New Jayhawks Arrive on Campus

Aug. 21, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 2009-10 school year officially kicked off on Monday, August 17, as 130 new Jayhawks came together for the new student-athlete orientation. Every incoming freshman and transfer to the University of Kansas met with Mike Harrity, Assistant Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Development and Community Relations.

Instead of the typical orientation process of the past, new student-athletes were shown videos to demonstrate some of the do’s and don’ts of campus life, class etiquette, and general academia.

Over a pizza dinner, new Jayhawks asked questions and had the opportunity to meet their fellow student-athletes on other teams. For many, the orientation process was also an opportunity to meet some of the staff members they will be working with over the course of their college careers.

After the end of the orientation session, student-athletes were bused to Memorial Stadium, where they participated in the annual Traditions Night ceremony. At traditions night, student-athletes as well as the entire class of 2013 were taught how to ‘wave the wheat’, do the ‘rock chalk chant’, sing the alma mater, and were introduced to incoming KU Chancellor Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little.

Catherina Jarmoc, a freshmen volleyball player from Calgary, Alberta, Canada was able to meet student-athletes outside of her team for the first time. “It was great to finally be able to meet people from the other teams,” Jarmoc said. “There are so many people from all over. It was awesome to get to know all of them. The upperclassmen have said so much about the traditions here; learning about all of the traditions made me feel like I finally belong!”

The first Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting of the 2009-10 school year will be in Hadl auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, August 24. All current student-athletes are invited and encouraged to attend.

Videos shown during the new student-athlete orientation: