Jewhawk Day allowed Jewish high school juniors and seniors interested in KU, to get the experience of college life and see how great KU can be for a Jewish student, socially and academically.
“Jewhawk Day was such an amazing experience, not only to tour around KU, but to also reconnect with my Jewish friends,” said Emily Reuben, a junior at Blue Valley North high school. “I really enjoyed being a part of such a great community and I cannot wait to go to school at KU in two years and be a part of it myself!”
The day began at Allen Fieldhouse with a welcome from representatives from the Office of Admissions at KU as well as Dr. Tim Caboni, the Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs at the University. The group then walked over to Naismith Residence Hall for lunch and tours of the facility.
The rest of the day was spent with current KU students. Jewhawk Day participants were broken into different groups and KU Hillel’s student leaders gave campus tours ending at the Kansas Union where student-led panels were created on topics such as Jewish Greek life at KU, the KU Honors Program, the Jewish Studies Department and Admissions.
More than twenty KU Hillel student leaders were involved in the planning process of Jewhawk Day. “Planning Jewhawk Day was such an amazing experience,” said Leah Swartz, KU Senior. “Being able to showcase how great KU is, not just as a university, but also as a destination school for thriving Jewish life was very rewarding.”
The day concluded with Rock Chalk Shabbat, KU Hillel’s signature event. With over 550 students, alumni, community members and families in attendance, Jewhawk Day participants were able to see first hand what Jewish life at KU is really like.
Jewhawk Day has become an annual event at KU that will continue in the coming years. Next year, Hillel hopes to reach out to more out-of-state students and expand its reach to prospective students.