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University prepares for start of semester

Posted 08/27/14

Fitchburg State University is gearing up for the return of students and the start of the 2014-15 academic year. To accommodate the hundreds of new students headed to on-campus residence halls and apartments, several local streets will be temporarily closed on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and Wednesday, Sept. 3.

  • New students will start moving in at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. All resident students are instructed to check in at the registration tent that will be erected at the Wallace Civic Center, 1000 John Fitch Highway, before proceeding to the main campus.
  • North Street between Ross and Pearl streets will be closed to all but university traffic until 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. As needed, sections of Highland Avenue and Cedar Street will be closed to accommodate incoming students. Public transportation providers have been made aware of the temporary closures and will reroute vehicles accordingly as students move in.
  • Temporary road closures are also expected Wednesday, Sept. 3, starting at 9 a.m., to accommodate returning resident students.

Orientation activities for new students start at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, with the new student convocation at the Recreation Center, 130 North St.

The university is expecting to welcome 750 new first-year students and 300 transfer students when classes start Thursday, Sept. 4. New and returning students will find a campus that has undergone significant capital and personnel investment since the spring, including:

  • The renovation of the Condike Science Building, where the interior of the decades-old facility has been completely transformed and aligns with the new science center that opened in 2013.
  • Ongoing improvements to the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library that will result in additional study and computer space for student and faculty research.
  • An improved entrance to Aubuchon Hall as well as interior renovations.
  • The installation of a new elevator in Percival Hall, improving handicapped access to one of the university’s oldest buildings.
  • The hiring of 17 new full-time faculty members across several academic departments, including positions dedicated to the university’s new chemistry major and the game design program, now in its second year.

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