Fall 2022 Block Party

In Photos: Celebrate the New Academic Year!

September 6, 2022

Can you believe that we’ve already cruised through two weeks of the fall semester? First-years have moved into City Heights and are exploring our urban campus. We have students logging into classes remotely or sitting down in classrooms as they balance busy work and life schedules. And staff and faculty are doing so much to support all of that, from first assignments to maintaining our campus buildings—and everything in between.  

We know how busy you’ve been, so we decided to round up some photos from welcome back and the first weeks so you can keep celebrating our Lynx community.  

We will never get tired of bluebird skies and that back-to-campus glow, especially during welcome week events. (And if that sun gets to be too much, check out these shady spots where you can cool off.) This was the first fall start when students were greeted both by Detour’s iconic murals of CU Denver alums and the Lynx statue (and a new tradition where students rub the statue’s paws for good luck).  
On Aug. 16, those bluebird skies were replaced with rain clouds for a short time, which cooled things down while new students moved into City Heights, CU Denver’s on-campus residence hall. University of Colorado President Todd Saliman (pictured; right) was on hand to help greet students and families. 
Convocation is a special moment when students can revel in the moment and dream about their commencement day—and this year’s event was extra special. You can read a full-recap here, including tips from keynote speakers and alums Ryan Anderson and Alysia Davey (pictured; left) who spoke with Chancellor Michelle Marks (pictured; right) about using their experience at CU Denver to open Zomo Asian + American Eatery in Englewood.
There’s just something about Milo, and we’re impressed with how our favorite mascot seems to be everywhere on campus. One thing is certain: People are all smiles around our lovable Lynx. 
In an event so big that we need to shut down a block in one of the country’s largest cities, Block Party returned this year with a time-travelling vibe, including CU Denver’s (from left) Managing University Counsel Chris Puckett, Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Engagement Sarah Buller, Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Enrollment and Student Success Monique Snowden, and Manager of Chancellor’s Office Operations Katherine Stewart, who celebrated the ’90s with vintage tees and flannel shirts. On Aug. 24, there was impromptu line dancing, plenty of tacos, and tie-dying stations. And the event helped officially kick off CU Denver’s 50th Anniversary celebrations (make sure to share your story about the university here).
With so many events going on around campus, there’s always plenty to do, whether that’s checking out CU Denver’s 50th anniversary flags on Larimer Square or attending events like the launch of the Climate Democracy Initiative, which met on campus on Aug. 29 and 30 and featured speakers that included Representative Joe Neguse (pictured). To find out more about what’s going on, bookmark the university’s events page
There’s so much packed into the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center, that we seem to discover something new every time we visit. At the Welcome Bash @ Wellness on Aug. 31, students got to play games, stop by a photo booth, and make connections. Staff: Don’t forget that you can access the Wellness Center, too; find more out more about membership here.