Annual rite of WSU move-in day brings students, parents to Winona

2013-08-21T00:00:00Z Annual rite of WSU move-in day brings students, parents to WinonaBy Nathan Hansen l Winona Daily News

Boxes lined the streets in front of Prentiss, Lucas and Morey halls Tuesday morning for Winona State University’s move-in day.

While parents stood with piles of furniture and other belongings, students were inside checking in and getting their rooms keys while the next groups of parents and students looked for a place to park and drop off their stuff.

Two parents, Jill Schaeffer and Deanne Baumann, chatted while they waited for their daughters to return. This was Schaeffer’s third move-in day, while Baumann was experiencing her first, and Schaeffer had a few tips on making things easier.

“It goes a little faster with a cart,” she said.

Both parents were a little leery of moving all their daughters’ belongings. Baumann said she had two carloads of gear to get into her daughter’s room, even after winnowing down the items her daughter wanted to bring — twice.

After three years of moving days, Schaeffer said she’s learned to let her kids do all the work.

“I let her do it all,” she said. “I let her bring whatever she wanted to.”

Luckily, there were plenty of people helping with move-in day. Volunteers from The Edge, an off-campus church and home of the Chi Alpha campus ministry, helped students and parents carry in belongings, while student volunteers acted as greeters, helped carry items or put together lofts in the dorm rooms.

“Last year when I moved in, The Edge helped me and made me feel welcome,” volunteer Ashley Murphy said. “I love helping people.”

WSU student volunteer Britta Aukee greeted new students and helped point them in the right direction Tuesday morning. Aukee said she felt homesick when she first left home for college and volunteered in order to make things easier on new students.

“I know move-in day was intimidating for me,” Aukee said. “Luckily, I haven’t seen any tears yet this morning.”

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  1. Bigguy
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    Bigguy - August 21, 2013 1:41 pm
    Just wanted to say Kudos to the Winona City street department for your well thought out and perfect planning of allowing the road crews to shut down Sarnia St. I mean come on it is only the busiest day of traffic in Winona, what could possibly go wrong with shutting down one of the main atreries in town?? (extreme sarcasm)
  2. easy
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    easy - August 21, 2013 10:06 am

    1006 AM Wed 8/21...
    Re the WSU kids coming back to school...

    Nice job again, Andrew, I always enjoy your photographs, you really do have "the eye." I notice in this case you seem to have an abundance of pictures of one particular "summery" student. Just coincidence, I'm sure. Did you get her phone number?
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