Published: Aug. 30, 2013

With hundreds of student groups, clubs and organizations on campus, CU-Boulder students have numerous opportunities to find their niche.

Beginning Sept. 3, CU-Boulder will hold its annual Student Involvement Week, which includes a variety of events and fairs offering students information about different clubs and organizations on campus and in the great Boulder community.

"We want students to realize that there are almost an endless number of ways to be involved, whether it’s just for fun, to meet new people, to incorporate their academic knowledge outside the classroom, to volunteer and make a difference in the community, or any of the other numerous ways," said Colin Spaulding, coordinator for activities and special events at the University Memorial Center. "While we definitely have the week early in the school year to encourage lots of first year and new transfer students to become involved, the timing also allows returning students the chance to try something new or check out something they have always wanted to look into but never had the chance."

In addition to meeting new friends and finding new interests, Spaulding says participating in extracurricular activities can also be beneficial with academics and landing a job after graduation. "By being involved, students are able to hone and develop a wide variety of interpersonal skills that will be useful to them once they enter the workforce and throughout their adult lives."

Some of the week's events include:

  • Volunteer Resource Fair -- Tuesday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m in the UMC Fountain Area. Volunteer organizations from CU and the Boulder community will be showcased.
  • Student Involvement Fair -- Wednesday, Sept. 4, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m in the  UMC Fountain Area. More than 160 student groups and organizations will be on hand to talk about how students can get involved at CU-Boulder.
  • Study Abroad Fair -- Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m in the UMC Fountain Area. Students can learn about the experience of living and learning abroad and the variety of study abroad programs offered at CU-Boulder.
  • Dennis Small Cultural Center's Face2Face -- Thursday, Sept. 5, 5-6 p.m in UMC 457.
  • Spiritual Awareness Fair -- Friday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the UMC Fountain Area.
  • SORCE Open House -- Friday, Sept. 6, 1 - 3 p.m. in the Senior Dedication Lounge (UMC 227).
  • International Coffee Hour -- Friday, Sept. 6, 4 - 5:30 p.m. This event occurs every Friday during the fall semester in the UMC dining room.
  • Pearl Street Stampede -- Friday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. This event also occurs before every home football game and begins at the Boulder County Courthouse.
  • The Herd's Pregame Party -- Saturday, Sept. 7, 3 hours prior to kickoff on Benson Field. This event also occurs 3 hours prior to each home football game.