MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Thousands of students were on the move Friday, getting settled in as classes resume at Middle Tennessee State University.
"In many respects, college is one of the best times of your life, said University President Sidney McPhee.
President McPhee spent much of the morning welcoming the more than 26,000 undergrad's to the Murfreesboro campus. Move in day for students living it the dorms on campus began Thursday and was in full swing by Friday. More than 100 volunteers from the community and even University staffers were on hand to help carry items to dorm room for anxious students.
"I'm ready to get back into a routine after having four months off," said student Scotty Wright.
On Friday, the school also opened to doors to its new $65 million Student Union. The 211,000 square-foot facility features a640-seat food court and 102-seat casual-dining restaurant; an 840-seat ballroom; student government, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and other offices as well as the campus bookstore.
"This building will create a greater sense of community for our students, a place where they can connect with the campus and with each other," said President McPhee.
The 45-year-old former student union, known as the KUC will remain open, but staffers hope the new student center will become the go-to place for students, faculty, staff and visitors.