First Year Experience (FYE) Tiger Impact

What is Tiger Impact?
Tiger Impact is the five-day fall orientation program designed just for incoming students. Tiger Impact includes a variety of events to help you become acquainted to campus, succeed at FHSU and create lifelong friendships. Incoming Tigers will have the opportunity to enjoy a kick-off session, keynote speakers, a mentalist, Tiger Impact traditions and give back to the Hays and Ellis County communities through a service project.

Why Are New Students Required to Participate in Tiger Impact?
We want YOU to succeed at FHSU! As part of FHSU's First Year Experience initiative, the goals of Tiger Impact are to:

  • Create opportunities to make new friends.
    At Tiger Impact events, you will meet new people & learn about all the ways to get involved in student organizations at FHSU.
  • Present information and education regarding social issues.
    There are a lot of new freedoms when you move away from home. Temptations like alcohol, drugs, and sex may not have been an issue when you lived at home. How do you respond to these issues now? What about your physical health-and mental health? Do you know where to go at FHSU to stay healthy? During Tiger Impact, we hope to present you with information, resources, and options to make the best decisions for YOU.
  • Provide information regarding academic expectations for college success.
    Is college really different from high school? What will my professors expect of me? You will learn about adjustment to FHSU, time management, work and class balance recommendations, academic policies and academic honesty.
  • Offer information regarding campus resources.
    Coming to college is a transition, and you will need some time to learn the lay of the land. During Tiger Impact, we will introduce you to campus policies & procedures; inform you of office locations; and fill you in on the many services available on campus that can help you to succeed.

The following is an outline of the dates and times to look forward to and add to your calendar:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
8 AM - Noon Living Learning Communities (LLC) & Transfer Network Move-In
2:30 - 3:30 PM LLC Student & Family Welcome Ceremony

Thursday, August 17, 2017
8 AM - Noon General New Student Move-in Day
9 AM - 1 PM LLC Student Orientation Sessions
10 AM - Noon TRANSFERmation Transfer Student Kick-off
12:45 - 2:15 PM Tiger Impact Fall Orientation Weekend Check-in**
2:30 - 3:30 PM Tiger Impact Fall Orientation Weekend Begins:
New Student & Family Induction Ceremony**,

Sheridan Hall Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center
3:30 - 4 PM Family Farewell, Picken Hall Fountain
4:15 - 5:15 PM Residence Halls Meetings**, Residence Halls
5:15 - 6:15 PM New Student Dinner, Custer Hall Lawn
6:30 - 7:15 PM Tiger Impact Small Group Meetings**, The Quad
7:15 - 8:15 PM New Student Pep Rally, Traditions Night & Class Photo**,
Lewis Field Stadium
8:15 - 9:15 PM Playfair**, Lewis Field Stadium
9:15 - 10:30 PM Playfair After Party, Stadium Place Courtyard

Friday, August 18, 2017
8 - 9 AM Breakfast with New Student Networks, McMindes Hall Cafeteria
9:15 - 9:45 AM TGOF March**, meet at Custer Hall Lawn
10 - 10:45 AM Academic Departmental Orientations**, Various locations
11 - 11:30 AM College Cup Rallies, Various locations
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM New Student Lunch, Memorial Union Black & Gold Room and Ballroom
1:30 - 2:30 PM College Cup Competition, Meet at the Memorial Union Patio
2:45 - 3:15 PM Tiger Impact Small Group Meetings**, Memorial Union
3:15 - 4:15 PM Part-Time Job Fair, Memorial Union Black & Gold Room
5 - 7 PM Encounter BBQ, Custer Hall Lawn
7:30 - 9 PM UAB Comedian Andy Erickson,
Sheridan Hall Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center
9 - 11 PM Casino Night, Memorial Union Black & Gold Room and Ballroom

Saturday, August 19, 2017
9:30 - 11:15 AM Big Day Out Orientation Service Project, Memorial Union Sunset Lounge
Noon - 1:30 PM Community Faith & Spirituality Lunch, Frontier Park North
2 - 4 PM Games on the Lawn, Custer Hall Lawn
4:30 - 5 PM Tiger Impact Small Group Meetings**
5 - 6 PM Trolley Around Town, meet at the West side of the Memorial Union
6 - 8 PM Movie Night, Memorial Union
8 -9 PM Nerdology Trivia Game, Memorial Union Cody Commons
9 - 11 PM Silent Disco Dance Party, Agnew & Heather Hall Courtyard

Sunday, August 20, 2017
10 AM - 2 PM Mystery Bus, Meet at McMindes Hall
1:30 - 3 PM Rec'n'Roll, Cunningham Hall
3 - 4:30 PM Class Crawl & Fraternity/Sorority Life Information Fair,
Memorial Union Cody Commons
6 - 7 PM Tiger Impact Orientation Keynote Speaker: Zach Mercurio**,
Sheridan Hall Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center
7 - 8 PM Tiger Impact Small Group Meetings**, the Quad
8 - 8:45 PM Closing Candlelight Ceremony**, West side of Picken Hall
8:45 - 9:45 PM Residence Hall Floor Meetings**, Residence Hall floors

**denotes REQUIRED events

Download the 2017 Tiger Impact Schedule

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