Movers and Groovers Assists New Students Moving Into Residence Halls

Volunteers make freshman move-in day less stressful for new students and their families

At the beginning of each school year, Kent State University faculty, staff and students volunteer to help incoming freshmen move into the university’s residence halls. The annual service program, called Movers and Groovers, is coordinated by Kent Interhall Council, the student government of the residence halls on the Kent Campus. The volunteers aid new students and their families, providing assistance and helping to make the move-in process less stressful.Volunteers with Movers and Groovers help new students move items into their residence halls.

This year, freshman move-in day is Thursday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Last year, 900 people volunteered with the Movers and Groovers program. Jill Jenkins, executive director of Residence Services at Kent State, anticipates more than 500 volunteers this year.

“Movers and Groovers is such a great way to welcome our incoming students, Jenkins says. “Kent Interhall Council is the group responsible for the student-run and organized program. Volunteers include fraternities and sororities, campus ministry groups, academic groups and university departments. Move-in truly takes a village, and Movers and Groovers really highlights the community support on day one for helping to ensure new students feel welcome.”

The Movers and Groovers program is part of Kent State’s Welcome Weekend, an orientation program that will run from Aug. 24-27. Welcome Weekend includes activities and events to encourage students to explore the Kent State community and provides a smooth transition to the university environment.

For more information about move-in day or Kent State’s Residence Services, visit

POSTED: Thursday, August 17, 2017 02:14 PM
Updated: Friday, August 25, 2017 10:19 AM