GEORGETOWN, Ky. – The relative quiet between the end of summer camps in late July and the start of fall classes is ending. It is a welcome change.

Student leaders and athletes are arriving daily. First-time and transfer students move-in Thursday, August 21, with orientation scheduled through August 24. Upper class students return August 23-24. Fall classes begin Monday, August 25.

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Allen Hall: Angela Earwood shows new furnishings in a student room. Lobby furniture is new, too.

The start to a new academic year is always an exciting time for faculty and staff who enjoy (and miss) the presence of students. While firm enrollment numbers will not be known until mid-September, it is expected that the freshman class will be larger than last year.

There will be some noticeable changes as the new school year begins. For example, freshman women will now reside in Allen and Collier Halls on south campus Mills Residence Park.

In past years, they have lived in Knight Hall on College Street. Knight now becomes an option for upper class women desiring a private room.

It is thought this new housing setup will be especially beneficial to incoming students.

“This arrangement, we believe, will help first-year students integrate into campus life more smoothly and much faster,” said Angela Earwood ’09, Area Coordinator for Student Activities.

Over the summer, both Allen and Collier received new interior paint, furnishings and other upgrades. Other residence halls received new paint and repairs as well.

All south campus residence halls are back online. Both Hambrick and Rucker, the newest townhouse-style residence halls on Military Street and Dudley Avenue, respectively, are booked to capacity for fall term.

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A worker completes a retaining wall installation for the outdoor volleyball court near Pierce Hall.

Numerous other maintenance projects were also completed while the majority of students were away, or will be soon. Among them are painting of the football locker room at Toyota Stadium, paving the Anderson-East parking lot, repairing and/or widening several sidewalks, adding access ramps in some locations for persons with disabilities, installing new air conditioning in the Jones-Hall-Nelson Suite of the student center, installing new air conditioning in the volleyball locker room, and adding a new retaining wall for the outdoor volleyball court south of Jackson Street.

Settling in to the fall routine, Opening Convocation, the traditional formal start to the academic year, will be on Tuesday, September 9, at 11 a.m. in Hill Chapel. Todd Rasberry, PhD, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, is scheduled to speak.

Homecoming and Parents’ weekend, October 17-18, will include the inauguration of Georgetown’s 24th president, M. Dwaine Greene, PhD. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. on October 17 in Hill Chapel. Several activities and events are planned for the week preceding Dr. Greene’s inauguration. These will be listed on the college Web site.

There are numerous activities planned for fall and they are listed on the master calendar of the college Web site.