Annual Hawkfest event kicks off new school year

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 in Campus News and News

Hawkfest 2015
More than 1,000 students eager to find their niche on campus flocked to Saturday’s Hawkfest to learn more about KU student organizations. KU has more than 600 registered student groups, and nearly 150 of those participated in the event, which was a prelude to Traditions Night in Memorial Stadium.

Junior Jack Bruntzel of the KU Boxing Club gave a boxing demonstration to help pique the interest of his fellows Jayhawks. “So far at our booth, we’ve been averaging a person a minute. We were here last year. We’re having a far better turnout this year, doing these demonstrations, creating a hype has helped people see what we do,” said Bruntzel.

Across the bustling parking lot,  Eric Oduniyi, a sophomore member of the National Society of Black Engineers, talked with many interested students. “Hawkfest is really important for groups like ours to try and attract first-year students because after I graduate, I want to make sure there are students behind me to keep it going. It’s all about making sure everyone’s learning and inheriting the necessary information to be successful in their own fields,” said Oduniyi.

Hawkfest attendees also enjoyed free food, entertainment by the Spirit Squad and the opportunity to meet head football coach David Beaty and his staff. The event, jointly sponsored by Student Alumni Association, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) and the Office of First-Year Experience, was part of Hawk Week, which runs through Sunday, August 30.

See more pictures from this year’s Hawkfest event on Flickr.

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