For release: August 20, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
A welcome as warm as the summer weather awaits dorm students when they move into their
University of Memphis residences tomorrow and Friday, Aug. 21 and 22. A team of U
of M volunteers will help students move their clothing, computers, refrigerators,
microwaves, TVs, and other necessities of college life into their on-campus rooms.
The volunteers include students, groundskeepers, professors, secretaries, and others
from the University’s faculty and staff. Among the administrators who are scheduled
to help are President Shirley Raines, Provost Ralph Faudree, Student Affairs Vice
President Rosie Phillips Bingham, and Dean of Students William Porter.
University representatives will greet students and their parents in the parking lots,
provide them with cold soft drinks, and lend assistance in carrying items up to rooms.
The offices of Residence Life and Physical Plant and Planning will direct activities.
Some freshmen will move in Thursday between 1 and 4 p.m. Most students are expected
to arrive Friday, also between 1 and 4 p.m.
During Welcome Week, students will also be treated to a series of activities, including
an outdoor screening of the movie Ironman, a picnic, karaoke, and a comedy slam with
Vidur Kapur and Jasper Redd. This is the 11th year for Operation Warm Welcome.
More than 2,100 of the 20,000 students expected to enroll at the University of Memphis
this fall will live on campus.