Published: Aug. 22, 2016
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Welcome to Boulder, Buffs! We’re kicking off the school year with lots of fun events aimed at meeting new people and getting involved at CU Boulder. Campus is downright hopping with activity this week as a new frenzy of scholars is introduced into the collegiate community. I am Sarah Ellsworth: IPHY major, Boulder native, and event connoisseur, writing to you from the comfort of beautiful CU Boulder on all of your weekly opportunities for community involvement, educational whatnot and supreme fun. Have a great first week.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Women’s Resource Center tie-dye welcome. Get to know the awesome people at the WRC with some tie-dying from 3 to 5 p.m. on the UMC Plaza. The WRC provides both great services for women and the frequent fun activity at which everyone (men included) is welcome to join in, so don’t miss out and be sure to bring your artsy side! Tie-Dye Welcome.

Sustainable campus tour. CU Boulder prides itself on being one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the country and if you’re interested in getting to know more about exactly how we have gained that reputation, then join the CU Environmental Center for a campus sustainability tour from 8 to 9 a.m. for the in-depth details of our green practices. The tour is free and leaves from UMC Room 335; remember to bring your comfy walking shoes. Sustainable campus tour.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Be Involved Fair. Formerly known as the Fall Student Involvement Fair, this handy annual resource grants students a direct in with all of CU’s clubs and organizations, including everything from club sports to volunteer groups to Model UN. Even if you don’t know yet how you’d like to be involved, this represents an excellent chance to simply go and peruse all of the multitudinous options available to students. The fair happens from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Norlin Quad, so there’s very little chance you won’t see it. Be Involved Fair.

Thursday, Aug. 25

Gender and Sexuality Center welcome picnic. Join the GSC on Farrand Field from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet some awesome new people, eat some free food, play some games, and learn about all that the GSC does for CU’s thriving LGBTQ community. Absolutely everyone is welcome to this free event, particularly if you’re interested in learning about LGBTQ resources and future events or how to be an ally. GSC welcome picnic.

Friday, Aug. 26

Local songwriter showcase. Program Council presents six amazingly talented local musicians at Club 156 (in the UMC) between 7 and 11 p.m. These young songwriters will take the stage with original compositions that will blow your mind during this free concert, and you can check out each artist’s sound beforehand on the event webpage. Program Council local songwriter showcase

Buffapoolooza pool party at The Rec. Grab your friends and get ye to the Buff Pool from 8:30 to 10 p.m. this evening for some swimming, water sports, free food and prizes, and music (basically your ultimate pool party). This is a CU SoberBuffs event, which encourages super fun in a substance-free community, so come sober and swimsuit-clad for a grand old time. Buffapoolooza pool party

Trivia at the UMC. Gather up 10 of your closest friends and bring them down to the UMC dining room so they may become part of your super knowledge-dropping team and compete for some stellar prizes in an exciting and varied trivia contest. The trivia will range from pop culture to history and everything in between. 9:30 to 10 p.m. Be there or be square! Trivia at the UMC

Rec Center welcome activities. Throughout this entire weekend, The Rec will be offering free classes and outdoor activities for students, including (but not limited to) Zumba, hiking, yoga, boot camp fitness classes and ballet. Many of these activities bring students into the foothills surrounding Boulder and give a taste of the beautiful local natural landscape. Check out the webpage to get a full schedule and register for one or many of these events! Rec Center welcome activities

Saturday, Aug. 27

Buffs meet Buffs mixer. Have some fun after your first week of the semester with your fellow Buffaloes at the Lower Gym in The Rec where you can play some games and win some prizes from 1 to 2:30 p.m.. This is a great way to meet some new people in a relaxed and fun environment so come one, come all! Buffs meet Buffs mixer

Farrand Fest. It’s that time of year again. The annual Farrand Fest takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. on Farrand Field and serves as a central place to gather as a community. Join The Herd for free food, games, all kinds of entertainment and ample opportunities to make some new friends! Farrand Fest