Northwest move-in day

Northwest Missouri State University freshmen are shown moving in to the Hudson-Perrin residence hall complex in August 2018. This year's move-in period for Northwest freshmen and transfer students — known as Advantage weekend — gets underway at 7 a.m. Saturday. Local residents should expect increased traffic volume as well as campus parking and traffic-flow restrictions.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State University will welcome first-time freshmen and transfer students Saturday, Aug. 17, during Advantage weekend, an annual orientation program designed to help new students get acquainted with the campus before fall semester classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 21.

New-student check-in begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, when freshmen and transfer students start arriving at their residence halls. The move-in process will continue through Sunday.

Northwest will close some parking lots and reroute traffic over the weekend. Maryville residents should expect an increase in traffic volume.

Campus parking lot closures and traffic restrictions include:

• Parking lots 9 (east of Roberta Hall), 10 (east of Hudson and Perrin halls), 39 (between Millikan and Dieterich halls) and 42 (from Phillips Hall east to College Park Drive) will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, through 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

• Lot 57 (adjacent to Brown Education Hall and the J.W. Jones Student Union) will allow parking in the north row only. All vehicles in the lot after 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, will be towed.

• University police will begin directing traffic at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and all traffic on University Drive will be stopped to greet arriving families.

Traffic will be restricted on College Park Drive from Dieterich Hall to Memorial Drive and heading east on Northwest Drive from Millikan Hall.

All vehicles must be cleared from these areas during designated closure times. Remaining vehicles will be subject to towing.

Student and staff parking permits for the 2019-2020 academic year should be placed on vehicles by Saturday, Aug. 31.

For more information about on-campus traffic and parking, call the Northwest Missouri State University Police Department at 660-562-1254 or access real-time updates on Twitter @NW_UPD, Instagram with nw_upd and the department's Facebook page.

If lightning strikes within 8 miles of the Northwest campus all move-in day activities will be suspended for at least 30 minutes. Northwest will announce such suspensions through Bearcat Alert, Northwest social media and Residential Life social media.

In the event of severe weather, students and parents will shelter in their assigned buildings or the nearest accessible university structure.

In preparation for the start of the fall term, the campus community is invited to gather at the Memorial Bell Tower at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, to welcome new students during their traditional March to the Tower.

Northwest also will host a back-to-school fireworks presentation at 8:30 that evening at College Park.

A complete Advantage weekend schedule is available on Northwest’s online calendar at calendar.nwmissouri.edu.

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Staff writer Anthony Brown can be reached at tbrown@maryvilledailyforum.com or by calling the newspaper at 660.562.2424.