Published: Aug. 15, 2012

UPDATE>> Read the text of the welcome address by Chancellor DiStefano.

Dozens of activities await new students at CU-Boulder starting Aug. 23, including a welcome convocation, “Global Jam” international food and music fest and a live concert on Farrand Field.

The free events give new students a chance to get acquainted with each other, the campus and surrounding community before classes start on Aug. 27. The activities are scheduled in addition to orientation sessions that cover the details of class registration, policies and student services at each college.

New students will attend the mandatory convocation on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. in the Coors Events Center. Students will hear from Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, faculty, staff and student leaders, and will learn about the meaning and responsibilities of becoming CU-Boulder students.

Immediately following the convocation, attendees will make their way to Global Jam on Farrand Field for international food and live music from noon to 2 p.m. Food choices will include chicken tikka masala from India, potato and onion pierogis from Eastern Europe and Cape Maly koeksisters from South Africa.

Global Jam is included in the student meal plan and is available for faculty, staff and Buff OneCard holders. Other CU-Boulder community members can purchase meal wristbands for $6.50 each at the guest relations tent.

A highlight of this year's Global Jam, which is a zero-waste event, will be two new hydration stations labeled "H2O To Go." Attendees may fill their own refillable containers, or compostable cups provided on site, with water from the stations. The stations were constructed by CU-Boulder's Housing Facilities Services and could become a standard feature at other events on campus. Organizers expect use of the stations to divert thousands of disposable bottles from landfills.

Some other highlights include:

--Thursday, Aug. 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight, the CU Student Recreation Center and Residence Hall Association jointly host “Ice and Dice” at the Recreation Center where students are invited for indoor ice skating, rock climbing, live music and a fake money casino, including poker and craps with a chance to win real prizes.

--Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9 to 11 p.m., transfer students are invited to the UMC Connection for free bowling, pool and food, and to learn about resources CU-Boulder has to offer.

--Friday, Aug. 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight, students are invited to the “UMC Welcome Fest” featuring laser tag, a Friday night film, henna tattoos, crafts, live music, food and giveaways.

--Saturday, Aug. 25, 6 p.m., CU Program Council will present the featured bands Ghostland Observatory, Minnesota, Hoodie Allen and Sunsquabi in concert at Farrand Field for CU-Boulder students only. A Buff OneCard is required to get an admission wristband and there is no re-entry to the concert.

For a complete schedule of CU-Boulder new student welcome activities visit