Damage from the flood will be the last thing on Colorado State University students’ minds when they are welcomed in style Aug. 24 at Colorado State’s seventh annual Premier.
The Premier, beginning at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena, is designed as a fun and spirited way to welcome new students to campus. The evening is the culminating event for Ram Fest, a new tradition that features a week of activities for new students such as games, concerts, movies and a cookout.
Following a traditional convocation, university administrators, student-government representatives, residence- hall staff and Ram athletes will be on hand to meet the students. The university marching band, cheerleaders and the pom squad will provide additional Ram spirit for the event, while freshman football players will teach Colorado State’s fight song to students. Keith Miser, vice president for student affairs, will lead the singing of the alma mater.
"The Premier is a wonderful way to launch students’ experiences with a sense of unity and pride in Colorado State," said Gwen Johnson, event coordinator. "It’s also a great way for new students to make the transition to college and help them get to know each other."
Johnson said students are matched in groups according to their home states, which enables them to interact and develop relationships with other newcomers who may have similar backgrounds.
The event has grown in popularity every year since it started in 1991. About 300 people attended the first Premier, while close to 3,000 students are expected to attend this year.
"Premier is a great way for new students to kick off the upcoming year," said Jayna McCasland, assistant to the director for Orientation Services. "We want them to feel at home in their new surroundings and know we care about their success."
The Premier is sponsored by Colorado State’s HELP/Success Center, Housing and Food Services and the Lory Student Center. For more information, call Gwen Johnson at (970) 491-6011.