At top, Wes-Haul volunteers Daniel Rubin 06 and Hanako Moondance 06 carry a refrigerator into freshman Jennifer Bunins room in the Fauver Field Residence during Arrival Day Aug. 29. At right, Ian Renner 08 helps carry students belongings into Clark Hall.
| U-HAUL? Not here. Leave that up to Wes-HAUL, a team of volunteers that welcomed new students to campus. They unloaded cars, carried belongings, directed traffic and answered questions during students Arrival Day Aug. 29.
Wes-HAUL started five years ago as a small University Relations initiative and has evolved into a cross-university effort. More than 35 volunteers, including Wesleyan staff members, five spouses and kids of staff members, Diversity Peer Educators, and members of the football team, participated this year. All volunteers received a Wes-HAUL t-shirt, breakfast and lunch.
“This year, everyone worked so hard and was genuinely welcoming despite the hot and humid day,” says Makaela Kingsley ’98, associate director of Alumni Relations and secretary of the Alumni Association. “I love being part of the team and I look forward to continuing this tradition in the years to come.”
Wes-HAUL volunteer Ian Renner 08 manned Clark Hall, where lived during his freshman year. By 10:30 a.m. he had already moved in two mattress covers and two car loads worth of student belongings.
Im enjoying meeting and welcoming the freshmen, he says, during a break. Its good to see the new people moving in the hall.
Daniel and Louise Walunis of Cleveland, Ohio appreciated the Wes-HAUL help when moving their daughter, Valerie 09 into her residence.
Before I could even park the car and return, they had moved everything in, Daniel Walunis says. The helpers made the transition very smooth. It was well managed.
Christine Colfer, administrative assistant for Regional Programs and Networks volunteered for Wes-HAUL, a “once a year opportunity” to meet new students and parents. Her husband, Daniel Colfer, a Public Safety officer, and their daughter Haynie, 12, were also on hand to help.
Being a staff member, I dont get to get out much and see the kids and the dorms, Christine Colfer says from the Fauver Field Residences. And they give you lunch and a t-shirt. What could be better?
Kiersten Haynie liked what she saw, too.
I want to come to Wesleyan someday, Haynie says. It seems like a good place to go to school.
Anyone who would like to volunteer next year can call 860-685-3836 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor|