UNBC Welcomes New Students
Members of the Mens’ Timberwolves Basketball team roll a cart carrying a student’s belongings through misty conditions to residence – photo courtesy UNBC
Prince George, B.C. – It’s Move In day at the University of Northern B.C., as 536 students take their spot in the residences at the University.
“The residences are full” says UNBC Provost, Dr. Dan Ryan, “That’s 536 beds.”
Dr. Ryan says there had to be some extra work done before students could move in, as the residences were used during the evacuation of Williams Lake. “We were home to about 70 assisted living patients from Interior Health. They were here from mid-July to about the 20th of August. So a lot of the rooms had been rearranged and set up for those patients. As soon as they moved out, Northern Health was a great help in coming in and getting things re-set up for the students. We managed to get all that done in a couple of days, and then we had to do the usual maintenance before students move in. Needless to say our facilities department did a great job. They were busy, but we got it done.”
Next to graduation day, Move In day is one of the most exciting days at the University says Dr. Ryan.
He says while everyone is in a great mood today, there’s always ” a little bit of anxiety for parents dropping their kids off, especially the young ones who have never been away from home before, but we have some people who are here to help out, and if people have any questions, we can help out. One of the big things is, we have a lot of people here helping people move in, so I think that really reduces a lot of the stress.”
In addition to having plenty of help on scene and a slate of things to do for students, there is a special session for parents “It’s an opportunity for them to find out whatever they’re worried about” says Dr. Ryan who says parents have a number of questions “They have concerns about the kids here, are they going to make friends, are they going to succeed, where are they going to eat, are they going to eat, how do they get downtown, what’s the cost of transportation, so there’s a lot of things they worry about. We have a number of people from a number of different areas of Campus who have set up tables so they can talk about that.”
Enrolment at UNBC is up slightly this year over last, but final numbers won’t likely be known until at least a month from now