Student Life kicks off semester with week of connection-focused events 

UCCS’ Department of Student Life will be hosting nine events over the course of the week meant to help students connect with one another and explore what activities and communities the school has to offer. 

DisOrientation Week will take place in locations across campus from Aug. 21 to 26.  

Director of student engagement Stephen Cucchiara said that all the scheduled events are free, open to all students and follow the theme “A Slice of Student Life.”  

On Monday, the Concert on the Lawn will take place from 6-9 p.m. on the West Lawn. DJ T-BeatZ will open for the pop band Crash Adams. Cucchiara said students can also enjoy some Dippin’ Dots, cotton candy and additional activities, like riding a mechanical bull. 

On Tuesday, Student Life will serve a Commuter Breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Lot 540. Commuter students can also get care packages and beverages outside of Centennial Hall during the event. 

A Commuter Lunch will take place on the Upper Plaza of the University Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. Students who attend this event can socialize while partaking in some hotdogs and lemonade. 

In the evening, there will be a dodgeball tournament in the Rec Center from 7-9 p.m. Students can sign up to play for large prizes individually or as part of a team. According to Mountain Lion Connect, students must sign up by 4 p.m. on Tuesday through the intramural registration website to join. 

On Wednesday, a game of laser tag will be held on the West Lawn from 8-10 p.m. According to Mountain Lion Connect, students will get more information at the start of the event. 

Meet the Greeks is on Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. on the West Lawn. Cucchiara said that students who attend this event will have the chance to learn more about UCCS’ fraternities and sororities. 

Then, Salsa Fiesta will take place in Berger Hall from 7:30-9 p.m. According to Cucchiara, Student Life is bringing in a dance company to teach students how to salsa dance. “Students will have an opportunity to learn salsa and merengue dance moves and techniques,” Cucchiara said, adding that different types of dancing will follow. 

Neon Night is on Friday in Berger Hall from 8-11 p.m. According to Cucchiara and Mountain Lion Connect, students can participate in several glow in the dark games and activities during this event. 

DisOrientation week ends with a Crafternoon Planting and Lego Build event from 3-5:30 p.m. on Summit Turf.  

Students can find more information about these events on Mountain Lion Connect. They can also receive updates, promotions and announcements from Student Life by texting “Students” to 71444. 

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