As students came to campus after the summer break – nearly 3,000 of them members of Fresno State’s largest freshman class – the university’s first day of classes in its 101st academic year started smoothly.
With 21,500 students enrolled for the fall 2011 semester, the first day brought the anticipated traffic congestion and lines at parking permit kiosks, the cashier’s window, the Kennel Bookstore and campus restaurants.
But it also brought out numerous places where information was available to guide newcomers and welcome those returning to campus.
Student Involvement’s booth near the Free Speech Area handed out razors, samples of shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as a handy guide to abbreviations for course subjects and buildings to help decipher enrollment information.
Other welcome booths were placed on the east side of campus to help students entering from that portal.
A mobile Veterans Service Center was parked near the Free Speech Platform to help military veterans understand what resources are available to them on campus and in the community.
Students strolled through the redesigned Free Speech Platform area. Over summer, pavers and new concrete were put in to fix problems of uneven and cracked walkways and also to integrate the design with the rest of the extension of Jackson Avenue through the campus.
New seating areas call attention to the refurbished University Center, whose design now matches the look of the Henry Madden Library across the walkway.
New in the Pavilion of the University Student Union was Dog Prints, a screen printing and embroidery business established by a graduate of Fresno State’s entrepreneurship program.