Students and their parents arrived last week to Grier for Opening Weekend, a four-day event leading up to the start of the new school year. During Opening, Grier welcomed new and returning students and hosted a weekend of fun festivities that included a Carnival on the Colonnade and team-building fun and games with faculty members. Grier was foiunded in 1863, making 2018 its 165th year!
Grier Administrators, Faculty, and Staff prepared for the students' arrival long before the actual Opening Weekend. For instance, Transportation Coordinator Deb Myers arranged for students to be picked up at airports, bus stops, and train stations, while other personnel arranged for move-in bins and hired movers. All of Grier's employees received annual training session. Activities Director Holly Carper was heavily involved in arranging the fun events and trips on Saturday and Sunday. Jim Galloway of our IT Staff prepared students' Grier email accounts and Gretchen Hensor of the Business Office organized textbook ordering.
Faculty members directed parents to park their vehicles near the Main Entrance while hired movers unpacked vehicle contents into large yellow bins to deliver items directly to the students' dorm rooms. Then, families parked their vehicles in lots, leaving the Main Entrance clear for other families. With the assistance of Admissions Directors and faculty members, the system seemed to work like a charm! Students visited the registration tables to receive information about their mailboxes, emails, and more.
While the vast majority of our students arrived to Grier during the official opening days, several of our English-language learners attended Grier's new International Student Orientation Program, an extended orientation program designed to maximize these students' academic and social success at Grier.