Goodbyes were said and a few tears shed as new students moved into campus residence halls Aug. 15 and 16.
Assisted by faculty, staff, upper-level students, administrators and the campus mascot – in addition to friends and family – 1,369 new students moved into first-year student housing, according to Ralph Giese, director of housing operations, Residence Life and Housing Office. With a capacity of 1,418 students, Giese was pleased with the 97 percent occupancy rate while promoting there was still space for “a few more.”
Housing for upper-level students was also at near capacity with 297 of 300 spaces filled. A total of 1,666 students will live on campus this fall, a new record.
Chancellor Venkat Reddy and Provost Tom Christensen welcomed new students to campus at Convocation Aug. 16. Convocation returned to a more traditional format this year with UCCS leaders emphasizing a newly developed student creed.
Following Convocation, students participated in Playfair, an informal event designed to encourage team building, and took a traditional class photo. New students also began Gateway Program Seminars Aug. 17-18 as an introduction to the campus.
Other welcome week activities included:
- Rocky Mountain Roar Night introduced students to athletics and school spirit
- College Fest showcased local businesses
- UCCS Has Talent where students shared individual talents with classmates
“Join the Mountain Lion P.R.I.D.E
Pride (noun): a group of lions forming a social pack.
Purpose – We make our school an inclusive learning environment where all students can succeed. We use this success to drive positive change in ourselves and our communities.
Respect – We value each other’s unique qualities and are able to discuss powerful topics with kindness and an open mind.
Integrity – We keep our commitments and are honest with everyone we meet. Our character is of the highest quality.
Determination – We reach higher through our education, relationships, and involvement with campus life
Excellence – We take responsibility for our thoughts, words, and actions. We continue to improve through both failure and success.
As UCCS students we strive to embody this creed.”