Gearing up for the New Year: STAMPEDE

August 9, 2022

The 2022-2023 academic year is right around the corner! Even though classes begin on Monday, August 29, the campus is alive and busy, preparing on all levels to welcome new and returning students home. Leading up to the start of the semester, the news team will highlight various campus resources to show new students (and remind returning students of) the many ways HSU prepares them for success.

Students after the Beanie Capping ceremony.

STAMPEDE is a week-long orientation for new incoming students.

At STAMPEDE you’ll make lifelong memories, partake in timeless traditions, and transition smoothly into college life. From Paint Wars to Beanie Capping, it’s a week strategically planned to provide students with informative and fun-filled experiences.

Upperclassmen are essential to STAMPEDE’s success. Called “wranglers,” these students are responsible for planning the week, answering any questions, providing advice, and going through the week’s events with their assigned group of freshmen. Courtney Jackson, a wrangler shared, “I’m so excited to be a part of helping students get connected and feel like they belong here!”

STAMPEDE provides a mix of events – from scavenger hunts to familiarize oneself with the campus to seminars with faculty who provide tips for studying and note taking – that empower all students to have the resources needed to succeed and to know where and who to ask for help.

Tips from wranglers for incoming students to enjoy STAMPEDE include:

  • To enjoy Paint Wars, wear an outfit you don’t mind ruining.
  • For the Beanie Capping Ceremony, attend dressed in your Sunday best.
  • Carry a water bottle with you at all times to stay hydrated.
  • You definitely don’t want to miss: Late night on Anderson Lawn (Tuesday), Gilbert Hunt (Wednesday), the Abilene Zoo (Thursday), Paint Wars (Friday), and Beanie Capping with Concert (Saturday).
  • To preview the week’s schedule, click here.

Be sure to check out the campus calendar to stay up-to-date with other events you won’t want to miss!