Hillcamp the next level

August 12-15, 2020
RSU Claremore Campus

Important: Please check-in at Residential Life.

Enter the Jungle

Hillcamp is four-day orientation held before classes in August. Planned and produced for students by students, this event is designed to help new students prepare for their college experience and give them the tools to be successful in college.

Held on the beautiful Rogers State University Claremore campus, Hillcamp is the best way to start building relationships and getting plugged in to your new life as a Hillcat. While attending Hillcamp, you will meet fellow new Hillcats, current students, faculty and staff in a fun, success-oriented environment.

Please Note: Students living off campus will need to determine their living arrangements prior to Hillcamp. Hillcamp will provide everything else for students living off campus. Due to COVID-19 commuters will not be allowed to stay on campus.

Benefits of Attending Hillcamp

students under the gold dome“I am extremely quiet and nervous. Hillcamp was scary at first with so many people, but it helped me realize that everyone at RSU, including newbies, wants to make it feel like home.”

Attending Hillcamp at RSU will help you make a successful transition from high school to college. If you are transferring from a previous college, Hillcamp will help you transition seamlessly to university life at RSU.

Here a just a few of the benefits that Hillcamp offers:

  • On-campus housing move-in if applicable
  • Establish connections with faculty and staff
  • Develop a strong sense of school spirit and what it means to be a Hillcat
  • Learn about the expectations of academic and social life on campus
  • Get to know other students
  • Learn your way around campus
  • Find out about important dates and events
  • Learn about all the different activities and organizations on campus and in the community
  • Learn how to financially survive
  • Get real information from current students
  • Find out about what services are offered from different departments across campus
  • Become the newest member of the #HillcatNation

group of students talking“Hillcamp was such an amazing experience! I had a lot of fun and met some awesome people!”

What to Bring

The following items are some suggestions of what you should bring with you to Hillcamp.

  • Hand sanitizer and masks/face shields
  • Shorts, T-shirts, Jeans, Extra change of clothes
  • Socks and Tennis Shoes (closed toed shoes are required for some activities)
  • Raincoat and Umbrella (weather dependent)
  • Sunscreen, Bug Repellent and Water Bottle for outdoor activities

Schedule Events

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Move-In See important move-in information and FAQs at rsu.edu/move-in.
1:00 pm Academic Enrichment Lunch with Dr. Ford  
5:00 – 5:45 pm Meal Shift A  
5:45 – 6:30 pm Meal Shift B  
6:30 – 7:15 pm Small Groups  
7:30 – 9:15 pm Soft Welcome  
9:15 – 10:00 pm Ice Cream Social Take-out  
Thursday, August 13, 2020
8:00 am – 9:00 am Non-Resident Check-In  
8:00 am – 8:30 am Meal Shift A  
8:30 am – 9:00 am Meal Shift B  
9:00 am – 9:30 am Hillcamp Kick-Off  
9:30 am First Year Experience
Presenter: Tracey Emmons, First-Year & Transfer Experience Director
How can you make freshman year at Rogers State University the best it can be? RSU First Year Experience will help you with that! From academic success to campus involvement to WHERE DO I EAT – we are here to answer your questions! 
10:30 am – 11:00 am Small Groups  
11:00 am Distraction Awareness Session
Presenter: Elizabeth Gordon, Educational Opportunity Center
Let’s face it, technology is woven into the fabric of our lives. As RSU students, you will learn to be intentional with your time and perhaps regain happy, healthy, and productive lives. Distraction Awareness will assist students to develop an awareness of the escalating issue of distraction addiction within our society. We will explore the benefits and adverse effects of technology usage, as well as practices to minimize the potential collateral damage.
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Meal Shift A  
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Meal Shift B  
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Small Group Activity (Team Ts)  
2:30 pm Student Development Session
Presenter: Paul Eicher, Director of Student Development & Title IX Coordinator
Why are you going to college? What do you hope to get out of this experience? This presentation will explore the college experience from a student development perspective. Students will be introduced to concepts and theories related to motivation, learning, and personal growth. The primary goal of the presentation is to help students develop the awareness and confidence to become a self-regulated learners and take ownership of their education.
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Small Groups  
3:30 pm Leadership is a Process, Not a Position
Presenter: Curtis Sparling, Professor, Department of Technology & Justice Studies
This discussion will include an evaluation of required skills for developing oneself as a leader as well as how leadership myths and personal perceptions and/or preconceived notions of others may truncate this development. It will also define leaders and followers in differing situations and describe learning to learn from experiences. Finally, a comparison of management and leadership will be presented in relation to the distinct differences of accountability and responsibility.
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Small Group Activity (Rockets)  
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Meal Shift A  
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Meal Shift B  
6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Small Groups  
7:15 pm – 9:15 pm Laser Tag  
9:15 pm – 10:00 pm Ice Cream Social Take-Out  
Friday, August 14, 2020
8:15 am – 9:15 am Small Groups Photo & Breakfast  
9:15 am – 11:30 am Service Projects  
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Small Groups  
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Meal Shift A  
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Meal Shift B  
1:00 pm Unconscious Bias & Racism (Part 1)
Presenter: George Lee, University of Oklahoma
Abstract TBA.
 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Small Groups  
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm SGA Presentation  
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Small Group Activity (Rockets)  
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Meal Shift A  
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm Meal Shift B  
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Small Groups  
8:00 pm – 9:45 pm Lip Sync Battle  
Saturday, August 15, 2020

“After receiving new guidance from the university, the co-directors have made the difficult decision to cancel the zoo trip for Saturday. We reviewed multiple, alternative options to try and conduct a safe and fun excursion from campus with our Hillcamp participants; however, we could not find the necessary logistics to effectively guarantee everyone’s wellness and have a good event.

Hillcamp will conclude on Friday with the lip-sync battle, and we hope to offer some small-scale, personal events over the weekend to help continue the welcome to campus experience.

We hope that you all take the extra day to rest, recuperate, and get ready for classes on Monday. Stay safe, wear your masks, and remember to be healthy, Hillcats.


students posing on stairs“Hillcamp allowed me to make friends outside of my major that I probably would never have met and for that I am grateful.”


Cost & Payment

Hillcamp this year will look a little different due to COVID-19. We have decided the best way to serve our students at this time is to make Hillcamp free to attend. NOTE: If you have already paid, we will work with you to get your money refunded.

Advance Registration (Preferred):

  • Login to MyRSU
  • Select “Campus Life” from the top blue menu bar
  • Click on “Hillcamp Registration Form”

Refunds: Cancellations must be made by email to [email protected] and must include the student’s name and RSU student ID number.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need any additional information about Hillcamp, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Madison Dunn, Hillcamp Co-Director
[email protected]