After more than a year of primarily remote teaching and learning, CU Denver is back in action. On Aug. 26, droves of students, faculty, staff, and community members, sporting Lynx swag and contagious grins, celebrated together at the annual Block Party. The back-to-school tradition takes place each year on Lawrence Street, between Speer and 14th streets. The 2020 event was held virtually, which made this year’s celebration all the more special.
“This is incredible,” said Chris Hilton, president of the Student Government Association. Hilton transferred to CU Denver during 2020 and took classes remotely, which means he was meeting many of his peers for the first time in person at the Block Party. He added, “I’ve never been so excited to be at school.”
The Block Party featured some of Denver’s beloved food trucks, live music from Lynx students and alumni, and dozens of tables giving out free swag from schools, colleges, and student organizations. Students played games, posed for selfies, and learned about unique university initiatives, such as the beekeeping project, which supports beekeepers in the Denver area and educates the Denver community about bees. Sophomore Apoorva Seth stopped by the beekeeping table and walked away with a fresh jar of honey.
“I want to be an event planner, but it is so cool to learn about all of CU Denver’s programs,” said Seth, who is studying marketing in the Business School. “CU Denver is here to help us be social and make more genuine connections, and I couldn’t be more excited to be back on campus.”
Katrina Nicholson, an administrative assistant in Facilities, worked on campus all through 2020, since the pandemic started. “It’s so fun to see everyone back together in person,” Nicholson said as she waited in line to spin a karaoke wheel at a table hosted by the College of Arts & Media. Next door, students made tie-dye T-shirts at the College of Architecture and Planning’s table.
This year’s Block Party was bigger and bolder than ever, signifying the beginning of a new semester together again, in person. If the event is any indicator of the year ahead, it’s looking bright.