Bear Essentials

August 30, 2023

Female student at a podium, speaking into a microphone at a recent Unity Day Rally.  A sign nearby reads "The Golden Bear Rule"

Unity Day

KU will celebrate Unity Day at 11 a.m., Thu. Aug. 31, at Schaeffer Lawn. Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, university president, along with university leaders, representatives from the student body, the community and other campus officials will give remarks celebrating KU's diversity and sense of belonging to the Golden Bear community.

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Extended hours - Several offices will offer extended hours in the first week of the semester.

  • Financial Aid (Aug. 30-31, open until 5:30 p.m.)
  • Registrar (Aug. 30-31, open until 5:30 p.m.)
  • KU Card (Aug. 30-31, open until 5:30 p.m.)
  • Student Accounts (Aug. 30-31, open until 5:30 p.m.)
  • Transportation (Aug. 30-31, open until 5:30 p.m.)

Download a Student Success Calendar - Track assignments and highlight successes.

Request a Tutor - Tutoring requests can now be submitted through Starfish. Please visit the Tutoring Services website for instructions on how to submit your request.

Join KU's Award-Winning Radio Station KUR - Are you looking for an award-winning campus organization to join, where you will learn radio in a fun and inclusive environment? Email .

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Back to School Supply Drive - Through Sept. 15. Collecting essential back to school supplies for the Opportunity House in Reading.  Three drop-off locations: Multicultural Center lobby, Stratton lobby, MSU information desk. Monetary donations accepted at

Call for Proposals: Gender & Sexual Minorities Presentations - Submit proposals to present at LGBTQ+ Gender & Sexual Minorities Conference on engage page by Sept. 159/15. Date of Conference: Oct. 6. Details on Engage.

Free KU Football Tickets - Use your KU login, create an account and access student only events, discounted KU Presents! tickets, and a FREE TICKET to each regular season home KU football game!

Employee of the Month - Now is the time to submit your nominations for the August 2023 Employee of the Month.


Welcome Week - Check out the Fall 2023 Welcome Week Schedule. Activities are planned throughout the next week and beyond. Don't miss the fun!

Wed. Aug. 30

Welcome Week Stay Hydrated - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rohrbach Library.  Enter to win a sustainability basket.

Mid-Week Magic with Michael Misko - 7-9 p.m., MSU 218. You won't believe your eyes as magician Michael Misko takes the stage. This self-proclaimed "Magician. Comedian. Cracker of Wise" will amaze and entertain!

Thu. Aug. 31

Unity Rally - Join your fellow Golden Bears to celebrate our diversity and belonging at KU! 11 a.m. Schaeffer Lawn. (Rain location: MSU 218)

Community Link Fair - 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Schaeffer Lawn.  Visit with local business, non-profits and places of worship.

Senior Kickoff - 3 p.m. Receive info to successfully find employment walk away with the knowledge, resources and enthusiasm to finish strong at KU! Via Zoom.

Welcome Week Stay Hydrated - 3-4:30 p.m. Recreation Center.  Enter to win a sustainability basket.

Transition from High School to College - Academic Forum 203, 11 a.m. High school and college are very different. Learn how to balance classes, activities and anything else college throws at you.

Field Hockey vs. New Haven - 3 p.m. Andre Reed Stadium. (Live Stats | Live Video)

Fri. Sept. 1

College Colors Day - Show your support and wear your Golden Bear Maroon and Gold Friday. Need some gear? Save 25% on apparel and gift while supplies last at the KU Campus Store, excludes other sales and promotions.

Mon. Sept. 4

Labor Day - No classes, university offices closed.

Tue. Sept. 5

Doodle Day - Stop by and doodle with us. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. outside Sharadin and Student Union Building. First 200 get a felt marker and a pad.  Rain Date: Sept. 12.

Plan for Success: Syllabus Mapping 101 - Come to Academic Forum 203 at 11 a.m. for expert help on how to plan for each of your classes based off its syllabus.

10th Annual Reading Fightin' Phils LGBT Pride Night - 6:45 p.m. gametime. FREE tickets at Boxwood House or MSU Info Desk. 5:30 p.m. bus departure at MSU parking lot. Register for bus on Engage, limited seats on bus.

Coffee, Cookies & Careers - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Come out for free coffee and cookies and meet the staff of the Career Development Center. Alumni Plaza, near the water fountain. Win prizes!

First FMLA Meeting - 11 a.m. at Boxwood House. The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) meets weekly in the Boxwood House at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

It's On Us: First Weekly Meeting - 5 p.m. at Boxwood House. Join the It's On Us Club for the first general weekly meeting of the semester.

Ticket Sales for Washington, D.C. Day Trip - Trip is scheduled for Sept. 24. Ticket sales begin Sept. 5.

Volleyball vs. Chestnut Hill - 7 p.m., Keystone Hall (Live VideoLive Stats)

Wed. Sept. 6

Chill Out at the Boxwood Bash Open House Event - 3-6 p.m. Learn about our services, resources, programs and clubs at the Women's Center and LGBTQ+ Center. Kona Ice truck, music, food, games and giveaways.

Coffee, Cookies, Chex Mix and Careers - Noon-2 p.m. Come out for free coffee and food and meet the staff of the Career Development Center. Win prizes! Alumni Plaza near water fountain!

Senior Kick Off - 3 p.m. or 7 p.m. Receive info to successfully find employment walk away with the knowledge, resources and enthusiasm to finish strong at KU! Via Zoom.

Health & Wellness Center Open House - 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Beck Hall, 1st floor. Students and staff are invited to enjoy light refreshments, tour our facility and chat with health care staff.  Also Sept. 7.