Seneca Battalion ROTC Assists in Freshman Move In Day

By CDT Jake McCollum

Seneca Battalion ROTC cadets assist a family in unloading their vehicle in front of Robinson and Falconio Dormitories. Photo by Jake McCollum
Seneca Battalion ROTC cadets assist a family in unloading their vehicle in front of Robinson and Falconio Dormitories at St. Bonaventure University.  Photo by Jake McCollum

Moving is one of the most stressful things anyone can do.  For college freshmen going away to school, it is an exciting challenge that can quickly become overwhelming.  Fortunately for freshmen at St Bonaventure University and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Seneca Battalion ROTC can help them get there.

Seneca Battalion ROTC cadets assist in Freshman Move-In Day at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Photo by Jake McCollum
Seneca Battalion ROTC cadets assist in Freshman Move-In Day at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Photo by Jake McCollum

Seneca Battalion cadets assisted in freshman move-in day at both universities as part of Zero Week, an event where contracted cadets undergo mandatory training classes such as Anti-Terror and First Aid in the days before the start of classes.   Starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Seneca cadets assembled at Robinson and Falconio dormitories at St Bonaventure to begin moving freshmen in.   While starting slowly, the lawn around the dorms quickly filled with vehicles as families began arriving.  Cadets wasted no time in helping families move personal items from their vehicles up into the dorms, carrying everything from refrigerators and televisions to pillow pets and makeup bags.

Numerous people thanked Seneca Battalion cadets as they made their way in and out of the dorms, making non-stop trips from vehicle to vehicle in an effort to get freshmen moved in as quickly and efficiently as possible.

While cadets moved the freshmen in, Seneca Battalion cadre observed and directed the operation, grilling hotdogs and hamburgers for lunch and manning a recruiting tent.

Seneca cadets worked until about 3 p.m., when the vast majority of the freshmen had been moved in.

CDT Sourbeer (left) and CDT Burton (right) heft a refrigerator as they move it into one of the dorms at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Photo by Jake McCollum
CDT Sourbeer (left) and CDT Burton (right) heft a refrigerator as they move it into one of the dorms at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Photo by Jake McCollum

The following day, Seneca cadets drove over to the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to assist its freshmen move in.  One of Seneca Battalion’s satellite schools, with St. Bonaventure serving as the host school, UPB has several cadets of its own that make the drive from Pennsylvania up into New York every week to attend Military Science lab and classes.

Cadets worked from 9 a.m. to noon, eating lunch at the UPB dining facility before heading back to their prospective campuses to enjoy the weekend.

If you have any interest in the challenges and rewards ROTC can provide for you, call Jared Kausner, Seneca Battalion Enrollment and Recruitment Operations Officer at (716) 375 2568 or email JKAUSNER@sbu.edu

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