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University of Northern Colorado Kicks Off Welcome Week

By Alexander Armani-Munn
On August 26, 2013

This weekend brought the return of students to Greeley for the 2013/2014 academic year. Several university-hosted events were held throughout the weekend to welcome new and returning students.

Freshman Convocation was Friday afternoon, afterwards students were invited to Taste of UNC/Bear Fest hosted by the University Program Council on the Turner Green. UNC Dining Services provided food for the event, which was the first of its kind on campus to provide composting as a method of waste disposal. Students from dining services and the Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (StudentLEAF) were on hand to collect waste and to divide landfill waste, recyclable waste, and compostable waste. Emcees from Student Radio provided music and entertainment for the event with the hill between Lawrenson and Holmes serving as a temporary dance floor. The football team and volleyball team made special appearances to build hype for their home appearances this semester; the cheer team was also in attendance to rally students. Representatives from Asian and Pacific American Student Services also preformed a traditional dance. Students were able to us their meal plans to get food at the event, and tickets for guests were five dollars.

Incoming freshman gathered on the Turner Green Saturday morning to take the 2017 class photo, as is tradition at UNC. In the evening, the UPC hosted a performance by comedian Michael Yo at the University Center. There was also a UNC volleyball alumni game at Butler-Hancock. The UNC volleyball team is gearing up for a big year after winning the Big Sky Conference and competing in the NCAA tournament last season.

On Sunday, students had the opportunity to attend the Student Involvement Fair on the Bishop-Lehr green. The Student Involvement Fair, previously Fall Bizarre, included interactive booths from many of the student clubs and organizations on campus as well as several businesses from the Greeley community. Sunday night, Bear Catholic conducted a mass at the Garden Theatre on Central Campus, and the Bishop-Lehr Green came alive again for Northern at Night. Members from the Resident Hall Association and Diversity Mentors lead students in painting the UNC tunnel, another customary fixture of welcome week each year.

Senior geology major Jason Kettle expressed his excitement to return to UNC for one more year of college life, admitting that he missed the Greeley culture after spending the summer in a smaller town. First year speech pathology graduate student Kaile Boprey echoed Kettle's excitement for the upcoming year saying, "I am excited and anxious. (Summer) was long. I missed college life."

Despite its traditional label as a "cow town," Greeley is quickly evolving into a bonafide college town and this year's Welcome Week was an indication of the youthful energy that thrives in the city.

Welcome Week events continue this week with Open Mic Monday night, another Student Involvement Fair for non traditional students on Tuesday night, and the Bear Welcome Speak Easy Wednesday night. Bear Catholic is also hosting events throughout the week with Human Foosball Monday night, Life-Sized Mario Kart Tuesday night, Broomball Wednesday night, a free talk with Jeff Runyan Thursday night, and a trip to Coors Field Friday night for a Rockies game. On Wednesday, the Center for Peer Education is hosting Bingo at the University Center.

There are many great events like those hosted during Welcome Week on campus throughout the semester with UPC, RHA, and other student clubs and organizations hosting regular events. The International Film Series returns to Lindou Auditorium September 12, and the Schulze Speaker Series begins September 17th with a talk from Stanford Professr John Willinsky. A complete calender of campus events is available online at

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