Week of Welcome activities engage students
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
MANHATTAN — Students can kick up their heels at Kansas State University's Week of Welcome, a week of enlightening and engaging events, Aug. 23-29.
The official kickoff is the New Student Convocation, from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Bramlage Coliseum. Members of the university's administration and current students will give advice on how new students can succeed and helpful tips about the university.
Following convocation, new and returning students are invited to the university's pep rally at 7 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The kickoff will include a free dinner and the chance to learn many of the university's traditions.
"The Week of Welcome has become an important part of the beginning of the school year at K-State for new and returning students," said Bill Harlan, director of student activities and services. "We are excited to continue adding new events to our week that will provide students with even more opportunities, resources and events that will help ensure their success at K-State."
Other Week of Welcome events include:
Saturday, Aug. 23
• Walk Your Schedule will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at the K-State Student Union first floor.
• Pups and Popsicles will start at 1 p.m. at the Leadership Studies Amphitheater.
• A pancake feed, sponsored by housing and dinning services, will start at 10 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
• An outdoor movie, "The Sandlot," will be shown at 10:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and is sponsored by Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council.
• The Kansas State University Marching Band will perform university favorites at Aggieville Band Night from 8-9 p.m. at Varney's Bookstore in Aggieville.
Sunday, Aug. 24
• Walk Your Schedule will be from 1-4 p.m. starting from the K-State Student Union.
• The College of Business Administration's Welcome and Orientation for freshman students will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Calvin Hall.
• The College of Engineering's New Student Welcome will be from 2-4 p.m. in the Rathbone Hall. Students will learn about the college and tutoring services, and receive a free college planner and shirt.
• The College of Architecture, Planning & Design welcome event will be from 2:30-4 p.m. in 63 Seaton Hall. The meeting is for students in the environmental design studies program. First-year students will be placed in studio groups with returning students, who will serve as mentors.
Monday, Aug. 25
• Student assistance booths will be set up around campus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Union Program Council Lunchtime Lounge featuring the Fort Riley Band will be from noon to 1 p.m. on the Bosco Student Plaza at the Union.
• K-State First's Guide to Personal Success program kickoff will be from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Students involved in the program will have the opportunity to meet their guides, participate in icebreakers and enjoy refreshments.
Tuesday, Aug. 26
• The Union Program Council is sponsoring Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico at noon on the Bosco Student Plaza.
• From 8-9 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, the office of student life will sponsor Mike Domitrz, founder of the Date Safe Project, who will present "Can I Kiss You?" Domitrz's one-person show about sexual intimacy is continually one of the most acclaimed and highest attended events on college campuses across the country by both males and females of all backgrounds and sexual orientations.
Wednesday, Aug. 27
• Career and employment services advisers will meet with students during a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Holtz Hall south lawn. Students who activate and update their career and employment services account will receive a free T-shirt.
• A financial refresher, sponsored by Powercat Financial Counseling, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the northeast lawn of Kedzie Hall. Students may pick up a free ice pop and meet with peer financial counselors.
• K-State First's Student Advisory Council will host the "Help K-State First Find Patient X" trivia game modeled from the university's common book, "The Ghost Map," from 2-4 p.m. on Bosco Student Plaza. Prizes will be given.
• The Kansas Louis Stokes alliance for minority participation program will host an event from 4-5 p.m. in 132 Seaton Hall to help minority students learn about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Snacks will be provided.
•K-State Libraries and the K-State Book Network will host Choose Your Own Adventure from 7-9 p.m. on the second floor of Hale Library. Prizes and snacks will be available.
• Hypnotist Matt Grisham will perform from 9-10:30 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. Grisham has won eight national awards for his comedy hypnosis show. He will use people from the audience as "props" for the show. The Union Program Council will sponsor the event.
Thursday, Aug. 28
• Career and employment services will host the Part-time Opportunities Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, where students can visit with community employers searching for part-time help, interns and volunteers.
• The College of Arts & Sciences will host a Student Research and Opportunities Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Coffman Commons south of Hale Library. Students may learn about opportunities for funded student research and travel. Free cookies and lemonade will be provided.
• The College of Education ambassadors and Education Student Council will sponsor an ice cream social and Pepsi party from 1-3 p.m. in Holen Courtyard west of Bluemont Hall. Free Call Hall ice cream and cold drinks will be provided.
• The K-State Alumni Association and Student Alumni Board are sponsoring Wildcat Welcome Day from 6-8 p.m. at the Alumni Center, which will include ice cream, bakery cookies, entertainment, prize drawings, a $250 textbook scholarship and a visit from Willie the Wildcat.
• The Union Program Council and office of student activities and services will sponsor the Union Expo and Activities Carnival from 6-8 p.m. in the Union. Information about student organizations and free giveaways will be available.
• The Union Program Council will sponsor a screening of "The Amazing Spiderman 2" at 8:30 p.m. on the Bosco Student Plaza.
Friday, Aug. 29
• The Engineering Student Organization Fair will be from 1-4 p.m. in Rathbone Hall. Student organizations and design competition teams will present information and display their products. Call Hall ice cream will be available.
Additional activities in conjunction with Week of Welcome include Kedziepalooza from 5-6 p.m. in the Kedzie Hall courtyard and the College of Agriculture Watermelon Feed from 6:15-10 p.m. on the Weber Hall lawn, both Tuesday, Sept. 2; and the Wildcat Wellness Coalition 5K run and walk from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Register for the 5K at http://wildcatsrun4wellness.weebly.com/.
More information on Week of Welcome, including campus and commercial sponsors, and related activities planned by student organizations, is available at http://wow.k-state.edu or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.