By Chuck Samples/KVOE News
Posted Aug. 10, 2013

Emporia State University is counting down the days before classes begin Aug. 19.

On the ESU Buzz with President Dr. Michael Shonrock recently, Center for Student Involvement Senior Director Jason Bosch discussed the development of the "How2ESU" orientation program for incoming freshmen and transfers.

“We have about six different programs we provide starting in the summer and going all the way through the fall semester to help students get connected to the campus and the community,” he said.

Also, residence halls are already buzzing -- pardon the pun -- as students get ready for the fall semester. Residential Life Director Wade Redeker says work continues on Singular and Trusler Halls. The demand for on-campus housing is spiking.

“Right now we have 120 more students moving in with us than we had at Move-In Day last year, and we anticipate getting more in the coming days,” Redeker said.

Shonrock says the increase in demand for residence hall space has been duly noted, and the university is studying how best to plan ahead for what could be an extended spike. A plan could be ready by early next year.

Hornet Move-In Day is Friday, and KVOE will broadcast live from campus starting around 7:30 am.

Meanwhile, Emporia State has been recognized as a "Best of the Midwest" in the Princeton Review. The colleges are listed alphabetically but not ranked in any other order. Over 150 colleges and universities are on the Midwest list. Across the country, close to 650 of the nation's approximately 2,500 higher education institutions make the list.