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'Operation Move In' underway at Georgia Southern

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Georgia Southern has organized what they call 'Operation Move In' for more than a decade.

Even with 5,000 students living on campus, they try to streamline everything so that students and parents get what they need, but also so that they get it in as personable style as possible. That includes hundreds of volunteers at each residence hall, helping to unload and get things to rooms. Parents say this attention to detail makes the right first impression.

"We were checked in and everything in the room in an hour. Everything is so well organized. Just a good testament of what Georgia Southern has become today," said GSU parent, Leonard Bevill.

"We're so grateful to our military, and we try to help them whenever we can. Considering that program is among the top five in the nation over the past several years, they deserve that type of building," said Dr. Teresa Thompson, Vice President, Georgia Southern University. 

Among the volunteers helping students and parents unload was new president, Dr. Jaimie Hebert. From talking to him, it seemed that Operation Move In was like nothing he'd seen at any of his previous schools. 

While several thousand students take summer classes here at Georgia Southern, the influx of the full 20,000 plus student body brings everything back to full strength.

From student spending to faculty and staff salaries and university purchases, GSU means nearly $1.5 million per day to the region's economy.

Talking with one retailer across from campus, he's glad to see the students returning each fall.

"We see a few students come in during the summer, but not much, not too many. As soon as you get to late July and early August you see a huge influx of students coming in here,” said Austin Adams, Barefoot Statesboro Outfitters.

With a slightly larger student body this fall, that spending could be even higher.

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