CU-Boulder Student Groups Seeking Designs For 2008-09 ‘Spirit Shirt’ Contest

Published: Feb. 28, 2008

Student leaders at the University of Colorado at Boulder are seeking designs for the 2008-09 Spirit Shirt, meant to highlight “the spirit of the University of Colorado in academics, athletics and co-curricular activities.”

Designs for the new Spirit Shirt, which will be the fifth in a series that began in 2004-05, are being accepted through March 10. The T-shirt design contest is being sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Residence Hall Association, CU Bookstore, CU Athletics, Power of One and the HERD.

The HERD is the student arm of the CU Alumni Association and the Power of One is a student group formed around the idea – first proposed by CU-Boulder football coach Dan Hawkins – that individuals can make a difference in large organizations such as universities. One of the goals of the Power of One organization is to improve fan behavior at athletic events, among other objectives.

Dustin Farivar, a student assistant in the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and chair of the Power of One is directing the shirt design contest.

“This contest is a great opportunity to be a part of the wonderful traditions at CU-Boulder,” Farivar said. “It represents the collective CU community and serves as a rallying point around our university.”

This year’s theme for the T-shirt is “Be a Part of the Buffalo Tradition.” T-shirts must be gold, with black, white or silver wording and have the CU fight song on the back. No designs will be accepted that promote alcohol, that have sexual connotations or that are derogatory in nature.

CU-Boulder students may submit design ideas for the Spirit Shirt contest by e-mail to, or they can drop it off at the Office of Student Affairs in Regent Administrative Center, room 201. All submissions dropped off at Regent must be labeled with the wording: “Attn: Spirit Shirt Contest.”

The winner of the competition will receive a $250 gift certificate for the CU Bookstore, a framed copy of the printed shirt and a one-year HERD membership. The winner also will be recognized on the field at a 2008 CU home football game.

For more information call (303) 492-8474 or e-mail