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Aggie Welcome & Orientation starts with a bang!

Bernadette Montoya and Pistol Pete at the 2011 Welcome BBQ

Early Sunday morning, students started arriving on campus to move into housing for the fall semester. Hundreds of family members were helped by even more student, faculty, and staff members to quickly empty out cars and fill up dorm rooms. One parent reported that because of all the volunteers, their daughter’s U-Haul was unloaded in just one trip by a swarm of helpful folks!

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management staff were busy all day. The Educational Services Building was open from 8-5 for students and their families to take care of business. Other staff were on hand to greet parents on the International Mall after they had moved their students into housing. Still more of our staff helped at other locations all over campus and from their offices.  Thanks to all Student Affairs and Enrollment Management staff who helped make this such a successful day for our new students!

Many students and their family members and friends attended an evening  BBQ with President Couture Sunday evening. It was a beautiful evening, and the Aggie Pride Band, our student athletes and coaches  helped to make it a memorable event. The staff and students from Alumni and Housing and Residential Life also made this event a huge success. 

As you can see by the photo, I had a little fun with “Pete” at the BBQ.  Both of the young men who play “Pistol Pete” do a wonderful job garnering enthusiasm from the crowd.  I observed many new students asking to have their pictures taken with him, so I decided to join in on the fun!

Best wishes for continued success during this busy week!

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