Misericordia University students Breanna Grzech from Mountain Top, and Brad Thomas were members of a team of 72 orientation leaders who volunteered their time to help with Freshman Move-in Day on Aug. 22. Grzech and Thomas helped the first-year students and their families unload their cars and carry their belongings into the residence halls.
Misericordia welcomed 430 freshmen, the second largest first-year class in the 89-year history of the institution of higher education, and 129 new transfer students. With the new class, the University will have a record 3,058 undergraduate and graduate students in full-and part-time academic programs for the fall semester.
The freshman class hails from 13 states including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland,
Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, plus Washington, D. C. There is also one international student.
The university has 1,053 students living in residence halls and townhomes on the upper and lower campuses. The residence facilities include the new 111 Lake Street Residence Hall, a repurposed former private residence that is home to 18 upperclassmen.
A contingent of staff, faculty, students, and alumni were on hand to assist with the move-in process. The event-filled day included an academic convocation marking the official beginning of the freshman year. The program included a welcome by Thomas J. Botzman, Ph. D., who became Misericordia’s 13th president on July 1, 2013, and a speech by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, a 1988 Misericordia graduate.