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How2ESU: New Student Programs

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 many orientation events are for residential students. Fall 2014 Hornet Orientation will take place August 15-17. The full schedule will be posted here in early summer. Check out the fall 2013 schedule below to get a taste of the Hornet Orientation experience.

Friday, August 16

Towers Complex Move-In*
Begins at 7:30am

Contact Residential Life for more information.

Morse Complex Move-In*
Begins at 11:30am

Contact Residential Life for more information.

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

Join President Michael D. Shonrock at the Fall 2013 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*
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Hornets Nest dining hall and residence hall floors

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.

Class of 2017 Banner Signing
7:15pm - 8:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

8:00pm - 10:00pm
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.

Saturday, August 17

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.

11:00am - 1:00pm
Hornets Nest dining hall

Emporia Trivia Hunt
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Learn fun facts and important campus resources through this interactive, team-based trivia hunt.

Socially Excellent Hornets
3:00pm - 4:30pm
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.

4:30pm - 7:00pm
Hornets Nest dining hall

2nd Annual Towers Complex Competition*
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rec Center 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're bringing it back!

Sunday, August 18

11:00am - 1:00pm
Hornets Nest dining hall

Speaker Maura Cullen
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Memorial Union Webb Hall

Involvement Information Session 1
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Memorial Union 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms

Join us in the Memorial Union KSTC Ballroom at 2:30pm 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 3:30pm!

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.

Involvement Information Session 2
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Memorial Union 2nd Floor Meeting Rooms

This is your opportunity to visit a second information session of your choice. The same interest areas offered in the 2:30pm sessions will be offered again.

Dinner & Floor Time
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Hornets Nest dining hall and residence hall floors

*For on-campus students

Monday, August 19 is the first day of classes and the kick-off to the Six Week Series! Check out the calendar of events for six weeks of activities and events to help you learn all about the services and opportunities at Emporia State!