More than 50 incoming CU Denver transfer students and their guests enjoyed pizza, games, prizes and a Colorado Rockies outing on a beautiful summer evening.
The goal of the first-time event was two-fold: “We just wanted to give our transfer students a chance to get to know each other,” said Abby Muro, assistant director of Transfer Admissions. Also, for those who are interested in transferring but haven’t yet registered for classes, the welcoming dinner provided a fun and casual way to further experience CU Denver.
All together, about 100 students along with friends and family dined in the Jerry Wartgow Welcome Center in the Student Commons Building. They played bingo and other games, then strolled to Coors Field for the ballgame. The men in purple put on a good show, defeating the New York Mets 10-8.
‘Love the diversity’
Anthony Fontana, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, told the group that transfer students make up about half of CU Denver’s incoming class each fall. “We’re so excited about the different places you’ve all been,” he said. “We love the additional diversity you bring to our campus.”
Meghan Bailey joined in the festivities with her parents, Sandy and Jeff, who drove from Loveland. Meghan, who attended CU Boulder as a freshman, said CU Denver was an easy choice because it offers a fast-track pre-nursing program, and the campus feels like a better personal fit. Her goal is to study in the College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
‘Easy to sign up’
She’s excited about the two-year program awaiting her at CU Denver. “I really like the campus and everything here,” she said. “The science programs are great, and it was really easy to sign up for my classes. They had everything I needed class-wise. I also like the fact that class sizes are smaller.”
Jeff said the family enjoyed the LynxFest Alumni Beer Garden at the Tivoli Quad Park last fall, before CU Denver was even on Meghan’s radar. “We thought this would be a good place for Meghan to go to college,” said Jeff, noting the advantages of the serene campus located in the heart of the city. “The light rail is right here, too, so that’s real nice.”
Jimmy Tangchittsumran, who served in the Air Force for 6 ½ years before attending community college, is excited about everything CU Denver has to offer — strong academics, urban location and services for veteran students. He has already found the CU Denver Veteran & Military Student Services office helpful in answering his questions about the university.
“It was such an easy flow to transfer from the Community College of Denver to CU Denver,” Tangchittsumran said. “I was already acclimated to the campus, and the atmosphere of CU Denver is great. It has such a positive vibe. Plus, I can commute on light rail because I live in Aurora.”
He is enrolling in a pre-bioengineering program, whose synergistic connection to bioengineering faculty and startup firms at CU Anschutz, is “huge,” Tangchittsumran said. “I’d like to eventually do research on autoimmune diseases.”
‘Good for work and play’
As for CU Denver’s urban location in the heart of the city, he said, “I like being able to walk downtown in five minutes and enjoy the city’s great choices of restaurants. It’s all convenient — good for work and play.”
Welcoming students where they live
The Undergraduate Admissions Office makes a regular practice of hosting dinners for recently admitted CU Denver students. Last spring, dinners were held in multiple locations around Colorado, attracting large groups of attendees. Admissions representatives signed up about half the attendees for new student orientation at CU Denver.
More dinners are planned for the near future, including special events for incoming transfer students, such as the pizza-and-Rockies event in June.
Tangchittsumran was a newbie to Coors Field, as were incoming transfer student Pradipti Basnet and current CU Denver student and fellow Nepal native Dinesh Raj Panta. Basnet, who is coming from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, will study architecture at CU Denver. “Everything at CU Denver is perfect for me — the cost, the campus environment and the academic program,” said Basnet.
Faculty offer industry connections
Plus, her brother is a student at CU Denver, along with relatively newfound friend Panta. Panta, a civil engineering major, introduced himself to Basnet after he heard her speaking Nepali one day on campus. Panta said his professors work in the structural engineering industry, “and they’ve already referred me to companies, which is really cool. I’m taking advantage of those connections offered by the faculty.”
As for the welcoming dinner, he was looking forward to his first-ever Rockies game. “But mostly I’m just here rooting for Pradipti,” Panta said with a smile.