Tiger Impact, AugustFest to jump start FHSU's fall semester

Fort Hays State University Tiger Impact will once again offer two series of events to all incoming, transfer and returning FHSU students. Tiger Impact, a week of orientation events, was inaugurated last year to lead into the older AugustFest events.

"Tiger Impact is not just an opportunity for new students to get familiar with the campus, but it's also a time for all students to become acquainted with each other, the faculty and university policies and prepare for academic success," said Shana Meyer, assistant vice president for student affairs.

From Thursday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 19, students can attend a variety of events. Three are required for freshmen: PLAYFAIR, Orientation and the Ultimate Road Trip.

The schedule is listed below.

Thursday, Aug. 16:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Move In Day!/Tiger Tags Incoming students are welcomed to their new homes. Students living in residence halls report to their assigned hall and room to meet the resident assistant who will help with check-in. FHSU faculty, staff and the Tiger football team will provide Tiger Tags for the front of vehicles or can help carry items to rooms.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Family Lunch Students living in the halls will be provided with two tickets for lunch at the McMindes Cafeteria and can take a break from moving while checking out the café. Additional tickets and meals for off-campus students and families can be purchased at the door.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Living Group meetings This is when all hall residents unite and students can meet their resident assistants, student academic mentors and faculty associates. The Tiger Impact schedule will be reviewed, and an overview of policies, procedures and community standards will be presented.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Family Orientation, Q and A in the McMindes East Living Room Parents and families are invited to attend this question-and-answer session, which is designed to present information regarding the first weeks of transition to university life and to provide a chance to hear faculty and staff perspectives on the first few weeks of college.

PLAYFAIR PLAYFAIR is the most popular campus attraction for new-student orientation programs. It is entertainment and the perfect way to make new campus friendships. This is a required orientation event for all incoming freshmen.

Friday, Aug. 17:
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Orientation in Sheridan Hall Orientation is designed to help students adjust to their new environment and cope with the changes they will experience during their first semester at FHSU. Speaker Bill Cordes previews the university experience, helping students understand university policies and procedures while providing opportunities to familiarize students with university resources and services. This is a required orientation event for all incoming freshmen.

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Afternoon Departmental Socials Students who have already declared a major can visit their department to meet faculty, staff and key administrators. Undeclared majors can take this opportunity to visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center. Transfer students should visit the Memorial Union to meet other transfers.  

7:30 p.m.: Bernie McGranahan in Cody Commons Hailed by The Los Angeles Daily News "the most important comedian in the country today," Bernie McGranahan's "Happy Hour" tour is impacting college students across America. After opening with a stand-up comedy show, Bernie shares the facts of how his college party got "out of control."

Saturday, Aug. 18:
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Back to School Swim at the Hays Aquatic Park Students can take a break from the heat at the Hays Aquatic Park, which has two challenging slides, a "lazy river" that goes through the park, a leisure pool, a competition pool with diving boards, an upper deck bathing area, a concession area, shaded lounging stations and a wide variety of play features.

Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament and Evening Snack Break at Wiest Hall
This fast-paced and fun tournament is a chance for students to show off rock-paper-scissor skills or just watch, meet new friends and enjoy free snacks. Time to be determined.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Casino Night at Chuck's Place Students can try their hand at Black Jack, poker, craps, roulette and P-L-I-N-K-O, which will all be featured at Chuck's Place. More than $300 in prizes will be given away.

Sunday, Aug. 19:
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Class Crawl in the Quad Students can explore the campus and visit the locations of classes prior to the start of the semester. Tours will leave every 15 minutes to explore campus landmarks and traditions.

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Top Dog Hot Dogs/Civic Engagement Fair in the Quad Students can hang out with FHSU's "Top Dogs" and key administrators at a free barbecue. It's also a chance for students to become a "Top Dog" by finding out how to become involved on campus and in the community with the American Democracy Project.

6:30 p.m.: Ultimate Road Trip/Evening Snack Break in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center Students can plan their "ultimate road trip" to college success by joining other first-year students to gain information that will help them survive the first college year. This event is sponsored by Monster.com. This presentation is full of great information and give-aways. This is a required orientation event for all incoming freshmen.

8:30 p.m.: Sorority Information Night in the Trails Room of the Memorial Union Sorority life is designed to inspire and help college women get the most out of their college experience. Sponsored by the Panhellenic Association, women are invited to find out more about joining a sorority at this information session.

10 p.m.: Floor Meetings at the Residence Halls Students who live in the halls will gather with their entire living group for the first mandatory all-floor meeting. Introductions, policies and expectations will be discussed and opportunities for involvement in Hall Council and Residence Hall Association will also be reviewed.

AugustFest, a four-week series of events to begin the semester begins Aug. 20.

The tentative AugustFest schedule:

Monday, Aug. 20:
First day of classes
Back to School Picnic in the Quad, 4 p.m.
Memorial Union grand opening ribbon cutting
Sorority Service Night
Global Art print sale, Memorial Union

Tuesday, Aug. 21:

Sorority open houses
University Activities Board recruiting social
Global Art print sale, Memorial Union

Wednesday, Aug. 22:
Sorority Fun Night
Global Art print sale, Memorial Union

Wednesday, Aug. 29:
Senior Night, sponsored by Career Services, in the Black and Gold Room of the Memorial Union, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 30:
Job search workshop, sponsored by Career Services, in Stouffer Lounge of the Memorial Union, 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 3:

Labor Day - no classes

Monday, Sept. 10:

Memorial Union Grand Opening -- Festival Day

Tuesday, Sept. 11:

Memorial Union Grand Opening -- Heritage Day

Wednesday, Sept. 12:

Memorial Union Grand Opening -- Student Involvement Day

Thursday, Sept. 13:

Memorial Union Grand Opening -- University Activities Board Showcase Day

Friday, Sept. 14:

LEADOFF at Camp Aldrich, Great Bend.

Saturday, Sept. 15:

LEADOFF at Camp Aldrich, Great Bend.

Tuesday, Sept. 18:

Fifth Annual Campus, Community Service Fair in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 19:

Mock Interview Day, sponsored by Career Services.

Thursday, Sept. 20:

Career Fair, sponsored by Career Services, in the Gross Memorial Coliseum.

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