By Amanda Heersink | University Communications
DENVER - The start of a new school year can be intimidating for new students, but the Office of Student Life
works diligently to bring new and returning students together. Throughout the year, Student Life organizes a variety of events that are free and open to all students as a way to add to the diversity of the Auraria Campus.
The next big event scheduled is on Sept. 19 -- Patch Adams, the world-famous doctor, who uses ‘clowning’ as a way to treat patients. Adams is scheduled to be in the Tivoli Turnhalle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After the speech, titled "Living a life full of joy," Adams will take five students to Children's Hospital Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus to experience 'clowning.'
There was a competition for the five lucky students, said Joe Halter, assistant director of Student Life. "We had students write a 200-word essay about 'why they would be the best choice to go with Patch.' We really wanted to give them free range to talk about anything they wanted to."
He added, "The opportunity is so great for students to see Patch at work in his element. Patch will also be speaking at the Anschutz Medical Campus about 'Medicine for fun not funds'."
Because this is a presidential election year, the Student Life team also is working to bring well-rounded viewpoints to campus. At the end of October there will be a political discussion between two top political leaders. Then in November, Student Life will host an Election Day Watch Party, including games, prizes, food and, of course, live broadcast coverage of election returns.
One new thing the Student Life office is trying out this fall is Dive In Movie, in which they will show a feature film all while in the pool at the PE Events Center on campus. Halter said, “We have shown movies outside before, but never at the pool.”
As always, there will be Fall Fest, which is the biggest outdoor program on campus. It features food, arts and crafts and live music. Students will be able to familiarize themselves with student organizations and academic programs. This program is also tri-institutional -- open to Metro State and Community College of Denver students.
For anyone who fondly remembers elementary school field day when classes were cancelled and you just got to play outside all day -- Student Life has brought back Funny Field Day. Participants get a chance to relive all those memories. Students, faculty and staff from CU Denver all are invited to participate for some great prizes in funny events such as 40-yard-high-heel dash, coffee mug relay race and a rubber-chicken kicking contest.
Of course, sports are a popular thing in Denver and so CU Denver has teamed up with the Colorado Rockies for College Night. The Rockies will be up against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 18. For only $5 and a non-perishable food item you get a ticket to the game as well as a pre-game pizza party. Just swing by the Student Life office in the Tivoli 303 to get tickets for you and your guest(s).
For more information about anything else Student Life has planned or if you have an idea that you think would be great to bring to campus, contact Student Life at 303-556-3399.