2014 New Student Days Schedule


Event Date Location
New Student Convocation Sunday, August 17, 2014 @ 2:30 PM Grand Hall, EKU Center for the Arts
President's Picnic Sunday, August 17, 2014 Immediately following Convocation EKU Center for the Arts Grounds
Hypnotic Intoxication Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 7:00 PM Grand Hall, EKU Center for the Arts
Funny Money Thursday, August 28, 2014 @ 7:00 PM Grand Hall, EKU Center for the Arts
The Hook Up Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ 7:00 PM O'DonnellAuditorium, Whitlock Building
Football Home Opener Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 6:00 PM Roy Kidd Stadium
C.L. Lindsay Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 7:00 PM O'Donnell Auditorium, Whitlock Building
City Fest Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 5:30 - 8:00 PM  Powell Plaza
The Muslims are Coming Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 7:00 PM O'Donnell Auditorium, Whitlock Building
EKU Reads Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7:30 PM Brock Auditorium, Coates Building



New Student Convocation

Convocation is a large, formal gathering of the members of the university community.  Full of tradition, convocation provides a formal welcoming to the University. During the ceremony, the President, Provost and staff are dressed in academic regalia, and the University Mace is carried in and students take the Academic Integrity Pledge. New Student Convocation is designed to help celebrate the start of a new chapter in your life…COLLEGE! Graduation is what you’ll strive for; convocation will tell you how to get there! Attend and meet the college administrators who will help you write the script for your future. Commuters: You can park in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. For parking info click here. For those needing ASL interpreter services, please sit on House Right to have the best vantage point.

Immediately following Convocation, join us for a FREE concert sponsored by EKU Center for the Arts: MOUNTAIN HEART will be performing all of their greatest hits including, "Whipping Post" and "The Road that Never Ends".

Mountain Heart’s musical virtuosity, unmatched energy, and distinctive sound have made them one of the most unforgettable stage shows performing today. Having appeared at the Grand Ole Opry over 100 times and toured with acts including Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Jones, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, and LeAnn Rimes, Mountain Heart continues to lead the charge in taking acoustic music to the masses. They deftly combine elements of rock, jam band, country, blues, and bluegrass into a high-energy sound that is at once fresh, accessible, and utterly unmistakable. Mountain Heart, or its members have won or been nominated for multiple Grammys, ACM, CMA and IBMA awards and have appeard on the Grand Ole Opry stage over 130 times, so if you haven't yet experienced their amazing blend of folk, bluegrass, country and rock this is your chance! Sponsored by Meijer with additional sponsorship support by Barnes and Noble.

President's Picnic

President Benson invites you to attend the annual President’s Picnic on Sunday, August 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the EKU Center for the Arts grounds. Enjoy free food, receive a gift and have an opportunity to meet the President, EKU faculty and staff members. There will be fun games, information stations and other activities for everyone in the family so don't miss this chance to celebrate the beginning of your EKU career!

Some participating groups include:

  • Student Outreach and Transfer Office (SOTO): Transfer & Non-Traditional Students, Student Government: Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Council (SAC), & Residence Life Council (RLC),
  • Greek Life: Pan Hellenic Council (PH), Interfraternity Council (IFC) and National PanHellenic Council (NPHC),
  • Multicultural Center, and more!

Move-In Mania

Move-In Mania is a weekend full of events for first year students living on campus where they can connect and get to know each other before the rest of the students arrive on campus. Friday and Saturday will be filled with great activities to introduce you to campus and other new students just like you. For more information or to get registered for Move-In Mania, please call Housing at 859-622-1515.

Hypnotic Intoxication

Hypnotic Intoxication is one of the most popular New Student Days sessions! Come join presenter Keith Karkut in his virtual party! His presentation will enlighten you on the importance of good decision making and close with a powerful motivational message to help you realize who you really are, what your future holds and how to set your destiny! Commuters: You can park in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. For parking info click here. For those needing ASL interpreter services, please sit on House Right to have the best vantage point.

Funny MoneyJames Cunningham Photo

James Cunningham’s award winning “Fun”-ancial seminar “Funny Money” is radically changing the lives of fiscally challenged students everywhere. While being extremely informative about REAL money issues, this program will also have you laughing …all the way to the bank! Combining comedy and audience participation with an exciting multimedia presentation, James teaches the essential skills in earning, spending and saving money properly. He first guides you to financial stability and then takes you to the next level of achieving great wealth and prosperity. Commuters: You can park in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. For parking info click here. For those needing ASL interpreter services, please sit on House Right to have the best vantage point.

The Hook-Up

The Hook-Up engages audiences in a facilitated discussion about hooking-up, sexual assault and bystander intervention. The Hook-Up begins with a discussion on how gender stereotypes contribute to rape culture and harm survivors. Next, the program unpacks the practice of hooking-up, and identifies the differences between a healthy hook-up, a regretted hook-up and a sexual assault. The program explores the research of Dr. David Lasik and examines how perpetrators’ modus operandi is often masked by the norms of contemporary hook-up culture. This discussion is critical because it provides the opportunity to break through the myth that rape is really just a regretted sexual experience. When we can discuss what healthy, consensual sex looks like in contrast to the methods perpetrators use, there is no confusion between healthy sex and rape. Finally, the program closes using the information we have learned about perpetrators’ motives and behaviors in order to devise successful bystander intervention strategies, and decrease out community’s tolerance for sexual predation. Come on out for The Hook Up.

Football Home Opener against Morehead StateFootball Helmet

Join your classmates and Colonels of all ages to kick off the home football season. Free T-shirts, special seating block, concessions, and more promise to ignite Colonel Pride for this season and for years to come.

C.L. Lindsay

C.L. is a nationally recognized expert and leader in the field of student rights and academic freedom. C.L. Lindsay, III, left his practice in New York City to found the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR). In his presentation he will be discussing how to stay Computing and the Law Lecturesafe on social media sites, underage drinking, privacy, cyber bullying, how party laws, and many other issues every college student faces.

C.L. Lindsay is the country’s foremost authority on Higher Education Law. He literally wrote the book on legal problems in higher eduction. The College Student’s Guide to the Law has become the definitive authority–used by students, university counsel and nationwide as a textbook for masters and law courses. alcohollaw

But, what defines C.L. isn’t his knowledge. it’s his uncanny ability to make legal concepts not only understandable, but outright hilarious. In fact, the movie rights to his book were recently purchased by Steve Carrell to be developed into a motion picture—something that’s unheard of for a non-fiction, legal reference. In the last six years CL has made more than 800 appearances at colleges from Coast to Coast. Come out to this New Student Days event and you’ll see why he has become one of the most popular speakers in the country.

Involvement Fair and City Fest

Local businesses, community groups and EKU departments will showcase their products and services. Learn about local resources, EKU student organizations and how you can get involved on campus and in the community.

The Muslims are Coming!

Get your Muslim on…The Muslims are Coming! Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah lead an all-star Muslim comedy performing in big cities, small towns, liberal enclaves, conservative hotbeds, rural and everything in between to explore the issue of Islamophobia. Watch them onstage as they hilariously challenge racial, gender and religious stereotypes in this docu-comedy.

EKU Reads Keynote Presentation with author William Powers

Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us. Do they impose a burden, hinder our ability to focus or our relationships? From Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, Powers will challenge you to rethink your digital life.

Widely praised for its insights on the digital future, the book grew out of research he did as a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. It has been selected as the Common Read at a number of colleges and universities, and published in many other countries and languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Russian.

Powers is a two-time winner of the National Press Club’s Rowse Award for best American media commentary. For more information, please click here.

An ASL interpreter will be provided for those in need of this service.


Check back later for more details on these and other fun events!

Curtain Divider

Also please see these Student Registered Organization Events:

  • Rec the Ravine

August 17, @ 5:00 pm-8:00 pm in the Ravine.  Rec the Ravine is a recreational lifestyle event put on by Campus Recreation the first Thursday of the fall semester.  This event is a one of a kind opportunity for the EKU community to come out and enjoy three hours of friends, food, and fun!  The event features fun activities by Adventure Programs, Fitness, Health Education, and Intramurals and Sports Clubs. Additional details for the event (so far) can be found at this site (http://campusrec.eku.edu/rec-ravine-0).

  • Plaza Palooza

August 17, 2014 @ 7:00 PM  Come joing Cru for free food, free Ale-8, awesome games, and lots of new friends! Life size Jenga? 50-foot banana split? Just listen for the music in Powell Plaza to find us. Check us out at www.CruatEKU.com or on Facebook at EKU Cru!   

  • Fresh Cru

August 18, 2014 @ 7:30 PM Come join us at 8:28 in O'Donnell Auditorium (Whitlock Building) where you'll meet other new students, connect with God, and enjoy lots of free Zaxby's and Pizza! Check us out at www.CruatEKU.com or on Facebook at EKU Cru!

  • SAC Movie Night

September 12, 2014 @ 8:00 PM Come join us for a showing of Maleficent in O'Donnell Hall of the Whitlock Building. If you can't make that one, we will also be showing Divergent at 10 PM, same location. Come for both or just for one. Admission is free and popcorn will be provided! Sponsored by the Student Activites Council.

  • The Freshmen Academy Fall Conference

September 19, 2014 @ 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM The Freshman Academy is an interactive learning experience that promotes the retention of all students, with particular focus on minority students. All conference attendees will receive free t-shirts and magnets/EKU flash drive, and will be registered to win one of ten $250.00 Book Scholarships valid for Spring 2015. Students must be present to win.
 For more information contact Dr. Salome Nnoromele, Miller 110, 859-622-8676.