A flat tire almost stopped Chancee Forestier (Fren, Psych’16) from getting to Glenwood Springs, Colo., for the inaugural CU Wine and Whitewater young alumni weekend in June. Fortunately, a good Samaritan helped her get on her way.
The 26-year-old Buff, fresh from Europe, went on to meet up with 40 other CU alumni and friends at an evening pool party to kick off the weekend.
“I had been living in France the last year, so I really hadn’t even seen a CU shirt other than my own in a while,” said Forestier, now a graduate student in Georgia with an eye on medical school. “I loved singing the fight song and sharing our CU pride.”
The trip, which sold out, included nine miles of whitewater rafting and visits to three wineries in nearby Palisade, all by bicycle. It was one of several new events and programs this year developed specifically for graduates of the past decade.
This fall, young alumni (and those young at heart) are invited to tailgate with the CU Young Alumni Chapter (CUYA) before every home football game in campus parking lot 308 and to gather in Denver at Blake Street Tavern to watch all road games. During Homecoming Weekend, the Young Alumni After Hours event will convene Buffs at Pearl Street haunts old and new Oct 26.
The Alumni Association will offer two free online career-development sessions aimed at young alumni: An Oct. 9 session for aspiring entrepreneurs and another on Nov. 13 with Buffs working in the outdoor industry.
The annual Buffs at the Butte young alumni ski weekend in Crested Butte, Colo., is scheduled for early 2019. Marlee Glasgow (Advert’14) has attended four years in a row and will be there again this year.
“I plan on keeping the streak alive,” she said. “It’s nice to be reminded that the community that made CU great still exists outside of school.”
For more information about CU Young Alumni events and programs, visit colorado.edu/alumni. To suggest a young alumni event idea, contact Taylor Stratton at 303-492-8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy CU Boulder Alumni Association