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A Widener Welcome

The Class of 2020 started their college experience with a big Widener Pride welcome.

Countless students, administrators, faculty and staff willing to lend a hand greeted determined freshmen as they made their way to the residence halls with room keys in hand and bins filled to the brim with the college essentials.

In what has become an annual tradition, the volunteer movers helped students and families unload cars and carry items to their rooms in just a few minutes.

Widener Pride student athletes, Honors Program students, and Greek Life were among the largest groups of volunteers.

"This is something we do every year," said Steve Gozur, who is a senior linebacker and captain of the football team.

"It gives us the opportunity to get to know the new students, and it also allows us to spend more time with our teammates as well. We always find it to be a very enjoyable experience."

Field hockey captain Dana Adamson added it's nice to help all the incoming freshmen because she was once in that position of having to deal with the anxiety and excitement that comes with freshman move-in day.

"We were able to help the new students get set up and organized during a busy time for them, and it's also a great way for our teams to give back to Widener and the community which gives so much to all of us as students and athletes,” said Adamson, a senior.

During her first Widener move-in, President Julie E. Wollman also lent a hand in helping new students and their families unpack. Wollman remarked that move-in day is all about making our new students feel welcome. The volunteer movers also introduce them to the importance of leadership and giving back in their very first moments on campus.

“How we are able to pull together as a community is a signature aspect of Widener,” Wollman said of the volunteer movers. “This is what we are all about.”

The families of first-year students agreed.

On Widener’s Facebook page, Seth Rockmacher remarked, “I thought the student help was great! Staff is kind, friendly and helpful. So glad my son chose Widener.”

Sheila Biagi added, “We were also impressed with the volunteers and how well it was all orchestrated. Thanks to all who made our family feel welcome!”