24 Things Every Panther Should Do in their First Year at HPU

May 23rd, 2021

24 Things Every Panther Should Do in their First Year at HPU


You’ve moved in, your parents went back home, and classes are underway. Your HPU career has officially begun! In honor of 1924 – the year HPU was founded – we’ve compiled a bucket list for you to take on this year. Here are 24 things every Panther should do in their first year at HPU:


1. Discover your favorite Passport Partner

Nearly 100 local businesses accept the HPU Passport card as payment. From restaurants and retail stores to gas stations and more, you can easily find a place for you.


Athletics Div 1 Basketball2. Cheer on the Panthers at a sporting event

HPU has 16 NCAA Division I teams, 34 club sports and multiple intramural sports. Entry to any on-campus sporting event is free for all students with a Valid Passport Card. The Athletics Calendar can be found here.


3. Run your hands under the fountain in Hayworth Park for good luck

It is a tradition during the first week of class for all new students to walk behind the waterfall at the Hoffman Amphitheater in David Hayworth Park. This tradition serves as a symbol of good luck for both academic and personal success at HPU.


4. Attend a Campus Activities Team (CAT) event or movie in the Extraordinaire Cinema

The Office of Student Engagement plans a calendar jam-packed with fun, exciting and complimentary opportunities. Every week, you can enjoy movies in the Extraordinaire Cinema  or Campus Activities Team (CAT) events such as axe throwing or karaoke, and venture trips off campus to different places in the surrounding community. You can also find out about additional upcoming events through the HPU Connect platform.


5. Get to know your RA

Each residence hall/floor has a Resident Assistant (RA): an upperclassman who has been carefully selected and trained to serve as a role model, peer helper, and information provider for their residents. RAs run hall programs to support their residential community and serve as a liaison between residents and the Student Life staff.


6. Enjoy fellowship with friends at food truck events

HPU often brings in a variety of local food trucks from the community to share complimentary cuisine with students. From BBQ, to tacos and more, enjoy these special meals on wheels with your friends!


Derby Day Corn7. Eat the roasted corn on Derby Day and Earth Day

Derby Day is a field day-style event held in the fall where food, fun and games are offered on the Gene and Jane Kester International Promenade. You can enjoy roasted corn, tug-of-war, volleyball, water slides, obstacle courses and much more. Earth Day is a celebration that welcomes local vendors and organizations to share fresh and sustainable food, information about local wildlife including a petting zoo, and other environmentally friendly practices. Both foster outdoor events where students can enjoy HPU’s inspiring campus, beautiful North Carolina weather and fellowship with their classmates.


8. Visit a professor during office hours

Your professors are here to help you. Whether you need some mentoring in a class or simply want life or career advice, professors have an open-door policy during their office hours. If you don’t understand something, ask.


International Student Concourse - trivia9. Plan a group project meeting at the Cottrell airplane

The International Student Concourse in Cottrell Hall is the setting of an international airport, complete with airplane seating, built-in power outlets and overhead storage. It’s the perfect place to connect and collaborate with classmates.


10. Engage in HPU’s Religious Life Offerings

Students of many traditions foster their faith at HPU, and the Chapel and Religious Life Office is here to support and encourage them.

The Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel, home to the university’s weekly worship services and community events throughout the year, is a symbol of HPU’s Methodist heritage and hospitality for people of all traditions. Worship services are held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Hayworth Chapel. Each worship service strives to provide inspirational space and a message that aids all who attend in the ongoing work of self and social transformation. Rev. Davis preaches at each service, unless otherwise stated, and the Board of Stewards, composed entirely of students, oversee the services’ liturgies.

HPU’s Catholic Campus Ministry hosts Catholic Mass on Sundays at 6 p.m. The organization also offers weekly activities and semester retreats.

Through HPU’s Hillel, Jewish students find a campus faith community. The organization hosts celebrations for all major Jewish holidays, including a Hanukkah dinner at 1924 Prime and a Passover Seder dinner, as well as activities such as challah making and the traditional decoration of the sukkah.

Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other faiths utilize the Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Space in the Chapel, and the Interfaith Dinner Club brings students of all walks of life together to learn from each other and hosts events such as the annual Iftar.

11. Sign your community agreement

Shortly after moving in, each residential community will meet to create a community agreement – a living document that guides how members of the community will interact with each other, learn from shared experiences, and confront issues before they balloon into larger problems. These community-defined frameworks include clear statements of the values for the community and also provide a pathway to address issues as they arise.


12. Check out a book or video from Smith Library

The 24/7 Herman H. and Louise M. Smith Library is the main library and holds the majority of HPU’s book collection. Need to read up on a subject? There are 250,000 physical volumes in the stacks, 350,000 eBooks and streaming content, and more available through interlibrary loan. HPU librarians are on-site 24/7 and can offer an abundance of resources to help you excel.


Pictured from left to right, are club member Jennifer Pascale, Prowler and Barker.13. Take a picture with Prowler

Prowler, the HPU panther mascot, is frequently spotted at athletic games, community gatherings and other events on campus and in the community.


14. Enhance your career preparation at 1924 Prime or Alo

While some colleges provide an etiquette class during a student’s senior year, HPU provides students with four years of career preparation inside 1924 PRIME and Alo, HPU’s fine-dining learning labs. Here, students practice their interview and etiquette skills over weekly dinner beginning their freshman year. In addition, they’re exposed to a wide variety of cultural cuisines and traditions. Each month, a different region or country’s cuisine is highlighted through HPU’s Cuisine & Culture Series. Along with distinct international fares, faculty and guest speakers host forums that offer students opportunities to learn about the cultural focus of the month.


15. Have a Panther Chat with your RA

Panther Chats are one-on-one conversations between Resident Assistants and residents that allow students to actively reflect on their experience at HPU. It’ll help you build a relationship with your RA, identify things that are going well, identify problem areas and work toward resolution or referral to campus resources.


16. Find your favorite study spot on campus

There are tons of places to study, read and write on campus. Some of the most popular locations include Smith Library, Cottrell Hall, the Qubein School of Communication, the Wanek Center and Slane.


17. Wear purple on Friday

Each week HPU students, faculty, staff and many local businesses take part in Purple Friday to bring our community together, unified in purple. You can wear a purple shirt, dress, scarf, necklace, tie, shoes or hat! Be creative and show us how you partake in Purple Friday by using the hashtag #HPUPurpleFriday.


Campus Concierge18. Sign up for an event at Campus Concierge

HPU’s Campus Concierge team provides a single source of knowledge for all campus and community information. Concierge keeps campus connected and informed through scheduling for academic tutoring, distributing tickets for community enrichment events and more. A daily email from Concierge includes information about upcoming events and initiatives on campus.


19. Share lunch with your Success Coach

As a freshman, your Success Coach serves as an academic advisor, life coach, university liaison and activities coordinator. They can help you register for classes, guide the process of transitioning to college life, and connect you with clubs, intramural sports and other campus activities, as well as with other faculty and staff mentors.


20. Don’t be a bystander

If you see something, say something. Assume personal responsibility. Don’t assume that someone else will do it for you. The LiveSafe mobile app empowers students to easily contact HPU Security to request assistance or report safety concerns. The app also features a variety of useful campus and emergency preparedness information.


HPU Rec Slane Basketball Court21. Get involved with HPU REC

Across campus, HPU REC has five outdoor heated pools each including a 16-person Jacuzzi; nine fitness facilities; three outdoor basketball courts; and four beach volleyball courts. Group exercise classes like yoga, spinning, Zumba and a 5-week Boot Camp offer an array of fitness activities. Bocce ball, corn hole, ladder golf, bicycles, trikkes and a tandem bike are also available.


22. Explore global opportunities with Global Education

As part of HPU’s general education curriculum, you must take at least one Global Studies course. If you study abroad, the Global Studies requirement is waived automatically. Whether you participate in a year, semester, Maymester or summer abroad, the Office of  Global Education is here to make your international education a reality.


23. Eat at each of the dining locations on campus

Whatever it is that you’re looking for, from a home cooked meal to a late night snack, more than 16 dining options on campus have got you covered. As a testimony to the fantastic dining services on campus, the Princeton Review Best 385 Colleges ranked HPU in its list of top 20 for best campus food.


24. Visit Career and Professional Development to explore options for majors and careers

Career development begins when you arrive on campus as a freshman and continues throughout your time at HPU. Through one-on-one advising sessions, a dedicated team of career advisors in Career & Professional Development will help you identify interests and strengths, and offer powerful tools and resources to assist in your journey toward a fulfilling career path. Schedule an appointment with an advisor and start your career development today.