Winter Welcome Week

UNC billboard

A display of new billboards promoting UNC like the one pictured here will be among the many features of UNC Day, part of the University of Northern Colorado’s Winter Welcome Week activities.

The University of Northern Colorado will bring life – and some fun – to education Jan. 8-14 during Winter Welcome Week and UNC Day, annual traditions that welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus after the winter break and celebrate the start of a new semester.

Admission to all activities is free unless stated otherwise. Here’s the line-up for the week:

Saturday, Jan. 8
UNC’s men’s basketball team kicks off Winter Welcome Week by hosting Montana State University in Altitude TV’s Big Sky Conference Game of the Week. Both teams go into the game with a 3-0 record in conference play. Tip-off is at 7.05 p.m. in Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. Ticket info:

Sunday, Jan. 9
“Bearlagio” will bring a taste of Vegas to the University Center 7-10 p.m. when the ballrooms take on a casino-type atmosphere with games, mocktails and dancing.

Monday, Jan. 10
A free showing of the “Buried” will wrap up the first day of classes. The initial offering of the semester in the popular “Monday Night Movies @ the UC” series, the film starring Ryan Reynolds starts at 10 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge.

Tuesday, Jan. 11
The UC ballrooms will be the site of the finals of “UNC’s Got Talent,” with students competing for cash prizes 7-9 p.m. in the university’s version of the popular reality television program, “America’s Got Talent.”

Wednesday, Jan. 12
At the first-ever Snow Day, the entire UNC community can enjoy winter activities both indoors and outdoors 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A live DJ will entertain everyone outdoors while they enjoy tubing down the hill located behind the UC or test their skills on the snowboarding ramp. There’ll also be an ice sculpture carving demonstration, free hot chocolate and a Starbucks bar.

In the ballrooms, there’ll be several local ski equipment vendors displaying their products and the Campus Recreation Center’s Outdoor Pursuits program will showcase the outdoor gear and equipment that students can check out for use, which includes bikes and snowboards. Ski lodge fare such as hot bread bowls and Panini sandwiches will be served at discounted pricing.

At 7.30 p.m., “Wednesday Night Live” will feature Corduroy Comedy, a university improv comedy group, in the UC Ballrooms. Presented by the Are You Aware? Program, the show will include free food and the opportunity to win prizes.

Also, the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center will host an opening reception for its display of African art 5-7 p.m. in the Davis House. Complimentary African appetizers and beverages will be served.

Thursday, Jan. 13
UNC Day will bring the university community together in the UC ballrooms 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. to be part of a tradition that celebrates Bear Pride. Activities will include a pep rally for UNC’s women’s and men’s basketball teams, which host Portland State and Idaho State, respectively, later in the day in a unique doubleheader. The rally will include performances by UNC’s pep band and cheerleaders, and presentations of UNC’s athletic coaches and teams.

Complimentary food will include Bear Pride-themed food will include “Go Bears” cupcakes, and gold and yellow sugar cookies, and everyone attending will receive a free UNC poster and T-shirt.

UNC’s new television commercial will also be played during the event alongside a display of new billboards that promote UNC.

There’ll also be a photo-taking station for UNC community members to have their pictures taken in front of a UNC poster backdrop. A 4- by 6-inch print of the keepsake photo will be available free of charge. A projected digital mosaic will display the different faces of UNC as the photos are taken.

Basketball fans will head to Butler-Hancock for the women’s team’s game at 5:05 p.m. with the men’s game starting at 7:30 p.m. Ticket info:

Friday, Jan. 14
Students will dance the night away at Club UNC in the final event of Winter Welcome Week. The UC ballrooms will be turned into UNC’s hottest dance club from 9 p.m. until midnight.

- Fiza Johari