CSU–Pueblo celebrates Fresh Tracks with opening of fall semester

Colorado State University – Pueblo will celebrate the “fresh tracks” the ThunderWolves are making as fall semester activities begin for faculty, staff, and students.

As part of the University’s back-to-school events, Colorado State University System Chancellor Joe Blake will provide the introduction to CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia’s 2009 State of the University Address at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18 on the Crestone Hall West. Following Garcia’s address and greetings from Associated Students’ Government, Faculty Senate, and Classified Staff Council representatives, the University will officially open Crestone Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, and continental breakfast at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Departmental and college faculty meetings will be held on Monday, August 17 as faculty gear up for the new year. Student move in begins on Thursday, August 20, which also marks the beginning of a 10-day Wolf Pack Welcome celebration. The event will be 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.

Open advising for new and returning students will be held on Friday, August 21 to present opportunities for faculty and staff interaction and assistance for students going through the enrollment process.

Among the activities for new students on Saturday, Aug. 22will be PlayFair, the number one freshman orientation program on college campuses beginning at 3 p.m. Later, new students are encouraged to maneuver the ropes course, or participate in karaoke or sushi making.  The night will be capped off with a Thundering Foam dance party, sponsored by the Associated Student Government at 8 p.m.

Student ThunderWolf Convocation 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 will conclude the first day of classes and solidify a new tradition begun last year. Campus and community organizations will welcome students back to town at the Student Involvement/Employment Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.  Student organizations, university departments, and community vendors will be involved in the day’s activities. Businesses and individuals interested getting involved with the festival may obtain a registration form by calling Student Activities at 549-2151. The festival is open to the Pueblo community. That night at 8 p.m. in the OUC Ballroom, OSA presents Geoff Tate, a comedian whose only real career option left was becoming a standup comedian(www.myspace.comgeofftatecomedy).

The first week of the semester will be filled with events like ThunderWolf Bingo, cosmic volleyball, lazer tag, helicopter rides, a family movie night showing of UP!, and a university pep rally.

The week will end with the start of the second season of ThunderWolf football beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 against Eastern New Mexico University. The game is being promoted as a RED OUT, and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game while trying to break the 9,897 attendance record of  last year. Pre- and post-game fireworks will be sponsored by Art & Lorraine Gonzales, and will include t-shirt giveaways, in-game contests and halftime performances by the cheer team, dance team and the debut performance of the ThunderWolves Marching Band, under the direction of Alan Mills.

Award-winning Nashville musician and 2004 alumnus Candice Crane will sing the National Anthem.

Interested individuals can get a firsthand look at the demolition of the University Library before the next phase of the $24 million renovation begins. Tours of the facility will be given on Monday, August 17 through Wednesday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tours will last approximately 45-60 minutes and will vary depending on demolition activities slated for the day and time.

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.