Mocs on the Move: Students arrive for fall semester

Aug 28, 2020

by FSC Staff

In a year unlike any other, Florida Southern’s move-in process for new first-year students and transfer students was substantially different from previous academic years. Some things hadn’t changed, however, as newly arriving students and their families were greeted by teams of friendly, enthusiastic, and well-organized assistants and staff members.

Face masks and physical distancing guidelines were firmly in place all across campus, to ensure the healthiest possible start for the fall 2020 semester.

More than 70 of FSC’s returning upperclassmen served as orientation leaders on Friday, Aug. 28, welcoming the initial group of 300 first-year students at check-in points and directing them to parking areas and campus residences. The same procedures will be in place on Saturday, Aug. 29, as 300-plus additional new students arrive to begin their orientation process. About 100 transfer students begin their check-in and orientation on Sunday, Aug. 30.

Throughout the weekend, virtual events have been planned to provide a valuable orientation experience, including a virtual convocation ceremony, virtual meetings with members of each academic department, and individualized virtual meetings with academic advisors.

Jazzy Hoffmann of Marietta, Ga., back right, received help moving into Joseph-Reynolds Hall from her mother, Angie, her brother André, 6, and sister Allie, 8. (Photos by Jordan Weiland)
Orientation leaders Christopher Valentino, left, and Nolan Smith were serious about making move-in as fun as possible. (Photo by Jordan Weiland)
Orientation leaders and Safety and Security team members helped students and their move-in helpers find their designated parking areas.
Spirit Squad
The self-proclaimed "Spirit Squad" that welcomed newcomers to Wesley Hall on Friday morning consisted of orientation leaders Alyssa Lenkel, kneeling, and Hannah Luciano, from left, Carmen Curnell, and Sarah Stuck.
Aiden Pearson of Sarasota gets a temperature check before entering his residence hall. He plans to pursue a double major in technical theatre and sports communication: "I want to be a sports broadcaster; that's the goal!"
Many first-year students shipped their belongings to FSC in advance. "It's a sign of the times," said Mike Makubika, who helped deliver the packages to campus residences. "Sometimes you've just got to do things a little differently."
Mike Makubika, who is in his sixth year as associate head coach for men's basketball, was part of a campus team that helped deliver packages from the mailroom to their proper addresses in student residences.
Three assistants
Orientation leaders Morgan Bruewer, from left, Anna Lyons, and Celeste Rosendale directed new arrivals to the residence halls in the Publix Commons area.
Moving in
New freshman Madison Fields of Chicago, left, and her mother, Jennifer, check out some FSC polos in the campus bookstore.
Thumbs up
Family members communicate long-distance while walking through campus during the first day of move-in on Friday.
Walking dog
We're so happy to see new faces on campus — including those of some furry friends.