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August 21, 2013

Welcome Back Events: Move-In Day Thursday; Freshmen Fest Friday

Key Info

  • Media invited to cover “Welcome Back” events on campus this week
  • Move-In Day, Thursday 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Student Housing Clubhouse
  • Freshmen Fest, Friday, noon–8 p.m. Rhinehart Music Center, Walb International Ballroom, Parking Garage 3, Fieldhouse, and Student Housing Clubhouse

ORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will welcome students back to campus this week with Student Housing Move-In Day this Thursday, and on Friday, when more than 1,300 are expected to attend Freshmen Fest.

Director of housing Sara Garcia says 850 students will be living in the apartment-style housing units on IPFW’s Waterfield campus. Move-In Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Move-In Day festivities include Yo-Yos and Penn Station food giveaways for students. Penn Station will also be unveiling their IPFW Mastodon, which will be permanently housed at their Coliseum store location.

Director of student life Krissy Creager says Freshmen Fest is one of the most talked about events on campus as new students learn more about what college life will be like for them, meet new people, and have a good time. Activities begin Friday at noon with check-in in the lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center.

Various university officials will welcome the students, who will then be entertained and educated by a group of orientation assistants who will present a series of vignettes about situations the students could face as they transition to college life. The skit will be followed by an improv comedy troupe from Chicago and a Garage Party in Parking Garage 3 at 3 p.m. with a BBQ sponsored by Coliseum Park, along with a live band.

Other activities include:

  • 3:45 p.m.: Block Party (Fieldhouse) *Org and Resource Fair, T shirt and ID pick-up, sumo wrestling, pie eating contest, Pepsi and painting, obstacle course.
  • 5 p.m.: Casino and Game Night (Walb Union International Ballroom)
  • 8 p.m.: AfterParty sponsored by Student Housing (Student Housing) *Glow-in-the-dark capture the flag, s’mores, and sand volleyball.

For more information on Move-In Day at Student Housing, contact Sara Garcia at 260-481-0186 or; for more information on Freshmen Fest, contact Krissy Creager at 260-481-6883 or

These events are not open to the public, but media are invited to cover them.