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2015 Schedule

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Thursday August 20, 2015

Starting at 8 a.m.
Student Housing

KU Residence Halls and Scholarship Halls open for move-in. 

Nunemaker Open House
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nunemaker Center

Honors Peer Mentors will be available in Nunemaker and in the Templin parking lot to help families move in and to welcome them to campus. 

First Community Meetings
7 - 8:30  p.m.
Residence and Scholarship Halls, Kansas Union Hawk's Nest

First Community Meetings are designed to foster belonging among new students at the University of Kansas, while connecting them to experienced student leaders. Students living in on-campus apartments, residence halls, or scholarship halls will attend this meeting on their floors, students living off-campus will attend their meeting in the Hawk's Nest, on the first floor of the Kansas Union. For those living in on-campus - RAs, Proctors and Hawk Week Leaders will highlight safety and security information, establish community agreements, and discuss upcoming Hawk Week events. Residents will attend Hawk Week events with their RA/Proctor and Hawk Week Leader.

First-Year Welcome
9 - 10  p.m.
Campanile Hill

This event serves as your official welcome to the University and kick-off for Hawk Week activities. You will gather with the rest of your incoming class for a celebration of the first steps in your Jayhawk journey. The program will help you to meet other new students and highlight the academic and social opportunities available to you.​ If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at (785)-864-4270 or

Rock the Rec
10:30 p.m. – Midnight
Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center

Come and see what student recreation has to offer. Explore the building, services and join us for snacks. Activities include KU Fit Class demonstrations, rock climbing, board games, facility tours, badminton, knockout, wallyball, and a selfie booth.

Friday August 21, 2015

Jayhawk Jumpstart
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Budig Hall, Kansas Union

Jayhawk Jumpstart is a continuation of the University's orientation process, and provides information that is important now that you are on campus. All students will attend three required components - Joining the Community: Your Role on Campus; Informational Sessions - Academic Success, Health and Wellness, and Experiential Learning; and an interactive Social Justice activity. Students living off-campus should check into Woodruff Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. Students living on-campus will be led through activities by their RA/Proctor and Hawk Week Leaders. If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of First-Year Experience at (785)-864-4270 or

Appetizers and Advisors: A Meet & Greet with Academic Advisors
2:30 - 5 p.m.
Kansas Union, 4th Floor

Students get to know their advisor in a relaxed and friendly environment with free food. There will also be information on advising technology, advising services, academic affairs programming, supportive academic resources, and first-semester success tips, such as, time management techniques, effective study methods and college-readiness steps.

Union Fest
7 - 10 p.m.
Kansas Union

Join Student Union Activities and the Kansas Union for a welcome back event. Six floors of games, prizes, a student organization fair, free food samples, performers, live music, and more! This event is an important opportunity to connect to involvement opportunities and services that will enrich your KU experience. Visit for more information. If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least 3 business days in advance of the event to Michelle Compton. Email: Phone (785) 864-7469.

Friday Night Live
10 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Kansas Union Plaza

This program is designed to introduce incoming students to the student organizations associated with the Office of Multicultural Affairs as well as the services available through our office. This event includes presentations/stepping/dancing by various cultural organizations, followed by a dance party.

Saturday August 22, 2015

Honors Peer-Mentors Campus Tours
9 - 10:30 a.m
Nunemaker Center

Peer Mentors will meet freshmen in Nunemaker Center at 9 a.m. with granola bars and bananas. From there, groups organized by discipline (roughly) will leave to tour key buildings on campus and help students locate their classes. The tour will end at the Kansas Union or back at Templin Hall.

KU Football Open Practice
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Practice Fields, South of Memorial Stadium

New Head Coach David Beaty and his coaching staff would like to welcome students to watch an open practice during Hawk Week. Come out an enjoy a morning of football with a live DJ and contests throughout the practice.​

Super Service Saturday
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kansas Union, Ballroom

Super Service Saturday is a one-day volunteer event. While engaging in volunteer opportunities through the Center for Community Outreach (CCO), new KU students will discover community agencies throughout the KU and Lawrence community. Our hope is that students will connect with each other at lunch in the Kansas Union Ballroom and at their site visits in the afternoon so they feel they truly belong on campus throughout their KU experience. Students will arrive in the Ballroom around 11 AM and have time to eat lunch and select their service destination. We expect to place 300-400 students at more than 12 different service sites. All volunteers will be given CCO t-shirts to designate them as KU service ambassadors while in the community. Transportation to and from these sites will be coordinated through KU on Wheels. We expect students to return to the Union from their sites around 2 PM.

KU Hillel Hawk Week Brunch
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kansas Union Plaza

KU Hillel's Hawk Week Brunch is an opportunity for students to come together as part of the KU community. Hawk Week Brunch is a chance for friends to reconnect after the summer, first year students to meet upperclassmen and is a great way for all Jayhawks to kick off the new school year!

SELF Freshman Hawk Week Event
4 - 9 p.m.
Eaton Hall

Freshmen SELF Fellows will be introduced to the SELF Program by getting to know their cohort and sophomore fellows as well as getting excited about engineering. 

Hawk Fest
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Parking Lot 91 (South of the football practice fields)

Hawkfest is presented by the Student Alumni Association in partnership with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) office. The event provides students an opportunity to learn about the many student organizations available on campus, enjoy free food and entertainment, and meet other Jayhawks. This year, students will also have the opportunity to test their skills by challenging Kansas head football coach David Beaty in the Strike Out Challenge, Pop-a-Shot or Bag Toss for a chance to win a variety of prizes. 

Traditions Night
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Memorial Stadium

Waving the Wheat, The Alma Mater, The Rock Chalk Chant: join the Marching Jayhawks, KU Spirit Squad, Kansas Cheer Squad, students, faculty, staff and other special guests explore KU traditions. You'll learn the history, songs, cheers and customs that are integral to being a true Jayhawk! Coordinated by the Office of Public Affairs.

Movie in the Stadium
9 - 11 p.m.
Memorial Stadium

Join SUA and the Office of Public Affairs for a free movie in Memorial Stadium immediately following Traditions Night. Bring a blanket to join us on the field!   

Sunday August 23, 2015

Honors Convocation
9:30 - 11 a.m.
Ballroom, Kansas Union

All incoming Honors students are invited to attend a breakfast in the Ballroom of the Kansas Union to meet their Honors Freshman Seminar Instructor, Seminar Assistants, and peers. A welcome address will be given by our director, and we will end the program by climbing up Mount Oread as a group.

Common Book Discussion Groups
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Students living on-campus - Residence Halls
Students living off-campus or in Scholarship Halls - Kansas Union

All new students will meet with returning student leaders and faculty and staff members to discuss A Farewell to Arms, KU's Common Book for 2015-16. These discussions are an important part of Hawk Week and will help students be best prepared for the academic year ahead. 

Academic Welcomes
3 - 5 p.m.

All new students will attend an Academic Welcome associated with their professional school or the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This is a great opportunity for you to meet with the administration and faculty associated with your academic discipline, and prepare for classes the following day. They will be held at the following locations:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Wescoe Beach and Canopy
School of Architecture, Design & Planning - Lawn to the west of Marvin Hall
School of Business - Lawn North of Summerfield Hall
School of Education - Joseph R. Pearson Hall
School of Engineering - Engineering Complex Courtyard
School of Journalism and Mass Communication - Stauffer-Flint Hall
School of Music - Swarthout Recital Hall, Murphy Hall

Learn more about the academic welcomes.

Chalmers Hall Naming
3 p.m.
Marvin Hall, The Forum

The University of Kansas community is invited to a ceremony celebrating the naming of Chalmers Hall. A reception will follow in the Chalmers Hall gallery.

St. Lawrence Center Welcome Back BBQ
5:45 - 7 p.m.
St. Lawrence Catholic Center

The St. Lawrence Center will be hosting a Welcome Back Cookout for all KU students!  Come and enjoy food, friends, and have the opportunity to win a prize.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Welcome Back BBQ
5:45 - 7 p.m.
Westwood House, 1421 W. 19th Street

Lutheran Campus Ministry is hosting a welcome back cookout for all KU students! Each week through the year they'll host two free meals a week for all students. Come and enjoy food and new friends!

Opening Convocation
7 - 8 p.m.
Lied Center

Opening Convocation is open to all students, faculty and staff. This tradition signifies the beginning of a new academic year. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other speakers will discuss their goals for the coming year. Coordinated by the Office of Public Affairs.

Monday August 24, 2015

KU Info Tables
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Watson Gateway, Wescoe Beach and Strong Hall Rotunda

If you need help finding your classes or getting answers to all your first-day questions, KU Info will have tables on Jayhawk Blvd to help you navigate campus and grab a bottle of water.​

Part-Time Job Fair
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kansas Union, 4th Lobby

The Part-Time Job Fair is designed to give students a free and easy way to search for a part-time job while attending KU. Students have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with prospective employers. Both on-campus and off-campus employers participate in the event. All KU students, undergraduate and graduate, are invited to attend. Anyone who needs employment during school can take advantage of this event. 

KU Gram Connections
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Wescoe Beach

The Academic Achievement and Access Center will take pictures of students and their friends inside an Instagram frame. The picture will be shared via AAAC social media accounts and will then connect the students with important dates and opportunity reminders.

IOA Ball Pit
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kansas Union Plaza

Institutional Opportunity and Access will host a ball pit is used to help students break the ice and have an open conversation about diversity/discrimination issues. Its a great way to build camaraderie and let incoming students know about the various resources available to them on campus.

Explore: KU Libraries Treasure Hunt
9 - 10 a.m.
All KU Library Branches

Grab your treasure map and find the hidden treasure in each of the six KU Libraries. At each location there will be a question to answer or activity to do that will introduce you to all that KU Libraries has to offer. With each stamp of completion, you can win a prize. If you complete the entire treasure map, you could win a selfie stick! This is an ongoing event that begins on August 24 but will run through August 30.

Tech Time
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Anschutz and Watson Libraries

KUIT will provide technological assistance to those students who need their mobile phones configured with Jayhawk Wireless and KU Email. We will also provide information and resources for all of the technological tools that are available to students. These will include, free software, Blackboard, printing, virtual labs, media production, security and other technologies they may have questions about.

Tuesday August 25, 2015

KU Info Tables
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Watson Gateway, Wescoe Beach and Strong Hall Rotunda

If you need help finding your classes or getting answers to all your first-day questions, KU Info will have tables on Jayhawk Blvd to help you navigate campus and grab a bottle of water.​

IOA Ball Pit
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Kansas Union Plaza

Institutional Opportunity and Access will host a ball pit is used to help students break the ice and have an open conversation about diversity/discrimination issues. Its a great way to build camaraderie and let incoming students know about the various resources available to them on campus.

Oread Center Welcome BBQ
5 - 7 p.m.
Oread Center, 912 Illinois Street

Come meet new friends and reconnect with old ones at the annual OC Welcome BBQ​. Freshman - seniors are invited to grab a bite to eat and explore who The Oread Center is. Food and drinks are free of charge.

Field Day on the Hill
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Campanile Hill

Join the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center for a fun night of sack races, three legged races, and other old school games.

Tunes @ Night
9 - 10:30 p.m.
Lied Center Pavilion

Tunes @ Night will feature a local Lawrence artist playing in the Lied Center Pavilion. Walk on over from Daisy Hill or park in the Lied Center parking lot and join us for this laid back night, complete with free snacks. This event is free and open to all KU students. Stay tuned at as we announce which local act will be performing. If you are in need of an accommodation due to a disability, please submit your request at least 3 business days in advance of the event to Michelle Compton. Email: Phone (785) 864-7469.

Wednesday August 26, 2015

Anschutz Library & Learning Studio Open House
10 a.m. - Noon
Anschutz Library

Join KU Libraries for coffee and donuts and explore all that Anschutz Library has to offer. Technology, tutoring, writing support, research help, and different kinds of study spaces are all in Anschutz - plus food, drink, and sunshine!

Create your Space
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Daisy Hill Commons

Welcome to your new home at KU! Whether you are moving into a new space in the residence halls or just readying yourself for new opportunities, you can find your place through art. Collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art and engage in art making to make your new space. While the Spencer Museum of Art renovates, we will be AT LARGE with our Student Advisory Board, and for this Hawk Week event we will make ourselves at home at the new Daisy Hill Commons.

KU Hillel's Falafel on the Hill
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wescoe Beach

Join KU Hillel for Falafel on the Hill! Grab delicious falafel, pita, hummus and Israeli salad on your way to class and celebrate Israel, learn about upcoming events and KU Hillel's Winter Taglit Birthright trip!

UHP Talks
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Lied Center Pavilion

Honors upperclassmen will give short 5-7 minute long presentations about the opportunities they have taken advantage of a KU. These talks will educate Honors freshmen about study abroad, research, service opportunities, professional preparation opportunities, and leadership roles on campus, as well as inspire them to make the most out of their time at KU. Refreshments will be available.

First-Year Student Dessert
5 - 7 p.m.
Oread Center, 912 Illinois Street

If you're a freshman or transfer student, you are invited to the OC for a dessert and discussion. Led by upperclassmen and OC staff, the OC will be talking about what they wish they knew as freshman. Come to meet other freshman, eat free dessert, and check out the OC.

Up'on the Lawn
8:30 - 10 p.m.
St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center

Come join us while we watch the movie 'Up' projected outside at St. Lawrence. There will be popcorn and other movie treats. Bring a blanket and be ready for a fun time.

Thursday August 27, 2015

Read and Write Software Demonstrations
10 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – Noon, 1 – 2 p.m, 2 – 3 p.m.
30 Strong Hall (AAAC Testing Center)

KU offers free literacy software to all student, staff and faculty called Read & Write by TextHelp ( The AAAC will hold two morning and two afternoon sessions on how to download and use the software. They will highlight the main functions and provide some basic instructional materials.

Watson Study Lounge Launch
1 - 4 p.m.
Honors Student Study Lounge, 3rd Floor of Watson

To celebrate the opening of our new Honors Student Study Lounge on the 3rd floor of Watson Library, Honors students are invited to stop by the Lounge from 1 to 4 p.m. for refreshments and to learn about library services and other campus resources. Honors upperclassmen will be there to provide study tips for starting strong during the freshman year.

Tea at Three
3 - 4 p.m.
Kansas Union Lobby

Tea at Three is the most beloved weekly tradition at KU. SUA and the KU Memorial Unions hosts free tea and cookies each week at 3PM in the Lobby of the Kansas Union. 

Throwback Thursday
4 – 5 p.m.
Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center Lobby and Patio

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will play music, offer snacks and play games on the SMRC patio. This is an event that the OMA hold every Thursday during the academic year, the first Throwback Thursday of the year will introduce new students to this OMA tradition.

Kansas Crew Open Boathouse
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
KU Boathouse in Lawrence Burcham Park

Kansas Crew will be hosting our annual Open Boathouse. The Open Boathouse features tours of the facility, information regarding our team and our fall race schedule. 

8 - 11 p.m.
Daisy Hill Parking Lot

Drawing over 3,000 students, this annual Hawk Week event promises to ignite your Jayhawk spirit. Meet new friends, dance to today's hottest jams and snack on amazing foods - all for free! We will bring the party; you bring the energy! Sponsored by KU Student Housing and KU Dining Services.

Friday August 28, 2015

Marathon Reading of KU Common Book, "A Farewell to Arms:
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Brosseau Commons, Nunemaker Center

All KU students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit Nunemaker Center to listen to and/or participate in our marathon reading of KU’s 2015 Common Book "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway. To listen, drop by anytime to enjoy snacks courtesy of the Office of First Year Experience. To read individually or with a class or group, sign up for a time

Frosh Frenzy
4 - 6:30 p.m.
Engineering Complex and various locations across campus

This event is designed to acclimate new engineering freshmen to the various buildings on campus in an “Amazing Race” type competition. Stages are set up around campus with each location featuring a challenge that focuses on teamwork and engineering skills.

KU Hillel's Jayhawk Shabbat

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Kansas Union, Jayhawk and Big 12 Rooms

Jayhawk Shabbat is a great way for students to come together with the KU community over Shabbat services and dinner.

Carnival in the Courtyard
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Engineering Complex

This event is a cook out where engineering faculty and students, both new and old, have a welcome back to the School of Engineering for the upcoming year. There will be yard games, inflatables, and other fun activities for students to participate in.

Flicks for Free: San Andreas
8 p.m.
Lied Center

Free with your KU ID, join us for a screening of San Andreas starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the Lied Center.

Saturday August 29, 2015

Downtown Hawks
All Day
Downtown Lawrence

A variety of Downtown businesses will participate in Downtown Hawks by providing discounts or special promotions to students with a KU Card.

Campus Carnival
5 - 8 p.m.
Lied Center Parking Lot

Join SUA and KU Dining as we bring back this annual KU tradition. We will have full-scale carnival rides, games, prizes, food and more. Each person will receive 10 free tickets and additional tickets are available at minimal cost. Plus this year we will be featuring a showcase of the international groups at KU and local performances. Must have a KUID to enter.

Sunday August 30, 2015

Downtown Hawks
All Day
Downtown Lawrence

A variety of Downtown businesses will participate in Downtown Hawks by providing discounts or special promotions to students with a KU Card.


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