Colorado State University Kicks Off the Premier for ’99

Incoming Colorado State University students will be welcomed in style Aug. 22 at Colorado State’s ninth annual Premier.

The Premier, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the south lawn of 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 tradition that features a week of activities for new students including games, concerts, movies and a cookout.

The Premier features a traditional convocation, followed by an opportunity for students to meet university administrators, student-government representatives, residence-hall staff and Ram athletes. 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. Keith Miser, vice president for student affairs, will lead the singing of the alma mater.

"The Premier is a great way to launch students’ experiences on campus," said Kerry Nakasone, assistant director for orientation. "It gives students a sense of unity and pride in Colorado State and provides an opportunity for students to meet each other and get to know their new surroundings."

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 close to 3,000 students are expected to attend this year.

The festivities leading up to the Premier begin with a family member reception Aug. 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the Alumni Center, followed by the Kickoff Concert from 6-9 p.m. Other activities include games on the intramural fields Aug. 20, "Moonlight Movies" Aug. 21 and a student cookout on Aug. 22.

The Premier is sponsored by Colorado State’s HELP/Success Center and Housing and Food Services. For more information, call Nakasone at (970) 491-6011.