The University of Northern Colorado will welcome nearly 3,500 new students and 56 new faculty and staff when it kicks off the fall semester with a traditional campus celebration, 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.
About 2,800 new undergraduate and 665 new graduate students have enrolled for fall semester courses.
The event begins with convocation at 4:30 p.m. at historic Cranford Park, a site north of Gunter Hall that hosted the 1890 celebration of the university's founding 124 years ago.
The ceremony recognizes the start of students' college careers and provides a primer on academic and UNC traditions. Speakers will include UNC President Kay Norton, Provost Robbyn Wacker, Professor of Biological Sciences Rick Adams (a foremost authority recognized for his research on bats) and Greeley Mayor Tom Norton.
Following the one-hour ceremony, the UNC pep band will lead a procession to Turner Green on West Campus for a Taste of UNC and Bear Fest. A wide variety of finger foods prepared by UNC Dining Services and free entertainment, including music and more than 20 carnival games with prizes for winners, will be provided through 7 p.m. Community members, UNC faculty and staff, and anyone else without a student meal plan can purchase a $5 ticket to sample the food - which will be served in 100 percent compostable containers. The Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) also will be on hand to educate on proper composting and recycling.
In case of inclement weather, convocation will be canceled and A Taste of UNC will be moved to nearby Holmes Dining Hall. If the weather looks threatening the day of the event, status updates will be provided at http://www.unco.edu.
Convocation, a Taste of UNC and Bear Fest are all part of Bear Welcome 2013, which includes nearly two dozen events during the first two weeks of the new academic year. A complete schedule is available at http://www.unco.edu/bearwelcome. For more information about convocation, visit http://www.unco.edu/convocation
Prior to convocation, students will begin moving into the residence halls Thursday, Aug. 22. Volunteers from throughout the university community will assist students and their families by helping carry personal items, providing directions, answering questions and handing out complimentary bottles of water at nearby information tents.
Fall classes begin Aug. 26.
Key fall opening dates
- Aug. 17: Early move in for 150 students accepted into Lead On three-day leadership camp program, http://www.unco.edu/housing/connections/lead_on_camp.html
- Aug. 22-23: Move-in Day for campus housing
- Aug. 22: Bear Welcome: Ice cream social/movie on the hill, 8-11 p.m.
- Aug. 23: Convocation, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Taste of UNC/Bear Fest featuring Bear Pride Traditions, 5-7 p.m.
- Aug 24: Bear Welcome: Comedy Club, 7 p.m.; UNC Volleyball vs. UNC Volleyball Alumni, 7 p.m.
- Aug 25: Bear Welcome: Student Involvement Fair, noon-3 p.m.
- Aug. 26: Classes Begin
For more details and calendar listings, visit http://calendar.unco.edu