Colorado State University - Pueblo convocation kicks off back to school activities

Colorado State University - Pueblo convocation kicks off back to school activities

PUEBLO –Colorado State University – Pueblo will celebrate being “Stronger as a Pack” as fall semester activities begin for faculty, staff, and students next week in preparation for the first day of classes on Monday, August 26.

As part of the University’s back-to-school events, CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare will present the Welcome Address at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, August 19 in the Occhiato University Center (OUC) Ballroom. Greetings will follow from representatives of the Associated Students’ Government, Faculty Senate, and Classified Staff and Administrative Professional Councils.

Monday’s activities will begin at 7:45 a.m. with a plaque presentation in the Library and Academic Resources Center lobby in recognition of the renovation’s Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating, the highest possible certification from the United States Green Building Council. The Platinum LEED designation is the first for a building in the Pueblo community and among the first within the Colorado State University System. Campus employees are invited to a Stronger as a Pack Rally and Luncheon beginning at noon in the OUC Ballroom. Departmental and college faculty meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 20 as faculty gear up for the new year.

Students officially begin to move in on Thursday and Friday, August 22-23, which marks the beginning of the eight-day Wolf Pack Welcome celebration. The events will be led by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership 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

Keynote speaker Jon Vroman will inspire the new class of ThunderWolves at New Student Convocation from 2-3 p.m. on Friday in Massari Arena. Open advising for new and returning students also will be held on Friday to present opportunities for faculty and staff interaction and assistance for students going through the enrollment process. The evening will conclude at 7 p.m. in the OUC Ballroom with a free performance by comedian-hypnotist Matt Grisham, an award winning magician and entertainer who blends sarcastic humor and mind-blowing illusions.
Among the activities during the students’ first weekend on campus are a 9 p.m. Saturday, August 24 outdoor showing of the film Fast and the Furious 6 followed at 10:30 p.m. by the Blue Wolf Group, a participation event which involves buckets of glow-in-the-dark paint.

Campus and community organizations will welcome students back to town at the Student Involvement/Employment Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28.  Student organizations, university departments, and community vendors will be involved in the day’s activities. Businesses and individuals interested in getting involved with the festival may obtain a registration form by calling Student Engagement and Leadership at 549-2151. The festival is open to the Pueblo community. A registration form for the Student Involvement and Employment Festival is available online at

Also on Wednesday, the kickoff of the year’s Distinguished Speaker Series will begin at 7 p.m. in Hoag Recital Hall with performance artist David Garibaldi, a finalist on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 29 in the OUC Ballroom, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation will make a major announcement that will strengthen the future of CSU-Pueblo.

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.