Excited students and nervous parents filled Campus Village on August 22 as students began arriving at the Denver Campus for the fall semester.'
Students pushed, pulled, dragged and carried boxes, bicycles and bundles of all sizes as they moved into their living quarters.
Moms and Dads helped, waiting for the inevitable farewell. Sean Lopez of Grand Junction watched as the first of his three daughters started college. “We’re a tight-knit family, “ he said. “It’s going to be hard not having her around.”
As she watched her son move in, Teresa Kistner of Aurora said there is no way to prepare for the day children leave home. “It’s hard to watch him grow up and be independent because I still want to be his mom.”
Her son, Cody, also had mixed emotions. “Going to college, you finally have the freedom you want,” he said, “ but you are also leaving a lot stuff behind at home.”
More than 50 volunteers, including Chancellor Jerry Wartgow (photo above at right) and Provost Rod Nairn (photo left), greeted students. Recruited by the Office of Student Life, some of the volunteers helped students with the heavy lifting.
The volunteers had been organized by the Office of Student Life. “It’s amazing to see our students, staff and others step up to welcome new students,” said Larry Loften, director, Community Standards and Wellness.
The Campus Village volunteer support was just one part of a much larger effort on campus this fall, called CU Launch. CU Launch will organize activities and trips for first-year student commuters as well as students living on campus.