Employees Welcome New Students to Duke

Members of departments across campus make move-in easier on families

Shawn Newton, director of intramural sports for Duke Recreation and Physical Education, greets parents and students as they pull up in cars on East Campus. Photo by April Dudash.

Shawn Newton, director of intramural sports for Duke Recreation and Physical Education, greets parents and students as they pull up in cars on East Campus. Photo by April Dudash.

Faculty and staff came together Tuesday morning to welcome Duke’s Class of 2020 as first-year students arrived on East Campus for annual move-in celebrations.

Pop music echoed throughout the quad as members of the Duke University Police Department directed traffic, Duke Dining staff prepared meals for lunch, Parking and Transportation employees shared information about alternative transit options and the Office of Information Technology distributed new DukeCard IDs. About 1,200 out of the 1,727 members of the incoming class moved into residence halls Tuesday. The rest had previously arrived.

“I remain in awe over the number of volunteers, the spirit of everyone that’s welcoming our students, the logistical magic, and ultimately how wonderful this day is for new students and their families,” said Larry Moneta, vice president for Student Affairs.

Along with other Duke Police staff, Security Officer Edwin Roberts, seen below, reported to campus around 6 a.m. Tuesday for briefings and to prepare for a full day of helping visitors. He spent a portion of the morning directing traffic and aiding pedestrians.

In the picture below, Sue Coon, right, senior assistant director for Duke Undergraduate Admissions, answers questions for Duke freshman Leila Milanfar and her mother, Sheila Jimenez.

Inside the East Campus Marketplace, below, Duke Dining staff laid out vegetables in the space’s new salad bar, where first-year students and parents would later each lunch.

Saundra Norwood, a senior lead food service worker, above, sets out fruits, vegetables and meats to be used as toppings for salad.