First Year Experience (FYE)
Programs & Events

FYE coordinates a variety of dynamic and impactful programs and events throughout the year. These programs and events are designed to facilitate engagement and connection between the Fort Hays State University community and the new first-year & transfer students, their parent(s), legal guardian(s), and family members.

Golden Beginnings
Golden Beginnings is an exciting program exclusively for first-generation students (a student whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) have not completed a bachelor's degree) to meet new friends, get connected to FHSU staff and resources, learn FHSU traditions, and engage in high-energy activities to catch the FHSU spirit! This two-part program consists of the Golden Beginnings Pre-Orientation Program and Project Lighthouse.

Golden Beginnings Pre-Orientation Program
August 12-15, 2018
One aspect of Golden Beginnings is the Golden Beginnings Pre-Orientation Program. This multi-day program occurs immediately prior to the Tiger Impact Fall Orientation Weekend and provides students with the opportunity to engage with other new first-generation FHSU students before the school year begins. The students participate together in a variety of activities such as, small-group discussions, case-study presentations and community service activities. All of the program's events are structured to engage, empower and educate the participating students while also establishing a transformational sense of belonging, community and team-work.

If you are an incoming first-year or transfer student who identifies as first-generation, consider registering for this amazing program. More information regarding the program and registration dates for this event will be available in April 2018.

Project Lighthouse
Golden Beginnings also provides first-generation students the opportunity to participate in Project Lighthouse. This powerful year-long mentoring program matches first-generation students who are new to FHSU with a peer mentor (either a student, graduate assistant, staff, or faculty member) that also identifies as first-generation. The mentee and the mentor then have the opportunity to, through a series of meetings that they arrange, engage in a meaningful dialogue about who they are, their personal values, and their goals and aspirations in life. The mentor will offer valuable advice, uplifting encouragement and also connect the student to resources that will aid in their academic and personal success while at FHSU.

What are some Golden Perks of Golden Beginnings?

  • Become well-acquainted with campus resources
  • Form meaningful connections with members of the FHSU community including administrators, faculty, staff, and upperclassmen
  • Avoid "move-in traffic" by moving in 2-3 days earlier than other incoming students
  • Build lasting relationships with students who have similar interests and/or backgrounds


Q: Will my student be charged to participate in the Golden Beginning program?
A: No, not at all! This program is FREE of charge.

Q: Will my student have accessibility to food during this program?
A: Absolutely! Students will be able to eat in the cafeteria throughout the program.

Q: Will my student be able to move-in with ease?
A: Of course! Friendly and helpful Residential Life staff members will be aware of the Golden Beginnings Pre-Orientation students who are moving in and will be available to assist and answer any questions that may arrive during that process. Participants will move-in on Sunday, August 12, from 4 - 7 PM. The Golden Beginnings program will officially kick-off at 7 PM that evening.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Brett Bruner, Director of Transition and Student Conduct


TRANSFER & Non-Traditional Student Orientation Kick-off
August 16, 2018, 10 AM - Noon
Fort Hays Ballroom, Memorial Union 2nd Floor
Welcome to the Tiger Family! This is the perfect event for you to successfully transition into FHSU. Why should you come? FREE food, FREE t-shirt and opportunities to meet faculty, staff and other transfer students. Attendance is strongly encouraged. More information to come during Transfer Pre-Enrollment in April 2018.


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