Upcoming Campus Events: April 29 – May 5

Attend the ROAR Awards, join a DEI Munch & Learn on Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, play spikeball and check out the many musical events at the Ent Center!

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Campus Events


riverrun Vol. 51 Launch Party
Monday, April 29 from 5 – 8 p.m. | The Upper Lodge

  • Our student-led literary arts journal, riverrun, is hosting a launch party for its 51st volume! Come join us in the Upper Lodge on campus to celebrate its publishing and pick up your own copy. There will be free food, readings from the authors, and portable printing presses for you to print with (on loan from the Press at Colorado College), so don’t miss out!

Dart Wars
Monday, April 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. | UCCS Recreation Center Court D

  • Come experience Dart Wars on campus! Dart Wars is a company that hosts Nerf Battles in many different formats, including team elimination, capture the flag, gladiator, and many more!

ROAR Awards
Monday, April 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. | Berger Hall

  • ROAR Awards season is here!! This is the time for clubs, organizations, and members to be recognized for all they do in our UCCS and Colorado Springs Community, and for us to celebrate all the hard work of the 2023-2024 year. Come join us for this year’s ROAR Awards for an award ceremony, with food, drinks, and a chance to live out a red-carpet experience!


Volunteer Days
Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | UCCS Farm

  • Ready to pitch in? Volunteer at the Farm every Tuesday!

Farm to Fork: Culinary Basics
Tuesday, April 30 from 5 – 6 p.m. | UCCS Farm

  • Immerse yourself in farm-fresh cuisine as we invite you to join us at the farm for an entry-level cooking experience! Learn the art of cooking and master the culinary basics using fresh produce.

Hang with Chicks!
Tuesday, April 30 from 10 – 11 a.m. | Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Do you love animals? The come visit with the newborn ducks and chicks from the UCCS Farm!


Ungrind For Finals
Wednesday, May 1 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | West Lawn

  • Join the Office of the Dean of Students and the Wellness Center and ungrind for finals! Enjoy hammocks, lawn games, DIY sleep kits, free ice cream and other snacks, and MORE!

Bottle Schools in Guatemala VIRTUAL Info Session
Wednesday, May 1 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Virtual Event

  • The goal of Serve the World Today (STWT) is to give people in “developed” countries the chance to give back, by participating in a bottle school trip in Guatemala. STWT facilitates one-week “voluntourism” trips, where volunteers can be part of building a bottle school, working side-by-side with the community they are serving, at the same time learning about Guatemala culture and history and making deep personal connections. Come and learn about this upcoming program, participants will have the opportunity to ask any questions they have, as well as gain additional information regarding the program itself.


DEI Munch & Learn Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Thursday, May 2 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | UC 303 or join virtually

  • The Division of DEI Presents: The DEI Munch & Learn. This month’s program will highlight Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Our guest speaker will be George Bayuga, Assistant Professor in Anthropology. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and enjoy a free lunch!

Committee on Research and Creative Works (CRCW) Presentations
Thursday, May 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | UC 302

  • Join us to learn more about previous CRCW Seed Grant winners’ research and the progress they have made in the years since receiving their award. Come to any session or stay for the whole event and learn about the research happening at UCCS!

Bug Museum Excursion Trip
Thursday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Student Life Lounge

  • Come join us for the John May Bug Museum Excursion trip with collaboration with Bug Club!

Zero-Proof Happy Hour
Thursday, May 2 from 5 – 6 p.m. | UCCS Farm

  • Invest in your mental health and emotional well-being! Join us for an hour of happiness and explore various techniques and approaches to foster happiness and mitigate stress. Please register in advance here.

F.A.M. Graduation Celebration!
Thursday, May 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. | Berger Hall

  • Celebrate our first-generation and multicultural (F.A.M.) graduates with a fun night of recognition, food, and photos! This celebration will focus on honoring the impact of students working towards access, inclusion, community, and paving pathways in and through higher education for historically minoritized and underrepresented communities. Students will receive first-generation cords, international cords, lavender stoles, MOSAIC stoles, and the Pre-Collegiate stoles during this ceremony.


Inclusive Belonging Spotlight Series with the Department of Social Work
Friday, May 3 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. | UC 307 or join virtually

  • Join the Office of DEI Education & Outreach as we hear from staff and faculty in the Department of Social Work on how they center DEI in their new program. Free coffee and pastries will be provided.

Kids Night – Swim Night
Friday, May 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. | UCCS Rec Center

Climbing Competition
Friday, May 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. | SOLE Center

  • Join SOLE for a free climbing competition!

Movie Night: Encanto
Friday, May 3 from 7 – 9 p.m. | UC 307

  • Come and have some fun watching Encanto with International Affairs and iBuddy. Popcorn and drinks provided.


Destress Events
Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | UCCS Farm

  • Come destress before finals at the UCCS Farm! Visit our chicks and ducks, drink some herbal tea and do some gardening at the UCCS Farm.

Star Wars Day: Sci-Fi Fandom
Saturday, May 4 from 2 – 4 p.m. | Kraemer Family Library, 2nd Floor

  • Take a break from studying for finals and join us for Star Wars inspired de-stressing activities! Come in your favorite Star Wars clothing. Cosplayers are welcome! May the 4th be with you!

Day of History Graduate Student Conference
Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | UC 303 and Clyde’s

  • Graduate Students will present their research covering various topics in Modern History.

Spikeball Open Rally
Saturday, May 4 from 4 – 7 p.m. | Alpine Field

  • Come play spikeball! All skill levels welcome!

Arts & Culture

Annual Visual Art Senior Exhibition: SONDER
Exhibition Runs April 12 – May 11, Thursdays through Saturdays 1 – 6 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts

  • It’s time again for the annual Visual Art Senior Exhibition and this year’s show, SONDER, will be the first exhibition held in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery in the Ent Center for the Arts! This is the capstone for graduating visual art students and is always an impressive showing of contemporary student works.

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association Spring Concert One
Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. | Shockley-Zalabak Theater

  • Join the Ent Center for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association’s first concert of the spring. Purchase tickets here.

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association Spring Concert Two
Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. | Shockley-Zalabak Theater

  • Join the Ent Center for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association’s second concert of the spring. Purchase tickets here.

Student Recitals: Abernathy, Magoye and Luc
Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

  • Join Joshua Abernathy, Sembayata Magoye, Kevin Luc for their student recitals.

Wellness Wednesdays
Wednesday, May 1 at 12 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts

  • Join us for free, 1-hour movement sessions every Wednesday at the Ent Center for the Arts! Sessions are free and open to all, but registration is requested.

Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

  • Embark on a sonic odyssey with GAEYA, where the ethereal sounds of the ancient natural world converge seamlessly with ambient analog synthscapes. GAEYA’s music is a gateway to an exploration of Earth, an ode to sustainability, and a call for a brighter future. Through vast atmospheric landscapes, immersive walls of sound, and a commanding vocal presence, GAEYA weaves a tapestry of intergalactic vibes and deep-rooted Nordic frequencies that guide listeners toward a greener horizon. Purchase tickets here.

VAPA Events: World Music Ensemble
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

  • The World Music Ensemble, directed by Principal Instructor of Music Haleh Abghari and taught by Assistant Professor of Dance Rosely Conz, presents an evening of music and dance from various traditions and cultures. Featuring guest artists Shazia Ali, piano, and Chris Koroshetz, percussion. Performed with students from Fundamentals of Dance. Free event, but registration is required in advance.

Runs April – May with several showtimes | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater

  • Against all odds, a Black man climbs the social ladder of a rigidly homogenous Venice—finding success in politics, military efforts, and even love. At his side, a woman born to status holds firm in her agency, even as her world reduces her to a symbol. For the first time, Theatreworks welcomes director Mikael Burke (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Yale Rep) to helm this essential Shakespearean tragedy not seen on our stage since 1988. Select a showtime and purchase tickets here.

Prologue: Othello
Runs April 26 – May 5 with several showtimes | Shockley-Zalabak Theater

  • Shakespeare is an integral part of American theatre; the Bard of Avon is still the most produced playwright in the country – but why? Artistic Director Caitlin Lowans joins Associate Professor Max Shulman and Othello director Mikael Burke, to dive in to the enduring love of William Shakespeare, discuss our Othello, and the ways we keep these timeless tales fresh and relevant.

Men On Boats
Runs April 26 – May 5 with several showtimes | Osborne Studio Theater

  • Ten men in a big, BIG Canyon: Men on Boats takes us on the first successful trip down the Colorado River. It’s 1869, and a party of daring explorers face the threats of rushing rapids, a dwindling food supply, and their own hard-headedness as they attempt to chart the Grand Canyon. But this American story of white masculinity is taken up by a cast of diverse women, flipping the historic tale on its head, and creating a wildly theatrical satire. Select a showtime and purchase tickets here.

Prologue: Men on Boats
Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts

  • To accompany the UCCS Theatre Company’s production of Jaclyn Backhaus’ “Men on Boats,” join us for a conversation that examines the foundational role that our country has given to masculinity within our national identity. From the colonial era, through westward expansion, and into the present era, our definition of masculinity has changed from generation to generation. But, the patriarchal system has remained. How has America’s reverence for the masculine held us back, and how can our redefinition of gender lead to a brighter future?

VAPA Events: Sagitta Ensemble
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. | Margot Lane Studio

  • Join the Ent Center for a performance by the Sagitta Ensemble.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Festival – Popular Music Showcase
Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

Colorado Springs Conservatory Festival – Saturday Showcase
Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

  • Presentations from the young performers of piccolo, soprano, and alto classes and more! Purchase tickets here.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Festival – Theatre Showcase
Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

Saturday, May 4 at 4 p.m. | Shockley-Zalabak Theater

  • Come and enjoy the comedic ballet of Coppelia, a beloved story about a crazy doll maker, Dr. Coppelius who wants to turn his life-size doll Coppelia into a real girl. Performed by over 60 local Colorado Springs youth and fun for all ages! Purchase tickets here.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Festival – An Evening of Beautiful Instrumental and Vocal Pieces
Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

Colorado Springs Conservatory Festival – Composition and Music Production Showcase
Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

The Bluffs Film Festival
Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. | Shockley-Zalabak Theater

  • Join us for a celebration of Colorado and UCCS filmmakers! The Bluffs Film Festival was created to showcase the work of UCCS digital filmmaking students in the Communication track. Bluffs Fest highlights the premiere of the award-winning student-produced TV show, “The Bluffs.” Now in its 10th season and second year as a film festival, Bluffs Fest welcomes all UCCS filmmakers and members of the Colorado community to share their cinematic visions. Find out more or submit your film here. This event is free but with limited spots, please register in advance here.

Colorado Springs Conservatory Festival – Festival Finale: Senior Recital
Sunday, May 5 at 5 p.m. | Chapman Foundation Recital Hall

  • Celebrate our graduating seniors and the mentors who guided them!

Check out the 2024 schedule at the Ent Center!

For more events on campus, check out Mountain Lion Connect, our central campus events calendar.