Wearing your ‘school colors’ to show school spirit is a long-held tradition. On College Friday, April 8, white T-shirts emblazoned with our new logo and word mark were seen across both the Denver and Anschutz Medical campuses.
"We are proud to celebrate College Friday, supporting College in Colorado to help make a college education accessible to everyone,” said Chancellor Jerry Wartgow. “We hosted events on both campuses throughout the week, giving away branded CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus T-shirts and other handy items so that together, on April 8, we all could proudly represent our university."
Across the Metro area, various alumni, business and community partners received our new T-shirt and letter from the chancellor describing College Friday and expressing the university's appreciation. Recipients were encouraged to wear their T-shirts on Friday to show their support of the university and higher education.
Alumni recipients included: Denver Mayor Bill Vidal, at left, Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer and Denver Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelly Brough.
On the Anschutz Medical Campus, nearly 1,000 shirts were snapped up by students, faculty and staff. Due to a larger population downtown on the Denver Campus the total number of shirts given away nearly doubled to more than 1,800. Lines formed early and at times were 50-75 people waiting for the giveaways.
But T-shirts weren’t the only treasure to be had. With a spin of the “brand” wheel, some students picked up backpacks, window decals, key chains, mouse pads, sunglasses and mugs. At the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Library Café, there were $2 lattes, free mini-burritos from Big City Burrito and free samples from Wok ‘n’ Roll. The Denver Campus festivities included free slices of pizza and music by DJ JO outside the Tivoli Student Center.
Students getting into the spirit were appreciative, one noting "I’m really glad CU's giving out stuff that I'll actually use."
The festivities reached students beyond our campuses as representatives from the university hand delivered Future Student Welcome Kits to a dozen Lakewood High School seniors who have been accepted for fall admissions to CU Denver. Six of them immediately said, "Yes, I will be coming to school there!" Additionally, in collaboration with the School of Education and Human Development, the university provided more than 250 T-shirts with admissions materials to pre-service teachers that are in the field.
Check out all the smiling faces sporting their new university T-shirts on Facebook.