CSU–Pueblo Breaks New Ground with Convocation activities

The fall semester at Colorado State University – Pueblo will celebrate the many new ways it is “breaking new ground” this fall -- from its 75th anniversary and record enrollment to new athletic teams and facility grand openings – as part of convocation activities beginning Aug. 18. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 25.

As part of the University’s back-to-school events, CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will present his annual report on the University’s progress during the 2008 State of the University Address at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 18 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. Coffee and conversation will precede the speech at 8 a.m. in OUC Hearthwell Lounge.

Following new staff and faculty introductions, Faculty Senate and Classified Staff Council will meet from 11 a.m.-noon to plan the year’s agenda. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Karen Klimczak, marketing director of the CSU System Office, will present two training sessions on the new image and brand of the University to inform faculty and staff about how they can incorporate the new look and messages into their daily operations.

Tuesday, August 19 will be dedicated to departmental and college faculty meetings as faculty gear up for the new year. Students may begin moving into the Belmont Residence Hall and two remote residence hall sites from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, August 21. Also on Thursday, an 11-day Wolf Pack Welcome celebration will begin led by the Office of Student Activities to help first-year students make the transition to CSU-Pueblo and encourage current students to stay involved on campus. A complete list of Wolf Pack Welcome activities may be found at www.colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities.

The Colorado State University System Board of Governors will hold its meeting on the CSU-Pueblo campus from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22 in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom.

Open registration for the fall semester will be held on Friday, August 22 with the offices of Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Student Academic Services, and the Academic Advising Center assisting students through the enrollment process.

On Saturday, August 23, new students will participate in PlayFair, the number one freshman orientation program on college campuses beginning at 10 a.m. Later, new students are encouraged to take a one-way bike ride to the Nature Center with President Joe Garcia beginning at 6 p.m.

A formal Student Convocation Ceremony will bring a new tradition to campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in Massari Arena. CSU-Pueblo President, Provost, Deans, and guest speaker and alumnus Velia Rincon, middle school director at Cesar Chavez, will welcome the new students. Freshmen will be presented with a wooden coin that will be tossed into the CSU-Pueblo Fountain with a wish for the new year. CSU-Pueblo Cheer squads and athletes will guide students from Massari Arena to the foundation and return them to the all-campus ice cream social held in the Hearthwell Lounge at 6 p.m.

The University will conduct two grand opening ceremonies during the first week of classes, beginning at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26 with a ribbon cutting for the Student Recreation Center. That evening will close with ThunderWolves Night at the Colorado State Fair Rodeo and two live concerts on campus featuring nationally renowned percussion band Recycled Percussion and Pueblo’s beloved Martini Shot at the Hasan Amphitheatre, beginning at 7 p.m. At 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium will officially be opened for business with a ribbon cutting of its own.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.