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Sources: Gayle Spencer, 785-532-6541,;
and Emily Haug,
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Monday, Aug. 17, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University has a week of special activities planned to make new students feel right at home and welcome back returning students.

K-State's Week of Welcome is Aug. 23-29. The week was organized by the K-State's Student Governing Association with the help of the office of student activities and services and several other campus entities and programs. Planning has been under way since the spring.

"Week of Welcome is intended to help all our students -- new and returning -- have information, resources and activities on campus the first week of school which will enable their transition into a new semester to be as positive and easy as possible. Students are our most important asset at K-State, and we want them to know we care about their success," said Gayle Spencer, assistant dean of student life and coordinator of student activities and services at K-State.

"We hope all students will take the time to participate in the wide array of free events and activities being offered," said Emily Haug, a senior in political science from Seneca and student coordinator for the Week of Welcome.

The week starts Sunday, Aug. 23, with K-State Traditions Day. It will feature the 2009 K-State Kick Off at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Activities include the taking of the freshman class photo at 6 p.m., and free hotdogs, chips and pop for the first 3,000 students from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the stadium's east concourse. Music from a local band also will be provided. A K-State athletics pep rally will start around 7:45 p.m. and include Kirk Schulz, K-State president; Jon Currie, athletics director; Bill Snyder, head football coach; and the football team captains. A free movie will follow at the stadium and is sponsored by the K-State Student Union's Union Program Council.

Events Aug. 23 also will include a chance for new students to "walk their schedule" from 1-4 p.m. Sponsored by new student services, participants can meet in the lobbies of the Derby and Kramer dining complexes to get help finding out where their classes are.

Other Week of Welcome activities include:

* Monday, Aug. 24, We're Glad You're Here Day. On the first day of fall semester classes at K-State, Week of Welcome staff will be stationed at different locations on campus from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions and provide directions. Student staffers also will be walking around campus, handing out giveaways and answering questions from students. The day wraps up with the International Music and Dance Fest at 7 p.m., Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1021 Denison Ave. The cultural event is to help students develop the bonds of friendship through a celebration of music and dance from different cultures. It also serves as a special welcome to K-State's international students and families.

* Tuesday, Aug. 25, K-State Culture Day. The International Open House will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the International Student Center and is sponsored by K-State's office of international programs. The School of Leadership Studies also will have an open house, with activities at Leadership House, 918 N. Manhattan Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 3-5 p.m. in Suite 125 of the Kansas State University Foundation, 2323 Anderson Ave. The Union Program Council will offer "Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular," from noon to 1 p.m. on the Bosco Student Plaza; the event will be moved to the Union courtyard in case of rain. "Fun with Chet" will be 6-8 p.m. at K-State's Chester E. Peters Recreational Center and is sponsored by recreational services.

* Wednesday, Aug. 26, Student Success Day. Events include Wildcat Wellness Wednesday: Stay Hydrated, Happy and Healthy, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Lunchtime Lounge, from noon to 1 p.m., both on the Bosco Student Plaza. Rain location for both events, which are sponsored by K-State Healthy Decisions and the Union Program Council, will be the Union courtyard. K-State's career and employment services also is inviting students to enjoy the free "Backyard BBQ" from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the south lawn on Holtz Hall. Co-sponsored by Hy-Vee, the barbecue will feature hotdogs, chips and drinks for the first 2,500 students dropping by. The first 500 students to activate and update their free online student account with career and employment services will receive a free T-shirt. Rain location for the event will be the Union terrace.

* Thursday, Aug. 27, Involvement Day. Students can find out about part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities at the Part-Time Opportunities Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. The fair is sponsored by career and employment services. Nontraditional and transfer students are invited to the Sub Sandwich Issues and Ideas Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stateroom No. 2 on the first floor of the Union. The get-together is sponsored by nontraditional student services, the K-State Nontraditional Student Ambassadors and Transfer Student Ambassadors, and Phi Theta Kappa alumni organization. The K-State Alumni Association is sponsoring Wildcat Welcome Day from 3-9 p.m. at the K-State Alumni Center.

Friday, Aug. 28, Friday Fun Day. The fun starts with "Scream, Scream, Friday, Ice Cream" from 3-4 p.m. at the Union's Caribou Coffee. It is sponsored by the Transfer Student Ambassadors and Nontraditional Student Ambassadors. K-State recreational services is offering "Get Rec'd" from 7-10 p.m. at the recreation complex. At the Union, the Union Program Council will offer a movie for a $1 dollar admittance fee at Forum Hall at 8 p.m., and K-State After Hours will start at 10 p.m. in the Union.

* Saturday, Aug. 29, Live-Serve-Celebrate United Day. The day will feature the Week of Welcome Service and Celebration from noon to 6 p.m. in Aggieville's Triangle Park. It is sponsored by the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan and the Aggieville Business Association. The week will wrap up with a movie, sponsored by the Union Program Council, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in Forum Hall. Tickets cost $2.

Also during Week of Welcome, K-State's undergraduate colleges and many student organizations will offer special activities. The schedule of events is available online at the Week of Welcome Web site:

Week of Welcome sponsors include K-State's office of student activities and services, Student Governing Association, Healthy Decisions program, K-State athletics and the Union Program Council. Commercial sponsors include Ray's Apple Market, Rockstar energy drink and Pepsi.

More information on the week also is available by contacting