Now is the time to inspire the next generation of Forever Buffs!
Enjoy a night filled with memories, advice and CU pride as you host a Dinner with 12 Buffs. Now in its third year, this CU Boulder Alumni Association program brings current students together with alumni in the Boulder community to help them network before they leave campus. Or, if you're not in the Boulder area, you can host a group of young alums as they navigate the transition from CU into "the real world."
Hosting a dinner
The Alumni Association is looking for volunteers to host dinners this spring in Boulder for students and need volunteers in regional locations like Denver, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago and more to host young alumni.
Dinners must be held Thursday, April 6 through Sunday, April 9.
Registration for hosting a dinner is now closed.
Note: Registration to attend Dinner with 12 Buffs as a student or young alum will be available by March 1.
"I was the first guest to arrive at Art's house and he and his wife welcomed me in. I immediately felt comfortable and relaxed as I smelt the lasagna being prepared. As the other buffs arrived I met each one and socialized with people outside of my major and friend group. The conversations flowed easily and I made some new friends. I recommend Dinner with 12 Buffs to any CU student looking for an awesome home cooked meal and a welcoming presence from an alum."
"By participating in Dinner with 12 Buffs, I was not only able to sit down and eat a delicious meal with fellow CU Buffs who became good friends, but I was also able to make valuable connections in my prospective field that were limited to me before hand."
“Hosting Dinner with 12 Buffs is great fun as we have a chance to learn what the students are studying, their future plans and a little about their background. We also enjoyed watching their interaction with each other. While we have scholarship students we support in several areas around campus, this informal group gathering offers a different insight into CU as they’re experiencing it today.”
Marty Coffin Evans & Robert Trembly
"The kids were so appreciative of a home-cooked meal provided by alums who care about CU. Sitting in a circle, sharing their stories of how they came to choose CU, what the campus experience has been like for them -- good and bad -- was something they really needed to talk about, among themselves, but also to alums like me. Getting a sense of what it was like when I was in school, what changed, what things stay forever the same, enlightened all of us. The International students were particularly desirous of this kind of conversation; they took to the opportunity big time, and they left dinner having made new friends. For my wife and I, it was an extremely gratifying evening. These kids chowed down, laughed and talked, about their lives, their commitments, their experiences. They were polite, smart, and grateful as well, for sure, for an easy evening spent with new people. I know for a fact that should you extend your hospitality to a group of kids from CU for a Dinner with 12 Buffs, you'll be smiling for the rest of the night."
"Dinner with 12 Buffs was a blast! We enjoyed opening our home to other CU alumni. What better people to spend an evening with than other Buffs? Sharing campus memories and creating new connections. I would highly recommend you to host a future Dinner with 12 Buffs."
"Hosting Dinner with 12 Buffs was a great experience and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The response and genuine appreciation from our guests was awesome."
We want all alumni to feel like they can contribute to the Dinner with 12 Buffs program so we've made it easy and stress-free.
I don't have room for 12 people for dinner. No problem! You don't have to host 12 Buffs. You can host six or 16, as many as you feel comfortable accommodating.
I don't like to cook (Or, trust me, you don't want me to cook!). Some hosts prepare a delicious meal from scratch while others choose to pick up a prepared meal. Students and young alums will be happy either way!
Now you're in? Great! Contact Dawn Barone to sign up to host a dinner and receive more information to help you plan your Dinner with 12 Buffs!
Below are a few quick things to remember when hosting your Dinner with 12 Buffs:
Dinners usually last two to three hours.
Have your guests check in so that you can provide an attendance list to the Alumni Association after your dinner.
Do you have a digital camera or smart phone? If so, please take pictures and email them to Dawn Barone.
Your guests will come in a wide range of attire from business casual to spirited CU gear.
Consider a theme. Having a theme can make for great conversation or put the room at ease. Some ideas include:
Break the ice with a game. Make a room of 12 strangers feel like friends instantly with an ice breaker. Here are a couple of examples:
I've never been to The Sink.
Questions? Contact Dawn Barone, Senior Program Manager - Students and Young Alumni