Freshmen pouring into the dorms not only signifies the beginning of a new academic year for students at Fort Hays State University. It is also the start of AugustFest 2003.
AugustFest is a two-week series of activities, Aug. 20-Sept. 6, designed to ease students into the new school year. While finding classes, purchasing books and getting adjusted to college life can be mentally draining to a student, AugustFest is a way for them to relax and enjoy this time with friends.
The opening of the residence halls today is the beginning of the festivities.
Following the madness of moving into the dorms, students are invited to take a load off and attend a barbeque from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Custer Hall gazebo. The evening, which is sponsored by Christian Challenge, will be filled with food, music and games. Following the barbeque, the first residence hall floor meetings will take place.
New Student Orientation will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Sheridan Hall Lobby followed by a welcome at 8:30 a.m. A presentation titled "Unleash Your Inner Monster" will begin at 8:45 a.m. in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall. This presentation is about the choices that students make during college that can lead to success.
Thirty-five minute breakout sessions will begin at 10 a.m. in Albertson, McCartney and Rarick halls. The sessions will focus on academic life, building a support network, getting a social life, and technology.
The event will conclude with a student-faculty lunch at 1 p.m. in the Black and Gold Room in Memorial Union. This will give the students a chance to meet and get to know faculty members in their departments.
At 5:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room in the Memorial Union on Thursday, sorority formal recruitment will begin and continue through Monday, Aug. 25.
Students can also participate in the Recreational Facility open house from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cunningham Hall.
Basketball, volleyball, racquetball, open swimming, tri-ball and many other activities will be available.
Parking permits are available and can be purchased starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, in the Brooks Building or at each of the residence hall front desks.
Business Bingo also begins Friday, Aug. 22. Students should start collecting stamps from area businesses to fill up their cards, which can be found in the AugustFest brochures. Prizes for completed entries will be awarded at TailGreat 2003 on Saturday, Sept. 6.
An open house at Forsyth Library will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with drawings for prizes.
Sorority Formal Recruitment will continue, meeting in McMindes Hall lobby.
At 7 p.m. that evening, a inter-squad volleyball scrimmage will take place in Gross Memorial Coliseum. Students are invited to come out and check out the Lady Tiger team in action.
Tiger Challenge Day begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Old McGrath Field next to Lewis Stadium. Activities will include the Greased Water Balloon Toss, the Aardvark Relay and an obstacle course. No skill is required. Entry fee is $1. Teams of five people each will compete for a grand prize.
The Back-to-School Splash will begin at 4 p.m. at the Hays Aquatic Park. Admission is free to FHSU students with their student I.D.'s.
Sorority Formal Recruitment will continue beginning at 5 p.m. Students interested should meet in McMindes Hall lobby.
On Sunday, Aug. 24, recruitment will continue from 1 to 6 p.m., also in McMindes Hall.
Monday, Aug. 25 will mark the first official day of classes at FHSU, but that's not all that will be going on. The Wellness Center will open at 6:30 a.m. for individuals who are interested in staying fit.
The annual Back-to-School Picnic will start at 5 p.m. in the campus Quad area. Students with a meal plan eat free. Others pay $2.50. All students, staff, faculty and visitors are welcome to attend the event. The University Activities Board will sponsor live music by the Blue Healers. Tug-of-war, a scavenger hunt and many other activities are planned, with prizes to be awarded. Student organizations will have informational booths set up.
Sorority Formal Recruitment Bid Day will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Sunset Lounge of the Memorial Union.
All FHSU students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy free admission at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with a valid Tiger Card.
Scavenger Hunt forms are due by noon Wednesday, Aug. 27. They should be turned in to the intramural office in Cunningham Hall, room 128.
At 6 p.m., students are invited to join a Root Beer Kegger sponsored by the Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network in the McMindes Hall West Living Room. An informal presentation on personal safety issues, laws and consequences related to FHSU students' alcohol-related decisions will be given.
The Fantasy Football Draft begins Thursday, Aug. 28. Interested individuals can contact the Intramural Office at 628-4373.
At 6 p.m., Sigma Alpha Epsilon is showcasing local bands in the 3rd annual Battle of the Bands. Donations will benefit SAE philanthropy projects.
Basic instruction in water and jet skiing will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Students are encouraged to sign up early in the intramural office in Cunningham Hall, room 128.
Energetic, early-rising individuals can participate in the KFC Alumni Fun Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the end south of Cunningham Hall.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, there will be a free watermelon feed and hula hoop golf at the Intramural Fields, south of Cunningham Hall. The Fort Hays Driving Range will be the sight of the Longest Golf Drive Competition and Closest to the Pin Chipping Contest.
If socializing and ice cream are closer to your idea of fun, UAB is sponsoring an ice cream social at 6 p.m. in the McMindes Hall west living room. Everyone is encouraged to learn more about UAB and get involved.
At 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., there will be Fantasy Football Drafts No. 4 and No. 5 in the intramurals office in Cunningham Hall, room 128.
The Lady Tigers volleyball team will kick-off their season on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. at Gross Memorial Coliseum.
At 9 p.m., UAB is sponsoring a drive-in movie at Lewis Field Stadium, with Bruce Almighty showing. Admission is free but the audience must bring its own chairs for the show.
To wrap up the festivities on Sept. 6, TailGreat 2003 will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lewis Field Stadium parking lot before the FHSU vs. Emporia State University football game. Pre-game activities include the first-ever traveling spirit contest, where Tiger fans will challenge Hornet fans to flag football, sand volleyball and a pedal tractor pull.
Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. A free meal will be provided in the stadium for students with a meal plan. The cost is $5 for others. Winners of Business Bingo will be announced and Fill the Stadium for a Million, a campaign to complete renovations to Lewis Field Stadium facilities, will be sponsored by the Alumni Association.