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CFI Volunteer Binder

Cougar First Impressions (CFI) took place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2023, and Tuesday, August 22, 2023.

Thank you for volunteering!


Suggestions for next year: email any suggestions to CFI Co-chairs Andy Moon ( and Tommie Trevino (

Previous CFI Events


Helpful information and updates for volunteers will be posted here.

Volunteer T-Shirts

You can pick up your volunteer T-Shirt at one of the following times and locations:

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library, during CFI Volunteer Training and T-Shirt pick-up.
  • Tuesday, August 15, 2-4 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, August 16-17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Friday, August 18, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Technology Commons, Room 58, MD Anderson Library, in the basement. The front door faces the Student Center South building.
  • Monday-Tuesday, August 21-22, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: CFI Home Base at the Cullen Performance Hall loading dock. Please pick up your T-shirt before your shift.

Volunteer Support During CFI

CFI Home Base is available to support volunteers in answering questions and providing information to students that cannot be answered by volunteers at the tables. We will use the resources we are provided to answer these questions and report back to the tables by radio.


  • Volunteers Must Read!

    What to do as a CFI volunteer:

    • Arrive at your shift early.
    • Check in by using the QR Code for volunteers: CFI Fall 2023 Volunteer Check In (MS Form)
    • Never leave the radio alone! At the end of the day, we will pick up the radio.
    • First shift sets out the materials.
    • Water will be delivered throughout the day. Make sure to leave water for volunteers.
    • Call Home Base if you run out of a particular give-away. We may have more and will bring you anything that is available.
    • Don't pour out the melted ice water from the buckets! Even after the ice has melted, the cold water will help keep the bottled water cool.
    • Keep a count of all questions and record the total from the counter at the end of each shift. Do not erase the tally counter. If your tally counter does not work, use hash marks on a piece of paper or another method of counting. Record your shift count by using the CFI Fall 2023 Question Tally Count (MS Form).
    • Do not turn away a student with a difficult question! Check the resources on this page or call Home Base.
    • Call Home Base with schedule questions! Home Base has access to the online schedule.
    • Be proactive! Don't wait for students to approach you. Ask them if they need help or want water. Welcome them to UH.
    • Keep hydrated! It's hot out there!
    • Last shift puts materials back in the box! Do take down and put the banner in the box (we have had some stolen). Do not put the radio or water in the box. Wait for someone to pick up the radio and box.
  • Announcements

    CFI Volunteer Training

    Please review the updated 2023 CFI Volunteer Training that was held August 15.

    CFI Table Locations

    This year CFI will have tents in key locations across the UH, UH at Sugar Land, and UH at Katy campuses. See the UH table map in PDF and interactive Google Maps formats.

    CFI Volunteer Special Recognition

    You are in the best position to observe the performance of your fellow volunteers. While every CFI volunteer has gone above the call of duty by participating in CFI, some volunteers go even further. We would like to know and recognize the special things our CFI volunteers do. Please identify the extra efforts of your fellow volunteers by nominating them for Cougar Cudos.