For a second year, the new academic year at Fort Hays State University will begin with a series of events called Tiger Impact, open to all students but required for new students.
"Our goals for these events are to create opportunities for students to make new friends, educate students about social issues with regards to alcohol, provide them with information regarding campus resources and set academic expectations for success in college," said Shana Meyer, assistant vice president for student affairs.
She said it is a "great opportunity" for incoming, transfer and returning FHSU students to "step into success" for the 2007 fall semester.
"It is not only offered to new students but is available for all FHSU students," she said.
The first event to kick off the fall semester is Playfair, Thursday, Aug. 16, in the Quad on campus. Playfair is intended as a way for new students to get involved and make new campus friends and is designed as a teambuilding experience that creates a sense of campus unity and school spirit. This is a required orientation event for all incoming freshmen.
Author and motivational speaker Bill Cordes will preview the university experience leading into lunch on Friday, Aug. 17. Cordes, a former teacher, coach and television talk show host, has written six books for high school and college students. His presentation will help students understand university policies and procedures, and provide opportunities that will familiarize students with university resources and services. He will speak in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, Sheridan Hall. This also is a required event for all incoming freshmen.
Comedian Bernie McGrenahan will follow his comedy act with a presentation on how his personal time as a college athlete went totally out of control. His presentation, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in Beach/Schmidt, is required for all student athletes. McGrenahan focuses on choices and decisions in regards to alcohol.
In the Ultimate Road Trip, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in Beach/Schmidt, students can plan their "ultimate road trip" to college success from this informational event. Students can learn how to survive their first year of college and gain knowledge to drive themselves toward future career success. Topics include successfully managing the transition to college, tips for getting great grades and managing time, the power of work experience and internships, meaningful extracurricular involvement, managing online time and activities and the importance of starting now. This is a required orientation event for all incoming freshmen.
The week of Tiger Impact orientation events was inaugurated at the beginning of the fall 2006 semester to lead into the month-long series of events called AugustFest, which begins Monday, Aug. 20 with the Back-to-School Picnic in the Quad and progresses through open houses, fun nights, fairs and workshops.
This year's events will also include the grand opening ceremonies for Memorial Union after an $8.5 million renovation.