A member of the Pac-12 Conference, CU-Boulder's varsity intercollegiate athletic teams compete against Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, UCLA, USC and Utah, and also take on non-conference teams. Women and men compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, tennis, alpine and Nordic skiing, and track and field; women also compete in volleyball and soccer, and men in football.
The CU Art Museum has closed its doors in the Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts Building in anticipation of its new home in the Visual Arts Complex, which will be open in fall 2009. Nonetheless, the museum continues to bring exhibitions of major national and international art, as well as work by regional artists, and students to the Boulder community in a number of venues on campus and off. The museum is also home to the Colorado Collection, a state-owned resource of some 5,000 works ranging from drawings by old masters to contemporary prints and photographs. The Colorado Collection has been the primary source for the national award-winning cultural outreach/touring program, CU This Summer, and 300 selected works from the Colorado Collection may be viewed online.
Location: Various Boulder venues
Website: Includes gallery hours, directions, and more information on exhibits.
The unique history of CU-Boulder is secured today in the Heritage Center on the third floor of Old Main. Stories of CU-Boulder's past and present are told through photographs and displays. Seven galleries exhibit memorabilia including Chemistry Professor Tom Cech's Nobel Prize; photographs of the first graduates in 1882; the College of Engineering and Applied Science flag and CU football carried by alumnus Ellison Onizuka aboard the ill-fated flight of the space shuttle Challenger; and the baseball, bat, and glove used by former student Robert Redford in The Natural.
Considered one of the top comprehensive university museums of natural history in the U.S., the CU Museum of Natural History contains 4 million biology, anthropology, and geology research specimens. The museum also sponsors lectures, classes, tours, and workshops for all ages and interests. Exhibits include fossils, animals of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, and ancient Southwestern cultures.
With seating for 210 in its star theatre, Fiske Planetarium is the largest facility of its kind between Chicago and Los Angeles. The planetarium is equipped with a Zeiss Model VI star projector and an automated projection control system that operates hundreds of projectors. It has the capacity to present over a dozen prerecorded star shows at any given time. In addition to its use as a teaching facility for astronomy and other classes, the planetarium staff also offers star talks, star shows, laser shows, and space science presentations to school children and public audiences.
Located on the Boulder campus, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory has 16-, 18-, and 24-inch aperture Cassegrain telescopes for all astronomy classes and for graduate student research. Ancillary instrumentation is available for direct imaging and spectroscopy, and includes CCD cameras and computers for data processing. The observatory is open to the public on Friday evenings for viewing of planets, stars, and nebulae, as weather permits.
"Enter here the timeless fellowship of the human spirit." These words above the west entrance of Norlin Library invite visitors to connect with the extensive services and resources available throughout the campus library system. The central library (Norlin) and five branch libraries (Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Math/Physics, and Music) contain collections of more than 11 million books, periodicals, microforms, and other materials. The separately administered Law Library is located in Fleming Law.
More than 25,000 people use the University Memorial Center (UMC) each day as a gathering place, restaurant, and shopping center. The UMC also houses the CU Book Store, a branch of the credit union, a travel agency, and a video rental service. In addition, there are concerts and guest lectures in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, movies in the Forum Room, and performances by local bands in Club 156. The Connection has bowling, pool tables, and an arcade.
Over 400 public concerts are presented annually in the Boulder-Denver area by College of Music students and faculty. World-class artists often make guest appearances on the college's stages. Most performances are free and open to the public. CU Concerts include the Artist Series, CU Opera, Takács Encore Series, and the Holiday Festival.
Location: Various campus venues
Phone: 303-492-8008 (information and tickets)
Website: Includes a calendar of events and ticket information.
Drawing audiences of over 40,000 each season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is one of the few repertory groups in the nation to complete the entire Shakespeare canon—often in sold-out performances. The CSF has 47 years of distinguished history, featuring advanced students from the CU-Boulder theatre and dance program, as well as visiting professional actors. The festival presents plays June through August.
Unique and unusual films, some current and others classic, from around the world are the staple of the International Film Series, presented by the Film Studies Program. Renowned and local filmmakers are often invited to accompany showings of their work.
This self-supporting, student-run organization is dedicated to bringing quality entertainment to the Boulder campus and community. Program Council has hosted the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, among others. Program Council also hosts a film series, which offers everything from not-yet released movies to classic titles. Program Council also recently brought back the Trivia Bowl, a wacky competition where the team names are sometimes more clever than the questions and answers.
Location: Various campus venues
Website: Includes a calendar of upcoming events.
Students and faculty present six to eight major theatre productions and dance concerts each academic year.