Rock Chalk, Welcome Back!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Whether you’re returning KU for another exciting year or a first-year Jayhawk arriving in Lawrence for the time, welcome (back) to campus! Several events are planned at the School of Engineering and the university level to greet students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Here’s a quick rundown:

Welcome Back Events

Hawkweek Activities 

August 17-27, Various Locations Campuswide

Incoming freshmen can take part in dozens of activities throughout the week that will familiarize them with the KU campus, KU traditions, their class schedules, the libraries and their new classmates.  

Engineers Rock the Block 

Saturday, August 19 – 2 p.m.-3p.m., LEEP2 & Engineering Courtyard

Engineers Rock the Block is a welcome event, primarily aimed at first year students, though all engineering students are welcome to attend. There will be lawn games, music and light refreshments.

Engineering Academic Welcome

Sunday, August 20 -- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., LEEP2 McClendon Atrium

The Engineering Academic Welcome provides an opportunity for incoming students to tour the School of Engineering, see various labs, research projects and to meet student groups. 

Diversity Programs Welcome

Wednesday, August 30 – 6 p.m., LEEP2 McClendon Atrium

Diversity Programs welcome is set for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 30 in the LEEP2 McClendon Atrium. This event provides a chance for students to learn more about minority and women engineering organizations – such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Students can also meet the new director of the program, Andrew Williams, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Food will be provided.

SWE Evening with Industry

Tuesday, September 19 -- 6 p.m to 8 p.m., Kansas Union Ballroom

Evening With Industry is an annual dinner held the night before the fall Engineering and Computing Career Fair. It is a great networking opportunity for students and employers to visit prior to the career fair. Engineering and computing students get an exclusive opportunity to interact with prospective employers. Pre-registration and payment must be made in advance. The cost is $15 per person and registration is open to all engineering students. The Keynote Speaker is Tirzah Gregory, Bridge Group Director at HNTB.

Fall Engineering & Computing Career Fair

Wednesday, Sept. 20 --  noon to 5 p.m., Kansas Union, 5th and 6th floors

Employers and KU students can make career connections and explore job and internship possibilities. Students should dress professionally and research employers of interest. Coordinated by Engineering Career Center.

Engineering Open House 

8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, September 30 in LEEP2

The Engineering Open House is an opportunity for prospective undergraduate students and their families to explore the KU School of Engineering. There will be departmental information sessions that explore our degree programs and career opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to explore our state-of-the-art research labs and facilities through tours led by Engineering Student Ambassadors. We hope this event will help you understand what makes the KU School of Engineering unique!


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