August 16, 2007

New Hornets join the nest at Sac State

All is ready at the residence hall dining commons, courtesy of assistant director Mark Lewandowski and his crew. All is ready at the residence hall dining commons, courtesy of assistant director Mark Lewandowski and his crew.

The serenity of summer will soon be broken at Sacramento State when a crowd of eager new students descends on the University’s residence halls, most of them beginning their first, lengthy time apart from home and family.

Housing and residential life director Cynthia Cockrill has just about filled all of the University’s 1,100 beds, and 80 percent of those new students will be freshmen.

This year’s Move-In Day starts at 9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 31, when the campus newcomers line up to begin the process. “Everybody comes and gets in line and they’re coming with a variety of assistance. It’s a pretty intense day,” Cockrill says.

While the move can be quite an adventure for students, many of them will get a little homesick sometime during their first week, so the staff keeps them busy with organized events such as movies and pool parties. Staff points out other activities, such as the nearby State Fair, and the light rail to the Folsom retail outlets. There’s also more serious guidance on keeping safe and making wise choices, Cockrill says.

Assistant director Mark Lewandowski, who oversees the dining commons, is making sure all is ready for the students meals. “We do what we normally do, prepare everything special,” he says.

Students will have a wide choice of lunch and dinner items, including Asian stir fry, Mexican food cooked to order, a salad bar with fresh fruit, as well as hamburgers, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, and deli sandwiches.

Cockrill says it doesn’t take long for the students to start to bond, make new friends, and learn the ins and outs of living in a communal environment.

“We feel fairly certain that, after a year in the residence halls, most of the students will have the skills to make the transition into the larger community and independent living,” she says.

For more information on the residence hall living program, call (916) 278-6655. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.