Published: Feb. 2, 2021

Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social life. Take advantage of free events and activities this month, ranging from game nights to do-it-yourself crafts and Inclusive Rec events.

Featured events

Career workshops and events

 Through February  Virtual
Need help with your job or internship search? Career Services offers weekly workshops for tips on job searching, résumés and more! Get helpful info and a chance to ask our career advisors your specific questions. This month’s workshops include:

Free fitness classes

Through Feb. 14  Rec Center and virtual
Take part in a free fitness class through The Rec! From HITT workouts to yoga, you can register for in-person or virtual classes. If you’re visiting the Rec Center, don’t forget to bring your Buff OneCard.

#Life

Stream through March 8
In this musical revue of compositions by Steve Marzullo and Michael Gruber, College of Music performers ask themselves and the audience about life's frustrations. What is our outlook toward the future? How do we keep smiles on our faces? How do we maintain hope? As in the real world, #Life explores the ways we survive and thrive in the face of obstacles.

Buffs Sustainable Solutions Challenge interest meetings

Feb. 3, 9  5–6 p.m. Virtual
Do you have the next revolutionary idea for a more sustainable future? Come pitch your idea and you could win up to $1,000! Your idea should address environmental quality, natural resource use, social justice and economic longevity at CU Boulder. Attend an interest meeting to learn more. 

Wellness Wednesdays

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24  2 p.m.  Virtual
This free weekly program provides a space to engage in self-care activities, learn about campus resources and build community. This month’s activities involve sharing gratitude and building community.

DSCC Dialogues

Feb. 3, 16  5 p.m. Zoom
The Dennis Small Cultural Center’s discussion-based program series DSCC Dialogues was created to provide a safe space to have discussion around identity, community and world events. This month’s events include celebrating Black History Month and learning how to start your own business. 

Eco-Social Solutions webinar series

 Feb. 4, 18  5–6:30 p.m. Zoom
Learn about strategies and ideas that advance climate action, food security, social justice and sustainability on a local level. You’ll gain valuable insights into community approaches and leadership as well as knowledge of core topics in sustainability and social justice. This series runs biweekly through April 15. Register for details and Zoom access.

Virtual Micro-Internship Fair

 Feb. 5  4 p.m. Virtual
Do you want to make extra money? Have some spare time on your schedule? Bring a friend and attend the Virtual Micro-Internship Fair! A micro-internship is a short-term, paid, professional assignment. Build your résumé and grow your networks with a part-time project. Register on Handshake and be prepared in case you get the chance to interview!

Community Game Nights

 Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26  Times vary  Zoom
Community Game Nights are your chance to join your fellow CU students, along with students from other campuses across the nation, in a variety of fun and engaging games—all played on Zoom! Upcoming game nights include trivia, game shows and more. You’ll also have the chance to be the “Buff Winner” of the week and receive a CU prize package valued at $50! Register for Community Game Nights.

Basketball Shoot Around

 Feb. 5, 12  3–6 p.m.  Rec Center 
Grab a buddy and come shoot some hoops at the Rec Center! Only three people will be allowed per basket. You’ll have your own ball, but bring your own if you can. Be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot. 

Inclusive Rec events

Feb. 6, 15, 20  Rec Center and virtual
This month’s Inclusive Rec events include:

  • Novice Climbing Night: Learn the basics of climbing and bouldering on Feb. 6
  • Virtual Couch to 10K Strength Prep to build your running endurance starting Feb. 15
  • Strength Training Foundations for the LGBTQ+ Community & Allies on Feb. 20

Space is limited, and registration is required for Inclusive Rec events.

Mindful Mondays

 Feb. 8, 15, 22  2 p.m.  Virtual
Start your Mondays strong with engaging mindfulness activities. This month’s events include gratitude, relationship wellness and more.

Journey Leader info sessions

 Feb. 9, 18  6–7 p.m.  Virtual
Want to share your experiences with incoming Buff students? Attend these Journey Leader meet-and-greets to get to know more about this student leadership opportunity and meet current Journey Leaders. You’ll learn about the Journey Leader role, participate in a few activities and get your questions answered. Don’t forget to register to save your spot!

Join the CSI Book Club

Feb. 10, 24  Virtual
This semester, the Center for Student Involvement is offering a variety of book clubs! This month, you can take part in the conversation with So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Each participant will receive a free book, then engage in virtual discussions with members of the book club. Space is limited, and sign up is first-come, first-served, so be sure to register today!

How to Talk About What Matters: Justice Reform

 Feb. 10  5–6:15 p.m.  Virtual
Join your fellow Buffs to watch a pre-recorded interview with Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod on her experiences reaching across differences and disagreement to have meaningful conversation on justice reform. Learn about skills and strategies you can use to have effective conversations about justice reform in your own relationships and spheres.

Grad Bingo

 Feb. 10  5 p.m.  Virtual
Do you think you have what it takes to win bingo? Come join fellow Buff grad students for a bingo night! You’ll have a chance to win prizes from some of your favorite stores. Space is limited to the first 50 people; be sure to register today

SKOServe: Feed the Stampede Combating Food Insecurity at CU Boulder

 Feb. 11  5:30–6:30 p.m.  Virtual
Do you know about food insecurity? Who does it affect and why is it important to address? In this SKOServe workshop, participants will be able to learn about food insecurity and how it impacts university and college students across the nation, specifically at CU Boulder. With special guest facilitators from the Buff Pantry, this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Science Under the Dome: Future of the Autonomous Self

 Feb. 11  7 p.m.  YouTube
Graduate student researcher Prasanth Prahladan will explore the consequences of modern day social media and socio-technical platforms in shaping our sense of what it means to be an autonomous agent. This monthly series is hosted by Fiske Planetarium.

Virtual Housing Expo

 Feb. 15  Times TBA  Virtual
Come find your new home! Attending the CU Virtual Housing Expo is a great way to find housing, meet with landlords and have your questions answered. This will be especially helpful if it’s your first time living off campus in the Boulder area. Make sure to sign up with your email to get the latest news on registration and times.

DIY Nights: Candle making

 Feb. 15  6 p.m.  Zoom
Come meet new Buffs and get your craft on while you join the Center for Student Involvement for DIY Night! You can pick up the materials for a craft, then tune in to watch and create your own candles. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance for this fun event. 

Make-n-Take events

 Feb. 16, 23  4 p.m.  UMC and Williams Village
Meet new Buffs and make your own Spring Success Kit! Stop by and make your own kit with a variety of supplies such as household goods, sweet and salty treats and some fun swag. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance.

Pre-Law Tuesday Talks

 Feb. 16, 23  5:30 p.m.  Zoom
Whether you want to pursue a career in law or are simply curious about the field, join these weekly talks from lawyers, law schools and judges across the country about their experience. This month’s speakers include Natalie Blazer, assistant dean for Admissions at the University of Virginia School of Law and Amy Bockman, county judge for the Seventeenth Judicial District in Broomfield, Colorado. Be sure to register on Handshake to reserve your spot. 

CU Presents Faculty Tuesdays

 Feb. 16, 23  7:30 p.m. Livestream
In this series, renowned College of Music faculty perform with invited guests and students. Join pianist Suyeon Kim and friends on Feb. 16, or tune in for some flamenco jazz fusion on Feb. 23

Guided paint class

 Feb. 18  6:30 p.m.  Virtual
Engage with other Buffs and learn how to paint evergreen trees through this guided paint class with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI). All supplies are included and can be picked up on campus. Space is limited to the first 50 students, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot.

An Evening with Esther Perel

 Feb. 18  7 p.m.  Virtual
Esther Perel is a psychotherapist, award-winning podcast host and bestselling author being hosted by the Distinguished Speakers Board, a CU Boulder student-led organization. Attendance is limited to 3,000 attendees, so be sure to pre-register to reserve your spot today! You are encouraged to submit questions for Perel via #EstherCU on Twitter or Facebook, which will be posed during a moderated Q&A following the speech.

David Brooks to talk leadership, centering relationships and building trust

 Feb. 23  7 p.m.  Virtual

In this virtual talk, bestselling author and social commentator David Brooks will share how all citizens can be leaders in repairing the country’s social fabric.

Ralphie’s Cooking Basics: Doro W’et (Ethiopian chicken stew) 

 Feb. 24  5:30 p.m.  Virtual
Ask a friend to join you in making this delicious Ethiopian stew! The Center for Inclusion and Social Change and Center for Student Involvement are celebrating Black History Month and teaching you to cook something new! Participants will be able to pick up a food kit and cook with fellow Buffs in a virtual setting. Vegetarian options will be available for all classes. Learn more about Ralphie’s Cooking Basics.

Buffalo Nites: Comedian Maya May

 Feb. 25  7 p.m.  Virtual
Join for a night of laughs and fun with comedian Maya May. May is a writer and stand-up comedian who used humor to navigate the awkwardness of growing up a Black nerd and only child in suburban Chicago. She has performed at festivals around the U.S. and is known for her smart, fun and conscious humor. 

Williams Village bike repair and registration

 Feb. 25  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Will Vill bus stop
Have you registered your bike? Does your bike need a fix? The Bike Program will be offering bike repairs and bike registration at Williams Village near the bus stop. This event is weather dependent. Face coverings and physical distancing must be maintained at all times.

Wind Symphony concert

 Feb. 26  7:30 p.m. Livestream
Composed of the most outstanding wind, brass and percussion students in the College of Music, the Wind Symphony is dedicated to performing the finest wind repertoire in performance at Macky Auditorium.