Fennelly, McDermott, Pollard and Rhoads Help With Move-In
AMES, Iowa – They migrate here by the thousands. Students from across the country and around the world are returning to Iowa State for the fall 2009 semester. One annual ritual around the start of the academic year is the huge flock of students moving in to ISU residences, their parents in tow.
The Iowa State athletics department is grateful to the students who chose Iowa State. ISU athletics director Jamie Pollard, football coach Paul Rhoads, men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott and women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly will spend or have spent a couple of hours this week welcoming young people back to campus.
Pollard and McDermott were in Willow Hall on Wednesday, stopping by different dorm rooms, meeting students as they gear up for school, which starts Monday.
“Especially for newcomers, college can seem like such a big world when you first come to campus,” Pollard said. “It is fascinating talking with students, learning where they are from and why they chose Iowa State. We wanted them to know how glad we are that they are here.”
Residences director Pete Englin underscores the logistical scope of the moving process.
“We will accommodate around 9,000 students and by Wednesday night over 7,000 were already in their on-campus residences,” Englin said.
Englin and his staff do all they can to made the transition easier.
“It is important that students and parents see that there is a university staff that cares about them and their Iowa State experience,” Englin said. “We want them to get off to a good start at ISU. Our experience is that students who perform well academically in their first collegiate semester have a much higher rate of eventually graduating. Making a personal connection is important toward the goal of retention.”
Pollard, a parent himself, empathizes with families who spent the day bringing in couches and putting up lofts.
“I know that I am only a few years away from doing this myself so I identify with the dads and moms who put a lot into this move.”
Iowa State’s on-campus living and dining have come a long way since the parents of today’s ISU students attended college. In the Maple-Willow-Larch complex, the new Seasons Marketplace offers an across-the-board menu, ranging from Italian specialties to smoked salmon. The café-style dining facility has a warm ambience that suggests you are right at home. That is a big step toward ensuring that today’s freshmen will be the Iowa State graduates of tomorrow.