Auburn University is built on tradition. One of the longest and most cherished traditions is know as Hey Day. This day dates all the way back to World War II when Auburn University's student body and members of the Student Government Association pushed for a day that would unite the Auburn family and promote a friendly atmosphere.
According to the Auburn SGA website, each year the Hey Day tradition is carried out by handing out name tags and encouraging students, faculty, and the rest of the Auburn family to greet on another in attempt to bring the Auburn community closer. This has become a day that Auburn students have grown to love and look forward to each year.
For the 2015 Hey Day event the theme was "Saying Hey Beyond Today." The event took place on October 7 and an estimated 6,500 students attended throughout the day.
Preparation for Hey Day began back in the spring when the staff was selected for their SGA positions. After this the theme development began, t-shirt were designed, a date was picked, and entertainment was scheduled.
"We wanted students to focus on meaningful relationships that would extend beyond the day of the event," said Jacob Tofani, Director of Hey Day. "Saying 'Hey!' is just the first step, so we encourage students to really get to know one another."
Volunteers help facilitate conversation by engaging with students, as well as placing conversation cards on tables to get students talking. Twenty head volunteers were selected to help at the event, and nearly 100 general volunteers signed up to help out.
Hey Day takes place on the green space and tons of entertainment. This year Aubie was there, along with the Auburn Cheerleaders and Tiger Paws, AU Rhythm, the AU Singers, Miss Auburn University Jessie Garrison, the Raptor Center and Nova, and multiple student singers.
A fun fact about Hey Day is that there is no set budget for the event, according to Tofani. Hey Day funded through t-shirt sales and sponsorships. This year they received $3,600 from the t-shirt sales and sponsorships from Alabama Power and Verizon Wireless.
The future is bright for the Hey Day tradition. Last year, the Say Hey Campaign was started to build relationships between dining employees and students. The Hey Day staff hopes the tradition will continue and improve on Auburn's campus. According to Tofani, they would like to see more students participate in Hey Day and build lasting relationships.
See a highlight video from Hey Day 2014 here.
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