Shana Meyer, assistant vice president of student affairs, is confident incoming freshmen will give welcome-to-school functions a chance. They have to. It’s required.
But she’s also positive they’ll come away from events feeling better about starting a new year at a new school.
“It’s basically an opportunity for students to create connections, learn about their community and get acclimated to Fort Hays State University,” Meyer said.
Tiger Impact 2009 features 15 events between today and Sunday. Of those events, four are required for freshmen to attend, including Playfair, Orientation, Ultimate Road Trip and floor meetings.
“The biggest event on campus by far is Playfair on Thursday night,” Meyer said. “It is a giant ice breaker and the perfect opportunity for students to get to know each other.”
Playfair will be 6:30-8 p.m. in the Quad. If it is raining, it will be in the south gyms of Cunningham Hall.
The following morning, new students will attend Orientation, which, according to the FHSU Web site, is designed to “help you adjust to your new environment and cope with the changes you will experience in your first semester.” Josh Shipp, who was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” will be the guest speaker
Orientation will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
Sunday features the last two mandatory events. Monster.com is sponsoring Ultimate Road Trip 7-8:30 p.m. in the Beach/Schmidt
Performing Arts Center. The event is intended to give students information on surviving their first year and pursuing success in their future career fields.
Floor meetings will be 10-11 p.m. Sunday in the lobbies of residence halls where introductions are made and rules are discussed.
Other than the four required events, several other back-to-school events fill out the schedule. Comedian Prescott Tolk will perform a standup routine at 7 p.m. Friday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
There is also a Casino Night from 8-10 p.m. Friday in the east living room of McMindes Hall. Watermelon is also being served in Memorial Union immediately following Playfair.
Meyer said Tiger Impact 2009 has been built on a solid foundation of past successes and has even become a bit of a tradition.
“The schedule’s been tweaked from year to year, but basically we’ve found a system that works, and we’re trying to build a Tiger tradition on campus.”