Colorado State University will provide an enthusuastic welcome to new studentsduring the eighth annual Premier on Aug. 23.
The Premier, a culmination of four days of campus festivities called Ram Fest, is a celebration designed to be a fun and spirited way of welcoming new students to campus.
Following a traditional convocation, university administrators, student-government representatives, residence hall staff and Ram athletes will be on hand to meet the students. The Colorado State marching band, led by Director Bill DeJournett, cheerleaders and the pom squad will provide plenty of Ram spirit for the event, while freshman football players will teach students Colorado State’s fight song. Keith Miser, Vice President for Student Affairs, will lead the singing of the alma mater.
"The Premier is a dynamic way to start the school year. It gives the new students a sense of spirit, unity and pride in Colorado State," said Gwen Johnson, event coordinator. "It’s also a great way for students to get to know one another, get involved and discover the campus."
The festivities begin on Aug. 20, with a Kickoff Concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday’s activities include a feature known as "El Mercado" ("The Market") sponsored by local businesses and organizations, various athletic games on the intramural fields. In the evening, an inspiring speech will be presented by Sergeant Dana Bowman, a physically challenged soldier whose drive and determination to succeed will serve to encourage everyone in the audience. Events continue throughout the weekend with a "Moonlight Movie" on Saturday and a New Student Cookout on Sunday afternoon, concluding with The Premier in Moby Arena that evening.
Since its inception in 1991, Ram Fest has become a fall tradition providing a welcoming environment for incoming students and families. About 300 people attended the first Premier and this year’s attendance promises to top 3,000.
"Premier is a great way for Colorado State to welcome new students and show them that we care," said Jayna Simpson, Assistant Director for Orientation Services.
Ram Fest is sponsored by Colorado State’s HELP/Success Center and Housing and Food Services.