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College life isn't just for students

College life isn't just for students

Posted on 09/20/2019
College life isn't just for students

As we slide into fall, another school year has begun at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). If you’re not a student, you may think UNC has little to offer you or your family. But it turns out the university features affordable, engaging entertainment options for everyone.

“We want to be a part of the community, not apart from it,” said Nate Haas, UNC spokeperson. “Having a four-year research university (in Weld County) is something that’s really of value to our community, and we want to make it beneficial to students and the public.”

If you’re new to Greeley and the county, or have been here for years, there are many different things to discover — or rediscover — at UNC.

Sports

Enjoying college football on Saturday, women’s volleyball throughout the week or a women’s soccer game (who by the way are picked to win the Big Sky Conference) are all possibilities in the fall. With a focus toward providing an engaging fan experience at affordable prices, UNC provides great opportunities for fans to enjoy top-notch sporting events close to home.

Registering your kids for the Klawz Club is a great way to have memorable experiences at UNC sporting events.A great way to give your children a unique experience is by registering them for the Klawz Club. Membership includes free admission for your child to all UNC home games, a picture with UNC’s mascot, Klawz, a Klawz Club T-shirt, and much more. Further details can be found by visiting this link.  

If you’re excited for football season, why not root on the UNC Bears? Watch the Bears football team compete against the best of the Big Sky Conference during five home games this season. Single game tickets start at $5. Making a day of an event is easy and fun as fans are encouraged to tailgate before to the game — up to three hours prior to kickoff. You can purchase a single game tailgate spot or purchase a season pass. Be sure to check out the Pepsi Fan Fest, featuring a bounce house for the kids, live music and more.

UNC FootballSeptember 21 may be the best day to become a fan. Prior to the Bears home-opener, UNC will host Bears Brews and Bites. With each ticket purchase to Brews and Bites, enjoy food from a variety of food trucks, beverages from craft breweries and receive a $5 ticket to the game. Home games are played at Nottingham Field in Greeley.

Into a different kind of football? The women’s soccer team is predicted to win the Big Sky Conference this season, and the Bears will host the Big Sky Conference Tournament as well. Watching quality soccer won’t cost you, as admission is free to regular season games. Home games are played at Jackson Field in Greeley.
  
UNCO VolleyballIf volleyball is more your sport, catch the Bears in one of 14 home games this year. Historically, the volleyball team has had great success, last making it to the NCAA tournament in 2016.

Coming off a winning season in 2018, the Bears hope for an even stronger finish this year. Home games are played at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley.

For more information on UNC athletics, including ticket information, visit https://uncbears.com/.

Music and Art

There’s no need to travel great distances to enjoy great music and arts. Art exhibitions are on display in galleries in the Campus Commons, located at 1051 22nd Street in Greeley. Stop by to enjoy some unique pieces of art from a variety of different disciplines. For more information on current and upcoming exhibitions, click here

Maybe a memorable night involves taking in a great concert or theater show. Well, that’s also possible! From little theater shows, to ensembles, to the opera, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. The College of Performing and Visual Arts is well known across the state and country. Shows consistently get good reviews and are a unique element to the depth of entertainment the university provides.

“We would love to see more of the community come out these events,” Haas explained. “The caliber of the performing and visual arts programs is top-notch.”

Haas also mentioned how the Jazz Festival held in April, routinely brings top performers to UNC who play to sold out crowds.

Those who attend a music show at UNC will also enjoy terrific venues. In addition to enjoying shows at the Union Colony Civic Center, many concerts are also held in the newly-constructed Campus Commons Performance Hall, which opened in March of 2019. The 600-seat venue provides visitors great acoustics in an intimate setting. Ticket information and show schedules can be found by visiting https://tickets.unco.edu and clicking “school of music concerts” or “theatre and dance.”

Just because

UNCO CommonsStop by the Campus Commons  to just see what’s new or to enjoy coffee or pie from the Pie Cafe. The public is welcome to attend many events in the Commons. such as upcoming grand opening of a reconstructed 1950s soda fountain. 

There is also a speaker series scheduled to begin in the fall. Faculty and speakers from around the country will host discussions centered on a variety of topics, all with the intent of fostering the free exchange of ideas — a staple of the university experience. Campus events are posted at calendar.unco.edu
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If you’re looking to start a new career, be sure to attend the Fall Job, Internship and Graduate Job Fair on Wednesday, October 9 in the University Center Ballrooms. While the job fair caters to students and graduates, there will be more than 80 employers on-hand featuring part-time and full-time opportunities.

Additionally, if you’re a teacher, don’t miss K-12 Employer Educator Day on Tuesday, October 22.
More than 50 school districts will be in attendance and the event will provide an opportunity for those districts to meet with qualified teaching candidates.

More information about each of these job fairs can be found by visiting https://www.unco.edu/career/events/.

While the perception may be that university events only cater to students, it’s a goal of UNC’s administration to provide a benefit to the public as well in a variety of ways.

“President Andy Feinstein wants to engage the community more,” Haas said. “He wants more community members to visit campus. This is your campus too.”

Story by Baker Geist, Communications Specialist