Opening Weekend

Two Hesston College students in their dorm room

Welcome to Hesston College

We hope you take the opportunity to learn to know people here, enjoy the activities and help students make this important transition.

Parents, I hope you can take advantage of the special sessions we have planned for you. We pride ourselves on our hospitality, and will be disappointed if we fail to serve you in any way.

If you have any questions, ask any staff or faculty member nearby or stop by the Admissions Office on the second floor of the Alliman Administration Center. Thank you for being here. We hope this is an enjoyable Opening Weekend for you and your family.

Dr. Howard Keim, president

Schedule see below

Bookstore hours

Dining Hall meal times and prices

Admissions Office hours

Snack Shop in the Larks Next hours

Lodging options

Do I need to go?

Events marked with these symbols are required for:

new on-campus studentsNew On-Campus Student

new off-campus studentsNew Off-Campus Student

returning on-campus studentsReturning On-Campus Student

returning off-campus studentsReturning Off-Campus Student

parents of new studentsNew Student Parents

parents of athletesParents of athletes

all parentsAll Parents

Monday, August 12

8:30 a.m. – Dorms open for early arrivers
fall sports athletes (volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and soccer), Bel Canto Singers and aviation students

Wednesday, August 14

9-10 a.m. – Dorms open for JumpStart students
by invitation only

Thursday, August 15

new off-campus students12:30-2:30 p.m. – Orientation for new off-campus students Lambright Hall, Lemons Center
all off-campus students2-4 p.m. – Check in and registration for off-campus students and resident assistants Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
6-7:30 p.m. – Dorms open for Shakers and Movers

Friday, August 16

all on-campus students8:30 a.m.-noon – Dorms open
Start at tents outside of Erb Hall and Kauffman Court.
all on-campus students8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Check in and registration for on-campus students Community Center, HMC
11 a.m. Campus tour
Meet in Hesston Mennonite Church foyer.
parents of new students1 to 1:45 p.m. Reception for “New to Hesston” parents Room 109, Northlawn
Reception for parents new to the Hesston Experience. President Keim will give an introduction to Hesston College and answer your questions.
new on-campus students1 to 2 p.m. New on-campus Student Life orientation Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
2 to 2:45 p.m. Alumni Legacy Parent Reception Lobby, Smith Center
Hear about alumni events for the year and meet other alumni parents.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Athletic orientation for freshmen/first-year winter/spring athletes & parents Room 150, Kropf Center
6:30 to 7 p.m. President’s Scholars Reception (by invitation) Room 119, Smith Center
Come and go reception for President’s Scholars and their parents or spouse. Brief presentation by President Keim at 6:45.
all students7:30 p.m. Opening Celebration Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
This is the first campus community event for the new school year. All students and their families, faculty and staff will gather to share hopes and dreams and to ask for God’s blessing and guidance. Afterward, everyone is invited to the dining hall in Bontrager Student Center for an ice cream social.
9 p.m. Ice cream social Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center

Saturday, August 17

all on-campus students7:45 to 8:15 a.m. Breakfast for all on-campus students Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
all on-campus students8:30 to 10:30 a.m. On-campus Academic orientation Community Center, Hesston Mennonite Church
all parents8:30 to 10:15 a.m. Complimentary Parents’ Breakfast & orientation Dining Hall, Bontrager Student Center
Meet Hesston College President Howard Keim. Student Life staff will review student schedules, policies and expectations, followed by a question-and-answer time. Attendance is strongly encouraged.
parents of new students10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Academic life parent orientation Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
11 a.m. to noon Performing Arts open house Room 109, Northlawn
A come and go event for students and parents wanting to learn what the music and theatre departments offer. Free gift for performing arts auditions sign up.
new on-campus students12:45 to 3 p.m. First-Year Seminar orientation for all new students enrolled in FYS Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
5 p.m. Women’s soccer scrimmage location change – Fischer Field, Athletic Park, Newtondirections
6 p.m. Volleyball vs. alumni scrimmage Yost Center
7:30 p.m. Men’s soccer intra-squad game location change – Fischer Field, Athletic Park, Newtondirections

Sunday, August 18

10:30 a.m. Opening worship service Sanctuary, Hesston Mennonite Church
1:30 p.m. Parent/student goodbyes Larks Nest Patio
new on-campus students2 to 3:30 p.m. New student games Soccer Field
all on-campus students6 to 6:45 p.m. Campus picnic for students, faculty and staff location change – Campus Activities Center
Off-campus students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to join on-campus students for an evening of food, fellowship and fun. Reservations required by Friday, Aug. 9. Call 620-327-8178. Cost for off-campus students and their family members is $8.75 per person.
7 p.m. Mod Olympics location change – Yost Center