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Aug. 10, 2006
Contact: Shanda Hurla, Hawk Week coordinator, (785) 864-4250.

Hawk Week offers events, information to help KU students ease back into academics

Welcome back to the Hill for a crash course on traditions, student success at college

Welcome back to the Hill for a crash course on traditions, student success at college

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas campus will come alive next week when more than 10,000 students gather for the university’s annual Hawk Week.

The festivities begin at the opening of the residence and scholarship halls Sunday, Aug. 13, and run through Saturday, Aug. 19. Classes start Aug. 17.

In addition to helping students ease back into the school year, the events are designed to help with the transition to college life. Students will receive tips for achieving academic success as well as tours of the university’s libraries and sports venues. At night, students are invited to the Student Alumni Association’s ice cream social, Traditions Night, free movies, concerts and arts festivals.

A complete schedule of Hawk Week events is available online. Check the online schedule for any changes in times or locations.

Highlights include:

Sunday, Aug. 13
Unionfest
8 p.m., Kansas Union
Visit the Kansas Union for games, giveaways and free food at the kickoff for Hawk Week. Student Union Activities will sponsor live karaoke featuring Lawrence’s own cover band, Sellout. This year’s theme is Fiesta. Come ready to swing at some pinatas and eat nachos.

Monday, Aug. 14
Ice Cream Social
6:30 p.m., Adams Alumni Center
Enjoy free ice cream, lots of giveaways and tons of fun. Tour the Alumni Center, learn about the Student Alumni Association, Tradition Keepers and more.

Traditions Night
8 p.m., Memorial Stadium
Waving the Wheat. The Alma Mater. The Rock Chalk Chant. Join the marching band, students, faculty, staff and the Lawrence community in exploring KU traditions. You’ll learn all the songs, cheers and yells to be a true Jayhawk.

Tuesday, Aug. 15
Beach ’n’ Boulevard featuring the Info Fair
7-10 p.m., Wescoe Beach
This annual party on Wescoe’s “beach,” sponsored by SUA, will feature sand volleyball, badminton, sno cones, cotton candy, giveaways and live music. Representatives from KU’s 400 student organizations will be available at the Info Fair to tell you how to get involved. Check out the Student Success carnival and free pizza at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 16
Take Over the Beach
4:30-7 p.m., Wescoe Beach
This HAWK Link event is a chance to interact with student organizations, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Multicultural Resource Center and other departments, staff and students. Enjoy music, entertainment, prizes and much more.

Convocation
8-9 p.m., Lied Center
This Hawk Week event is a tradition of its own. Convocation is the coming together of all parts of campus — students, faculty and staff — to mark the official beginning of the academic year. This ceremony will feature addresses by Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Student Body President Jason Boots and others.

Friday, Aug. 18
Family Arts Festival
6 p.m., Lied Center garden courtyard
Learn about local organizations and opportunities in this spotlight on the arts in the Lawrence area.

Free Outdoor Concert: The Wailin’ Jennys
7 p.m., Lied Center lawn
The Wailin’ Jennys are a vocal trio who write, sing and play exquisite music together. Their songs are a mix of original and traditional tunes that draw from a variety of roots styles. This event kicks off the Lied Center’s 2006-07 season.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Community Service Project
10 a.m., meet in the Kansas Union
Volunteers will be bused to community organizations to spend the day on service projects and learning about volunteer opportunities at KU. Lunch will be served. Sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach.

Rec Fest
2-6 p.m., Student Recreation and Fitness Center
Check out the recreation center, scale the 42-foot climbing wall, participate in a basketball hot shot contest, learn about KU Fit, Personal Training and FIT4U, ask questions at the Sport Club Information Fair, get wellness tips, see sport club and fitness demonstrations and more. Don’t forget your KU photo ID to enter the center.

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