The pencils have been purchased, books bought and notebooks nabbed. And while a communal sigh can nearly be heard from the hoards of students wrapping up their summers of fun and heading back to college, organizers at Boise State are ensuring that back-to-school isn't such a bummer.
Ambitious types who chose to forgo a couple extra days of summer by enrolling in a Monday class were met by free short stacks and ice cream on the first day of classes on Aug. 27. But those who tried to hold out a little bit longer before hitting the books can still partake in free activities around campus through Friday, Aug. 31.
Wednesday, Aug. 29, students making a cross-campus trek can stop on the Quad and relive their days on the playground with Quad Recess from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Partake in classic grade-school games while noshing on food and taking a breather.
Then, from 4-6 p.m., parents, veterans and returning students are invited to connect with other nontraditional scholars and enjoy free snacks, bowling, billiards and the like during Family Game Night in the Student Union Games Center.
Those looking to test their athleticism can head to Bronco Stadium from 6-7:30 p.m. and learn about the Boise State varsity teams (not just the famed football players). Compete against student-athletes in challenges and complete a Bronco Nation passport to possibly net a prize and pick up some sporting schedules.
Thursday, Aug. 30, events include a lunchtime concert from Illumneye, The Mighty Deltaone and Exit Prose on the Student Union patio, and then move from free music to free harnesses with Try-a-Climb at the Recreation Center, where novices and those with rock-scaling experience can enjoy gear rentals on the house and scale the wall in the climbing gym.
The SUB will be filled with informative fun Friday, Aug. 31, with the Volunteer Expo featuring more than 40 local charity and nonprofit agencies in the Jordan Ballroom from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and refreshments and entertainment filling the SUB patio from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. as part of the Diversity Day Defined celebration.
The first-floor dining room of the building will come alive at 6 p.m. with those decked out in blue-and-orange attire when the Boise State Broncos kick off the season in East Lansing, Mich., against the Michigan State Spartans.
Attendees can watch the game on the big screen and enjoy free pizza and drinks at half-time before sauntering over to the Games Center, where the first 50 students will bowl for free and enjoy giveaways.