Meeting roommates and making new friends, finalizing class schedules, getting to know the campus, finding out about clubs and activities – the first days of a new academic year are an exciting, busy time.
At Marymount University, students rushed to move in before Hurricane Irene’s arrival. Dr. Matthew D. Shank, MU’s new president, was on hand to welcome them, delighted to meet new and returning students along with their family members. “I’m new to Marymount myself,” he pointed out, “so I have a lot in common with the Class of 2015!”
This fall, Marymount’s residence halls are full, and enrollment is strong with over 3,500 students enrolled, including 430 freshmen as the semester begins. MUs campus is a diverse learning community: 36% of undergraduates and 26% of graduate students are members of minority groups. In addition, 10% of the University’s undergraduates and 8% of its graduate students are international students. This diversity of backgrounds enriches the university experience for everyone.
For Jamie Chappell, mother of freshman Nursing major Molly Chappell, another quality is just as important. She noted, “Everyone here is so nice! We're from Portsmouth, R.I., and at first, Molly didn't want to go too far from home. But with everyone here so friendly, it just doesn't seem that far.”
The Washington, DC, region is a big draw for many, and Marymount ensures that the first-year experience provides freshmen with lots of opportunities to use the resources of the nation’s capital and make the city their own. So begins the interaction between college students and the DC region. As they progress through their college years, they will be volunteering in the community, patronizing local businesses, and interning in jobs related to their field. Ultimately, many students who come to the area for college will remain as employees of local businesses and the government. Welcoming new students to campus is the first step in the cycle.
PHOTO 1 - by Thiha Soe (Kay) '12 – MU President Matthew D. Shank (left) greets freshman Connor Janes of Eliot, Maine, a Business Administration major, and her parents, Chris Boesh and Shelley Janes. Senior Martin Boyle (right), a History major from Bronx, NY, lends a hand.
PHOTO 2 - by Thiha Soe (Kay) '12 – Freshman Marques Owens ’15, a Politics major from Alexandria, VA, has lots of help from his family, including sister, Nikeya Hill; mother, Lori Hill; and father, Loyd Hill.
PHOTO 3 – Freshman Jeremy Ritgert of Baltimore, MD, moves in with assistance from his mother, Denise, and dad, Steven. Jeremy is planning to double major in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. He will also be swimming for the Saints.
PHOTO 4 – Freshman Maura English of Cleveland, OH, a Biology major, has move-in help from a friend, Austin Zavodny.
PHOTO 5 - by Thiha Soe (Kay) '12 – Freshman Molly Chappell, a Nursing student from Portsmouth, RI, hangs curtains with assistance from her sister, Kateri.