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Cedar Crest College Welcomes New Students to Campus on “Move-In Day” August 23

Just One of Many Activities Set for Orientation Weekend 

Allentown, Pa. (August 20, 2012)—Cedar Crest College will welcome new students who reside on campus during the annual Move-In Day on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Move-In Day kicks off student orientation weekend, for which this year’s theme is “Your Bags are Packed. Now Lead the Way.” The theme for this year touches on the College’s core value of leadership.

Students will be moving into Butz and Moore residence halls throughout the morning and early afternoon and then take part in orientation activities (Moore Hall is where most of the new students will be moving in, and available for interviews).

After they’ve settled in, these new students and their families are invited to President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s residence for the President’s Family Picnic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., where they can enjoy tasty food and get to know the College president as she readies for her fifth year at the helm of Cedar Crest.

Later that day, these students will pose for the traditional class photo on the Blaney Hall steps (3:15 p.m.) and participate in the Open Door Ceremony (3:45 p.m.), during which they will state their name and hometown and walk through the open door of Blaney Hall to follow in the footsteps of those who have come before.

The complete list of Orientation Weekend activities, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 26, also includes the annual Day of Service on Friday, Aug. 24, from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Strawberry Festival the same day from 7-8:15 p.m., and the Convocation ceremony on Sunday, August 26 at 4 p.m. (Media are encouraged to cover any of these events).

Day of Service sends new students, current students and other members of the Cedar Crest College community to local social service agencies for community service—a major component of the College’s mission. The Strawberry Festival, a tradition since 1913, invites new students to the president’s residence to enjoy the delicious fruit and make new friends. Convocation is the official welcome into the academic community at Cedar Crest.

“We are very pleased to welcome these new students to the Cedar Crest community this week, and welcome back our returning students,” said President Ambar. “We continue to implement many of the exciting initiatives in our strategic plan—and this is a very exciting time to be a student on our campus.”

The remainder of resident students will move in on Saturday, Aug. 25. In all, Cedar Crest College has approximately 1,800 full-time, part-time and graduate students.

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