Hornet Orientation

Hornet Orientation and Welcome Week includes several days of events, sessions, and activities at the beginning of the fall semester to welcome you to Emporia State University, help you connect with your peers, and provide you with important resources for your success. From helping you meet new friends to learning your way around campus, we are here to help make your transition to Emporia State as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

All new students are highly encouraged to participate in Hornet Orientation and Welcome Week events, whether you will be living on or off campus. Only a few of the orientation events are for students living on campus. All other events are open to all new students, including those living off campus and transfer students.

Hornet Orientation & Welcome Week Schedule

Friday, August 19

Family & Guest Farewell Reception
3:15pm - 4:00pm, Memorial Union Ballroom

Join President Allison Garrett at the farewell reception in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event gives parents, guests, and new students an opportunity to meet faculty, staff, and administrators on campus, while preparing parents and guests to say farewell and new students to kick-off the start of life at Emporia State University.

Dinner & Floor Meetings
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Hornets Nest & Residence Hall Floor

At the floor meeting, you will get to know your Resident Assistant and your floor mates, receive important information about living in the residence halls, and learn more about Hornet Orientation events. This meeting is required for all students living in the residence halls.

Hornet Orientation Kick-Off
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Memorial Union Ballroom

Come have a blast kicking off Hornet Orientation 2016!!! We will give you all the information you need to know about orientation and the first week of classes, but more importantly how to win prizes!

Party at Playfair
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Memorial Union Ballroom

Come join the Party at Playfair! Playfair is unlike anything you have experienced. It's entertainment! It’s a highly interactive! It’s full of fun and laughter! It's the perfect way for you to make new friends!

Late Night Movie
10:00pm - 12:00am
Albert Taylor Hall

The day has been full of excitement and jam packed with fun, but it’s never too late check out a movie with all your new friends! Head over to AlbertTaylor Hall, sit back and enjoy the show!

Saturday, August 20

Coffee & Donuts with Corky
9:00am - 10:00am
Union Square (area between Memorial Union and back side of Plumb Hall)

Jump start your morning with all your new friends by grabbing something to eat, taking pictures at the photo booth and gearing up for Mini Majors Camp. Note: The Hornets Nest does not open until 11:00am.

Mini Majors Camp
10:00am - 11:00am
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Come explore and learn more about your major! This is a great opportunity for you to get to know faculty in your department. There is something for every major, even if you are Undecided. Don’t miss this opportunity to take the first step in learning more about your major!

Classroom Tours
11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet in Union Square (area between Memorial Union and back side of Plumb Hall)

Figuring out where your classes are on the first day can be challenging! Bring a copy of your class schedule and student leaders will walk with you around campus and show you where your classrooms are within the academic buildings.

Break & Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hornets Nest

Take a break and grab lunch in the Hornets Nest, if you have a meal plan, at home, or in Emporia.

Beat the Buzz
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Stingers Up!!! Come to Webb Hall at 1:00 PM to Beat the Buzz! You will meet tons of new students as you work together and compete to win prizes!!

Interest Group Meetings 1
2:00pm - 2:45pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

These sessions are a great opportunity to meet other new students who share your interests, learn about involvement opportunities at Emporia State, and get advice from upper class students. This is a great way to explore what ESU has to offer without having to decide what to get involved with right away. Sponsored by How2ESU Programs. Join us in the Memorial Union Webb Hall at 3:00pm and we will direct you to the information session of your choice. Want to visit more than one session? Join us for a second round of sessions at 4:00pm! Below is a list of available interest areas for you to explore!

  • Diversity & Multicultural
  • Community Service & Civic Engagement
  • Sports, Recreation & Wellness
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Leadership
  • Fraternity & Sorority
  • Career Services

Interest Group Meetings 2
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

This is your opportunity to visit a second information session of your choice. The same interest areas offered in the 2:00pm sessions will be offered again.

  • Diversity & Multicultural
  • Community Service & Civic Engagement
  • Sports, Recreation & Wellness
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Leadership
  • Fraternity & Sorority
  • Career Services

Dinner & 4th Annual Hornet Games Competition Preparation
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Hornets Nest & Residence Hall Floors

4th Annual Hornet Games Competition
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Rec Center Practice Fields

Continue the tradition at the 4th Annual Hornet Games (previously called Towers Competition). Join us and participate in a variety of exciting challenges with your floor mates while competing against other floors! Sponsored by Residential Life.

Morse Activities Night
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Morse Complex Lounge

Join us and participate in an activities night of fun and games! Meet, interact, and compete with other upper-class students living in Morse Complex. Sponsored by Residential Life.

Highlighter Party
10:00pm - 12:00am
Memorial Union Ballroom

Come dance the night away and enjoy snacks, music and a chance to win prizes!! Wear any white t-shirt to the party. We'll provide the highlighters to decorate it and the black lights to make it glow!! Sponsored by Residential Life.

Zoiks! Improv Comedy Show
12:00am - 1:00am
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Zoiks! is Emporia State University’s improv and sketch comedy troupe. It is a student organization focused on the presentation of comedy as entertainment and the development of individuals working in a group environment. Come enjoy a night of laughter!! Sponsored by Zoiks!

Sunday, August 21

There are no orientation events today. Take the day to hang out with new friends, set up your room, or just relax!

Monday, August 22

Lost?! Need Help Finding your Classes?
7:45-8:15am, 8:45-9:15am, 9:45-10:15am, 10:45-11:15am, 11:45-12:15pm
Volunteers will be stationed throughout campus.

Do you need help finding your classes? Look for the tents around campus and go there to ask for help. The Hornet Nation volunteers will help you figure out where you are going! Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.

Block Party
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Commercial Street, 12th to 10th Avenue

Get to know the Emporia community at this annual event just for ESU students! Join us on Commercial Street just in front of the university for an evening filled with music, free food, and giveaways from local businesses. The Emporia community closes down two blocks of Commercial Street to throw a welcome party just for you! Sponsored by Emporia Main Street Association.

Monday Night Football
8:00pm – 9:00pm
Welch Stadium

Jump into the game! Come check out a scrimmage of the Emporia State University Hornets as they take the field Monday night. Stand on the field and win some prizes while you are there! Sponsored by ESU Football.

Tuesday, August 23

Lost?! Need Help Finding your Classes?
7:45-8:15am, 9:15-9:45am, 10:45-11:15am, 12:15-12:45pm
Volunteers will be stationed throughout campus.

Do you need help finding your classes? Look for the tents around campus and go there to ask for help. The Hornet Nation volunteers will help you figure out where you are going! Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.

Beyond the Wall Poster Sale
9:00am – 1:00pm
Memorial Union West Lobby

Does your room need something to make it feel more like home? Are you looking for a new poster to make you laugh, pump you up, or decorate the wall? Come check out the poster sale and buy an awesome poster to hang on the wall!

Part-Time Job Fair
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Looking for a part-time job while going to school? Need some extra cash to help pay tuition? Dress in business or business casual attire (remember: first impressions count) and come to the Memorial Union Ballroom to visit with campus and community organizations who are looking to hire motivated college students like you. Sponsored by Career Services.

Welcome Bash
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Memorial Union Ballroom

Sponsored by Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Party on the Lawn: Dave & Whitney
7:00pm
Kellogg Circle (Albert Taylor Hall)

Come to Union Activities Council's annual event, Party on the Lawn! This year, featuring Dave and Whitney, a country music duo and free snow cones! Dave and Whitney are a fun loving high spirited couple ready to kick off ESU's school year right! See you on Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00pm in Kellogg Circle for this awesome event! Sponsored by Union Activities Council.

Wednesday, August 24

Huge Activities Fair
9:00am - 12:00pm
Union Square & Pedestrian Mall

Come check out a variety of student organizations at Emporia State University!!! Meet current members of the organization and find ways to get involved! Table will be outside on the Pedestrian Mall and Union Square. Walk up to any table and learn about the organization. This is a come and go event with the ability to choose the tables you wish to explore! Sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement.

Beyond the Wall Poster Sale
9:00am – 1:00pm
Memorial Union West Lobby

Does your room need something to make it feel more like home? Are you looking for a new poster to make you laugh, pump you up, or decorate the wall? Come check out the poster sale and buy an awesome poster to hang on the wall!

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Orientation
9:00am – 1:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Sponsored by Panhellenic Association.

ACES Glow Bingo
8:00pm - 10:00pm
WAW Library/ACES

Sponsored by ACES.

Thursday, August 25

Beyond the Wall Poster Sale
9:00am – 1:00pm
Memorial Union West Lobby

Does your room need something to make it feel more like home? Are you looking for a new poster to make you laugh, pump you up, or decorate the wall? Come check out the poster sale and buy an awesome poster to hang on the wall!

Healthy Hornet Wellness Fest
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Student Recreation Center

Sponsored by Healthy Hornet Wellness.

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Round 1
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Memorial Union Preston Family Room

Sponsored by Panhellenic Association.

Friday, August 26

Barber & Beauty Shop Talk
9:00am - 3:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet

Real Conversations, FREE Haircuts! Barber & Beauty Shop Talk brings together the best barbers and stylists in town to offer studen’s free services for the day. Sponsored by The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Round 2
4:30pm - 9:00pm
Memorial Union Preston Family Room

Sponsored by Panhellenic Association.

Saturday, August 27

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Round 3
9:30am - 12:00pm
Memorial Union Preston Family Room

Sponsored by Panhellenic Association.

Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Bid Night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Albert Taylor Hall

Sponsored by Panhellenic Association.

Corky's Kickback
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Black Student Union is offering a night of fun, carnival games, and good music! DJ Smith will be playing the hottest hits that have kept you dancing all summer long. The school year is just beginning but #Summer16 is not over until our kickback ends.