final orientation occur on Tuesday, September 3, and the first full day of classes is Wednesday, September 4. PSU has over 7300 students, including approximately 4,800 undergraduate students.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or



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