It’s official: Cucharas, La Plata and Roaring Fork dedicated

Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak unveiled the cornerstone

Sunglasses were a must-have at a Friday afternoon dedication ceremonies for the newest additions to UCCS, Cucharas and La Plata residences halls and the Roaring Fork dining hall.

University dignitaries including CU Regent Kyle Hybl, Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Vice Chancellor Susan Szpyrka, Associate Professor Michele Companion, Executive Director Megan Bell and Resident Assistants Carissa Cotter and Jacob Christiansen officially dedicated spaces for 292 students to live and eat before a crowd of 75 faculty and staff.

The new residence and dining hall have been in use for more than a month but formal festivities were delayed as crews dodged summer storms and worked overtime to complete the project for Aug. 18 student move in.

Summer rains and just-in-time delivery were but a memory for Shockley-Zalabak who praised those who made move-in possible and arranged for Friday’s weather.

“I never grow tired of the continuous invention of the future,” Shockley-Zalabak said “This time, by creating first-class residential facilities for our students.”

With the opening of Village at Alpine, 1,417 students now live on campus. Next fall, 223 more students will live on campus when San Juan House is completed.

A Colorado river theme was chosen for Alpine Valley with each of the residence halls bearing the name of Colorado tributaries. The water theme is carried through to the Roaring Fork Dining Hall which boasts a river of colored tiles and symbols of Colorado terrain, history and wildlife. Among them is a depiction of human lungs, a nod to the university’s history as a tuberculosis sanitarium.

More than 75 faculty, staff and community members attended the dedication ceremony
Susan Szpyrka, vice chancellor, Administration and Finance, acted as emcee during the event
CU Board of Regents Chairman Kyle Hybl praised the new housing village
Michèle Companion, associate professor, Department of Sociology, discussed the first year experience program
Senior Residence Hall Advisors Carissa Cotter and Jacob Christiansen spoke on behalf of the housing students that call La Plata and Cucharas houses home
Megan Bell, executive director, Auxiliary Community and Learning Initiatives, gave the history of dedicated cornerstones
More than 75 faculty, staff and community members attended the dedication ceremony
After the ceremony, faculty, staff and community members toured the new residence halls
Attendees take in the view of Pikes Peak and Pulpit rock
University delegates pose with cornerstone
Senior Resident Assistant Grady Rogers gives faculty and staff members a tour of La Plata

— Photos by Philip Denman and Tom Hutton
Video by Media Services

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