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Volunteers Needed to Welcome Students on 1st Day of Classes

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Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 11, 2020) University of Kentucky Student Transitions and Family Programs office is seeking volunteers to assist with events welcoming students back to campus. Student success is a primary goal at the University of Kentucky, and making students feel welcome is an important part of that process.

UK staff and faculty can play a central role in that effort by volunteering for activities that kick off the fall semester.

SUPER START 

Super Start provides the opportunity to welcome students and assist them by answering their questions and providing directions to classes and other campus locations.

  • Super Start will take place during the first two days of classes, Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17 and 18. There will be three information tables located (1) near the Gatton Student Center; (2) near White Hall Classroom Building; and (3) near William T. Young Library.
  • The tables will be in operation from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
  • Volunteers are needed to staff these information tables and provide directions to students. 
  • Sign up by entering your name and selecting the time(s) you could work; then click “Save.” After two people are set for a given slot, it will be closed and unavailable. Please email KWeek@lsv.uky.edu if you have any difficulty.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS

  • On Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the UK Parent and Family Association will be taking first day of school photos for students near William T. Young Library. Volunteers are needed to assist their staff with greeting students, encouraging physical distancing in line, and answering questions. The sign-up link for this fun annual tradition is https://doodle.com/poll/6g2e5frah4itcrcd.
  • Sign up by entering your name and selecting the time(s) you could work; then click “Save.” After two people are set for a given slot, it will be closed and unavailable. Please email parents@uky.edu if you have any difficulty.

Please note that masks will be required, and physical distancing protocols will be in place. 

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