UVa. Students Move In, A Legacy Continues

Aug. 22, 2014

Another move-in day at the University of Virginia is here.

It is the first of two days designated for the University of Virginia students to get into their dorm rooms and get settled before classes begin on Tuesday.

All years are represented, however, on Friday, The Newsplex bumped in to a 1st year legacy.

"Rumor has it that while I was a baby, he would come into my room at night and whisper, 'UVa., UVa.' into my ear," Basil Skenderis is talking about his father, a 1954 graduate of the University of Virginia, and it must have worked because Skenderis is a two-time graduate of UVa.

This day, though, the focus was on his son, Spiros, who becomes the third generation to attend the university.

"It's a very proud time for me. I know he's going to get a great education and I know he's going to be happy here," said Skenderis.

"Continuing a legacy at UVa. is something to be proud of. I am just very glad to be able to come here, just follow in the footsteps of my granddad and my dad," Spiros said while taking a break from assembling a shelving unit.

The Skenderis' drove up from Virginia Beach Friday morning, expecting to contend with long lines and a lot of people, but they said they have been pleasantly surprised with how fast and smooth move-in day has gone.

"We drove right up to the dorm, we unloaded our car in about 20 minutes and drove away to park the car," said Skenderis.

Skenderis' wife felt the same way.

"It was very well orchestrated. I couldn't say enough good things about it. It's been very painless," Roxie said.

For Roxie, the extra time meant being able to put a little more tender loving care into her eldest child's new home.

"When he comes back to this room to feel comfortable and warm and know all the thought that went into it," she said.

As Roxie and other moms like her try to leave a sense of home away from home with their children this weekend, Skenderis and other dads like him are busy trying to figure out the perfect parting words of wisdom for a successful time at university, "Study hard and have fun. It's all about growth and the total experience," he said.


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