Unpack the Quack

Unpack the Quack volunteers help Ducklings settle into their new nests on move-in day

By UO student Lili Wagner

The streets are alive with the sound of move-in day! Heaving as bikes are unloaded from cars, grunting as heavy boxes are carried up flights of stairs, guffawing as soon-to-be-empty nesters slap one another’s backs. The hectic buzz of move-in day.

This year, more than 2,900 students moved into the University of Oregon’s seven residence halls, and were joined by helpers who aided the move-in effort in Unpack the Quack, a volunteer move-in assistance and welcome program put on by University Housing.

More than 350 volunteers worked in two-and-a-half-hour shifts, during which time they assisted students in moving in their belongings and served as a resource for students and families. Some volunteers worked as greeters, welcoming students to the campus community.

Heather Kropf of University Housing said, “This event is a pivotal event for our incoming Ducks. It’s how we welcome our residential students to campus. It’s a wonderful tradition to welcome our students to the residence halls.”

Volunteer Brent MacCluer goofs around with the Duck
during Unpack the Quack.

Transitioning to dorm life can be challenging for students living away from home for the first time. Overwhelmed by new freedoms and new responsibilities in an unfamiliar environment, students appreciate the friendliness and warmth of Unpack the Quack volunteers.

What’s more, volunteers get just as much out of Unpack the Quack as students. Kropf continued, “This volunteer opportunity is a great way for people to interact with new UO students and families and show their organization’s or department’s UO community support and spirit.”

“I decided to volunteer at Unpack the Quack with one of my best friends because we were excited to help greet incoming students. Little did we know we'd carry half-a-dozen mini refrigerators up narrow stairways,” joked volunteer and past president of the UOAA Lane County Ducks Brent MacCluer. He continued, “Unpack the Quack volunteers receive far more than they give. It's an amazing experience seeing how appreciative and grateful the students and parents are for help moving into the dorms on such a big day in their lives.”

Before students realize, Eugene will feel like home. Unpack the Quack is just one way UO helps Ducklings settle into their new nests.