Hornet Orientation

Hornet Orientation includes several days of events, sessions, and activities just before the fall semester begins to welcome you to Emporia State, 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 ESU as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

All new students are highly encouraged to participate in Hornet Orientation 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.


Events marked with (◊) are open to all new students, including freshmen and transfer students.

For events marked with (•), you will receive a prize drawing ticket for attending. Collect these tickets throughout the weekend, and bring your tickets to Campus and Community Pride Night on Monday to enter to win prizes. You must be present at Campus and Community Pride Night to enter and to win!


President Shonrock's General Assembly & Family Reception 
Assembly: 2:00pm - 3:00pm; Reception: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall & KSTC Ballroom

Join President Michael D. Shonrock at the Fall 2014 General Assembly in the Memorial Union Webb Hall. The event traditionally launches our academic year as President Shonrock shares his vision for Emporia State University. Immediately following is a family reception with members of the campus and Emporia community in the KSTC Colonial Ballroom.

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.

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Playfair is unlike anything you have experienced. It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way for you to make new friends! And Playfair is more than just an entertainment event – it is a team-building experience that will have a positive impact on your interactions with your peers.

Floor Games
Residence Hall Floors

Relax and play games after Playfair while getting to know your floor mates.


Classroom Tours 
9:00am - 11:00am
Meet in Union Square (area between Memorial Union and back side of Plumb Hall)

Bring a copy of your class schedule to the Union Square (area between Memorial Union and back side of Plumb Hall). Current student leaders will assist you in finding your classrooms within the academic buildings.

Socially Excellent Hornets 
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Learn how to create a college experience and a life that is rich and fulfilling through the development of Social Excellence! What is Social Excellence? Here's how the experts coming to Emporia State define it:

Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others. Being authentic and living everyday with integrity as the best version of oneself. Being confident and vulnerable. Being fun and compassionate. Being open, kind, and bold. The highest level of societal participation and contribution.

Dinner & Towers Complex Competition Preparation
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Hornets Nest & Residence Hall Floors

3rd Annual Towers Complex Competition
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Rec Center Practice Fields

Participate in exciting challenges with your floor mates while competing against other floors! Fall 2012 was first year of this event, and students loved it so we keep bringing it back!

Floor Games
Residence Hall Floors

Relax and play games after Playfair while getting to know your floor mates.


Speaker Bob Hall 
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Nonviolent Sexuality is one of the most engaging and effective programs in higher education to deal with alcohol and sexual violence issues on a college campus. Bob deals with some sensitive issues in an entertaining and interactive manner that you will find engaging and fun. What is unique about Bob Hall is his approach to the confluence of sexuality and conflict as an opportunity for learning and growth, through direct dialogue and better understanding; rather than a struggle of one side against the other, to be won or lost through blaming and finger-pointing.

Interest Group Meetings 1 
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

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!

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

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 upperclass students. This is a great way to explore what ESU has to offer without having to decide what to get involved with right away. A variety of interest areas will be offered including sports and recreation, fraternities and sororities, arts, and more.

Interest Group Meetings 2 
4:00pm - 4:45pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

This is your opportunity to visit a second information session of your choice. The same interest areas offered in the 3:00pm sessions will be offered again.

Zoiks! Improv Comedy Show
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Zoiks! is an 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!!


Business Showcase 
9:00am - 2:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet

Stop by and visit information tables from local Emporia businesses. This is a great opportunity to learn about many of the resources, services, and amenities offered in Emporia.

Campus & Community Pride Night 
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Kellogg Circle

This is THE make-you-proud-to-be-a-Hornet event! Hear about the great opportunities ESU offers from some top student leaders. Learn the ESU fight song. Witness your new Associated Student Government president and vice president being sworn into office. Be sure to bring the prize tickets you've been collecting. Prize drawings will be held throughout the evening, and you must be present to win.

Block Party 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 give-aways 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.

Monday Night Football 
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.


Faith Fair 
9:00am - 2:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet

Stop by and visit information tables from local churches and Emporia community religious organizations.

Poster Sale
9:00am - 6:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet

Party on the Lawn 
Kellogg Circle (in front of Plumb Hall)

Union Activities Council wants you to come PARTY ON THE LAWN and rock out with the band, THE STRIVE, performing for FREE. The Strive, hailing from Kansas City, is breaking ground with a fiery, infectious spin on today’s power-pop vibe that simply must be heard!  There will be FREE Tropical Sno for everyone.  We hope to see you at the first Union Activities Council event to kick-off the start of the school year! Sponsored by Union Activities Council.


Huge Activities Fair 
9:00am - 1:00pm
Union Square and Pedestrian Mall

The Huge Activities Fair is a great way to learn about many ways to get involved at Emporia State! Student organizations and campus departments will have information tables where you can learn about their organization, meet their members, and find out about upcoming events and involvement opportunities.

Poster Sale
9:00am - 6:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet


Poster Sale
9:00am - 6:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet

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

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 ESU Career Services.


Barbershop Talk
10:00am - 3:00pm
Memorial Union Mainstreet

Highlighter Party 
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Memorial Union Ballroom

Aron Dody will be spinning music. Enjoy free food and games. Wear a white t-shirt to party. We'll provide the highlighters to decorate it and the blacklights to make it glow.


Wooster Wipeout
11:00am - 3:00pm
Morse Hall Lawn

Enjoy music, games, and free food while hanging out with other Hornets by Wooster Lake! Sponsored by Black Student Union.