The time is fast approaching when you will be joining us on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, and we are very excited as that date nears! This information is designed to provide you with all the information you need in order to be prepared for your time with us.


All Rogers Explorers are responsible for transportation to and from the program. Your first order of business upon arriving in Richmond on Wednesday is to check in at Clay Hall on campus. Check-in is from 2:00-2:45 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Please do not plan on checking in until as close to 2:00 pm as possible, as we will still be preparing for your arrival. Once you check in, you will receive your dorm room keys, and you and your parents will have until 2:45 pm to take your belongings to your dorm room. At 3:00 pm, we will kick off the program for all Explorers and their families in Grise Auditorium which is located in the Combs Classroom Building. At the conclusion of this overview (approximately 3:30 pm) parents and families will depart and the Rogers Explorers program will be underway.

Explorer-Family Communication:

In case of an emergency, your family may contact me on my cell phone at (606) 307-0561.

Dress Code/What to Bring:

Dress for this camp is mostly casual. Explorers will be provided a Rogers Explorers t-shirt. The Rogers Explorers t-shirt is royal blue with silver imprint and will be worn all day on Friday and during graduation. Please wear khaki pants or khaki shorts for graduation, although you may choose to wear other pants or shorts throughout the day on Friday. We will be walking a lot on campus, so I would recommend comfortable shoes, such as tennis shoes. Sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes (no open toed shoes) will also be required for the Challenge Course activities on Wednesday. The Challenge Course will not allow you to participate if wearing open toed shoes.

Explorers will be participating in an etiquette training dinner on Thursday evening. We ask that ladies wear a dress, pant/skirt suit, or skirt and blouse, and gentlemen should wear a dress shirt, slacks, and tie (a suit jacket or sport coat may be worn if you choose).

Since all your meals, lodging, and activities are paid for, you need very little money – only for vending machine snacks or other small incidentals. We will be staying in dorm rooms on campus, so you will need to bring your own shower supplies (soap, shampoo, towels, wash cloths, flip-flops, etc). You will also need to bring linens for your twin-size bed (sheets, blankets, pillow, etc). You are welcome to bring snacks that do not require refrigeration.

Electronic Devices/Personal Items:

The use of electronic games, personal audio devices, or laptop computers is limited to the Explorer’s dorm room. Even so, students are solely responsible for the personal items they bring and are strongly discouraged from bringing unnecessary items. If you do choose to bring any of these items, you must remember to leave them in your dorm room and do so at your own risk. Cell phones are allowed; however, THEY CANNOT be used during an activity, speaker, or major. The Center cannot be responsible for these items while on campus.

Graduation/Presentation to Parents/Departure

On Friday afternoon, the program will conclude with a graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony also includes a presentation by the Explorers on all the things they’ve participated in and learned throughout the week. Parents and families are invited and encouraged to attend this culmination of the Rogers Explorers’ experience. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm and is scheduled to end by 5:00 pm. The location for the graduation ceremony will be in Grise Auditorium in the Combs Classroom Building. We ask all parents and family members to go directly to the graduation ceremony location when arriving on campus. Immediately after graduation, you will proceed to your dorms with your parents to check out.


If you or your parents have any questions about the Rogers Explorers program or anything included in this information packet, please feel free to call me at (606) 677-6000. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm. You can also e-mail me at

We hope you are as excited about the program as we are. We have a full schedule of fun-filled, challenging activities planned for you and look forward to meeting you very soon!


Students selected for Eastern Kentucky University

Hannah Barnhill
William Beckley
Kelsey Beedy
Callie Black
Wyatt Blythe
Ashley Brenda
Josalyn Bush
Tiffany Copley
Shaylie Dobbs
Paige Epperson
Emily Ham
William Hardy
Morgan Hinkle
Carlie Howard
Anna Humphrey
Morgan Jones
Callin Lindon
John Linkous
Evan Mullins
Kyrin Norris
Lillian Partin
Drew Polston
Trey Price
Dawson Propes
Sydney Sester
Amanda Sewell
Jeremiah Smith
Benjamin Tallent
Sawyer Thompson