(Courtesy: UMD.UMICH.EDU)
(Courtesy: UMD.UMICH.EDU)
(Courtesy: UMD.UMICH.EDU)

By BROOKELYNN RUGGIRELLO, Student Life Editor

In coordination with the Office of Alumni Relations, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) and the African American Alumni Affiliate hosted a Freshman Move-In Day Dinner on Sept. 1 at the Victor’s Den in The Union. The purpose of the social event was to give incoming freshmen an opportunity to meet their new neighbors at The Union and socialize with UM-Dearborn alumni.

The event featured free food and games such as ladder ball and cornhole. There were also six stations at which employees of The Union were present to help students with all things relevant to moving into their new apartments, ranging from completing lease agreements to making rental payments.

Many UM-Dearborn alumni were scattered throughout all corners of the Victors Den during the event, mingling with students and actively trying to make them feel welcome at their new school.

Marsha McMunn, the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, said that the event serves as an effort to encourage student-alumni interaction and to instill students with the feeling that they are in a supportive environment.

“The goal of this event is to get alumni and students interacting with each other,” McMunn said. “We want to share our Dearborn Difference stories and the alumni want to show the students that they’re there for them, they have their backs, and want to help them by networking for future possible careers.”

McMunn also said that the event is an important opportunity for new students to begin networking for the future.

“It’s great to see what the future holds. It’s encouraging for students and parents alike to see successful alumni from their new institution, their new home, and I think it’s important for students to network right away so that they can build the foundation, the relationships for the future that they want,” McMunn said.

Freshman Haibo Mao, an Industrial Management major, enjoyed the atmosphere of the event.

“It’s a very good place and everyone is very kind. It was nice to meet people,” Mao said.

For more information about living at The Union at Dearborn, visit http://umdearborn.edu/campus-life/housing./.