Published: July 19, 2021

Chancellor Philip DiStefano and the university executive leadership are setting the course for a new academic year with an Aug. 11 event on Farrand Field for faculty, staff and graduate students. The Buffs Back Together recognition event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is designed, as DiStefano put it, “to kick off the academic year by reengaging and sharing food, drink and each other’s company.” 

The event will feature a catered lunch, a DJ and fun activities ranging from lawn games to chair massages and therapy dogs. Those planning to attend the lunch are asked to register here. Supervisors are encouraged to support participation.

“We’ve been through incredible challenges during the pandemic,” said Provost Russell Moore. “Celebrating one another in person and on campus reminds us that our mission is, first and foremost, a human endeavor. I look forward to seeing everyone at this event.” 

Chief Operating Officer Patrick O’Rourke said bringing faculty, staff and graduate students together in a single celebration is deliberate. 

“The university succeeds when we all work together,” he said. “But during the pandemic, we saw this partnership between the administration, faculty and staff rise to new levels through heroic efforts and shared sacrifice. We want to thank everyone for their contributions and celebrate that spirit as the new academic year begins.”

All registrants are eligible for prize drawings during the event (winners need not be present). In consideration of personal comfort levels at in-person events, this event is voluntary.

Complimentary parking will be available in Lots 306 and 308, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Space is limited.

Thank you to our prize drawing sponsors: the CU Athletic Department, Alumni Association, CU Presents, CU Bookstore, Fiske Planetarium and CU Medical Services.

Special appreciation to the various campus units supporting this event:  Athletics, Alumni Association, Campus Dining Services, Environmental Center, Facilities Management, Parking Services, Staff Council, Strategic Relations & Communications and Student Affairs (Recreation Services, Health Promotions, Medical Services).


Buffs Back Together Recognition Event

When: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Where: Farrand Field

Additional event information and FAQs

Register here

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