Pullman in August can be notoriously hot, but the heat hasn't stopped Melissa Morgan.
Morgan, assistant dean of students, has been seeking volunteers for the 2013 freshmen move-in on August 10 and 11.
With six weeks left to recruit 150 more volunteers, Morgan said volunteers who participate in the two-day event will receive Center for Civic Engagement volunteer hour credits for all hours served, a free t-shirt and a free meal to anyone who serves more than one shift per day.
“The move-in will not be smooth if we don’t have enough people,” Morgan said. “The whole system is based on having the appropriate number of people per hall.”
Morgan said volunteers have the option to choose from three different shifts on both days, which include 7:30-11:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. or 1:30-5:30 p.m.
The move-in will include all residence halls, Morgan said, and the most help is needed for the first morning shift on August 10.
“It’s a challenge to ask people to spend four hours doing hard manual labor,” Morgan said. “I was a little bit above where I am now last year and that’s why I’m starting to get a little nervous.”
Nicholas Frisk, a junior sport management major, said he participated in the 2012 freshmen move-in through his involvement in Coug Guys & Gals.
In addition, Frisk said he collected a group of five to 10 volunteers for the 2013 move-in and led the effort this summer to find more volunteers within the group.
“It’s the first impression of the university,” Frisk said. “It’s a great way for students to get acquainted with the campus.”
Frisk said the event can benefit students because they can meet new people and create relationships with freshmen.
Last year’s move-in went well, Frisk said, as he made a lot of connections with students and parents.
“The first push to help out was hard for me, but the supervisors made it easy,” Frisk said.
Garrett Everest, a sophomore criminal justice major, said he decided to volunteer for the first time this August after he received an email looking for volunteers from the Air Force ROTC.
Everest said he is looking forward to helping freshmen answer any questions and sharing advice of what the first year of college is like.
“It gives them an introduction on people who have been there before,” Everest said. “It eases their pain.”
The time will be stressful for freshmen, Everest said, but he is excited to help out and welcome the new students.
With only weeks remaining, Morgan said she is looking for volunteers from large student groups, including employees of the Student Recreation Center and the CUB.
At the moment, Morgan said most of the volunteers are undergraduates, which she said she finds fantastic because it can help the incoming freshmen find ways to get involved on campus.
“It’s one of the most stressful days of a college student’s career,” Morgan said. “As a freshman, you don’t necessarily know what you’re going to major in or what groups you’re going to join.”
After the recruitment of volunteers began last April, Morgan said she started to attend ASWSU meetings, meet with residence life groups and email student groups to get more volunteers.
“I think it helps to create a sense of community,” Morgan said. “It will be less welcoming if we don’t have enough people.”