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Point Park President Pitches In On Move-In Day

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s not your typical college move-in day.

Students at Point Park University started to move into their dorms this morning. Instead of lugging carpets, mini-refrigerators and suitcases into the building themselves, they got some help.

“These wonderful people at Point Park just come and magically take your stuff from your car and move it right into your room,” says Mary Weinstein from Atlanta. “It has been a breeze. Absolutely a breeze the whole time.”

The move-in help is part of Point Park’s mission to welcome students to the campus.

“We are officially welcoming them to be members of the community, and it’s just our way to say ‘welcome,’” says Point Park University President Paul Hennigan.

Most of the workers assisting with move-in are students. But, faculty and staff members pitched in, too.

“I’m a parent myself, and I took my son to college last year and we were carrying everything ourselves,” says Hennigan. “So, it was a good idea. I’m sure it’s something we will do for the rest of time.”

Upperclassmen say, they’re not surprised to see Hennigan helping out. He says it’s a learning process.

“We are introducing the concept of service, but it’s also an urban setting. So, we have to worry about intersections and safety. In the past years, when parents were doing it themselves, it got a little dicey. So, we [take] care of all that now,” says Hennigan.

The extra help isn’t just for incoming freshmen. Upperclassmen got some help, too. They say, it’s very different from last year’s procedure.

“The red bin when we go to resident life, you had to like, pick it up yourself and take all your stuff out of the car,” says Alexandra Newkirk, of Stone Mountain, Ga. “It’s fun to do this and have people help you.”

Members of the class of 2018 say having upper classmen help them really made a lasting impression.

“I think that shows that no matter where you are in the hierarchy, you are willing to get involved with all the students and give them all of the appreciation that you can,” says Katie Weinstein, who is just starting as a freshman. “I think that is really great.”

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