CSU–Pueblo Opens Fall Semester with Convocation Activities


Colorado State University – Pueblo’s fall semester kicks off for faculty and staff next week with convocation activities throughout campus from Aug. 20-24 with the theme “Moving Forward: Student by Student.” Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 27.

A special open registration day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center with giveaways for admitted students who enroll as well as those who bring a completed application, transcripts, and test scores. The application fee will be waived for those signing up on this day. Open registration for fall semester begins on Friday, Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. with the offices of Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Student Academic Services, and the Academic Advising Center assisting new and returning students through the enrollment process.

Coffee and Conversation start the week at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20 in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge and Ballroom followed by a President’s State of the University Address and Introduction of new employees by CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Faculty Senate and Classified Staff Council will meet between 11 a.m.-noon to plan the year’s agenda, and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., CSU-Ft. Collins Director of Undergraduate Retention Paul Thayer will share with faculty and staff strategies for improving student retention.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 will be dedicated to departmental and college faculty meetings as faculty begin the new academic year.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, the New Faculty and Staff Orientation occurs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Training for Faculty Advisors is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.

Students will return to campus later in the week when the Belmont Residence Hall (BRH) officially opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. Student Welcome Week activities begin with an orientation program to help first-year students make a successful transition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three, two-hour sessions will be offered throughout the day.

Alumni of CSU in Fort Collins and Pueblo and the general public are invited to Festival on the Hill 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Hasan Amphitheater. A $5 admission fee will support the Teacher Education Program’s 6th annual School Supply Drive, which provides a variety of back-to-school supplies for needy students. RSVP is required by Monday, Aug. 20 by calling 549-2810.

The entire campus community is also invited to a CSU-Pueblo Welcome BBQ provided by Auxiliary Services from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the OUC Patio with live music by the local band Martini Shot following at the Fountain Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Week activities officially begin for students with the Friday’s registration, an afternoon picnic in back of Belmont Residence Hall and happy hour at the OUC Underground – downstairs in the OUC – beginning at 4 p.m. Highlighting Saturday’s activities are balloon rides, outdoor games , the Recreation Field ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m., a mountain bike ride with President Joseph Garcia, and a foam dance party.

Back to school activities conclude with CSU-Pueblo Day at the State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 26. and an Involvement Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 29 to encourage participation in both student-run organizations on campus and nonprofit organizations within the surrounding community throughout the school year.

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.