August 21, 2023

Fall Welcome 2023: A Message for Faculty and Staff

Hello Spartan faculty and staff,

The beginning of a new academic year gives us the wonderful opportunity to welcome and acclimate Spartans to campus. All across campus, we have a shared goal of supporting student success. By creating a warm and inclusive environment, students are more likely to feel supported and connected, which positively impacts their overall well-being and academic success throughout their university journey. This is the first time we’ve had move-in during the work week in a long time.

Fall Welcome

Fall Welcome Presented by MSUFCU is a celebration full of events designed to help students transition and build community. As Fall Welcome commences, campus will experience a notable surge of activity, especially this week during the workday. 

Campus Traffic and Congestion

There will be an increased traffic flow or cars and pedestrians due to move-in and 100+ student events on campus. Amidst the intensified activity, please exercise caution and patience while navigating our bustling campus.

Events Impacting the Work Week

The following events (and more) will introduce students to the resources available within the Michigan State University and East Lansing communities:

  • Monday, August 21
    • Early Arrival Move-in, all day, campus-wide
  • Tuesday, August 22
    • Incoming Student Move-in, all day, campus-wide
    • Spartan Family Connections Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., STEM Building
  • Wednesday, August 23
    • Incoming and Returning Student Move-in, all day, campus-wide
    • Spartan Family Connections Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., STEM Building
  • Thursday, August 24
    • New Student Orientation in-person, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 
    • Returning Student Move-in, all day, campus-wide
    • Fall Convocation, 10-11 a.m., Breslin Student Events Center
  • Friday, August 25
    • New Student Orientation in-person, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Monday, August 28
    • First Day of Classes

Join Us in Welcoming Our Spartans to Campus

A multitude of events are happening over the weekend of Aug. 26-27, including signature events such as the University Activities Board’s 43rd Annual UFest and the Fall Welcome Spartan Spectacular. The following week will feature Women*s Student Services’ FEMFest and Spartan Remix, coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, just to name a few.

We encourage faculty and staff to join in the fun. For more information about Fall Welcome events, visit

Final Note: Dining in the Residence Halls

If you choose to join us in the dining halls, you can expedite the process with a quick swipe of your MSU ID when you use your Faculty/Staff Dining Plan. Learn more about this year’s updates and reload your plan here

Go Green!

Vennie Gore (he/him/his)
Senior Vice President for Student Life & Engagement 
Michigan State University

Thomas D. Jeitschko, Ph.D. (he/him/his)
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Economics

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