Family Weekend Kicks Off Friday: Fun & Face-Time at CU-Boulder

Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado ©2014 All Rights Reserved

At four weeks into the school year, CU-Boulder students and parents are ready for some in-person face-time.

And, this weekend is perfect for a family re-connect.

Yes, it promises to be a beauty: Indian summer is in full swing and fall colors pepper the high country.

That’s a very good thing for the thousands of CU Buff family members who will come for the three day event, which begins Friday.

Main attraction: CU vs. Hawaii, Saturday, September 20

Nothing highlights fall fun like high-energy football, and with only seven home games for the Buffs and family members in town, this one will be super-charged.

Chip, the buffalo mascot, has some fun with a student on the way to Folsom Field.

Chip, the buffalo mascot, has some fun with a student on the way to Folsom Field.

Kick-off is 12 p.m., with pre-game festivities from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., featuring classic tailgate brunch fare and a pep rally with Chip and the CU cheerleaders and marching band.

If you don’t have game tickets yet, you can purchase them here.

Saturday morning line-up

Before pre-game, families are invited to attend Family Weekend activities geared to help parents and students get the most out of their education. Sessions include:

  • The CU Study Abroad Program
  • Your Student’s Professional Development: Maximizing the Value of a CU-Boulder Degree
  • Finding Off-Campus Housing
  • So, How’s It Going? An Interactive Theater Performance
  • Fiske Planetarium Show

Friday, September 19 

Campus activities get rolling with a visit to CU’s buffalo mascot, Ralphie, her corral on the east side of the Duane Physics Building.

Around campus, engaging presentations and panel discussions include:

  • The Future of Cannabis Research at CU in a Changing Legal and Medical Landscape—Learn about CU-Boulder’s plans to research cannabis as one of the universities that will take the lead in this new research effort. Since the recent legalization, the federal government is allowing universities that receive federal funds to conduct research on the plant. This panel discussion, organized by Robert Sievers, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, explores the exciting directions this research will take.
  • Does this Data Make Me Look Pregnant? Big Data and What It Will Do—This panel discussion, organized by Dean Phil Weiser, CU-Boulder School of Law, and Dean David Ikenberry, Leeds School of Business, examines whether the storage and use of personal and behavioral data is something to embrace or fear. As more of our business and life is conducted online, each of us contributes to the Big Data phenomenon. The panel of business and law experts will look at the consequences.

Pearl Street Stampede

Friday evening the CU “Golden Buffalo Marching Band” performs on the Pearl Street Mall during the “Pearl Street Stampede,” beginning at 7:00 p.m. More than 200 CU marching band members treat mall visitors to choreographic moves and demonstrate their musical prowess.

Bonus Event: Fall Fest in Downtown Boulder

Local food and microbrews, music, children’s entertainment and a children’s carnival and more than 30 artisan booths are featured on Saturday and Sunday all along the historic Pearl Street Mall. This is a great event for families. Enjoy free parking Saturday and Sunday in the City Parking Garages.

For more information:

For the full run-down on CU-Boulder Family Weekend activities, click here.

For more about Fall Fest, click here.

Photos by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado ©2014 All Rights Reserved

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