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 24-26, 2014
Are you looking for some summer fun, high energy, ways to catch the FHSU spirit, and meet other new incoming Tigers? Golden Beginnings 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 experience. Your $50 registration fee includes the following benefits:
- A limited edition 2014 Golden Beginnings shirt
- 2 nights stay in an on-campus residence hall for the evenings of July 24 & 25 with another Golden Beginnings participant
- 5 meals during the program - 2 dinners (July 24 & 25), 2 breakfasts (July 25 & 26) & 1 lunch (July 25)
- opportunity to meet and interact with 10 upperclass Golden Beginnings student leaders
- instant friendships with 49 other incoming Tigers
Registration is closed.
Payment should be mailed to:
Director of Persistence & Retention
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Summer Send-off Events
Co-sponsored by the Office of Admissions & the Alumni Association
Summer Send-off Events provide an opportunity for you & your family members to meet alumni, returning students, other new 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!
2014 Schedule of Send-offs (check back frequently as this list will be updated as new events are added):
Garden City - Sunday, August 3, 4 - 6 PM, Ward's Garden Center (2703 N Hwy 83, Garden City)
Hays - Tuesday, August 5, 6:30 PM, Robbins Center (FHSU campus)
Kansas City - Sunday, July 20, 1 - 2:30 PM, Matt Ross Community Center (8101 Marty Street, Overland Park)
Wichita - Sunday, July 27, 4 PM, Sedgwick County Extension Office (7001 W 21st St North, Wichita)
Adult Learner Orientation
August 11, 7 - 9 PM
Forsyth Library Room 015
A specialized program for new on-campus adult learner students will be held during the week of August 11-15. Check back in July for more information about this specialized orientation program.
TRANSFERmation Student Orientation
August 14, 2014, 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.
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 15, at 2:30 PM in the Memorial Union Trails Room.