The quiet days of summer are about to give way to the hectic pace of the fall as a record number of 1,120 students are expected to enroll for the 2013-14 academic year at Martin Methodist College.

And the excitement gets started on Saturday, Aug. 24, when 410 new students arrive.

It’s the annual M-Day (Martin Move-In Day), when faculty, staff and upperclass students welcome 330 freshmen and 80 transfers as they begin their college careers at Martin Methodist . . . and “welcome” means meeting each family as the vehicle pulls up to the residence halls and helping cart luggage, boxes and flat screen TVs up to the new student’s room.

Robby Shelton, vice president for campus life and enrollment management, expects another strong group of new students to make a significant impact.

“I think this year’s class is an excellent one,” he said. “There are several valedictorians and salutatorians, class presidents and star athletes in the class of 2017. This is also a very diverse class with 20 different countries and six different continents represented.”

The campus gets busy in a hurry, with the President’s Welcome and dinner on the Campus Green for the new students and their families on Saturday. On Sunday, Aug. 25, the students will take part in a morning worship service, orientation activities, signing of the Honor Code, the start of their year-long First-Year Experience classes, an evening pool party at the Curry Christian Life Center. Monday, Aug. 26, brings placement tests, more FYE class time, a Champions of Character presentation, dinner on the Campus Green, and the annual “MMC’s Got Talent” competition that night in Martin Hall Auditorium.

Freshmen and new students register for classes on Tuesday, Aug. 27, followed by continued sessions with their FYE mentors, and dinner provided on campus by churches throughout the community. The evening ends with the annual Martin Pride Days Concert and Fireworks Celebration, featuring a return visit by The WannaBeatles, the Nashville foursome that brought the music of the Fab Four to the Grissom Gazebo on the Campus Green four years ago. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 8 p.m. The public is invited; admission is $7 per person, with all students – kindergarten through college – admitted free.

Orientation activities conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 28, ending with a game show in Martin Hall Auditorium that night, and classes officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 29, and the annual Beach Party on the Square will offer food, sand volleyball and music on the north side of the courthouse square from 6-9 p.m.

The academic year formally begins with Opening Convocation, set for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in the Curry Christian Life Center.

For more information about these and other events associated with Martin Pride Days and student orientation, contact the Office of Admissions at 931-363-9804.

Martin Methodist College

433 West Madison St.
Pulaski, TN 38478