Back to school events

Colorado State University - Pueblo convocation celebrates opening of fall semester

PUEBLO –Back to school events for faculty, staff, and students begin this week at Colorado State University – Pueblo as the start of the Fall 2010 Semester approaches on Monday, Aug. 23.

President Joseph A. Garcia, English/Foreign Language Chair Dr. Katherine Frank, and the Foreign Languages Faculty will hold an official dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 12 in the Center, Psychology 147 for the John L. Garcia, Jr. Language Center, renovated academic space in the existing Foreign Languages Lab that has become the John L. Garcia Jr. Language Center to support students enrolled in languages programs and their connection to the diverse Pueblo community. Through the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, the University received a gift by the Garcia family, including President Garcia, which covered 50 percent of the project’s cost. Additional funding for the project came from other generous private donors.

Representatives from across the CSU-Pueblo campus will be available on one more Second Saturday to guide new and continuing students, transfers, non-traditional students, and graduate students through the registration and application processes. Streamlined registration and application sessions will be held from 9 a.m. - noon on Saturday, August 14 in the Veteran’s Educational Benefits Office, Administration 201. For more information, call the Visitor and Transfer Center at 549-2418 or just stop by the day of the event as no pre-registration is necessary.

Departmental and college faculty meetings will be held on Monday, August 16 as faculty gear up for the new year. CSU-Pueblo President Garcia, Engineering Department Chair Dr. Jane M. Fraser, and engineering faculty members will host an Engineering Community Convocation Celebration and signing ceremony for the John M. and Jean C. Fraser Endowed Engineering Scholarship at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16 in the Technology Building Foyer.

As part of the University’s back-to-school events, Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will present the 2010 State of the University Address at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17 in the oval between the two newest buildings on campus, the Greenhorn and Culebra residence halls. Following Garcia’s address and greetings from CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake, Associated Students’ Government, Faculty Senate, and Classified Staff Council representatives, the University will officially open the two halls with a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours, and continental breakfast at approximately 9:30 a.m. Residence Hall tours are available beginning at 8 a.m.

Faculty will learn about Pedagogy for Millennial Students from Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa, associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Florida, beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17.  The First-Year Program will sponsor this interactive approach to topics such as traits and trends of the Millennial generation and their behavior as college students.

Student move in begins on Wednesday, August 18, which also marks the beginning of a 10-day Student Orientation 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. Nearly 700 new students and their parents have registered for the comprehensive orientation program. A complete list of Wolf Pack Welcome activities may be found at www.colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities. New students and parents will gather in Massari Arena at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18 for New Student Convocation, including a march from the residence halls, a spirit rally, and welcome remarks from University officials.

Open advising for new and returning students will be held on Friday, August 20 to present opportunities for faculty and staff interaction and assistance for students going through the enrollment process.

On Thursday and Friday, staff will have an opportunity to take in a variety of workshops, including All About Pueblo (Thursday, 2:30 or 3:30 p.m., OUC 205), Degree Audit Reporting System, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., OUC202) Why do Differences Matter by the Diversity Resource Center (8:30 a.m., OUC 202), Student Conduct Issues (10 a.m., OUC202), and Staying Well in the Workplace (10 a.m. or 1 p.m., OUC 214)

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 25.  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.