Published: Feb. 3, 2020

Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social life! Take advantage of free events and activities on campus this month, ranging from making bracelets and stuffed animals to yoga and waffles.

Featured events

DIY valentines

Through Feb. 7  Museum of Natural History, BioLounge
Show you care by creating a heartfelt, handmade Valentine's Day card—letting nature inspire your sentiments. Craft supplies will be available through Feb. 10. But finish your card before Feb. 7, and your sweetie will receive a delightfully kitschy postmark from Loveland, Colorado, as part of the town's annual Valentine Re-mailing Program. Get details.

Through Feb. 14  CU Book Store
Need more time? Make your own valentines at the CU Book Store through Feb. 14. Paper, stickers, markers and all the supplies you will need are located in the lower level of the store.

Free events at The Rec for Body Image Awareness Month

Through Feb. 27 Rec Center
The month of February is dedicated to body image awareness, with a different theme each week. Events include Sweat & Learn nutrition and fitness workshops, strength training, yoga, a zumba party and much more.

Welcome Wednesday

Feb. 5 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Koenig Alumni Center
Enjoy a free lunch provided by The Herd on the first Wednesday of every month. This month’s Welcome Wednesday will feature free food from The Sink, as well as beverages from the Bean Machine, a traveling coffee van. 

STEM Industries Career and Internship Fair

Feb. 6 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom
The STEM Industry Career and Internship Fair is for students who are seeking internships or full-time positions. Employers will be recruiting for computer science, robotics, math, statistics, technology and all engineering fields. This free event is a great opportunity to network! 

“A Decade in Review: Astronomy’s Greatest Hits of the 2010s”

Feb. 6 7 p.m. Fiske Planetarium
When the world entered 2010, photos of Pluto were pixels, we had found less than 500 exoplanets, and we could only view black holes through drawings. We now pass into a new decade with high-resolution photos of our favorite dwarf planet, a catalogue of over 4,000 exoplanets, and a stunning photo of a black hole 55 million light-years away. But how did astronomy get where it is today? Join Fiske for a tour through the universe as they look back at some of astronomy’s greatest advancements of the last decade.

Program Council Film Series

Feb. 7, 20, 27, 28  8 p.m. Chem 140
Join Program Council for free movies and popcorn throughout the month of February. This month’s movies include Harriet, Queen & Slim, Joker and Zombieland: Double Tap.

CU on Friday: Color Me Happy

Feb. 7  4–6 p.m. UMC 235
CU Boulder students, faculty and staff are invited to this fun UMC tradition! Participate in plenty of festive activities including: coloring pages, DIY stress balls, virtual reality and video games, free mac and cheese, hot cocoa and hot chai.

International Coffee Hour

Feb. 7, 14, 28 4–5:30 p.m.  UMC Main Dining Area
Stop by for free coffee, tea and snacks. This is a great opportunity to connect with the international community here at CU Boulder.

T9Hacks: Women and non-binary hackathon

Feb. 7, 8 6 p.m. Feb. 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 ATLAS Center
Join the fifth annual T9Hacks, a women and non-binary hackathon, where there will be workshops, mentors, food, games and swag. Have fun solving problems, exploring new technologies and building something creative. Open to all levels. Registration is required.

Silicon Flatirons Annual Conference: Technology Optimism and Pessimism

Feb. 9  8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wolf Law, Wittemyer Courtroom
The 2020 Silicon Flatirons flagship conference will examine optimism and pessimism in the tech sector. Conference speakers will explore both the positive and negative impacts of the tech sector on individuals and society in an effort to reach a more nuanced appreciation of technological change and consider how we advance the positive impacts while mitigating the negative. Free for CU students, but registration is required.

I Love Mondays: Chocolate-covered strawberries

Feb. 10 2–3 p.m.  UMC North Dining Hall
What better way is there to kick start your week? Cure your case of the Monday blues by joining I Love Mondays at the UMC! Located right by Alferd Packer Grill, I Love Mondays also promotes other opportunities on campus you can get involved in. This month’s events also include a mac and cheese bar and a nacho bar. Yum!

Wellness Wednesdays: Bracelet making

Feb. 12  2–4 p.m.  Wardenburg third floor
Stop by Wardenburg to engage in crafty activities, such as bracelet making! Other activities this month include succulent planting, stone decorating and a body positive photo shoot.

Pinterest & Popcorn: Make your own stuffed animal

Feb. 12 5–7 p.m.  UMC 330
Join your fellow crafters to create your very own stuffed animals in the UMC, and take a snuggle buddy home with you! All materials are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ralphie’s Cooking Basics: Valentine’s Day macarons

Feb. 13 5:30–7:30 p.m.  Village Center
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than making macarons the day before? All materials will be provided. If you are interested in participating in a cooking class, the sign-up sheet will start at 5:15 p.m. Space is limited to the first 15 people who sign up, so please be sure to arrive early! Closed-toe shoes must be worn at all times when in the kitchen. Other events this month include making pasta, pho and pad thai. 

“Update from Juno: Love Letters from Jupiter”

Feb. 13, 14  7 p.m. Fiske Planetarium
Join Fran Bagenal as she takes us on a journey to Jupiter with NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Learn the latest news this mission is telling us about the largest planet in our solar system. Images from Juno are revealing swirling clouds, amazing polar storms, intense aurora and deep weather systems—plus the spinning Great Red Spot. Juno uses special techniques to probe underneath its dense cloud cover to reveal secrets from Jupiter’s deep interior about the planets formation and evolution. Students are admitted free with a valid Buff OneCard. Plan to arrive 30 minutes early, as this talk will be very popular.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Feb. 13–15 7:30 p.m. Imig Music, Music Theatre
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

Winter Bike to Work Day

Feb. 14  Noon to 2 p.m.  UMC
Pump up your tires and participate in the international Winter Bike to Work Day challenge. Look for the "Bike Home" station in the south plaza of the UMC for some bike-related fun, food and wackiness. 

CU women’s basketball games

Feb. 14, 16, 21, 23  CU Events Center
Get out and support your Buffs in these home games against Cal, Stanford, Arizona State and Arizona. CU students are admitted free with a valid Buff OneCard.

LGBTQ + Allies Yoga and Waffles

Feb. 15 11:30 a.m.  Rec Center, Mind & Body Studio
Join this event for all-levels yoga that will use welcoming language and education around the physiological changes that occur in the body while practicing yoga. There will be yoga sequences like sun salutation and seated meditation, and learning how to use movement and breathing patterns to dispel negative thoughts. There will be free waffles for participants! Participate in this de-stressing Inclusive Rec event.

Spring Festival of Choirs

Feb. 16 7:30 p.m. Mountain View United Methodist Church
The CU Choirs present a sampling of the music they're singing this spring. See the program. Please note: The location has changed from Grusin Music Hall due to a roof leak. 

Days of Gratitude

 Feb. 17–21 More details coming soon
Practicing gratitude helps us slow down and appreciate all of the good things happening in the world and in our own lives. Recognizing the sources of our joy also allows us to pay it forward to others. Celebrate and share gratitude at events all week long!

Buffalo Nites: Poetry Slam

Feb. 20 7–9 p.m. Old Main Chapel
Join CSI for the annual Poetry Slam: Watch your fellow Buffs show off their skills and compete for prizes. A coffee hour with snacks will be held before the event.

CU lacrosse

Feb. 21  4 p.m. Kittredge Field
Support the women's lacrosse team as they take on Harvard in this afternoon match.

Boulder Battle 2020 Climbing Competition

Feb. 22 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Rec Center, climbing gym
The 2020 Boulder Battle has three heats and finals for the top five men and women climbers. There will be prizes for the top three men and women in the beginner, intermediate and advanced divisions. Register now to participate.

Spring Diversity and Inclusion Summit

Feb. 25  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  UMC
Join the campus for a full day of conference-style sessions including experts focusing on making excellence inclusive.

Inclusive Sports Summit: Awareness Leading to Action

Feb. 26 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Dal Ward, Rec Center
Join CU’s third annual Inclusive Sports Summit! This event provides a space for everyone to discuss social issues while embracing one's differences through interactive presentations, panel discussions and experiential opportunities. Topics will include social justice, LGBTQ, race and ethnicity, health and wellness, and careers in relation to sports and recreation. Keynote speakers include Phillip Lindsay, CU alum and running back for the Denver Broncos, and Kate Fagan, CU alum and bestselling author of What Made Maddy Run.

Fri-Yay Nights: Leap year celebration

Feb. 28  5–8 p.m. Rec Center, Ice Rink
Make connections, build community and have fun at Fri-Yay Nights! With a range of different events, Fri-Yay Nights brings a variety of fun activities to kick off the weekend right. Join your fellow Buffs to celebrate the leap year with a personal time capsule, origami and games. This month’s events also include heart opener yoga and chocolate, Feb. 14, and the CU women’s basketball game vs. Arizona State, Feb. 21.