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Marymount University Welcomes New Students

Friday, August 24, 2012
Marymount University’s Class of 2016 arrived on campus to an enthusiastic welcome  that also included lots of help with the “heavy lifting.”  The Move-In team, MU upperclassmen, clad in bright orange t-shirts, were in demand as they helped the new students and their families maneuver overflowing, orange bins full of freshman essentials.
Move-in was definitely a family affair!  Jasmine Smith of Richmond, VA, came with parents, sister, aunt, and grandmother.  Betty Jean Smith, her grandmother noted that Jasmine is the second granddaughter that she has helped move onto a college campus in two weeks, so  she’s definitely “getting the hang of it.”
Connections among incoming students were made even before they arrived on campus.  They chatted and made plans online with roommates, and athletes were in touch with their coaches. Colin Durnin of Jamison, PA, a lacrosse recruit, had just checked in when he was welcomed by lacrosse coach Jon Reynolds, who arrived with team reinforcements to help him settle in.

Roommates Victoria Marchessani of Lumberton, NJ, and Stephanie Keane of Long Island, NY, quickly discovered that they have a lot in common.  Both will play lacrosse at Marymount and chose to live on the Athletic Interest hall. Victoria, a Nursing major, says, “I chose Marymount because the Nursing program is so good and because of all that the D.C. area has to offer.” Stephanie, a Criminal Justice major, agrees, adding that program and location were also key for her.
Marymount also welcomed a record number of transfer students this year. Connell Wise, a junior from Washington, D.C., is a budding entrepreneur.  He is pursuing the five-year B.B.A./M.B.A., while he also works  and runs  his own political consulting business.  Wise explains, “I transferred to Marymount for a lot of reasons. A Catholic university is important to me, and I appreciate Marymount’s commitment to service. I also wanted the five-year program and the option of online and evening classes because of my other commitments.  Marymount is really thinking ahead in this area.”
Marymount’s  freshman class tops 400 and represents 25 states and 14 countries.  They are joined by more than 380 transfer students. Marymount’s preliminary total enrollment (undergraduate and graduate students) for fall 2012 is 3,540.
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PHOTO 1 - Marymount president Matthew D. Shank welcomes freshman Lauren Farley, a Nursing major from North Vale, NJ, and parents Gordon and Anne.
PHOTO 2 - Teamwork: Lacrosse team members lends a helping hand to freshman Colin Durnin (center behind cart), a Politics major from Jamison, PA.  
PHOTO 3 - A  Family Affair: The Smiths Arrive at Marymount – (l-to-r) Mom Kawanda, MU freshman Jasmine with her dad Andre behind, Aunt Wanda, and Grandmother Betty Jean. 
PHOTO 4 - Marymount junior Jimmy Noone shows freshman Aaron Trevors, a Criminal Justice major from Furlong, PA, the way to his campus home.
PHOTO 5 -  Anya Clay, a Psychology major from Amherst, NH, has help from her dad, Kevin, as she moves into Rowley Hall.