UPDATES (posted on 9/9/2014)

Registration for Family Weekend closed on Friday, September 5th. If you would still like to purchase football tickets you can do so through the Athletics website at www.cubuffs.com

Start time for the CU-Hawaii football game has been announced! Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00 PM (noon…Mountain Time). Please don’t forget to print your football tickets at home and bring them with you! You should have received an email from the Athletic Ticket Office (cutix) shortly after you registered with a PDF file of your football ticket(s) attached. If you failed to print your PDF tickets and you can’t find the email that the Athletic Ticket Office sent you, contact them at 303-492-8337 with your customer number and they will send you another email.

The “Family Weekend Pre-Game” will run from 10:00 to 11:130 AM. The “Pre-Game” will feature classic tailgate brunch fare. Don’t forget, the “Pre-Game” will occur in the Student Recreation Center upper gym and will feature a “Pep Rally” with Chip, the cheerleaders, and the CU Marching Band. The “Pep Rally” will occur from approximately 10:20 until 10:35 AM. Again, please don’t forget to print your pre-game tickets at home and bring them with you! You should have received an email from the Athletic Ticket Office (cutix) shortly after you registered with a PDF file of your pre-game ticket(s) attached. If you failed to print your PDF tickets and you can’t find the email that the Athletic Ticket Office sent you, contact them at 303-492-8337 with your customer number and they will send you another email.

Please note, due to the early kick-off, we have changed the time of the Saturday morning presentations (September 20th). Here’s the new Saturday line-up:

  • “The CU Study Abroad Program” (8:00 to 8:50 AM, Imig Music Building, Grusin Music Hall)
  • “Your Student’s Professional Development: Maximizing the Value of a CU-Boulder Degree” (8:00 to 8:50 AM, Visual Arts Center Auditorium, Room 1B20)
  • “Finding Off-Campus Housing” (9:00 to 9:50 AM, Visual Arts Center Auditorium, Room 1B20)
  • “So, How’s It Going?”—An Interactive Theater Performance (9:00 to 9:50 AM, Imig Music Building, Grusin Music Hall)
  • Fiske Planetarium Show (9:00 to 10:00 AM)

There has been an addition to the Friday, September 19th, event schedule:

  • Education Tax Planning for College Students and Parents (8:30 -10:00 AM; UMC Gallery)

Let’s talk about parking:

  • Friday, September 19th:

    We have arranged free parking for you on Franklin Field located next to the stadium along Colorado Avenue. Your Friday parking pass will be emailed to you. Please don’t forget to print the pass and bring it with you on Friday, September 19th. This pass will allow you to park in the designated Family Weekend parking area. If Franklin Field fills up, parking personnel will direct you to an alternate parking location nearby.

    Click here for a map highlighting the primary Friday Family Weekend parking area—Franklin Field along Colorado Avenue. Please note: you must move your car from Franklin Field or the alternate Family Weekend parking location by 6:00 PM on Friday, September 19th. Cars left on the field after 6:00 PM will be towed at the owner’s expense.

  • Saturday, September 20th:

    Football game parking plans will be in effect. We recommend that you follow directions, park in one of the lots designated for public parking (mostly along Regent Drive), and walk to the Family Weekend activities scheduled for the day. Click here for a map of football parking locations. Parking on campus on football Saturdays costs $25.

    We recommend that you come to campus fairly early Saturday morning and attend some of the presentations we have scheduled for you prior to the pre-game at 10:00 AM (see the revised schedule above for details). The first presentation is scheduled for 8:00 AM. If you arrive on campus early on Saturday you will avoid most of the local traffic/congestion associated with home football games.

    Disability parking will be available in the Euclid Auto Park Garage, and a shuttle will run between the garage and stadium (cost is $25).

    For complete information on parking, visit the Parking and Transportation Services we site at http://www.colorado.edu/pts.

  • Sunday, September 21st:

    The only event scheduled on Sunday is the Buffalo Family Stampede Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 AM. Free parking for this event is available in the parking garage at the corner of Regent Drive and Colorado Avenue (Lot 436).

    Please note that many campus parking lots and meters are enforced on Sundays so don’t make the mistake of parking in one of these areas.

Family Weekend package pick-up will begin at 8:30 AM, Friday morning in University Memorial Center (UMC) Room 235. Package pick-up is available in UMC 235 until 5:00 PM on Friday and on Saturday from 8:00 until 10:00 AM. Your Family Weekend package will include nametags, a copy of the FW Brochure, coupons, and your fun run bib and T-shirts (if you registered for the fun run). Your student can pick up your registration package for you…all they will need to do is show a picture ID (like their student ID).

We want to bring your attention to two faculty presentations you don’t want to miss during your visit. On Friday morning, we have arranged two fantastic panel presentations featuring some of CU’s most distinguished faculty members:

  • The Future of Cannabis Research at CU in a Changing Legal and Medical Landscape (10:00 – 10:50 AM, Center for British and Irish Studies, Norlin Library). A panel discussion organized by Robert Sievers, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Although marijuana has been cultivated and used for thousands of years, its classification as an illegal drug has limited the ability of researchers to study its uses and effects. The recent legalization of medical and recreational marijuana use in Colorado and the state of Washington has prompted the federal government to allow universities receiving federal funds to begin to conduct research on the plant, and Colorado has appropriated funds for the purpose. CU-Boulder is one of the universities that will take the lead in this effort. Our panel of scientists will discuss the exciting directions cannabis research will take.
  • Does this Data Make Me Look Pregnant? Big Data and What It Will Do (11:00 – 11:50 AM, Center for British and Irish Studies, Norlin Library). A panel discussion organized by Dean Phil Weiser, Dean of the School of Law, and Dean David Ikenberry, Dean of the Leeds School of Business. When data can be stored and analyzed in terabytes and petabytes, it can be used for many different purposes. Google can develop a highly accurate spell-checker. Amazon knows what we want to buy almost before we know ourselves. Netflix can suggest movies that we’ve never heard of, Target can predict if you are pregnant and when you are due, and the NSA can analyze the telephone records of everyone in the U.S. to look for terrorist connections. As more of our business—and life—is conducted online, each of us contributes to the Big Data phenomenon. Our panel of experts from law and business will consider whether this phenomenon is something to embrace—or fear.

There are several intercollegiate athletic events you might want to attend during the weekend:

  • Friday, September 19th:
    CU Soccer vs. Bryant (4:00 PM, Prentup Field). Come out to Prentup Field and cheer your CU Soccer team to victory as they take on Bryant. Admission and parking are FREE!
  • Sunday, September 21st:
    CU Soccer vs. San Francisco (1:00 PM, Prentup Field). Stand shoulder to shoulder with head coach Danny Sanchez and your CU Soccer team as they take on the San Francisco Dons. Enjoy FREE admission and parking.

Here’s a quick “primer” on some of the great traditions associated with CU Football:

  • Friday evening, prior to home games, the CU “Golden Buffalo Marching Band” performs on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder. The “Pearl Street Stampede” begins at 7:00 PM (at the east end of the mall by the Courthouse) when more than 200 CU marching band members treat mall visitors to high-energy choreographic moves and demonstrate their musical prowess.
  • CU’s buffalo mascot, “Ralphie,” will be in her corral located on the east side of the Duane Physics Building along Colorado Avenue for one hour only on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Take a picture of (or with) CU’s unique mascot or give “Ralphie” a lucky pat on the back!
  • The CU Bookstore is ready to help you buy all the “gear” you need to look like a “Buff” with special Family Weekend hours. The CU Book Store will be open Thursday, September 18th and Friday, September 19th from 8 AM until 6 PM; Saturday, September 20th from 9 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday, September 21st 11 AM – 4 PM! For additional information visit www.cubookstore.com

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Browse through our Frequently Asked Questions, call 303-492-1380 or email parents@colorado.edu. We look forward to seeing you in Boulder during Family Weekend! GO BUFFS!
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