Students new to the Hill mingled with fellow Jayhawks and learned how to get involved at Hawk Fest, an annual event coordinated by the Student Alumni Network, the Office of First-Year Experience and the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
More than 600 student organizations and activities were represented at the information fair, and students enjoyed plenty of freebies and giveaways including T-shirts, food and coupons.
The Student Alumni Network unveiled its new Restaurant Partner Program at the event, with five students winning gift cards and other items from the five participating restaurants. Congratulations to the lucky students:
Haley Mitchell, Papa Keno’s gift card
Emily Overton, Hot Box Cookies gift card
Alex Fesi, Bigg’s BBQ gift card
Alexandria Williams, Jefferson’s gift card
Tatum Boyer, Salty Iguana
After Hawk Fest, students headed next door to Memorial Stadium to learn how to wave the wheat, perform the fight song clap, and hear from KU celebrities and coaches.
Local personality and talk show host Mike Anderson, g’06, PhD’12, served as the evening’s emcee.
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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.
Clear blue skies, bountiful sunshine and nearly record-setting temperatures in the low 70s set the stage for a successful move-in day Aug. 20 as thousands of students and their families and friends descended on Mount Oread.
On Daisy Hill, KU Housing staff were on hand to guide the procession of cars from the Lied Center to the residence halls, where several teams of volunteers helped unload carloads of belongings and deliver them to each student’s assigned suite.
“The process is very, very organized,” says Kim Rupe, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, whose son, Kaleb, is moving into the brand-new Oswald Hall. “It takes some of the anxiety away. It’s really nice.”
Move-in day kicks off the start of ’Hawk Week, a series of events designed to welcome students to the Hill and prepare them for a successful semester. On Saturday, the Student Alumni Association will host ’Hawkfest, right before Traditions Night.