First Year Experience (FYE)
Programs & Events

FYE coordinates a variety of programs and events throughout the year. These programs and events are designed to help new first year & transfer students and their parents & family members to become engaged and connected to the campus community.

Golden Beginnings Extended Orientation Program
July 23-25, 2013
Are you looking for some summer fun, high energy, ways to catch the FHSU spirit, and meet other new incoming Tigers? Golden Beginnings: Premiere is designed as an optional extended orientation experience for 50 incoming Tigers who want to get a kick-start to being a Thriving Tiger before the first day of classes in August. You will have the opportunity over these 48 hours to learn current & past FHSU traditions, engage in high-energy activities & events, and, most of all, meet 49 other incoming Tigers who are just as excited about getting involved, making an impact, and leaving a legacy at FHSU!

Only 50 spaces are available for the Golden Beginnings: Premiere experience. Your $50 registration fee includes the following benefits:

  • 2 t-shirts - a limited edition 2013 Golden Beginnings shirt & an FHSU shirt
  • 2 nights stay in an on-campus residence hall for the evenings of July 23 & 24 with another Golden Beginnings participant
  • 5 meals during the program - 2 dinners (July 23 & 24), 2 breakfasts (July 24 & 25) & 1 lunch (July 24)
  • opportunity to meet and interact with 4 Golden Beginnings Student Directors & 10 Student Guides
  • instant friendships with 49 other incoming Tigers

 Registration is CLOSED.

Tiger Family Send-off Events
Co-sponsored by the Office of Admissions & the Alumni Association
Tiger Family Send-off Events provide an opportunity for you & your family members to meet alumni, returning students, and their family members from your geographic area in a casual setting prior to arriving at FHSU for Tiger Impact. These events include food, fun and the Tiger spirit! Put on your Tiger Gold & meet up with other Tigers!

2013 Schedule of Send-offs (check back frequently as this list will be updated as new events are added):
          Tuesday, July 30, 6 PM
          Hutchinson/Reno County
          Location: Lowen Corporation (1111 N. Airport Rd, Hutchinson, KS)

          Sunday, August 4, 4 PM
          Garden City/Finney County
          Location: Ward's Garden Center (2703 N. Hwy 83, Garden City, KS)

          Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 PM
          Ellis, Ness, Rooks, Russell, Rush and Trego Counties
          Location: Robbins Center, Eagle Communications Hall (1 Tiger Place, Hays, KS)

          Thursday, August 8, 6 PM
          Great Bend/Barton County
          Location: Kansas Wetlands Education Center (592 NE K156 Hwy, Great Bend, KS)

TRANSFERmation Student Orientation
August 15, 2013, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union 2nd Floor
Welcome to the Tiger Family! This is the perfect event for you to successfully transition into FHSU. Why should you come? FREE food, FREE t-shirt and opportunities to meet faculty, staff and other transfer students. Attendance is strongly encouraged. Registration is CLOSED.

Fort Hays Firsts
Are you the first student in your family to attend college? Fort Hays Firsts is a new program that supports first year, first generation students' transition from high school to FHSU. Fort Hays Firsts is a campus-wide network of students, staff & faculty who create a community of support as they coach you through adjustment challenges & teach you  how to navigate FHSU resources. Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to connect with a member of this network to engage in focused dialogue on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • What does it mean to be a Fort Hays First?
  • Money Talks: How do I discuss finances with my family?
  • It's my dream: Reconnecting with my family & friends.
  • Where do I go from here? Finding & maintaining a mentor.

Mark your calendar to attend the Fort Hays Firsts Kickoff Event on Friday, August 16, at 2:30 PM in the Memorial Union Trails Room.

Do you hail from another state? Looking to connect with others from your geographic area? Then OSSM (pronounced "awesome") might be a connection opportunity waiting for you! OSSM is the Out of State Student Mentoring program at FHSU. OSSM will allow you the opportunity to meet & get connected to others from your geographic area, share common experiences, and connect to the Hays community. You'll also have the opportunity to mee the OSSM Leaders, who are current FHSU students from outside the state of Kansas.

Mark your calendars to attend the OSSM Kickoff event on Friday, August 16, at 3:30 PM in the Memorial Union Pioneer Room.