HAYS, KS -- Incoming freshmen are typically overwhelmed as the beginning of the school year approaches. Finding classes, buying books and adjusting to college life takes its toll.
Fort Hays State University's AugustFest 2001 aims to ease this transition by launching a new tradition -- a series of events and activities in the first two weeks of classes to welcome all new and returning students, faculty and staff.
AugustFest, which runs from Aug. 15-30, is coordinated by the efforts of Student Activities office, University Activities Board, Student Government Association, Greek Life, Residential Life, Tiger by the Tale, Athletics, Alumni Association, Student Affairs, Hays Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Hays Chamber of Commerce.
"The first two weeks of the semester can be challenging and are critical in determining the success of students throughout their academic career, so a series of programs and activities have been planned to help students adjust to university life and to become a part of the campus community," said Dr. Diane Pfeifer, assistant vice president for student affairs.
The first week of AugustFest kicks off at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, with the opening of the residence halls for incoming students to move into their new homes. Free Tiger tags, compliments of the FHSU Alumni Association, will be placed on incoming students' vehicles by university faculty and administration. The Athletic Department will provide Tiger ice refreshments at each of the residence halls.
At 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, "Vocal Method," an a cappella quartet of FHSU students, will perform in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
Students will have a chance to have fun in the sun when the interfraternity council presents "Hillbilly Days." From 2-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, greased pig catching, horseshoes, tug-of-war competition, frozen turkey bowling, three-legged clothes swap and much more will occur outside of Custer Hall. Also that evening from 5-7 p.m., there will be a back-to-school bash outside of Custer Hall with a barbecue, live music and a movie.
Rounding out the first week of AugustFest is a sand volleyball tournament and water balloon scrimmage at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and the first FHSU football inter-squad scrimmage at 6 p.m. in Lewis Field Stadium.
Monday, Aug. 20, classes begin at FHSU and from 5-7 p.m. is the back-to-school picnic in the quad. The picnic will be free for students with a meal plan and $2.50 for all others. The public is invited. The University Activities Board will sponsor live music by the Blue Healers, a classic rock and blues band, and many other campus organizations will provide informational booths for students. Also on Monday, from 7-9 p.m., FHSU faculty, staff and students will have free admission to Sternberg Museum with FHSU identification.
During the middle of the week, Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 7-8 p.m., motivational speaker Will Kelm will speak at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 9 p.m., the University Activities Board will sponsor a drive-in movie, "Meet the Parents," at Lewis Field Stadium.
Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m., Sigma Alpha Epsilon's Second Annual "Battle of the Bands" will take place at the SAE House, 710 Park St. The concert will showcase local bands Inactive Silence, Sazarack and other favorites.
Ending the second week of AugustFest will be a variety of activities occurring from Aug. 24-26. Students will have the opportunity to see the Hays Arts Council Gallery, take a Hays Twilight Tour and cool off in the Hays Aquatic Park.
The third and final week of AugustFest kicks off with a performance by comedian Michael Dean Ester at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in Wiest Hall Market Café.
The Intramurals Office will sponsor intramural games and activities including hula-hoop golf, longest golf drive competition and closest pin chip competition, from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The intramural office will also sponsor the FHSU scavenger hunt beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29. The scavenger hunt requires using clues to find FHSU offices, faculty and staff.
Ending the third and final week of AugustFest 2001 will be the home opener football game. The FHSU Tigers will take on the Emporia State Hornets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Lewis Field Stadium. A free meal for students with meal plans will be served in the stadium. Rolling Thunder Sound System will provide music. Also featured will be a bratwurst eating contest and a hospitality tent at the game.
For more information on AugustFest 2001 activities you can contact the FHSU office of Student Affairs at (785) 628-5824 or visit the FHSU Web site, www.fhsu.edu, and click on the AugustFest 2001 logo.