Move-in Day 2013: More than 250 New Students Arrive
By Amanda Morad | August 15, 2013
A trail of Regent student leaders help new students move into the Commons, Wednesday, Aug. 14.
As Regent University's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) continues to grow, so does campus life. More than 250 freshmen and transfer students moved into the Regent Commons—and the Regent Village—on Wednesday, Aug. 14. This year marks the first that traditional undergraduate students have been housed in the Village.
Usually reserved for graduate students and students with families, the Village is now home to 50 undergraduates, who will have the same campus experience as Commons residents, complete with Resident Advisors and Life Groups.
"This is our biggest undergrad class living on campus," said Director of Residence Life, Adam Williams. "We've exploded in the Commons, and we're at capacity here. Undergrad demand has increased exponentially, so we're excited about furnishing two-bedroom apartments at the Village for undergrad students. We'll have the same vibrant community that we have here in the Commons now in the Village."
Currently, 470 of CAS's 520 on-campus undergraduate students have maxed out the Commons' housing. "We're well on our way to reaching our goal of having 1,000 students on campus," Williams said.
Student leadership is on the rise as well, with sixteen Resident Advisors, two Housing Directors, thirty-six Life Group Leaders, eight Life Group Leader Captains, and four Discipleship Coaches all dedicated to Regent's on-campus residential experience.
"Coming to Regent, I got really interested in leadership," said Chelsea Motherwell, a CAS senior and Resident Advisor in the Commons. "It's so fun to see all the new freshmen and transfers moving in because that was me two years ago, and now I'm sitting here as an RA."
Motherwell transferred to Regent as a sophomore from south Florida, and dove right in to community and campus leadership. "It's been really nice to reflect back to those first days," she said. "I'm really happy to be sitting here helping new students."
Alongside Campus Housing, Campus Ministries leads the charge in creating the on-campus experience. New students can look forward to weekly University Chapel and unChapel, monthly worship nights, regular community outreach, and weekly Life Group discipleship as part of their college experience.
"I think the thing that drew me to Regent was seeing their focus on not only studying, but also on God," said Jonathan Watson, a new student from South Africa who will study Christian Ministry. "The Christian atmosphere is not something put-on or religious. It's real, and I'm excited to see what God does while I'm here."
The focus on spiritual vitality on campus is something parents can get excited about too.
"From the first time we came here, we just experienced the presence of God on this campus," said new Regent mom, Tracey Landon. She and her daughter Elizabeth drove down from Wilmington, Del., after having visited campus several times. "We kept our options open at first, but we had one sign right after the other that this is where she's supposed to be. She loves it here, and we're very excited for her to be here."
Elizabeth, who will be studying psychology, agreed. "One of the things I just loved about this place was that the moment I stepped on campus, I felt the Spirit of the Lord. The presence of God is super evident here, and the community here is amazing. I love just being part of the spiritual family here, and I'm looking forward to making a lot of new friends."
Campus Connection gives new students a great foundation for making those friends with a week full of events before classes begin. Students get to mix with fellow undergrads from all programs and majors, talk with their student leaders and professors, and get a feel for the Virginia Beach community.
Regent classes begin Monday, Aug. 19.
Learn more about the College of Arts & Sciences.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888
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