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Campus community assists freshman class move into residence halls
08-22-13

Freshman moved into their residence halls on Aug. 22.
Freshman moved into their residence halls on Aug. 22.
Twin sisters Alison and Alyssa Machey process housing paperwork.
Twin sisters Alison and Alyssa Machey process housing paperwork.

Kristen Ferguson of Southbury, Conn., shown center with an anchor on her shirt, and her mother, Maryann Ferguson, are flanked by a team of orientation leaders during freshman Move-In Day on Aug. 22 at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. Ferguson, a healthcare management major, is one of 430 freshmen who were welcomed to the campus as part of the second largest first-year class in the 89-year history of the institution of higher education. With the new first-year students, the University will have a record 3,058 undergraduate and graduate students in full- and part-time academic programs for the fall semester.

Misericordia University freshmen Alison and Alyssa Machey, twin sisters from McAdoo, Pa., show seated from left, had help from upperclassmen Jasmine Mae Busi, Saylorsburg, Pa., and Johnna Miller, Wapwallopen, Pa., processing their housing paperwork during move-in day. The sisters say they were attracted to the University because of the positive experiences of their older sister, Amanda, a senior in the health care management program who plans to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at MU.

The freshman class hails from 13 states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, plus Washington, D.C. There is also one international student.
 
The university has 1,053 students living in residence halls and townhomes on the upper and lower campuses. The residence facilities include the new 111 Lake Street Residence Hall, a repurposed former private residence that is home to 18 upperclassmen.  
 
A contingent of staff, faculty, students, and alumni were on hand to assist with the move-in process. The event-filled day included an academic convocation marking the official beginning of the freshman year. The program included a welcome by Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., who became Misericordia’s 13th president on July 1, 2013, and a speech by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, a 1988 Misericordia graduate.