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Augustfest gets FHSU's new academic year off to a rolling start

August marks a new beginning at Fort Hays State University -- the start of classes, meeting new people, and finding a new home for many students and faculty.

For much of August and into September, the university will celebrate the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with Augustfest, a series of events, activities, programs and opportunities designed to welcome and introduce people to campus life.

Students can participate in Tiger Impact Orientation events and student organization meetings and attend a variety of picnics, open houses, comedy and music events sponsored by various groups, student organizations and departments across campus.

The big public event of the 2013 celebration is "Mission IMPROVable" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, in the Breach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center hosted by Student Affairs. This show is free and open to the public.

This fast-paced and exciting new form of comedy is a combination of MTV’s
“Wild ‘N Out” and “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” – but there is a bit of a twist. Just like in the old TV series “Mission Impossible,” the Chicago actors in Mission IMPROVable pretend to be agents.

The audience members are the co-agents and participate in the theater games or "missions" by yelling out suggestions. The on-the-spot randomness provided by the audience makes each mission truly unique and very often hysterical.

Students can participate in the Big Day Out Service Project hosted by Tigers in Service from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Sunset Lounge.

Projects include going through donated clothing for women's shelters with Jana's Campaign, writing letters to overseas troops, handing out posters and save-the-date cards for the Christmas tree auction at Hays Area Children's Center, writing letters to children at St. Jude Research Hospital, and yard work for a group home at the Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas.

The Annual Big Creek Mud Run hosted by the FHSU Wellness Center and Hays Medical Center is from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Participants must be 18 years old and sign up by Wednesday, Aug. 21. The fee is $25 to participate. The first wave will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the last wave at 11:30 a.m. Forty participants are allowed per wave.

Steve Buckingham, an American record producer and four-time Grammy winner, will speak on his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement through a creative infusion of music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Fort Hays Ballroom in the Memorial Union.

Buckingham started his career as a rhythm and blues singer in Virginia and went on to make hundreds of records from almost every genre of music. In 1978 Buckingham started his producer career with "I Love The Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges. Since, he has produced records for Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Nickel Creek and many more. This event is free and open to the public.

Other public events of Augustfest include FHSU athletic events, the Back-to-School Picnic on the Quad, 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, and Christian Challenge sand volleyball at Sonic Drive-in, 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Freshmen are required to attend four Augusfest events: PlayFair, New Student Orientation, "We Dare You" and floor meetings.

Students will be challenged to be their best version of themselves in an effort to make a positive difference in the world at "We Dare You," from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in Beach/Schmidt.

The schedule of Augustfest events:
Friday, Aug. 16:
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: New student orientation in Beach/Schmidt.
1 p.m.: "Being a Difference Maker" with Grant Baldwin, Memorial Union Stouffer Lounge.
5 p.m.: Encounter Palooza, Custer Hall Gazebo and lawn.
7:30 p.m.: Comedy Show "Mission IMPROVable".

Saturday, Aug. 17:
9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Big Day Out service project, Memorial Union Sunset Lounge.
2-5 p.m.: Lawn games on the lawn at Custer Hall Gazebo.
8-10 p.m.: Casino night at McMindes Hall, second floor.

Sunday, Aug. 18:
10:45 a.m.: Encounter Church Service, Celebration Community Church, Bypass at I-70 and Exit 157.
2:30 p.m.: Sorority recruitment: information session in the Black and Gold Room, Memorial Union.
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Class Crawl; meet in Cody Commons, Memorial Union.
5 p.m.: Encounter Church Service, Celebration Community Church, Bypass at I-70 and Exit 157.
7 p.m.: "We Dare You," at Beach/Schmidt.
8:30 p.m.: Sorority recruitment: information session in the Black and Gold Room, Memorial Union.
10 p.m.: Floor meetings in the residence halls.

Monday, Aug. 19:
9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Beyond The Wall poster sale on the Memorial Union Patio and the Quad.
4-7 p.m.: Back-to-School Picnic, on the Quad.
7 p.m.: Catholic Disciples Ice Cream Social, Catholic Campus Center.
7 p.m.: Sigma Phi Epsilon Get to Know Your Major, Memorial Union Trails Room.
7:30 p.m.: Sorority recruitment, service night -- in the Union's Black and Gold Room.
7:30 p.m.: Encounter Freshman Connection, Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union

Tuesday, Aug. 20:
9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Beyond The Wall poster sale, on the union patio and the Quad.
3:30 p.m.: FHSU jazz auditions, Malloy Hall, room 126.
5 p.m.: Fringe Theatre Company back-to-school rally, Malloy Hall, room 100.
3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Delta Zeta open house, 410 W. Sixth Street.
4:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.: Alpha Gamma Delta open house, 409 W. Eighth Street.
5:30 p.m.: A Taste of Christian Challenge, Sheridan Hall.

Wednesday, Aug. 21:
1:30 p.m.: Diversity Affairs Diversi-Tea, Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union.
3-5 p.m.: Distinguished Scholars Program: Color Me DSP, Quad.
3:30 p.m.: Wind Ensemble Auditions, Malloy Hall.
5:45 p.m.: Alpha Gamma Delta Recruitment Party, 409 W. Eighth Street.
7 p.m.: Delta Zeta Recruitment Party, 410 W. Sixth Street.
7 p.m.: Christian Challenge, Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, Sheridan Hall.
7:15-8:30 p.m.: Encounter, Celebration Community Church, Bypass at I-70 and Exit 157.
9:30 p.m.: Sorority recruitment, bid night, in the union's Cody Commons.

Thursday, Aug. 22:
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Unite -- Get Plugged In, Quad
7 p.m.: Fraternity information night in McMindes 2R.
7 p.m.: Marketing and Management Association Ice Cream Social, McCartney Hall.
7-10 p.m.: Christian Challenge sand volleyball, Sonic Drive-In, 1708 Vine.

Friday, Aug. 23:
9 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Wonderful World of After Dark, Memorial Union.

Saturday, Aug. 24:
8:30-11:30 a.m.: Big Creek Mud Run, east of Gross Memorial Coliseum

Sunday, Aug. 25:
10:45 a.m.: Encounter Church Service, Celebration Community Church, Bypass at I-70 and Exit 157.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Defensive Tectics Club Self Defense Seminar, Cunningham Hall 110.

Monday, Aug. 26:
4 p.m.: Tau Kappa Epsilon BBQ, Custer Hall Gazebo and Lawn
4:30 p.m.: Phi Alpha Theta and History Department Welcome Back Meeting, Rarick Hall 312
5 p.m.: Delta Zeta Meet and Greet, 410 W. Sixth Street.
5:30 p.m.: Gay Strait Alliance Game Night, Smoky Hill Room, Memorial Union.
6:30 p.m.: Students for Life Meeting, Trails Room, Memorial Union.
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Rush Sigma Chi BBQ, McMindes Hall Lawn.
7:30 p.m.: Encounter Freshman Connection, Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union

Tuesday, Aug. 27:
4:30 p.m.: Tau Kappa Epsilon Football, Custer Hall Lawn.
5 p.m.: Circle K international Ice Cream Social, Cody Commons, Memorial Union.
6 p.m.: Black Student Union Kick Back, Stouffer Lounge, Memorial Union.
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Sigma Chi Nacho Eating Contest, 404 W. Seventh Street.
7 p.m.: Christian Challenge, CrossPoint-Hays,13th and Harvest Road.
7:30 p.m.: Sigma Phi Epsilon information Night, Trails Room, Memorial Union.
9 p.m.: Christian Challenge, CrossPoint-Hays, 13th and Harvest Road.

Wednesday, Aug. 28:
11 a.m.-2p.m.: Block and Bridle Club Barnyard Olympics and BBQ, Quad.
4:30 p.m.: Fort Hays Association of Nursing Students Back to School BBQ, Stroup Hall Lawn.
6 p.m.: Fringe Theatre Company Rally, Felton-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall.
6-8 p.m.: Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Video Games, Trails Room, Memorial Union.
6-8:30 p.m.: Sigma Chi Sand Volleyball Night, Sonic Dive-In, 1708 Vine.
7:15-8:30 p.m.: Encounter, Celebration Community Church, Bypass at I-70 and Exit 157.

Thursday, Aug. 29:
5 p.m.: Core to Campus Kick-Off, Downtown Hays
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Sigma Chi Community Service Night, 404 W. Seventh Street.
7 p.m.: Diversity Affairs Speakers Bureau -- Steve Buckingham, Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union.
7-10 p.m.: Christian Challenge sand volleyball, Sonic Drive-In, 1708 Vine.
7:30 p.m.: Marketing and Management Association First Meeting, Memorial Union.

Friday, Aug. 30:
10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Students for a Sustainable Earth: A Wake Up Walk, Memorial Union.

Augustfest events can be found online as well as in a brochure handed out during New Student Orientation and available in residence halls and various campus locations. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free of charge and are provided for all new and returning students, faculty and staff.

For more information or for more details on Augustfest events, go to www.fhsu.edu/fye/augustfest/.