2021 Big E Welcome Week

Welcome to EKU, Colonels! Classes started Monday, and students had a full schedule over the past few days getting settled in, learning about campus and of course, making new friends and having fun. To kick off the start of the semester, we greeted the Class of 2025 with our traditional Big E Welcome – days of events and activities, such as the Welcome Walk, Powell Palooza, New Student Convocation and the President’s Party. Check out the excitement from the start of the new school year captured by Photographers Carsen Bryant and Tim Webb.

President McFaddin holds the door open for a parent and student moving into dorm

Students moving into campus residence hall

A family walks student with belongings to a residence hall

Students are listening to presenters on stage during Big E Welcome Week

Students, staff, and administration participating in the Big E Welcome Walk

The EKU Marching Band participate in the Big E Welcome Walk

EKU Cheerleaders line the walk during the Big E Welcome Walk

Students stand in signature 'E' formation on football field

Students stand to create a signature 'E' formation on football field

A group of new students pose together showing off their EKU pride

New students participate in a fitness class

Students wearing maroon EKU shirts play basketball

Students walk down stairs at the College Open House event

Students speak to representatives of department during the College Open House event outdoors

A group of students play a game outdoors during the College Open House event

Students play a game on inflatables during the Powell Palooza

Three students pose while sitting on the floor playing a game

A student rides a mechanical bull at the Powell Palooza event

A group of students representing the Student Government Association pose together

A shot from above of the Powell Palooza event at dusk with students walking to various activities

Students sing and play instruments together at the Powell Palooza event

A student wearing a purple poncho dances in the middle of a group of students

Students dance and talk in the rain at the Powell Palooza event at night

EKU President David T. McFaddin speaks at a podium during the Student Convocation

The audience supports a student participating in a basketball Student Convocation activity

Students queue at an ice cream truck at the President's Party event

Four students sitting at a table speak to EKU President David T. McFaddin during the President's Party event

A shot from above of four students walking together on campus walkway

Students shop at the Barnes & Noble EKU Bookstore

A student picks up her free textbooks as a part of the BookSmart program

A student smiles walking to class on the first day of the fall 2021 semester

A student carries BookSmart boxes of free required textbooks on campus

Two students enjoy lunch on the first day of class