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Block Party reaches new heights

The Quad Bungee Trampoline towered over the CU Anschutz Block Party, its brave bouncers soaring and somersaulting high above the many food trucks, booths and tables in Bonfils Circle.

Block Party trampoline
Adrielle Seideman and Lizzie Ambros, both first-year College of Nursing students, enjoyed the Quad Bungee Trampoline at the Block Party.

Adrielle Seideman, a first-year student in the College of Nursing (CON), saw the contraption and knew what to do: “I want to do more things that scare me — it’s a goal.” So, she embraced her inner Cirque du Soleil and strapped in. “I call it the ‘who needs drugs?’ ride,” said Seideman, her face flush from exertion and adrenaline. “It was higher up than I thought it would be.”

Reaching new heights could have been the Block Party’s theme, as the sixth annual event broke records in terms of attendance (3,500), information booths (140) and official sponsors (eight).

Block Party attendees
With temperatures reaching the mid-90s, Block Party attendees took full advantage of the shaded tables at Bonfils Circle.

As always, the event offered a cornucopia of food, swag, games, live music and unexpected attractions — an oversized Venus flytrap, two butterfly women on standard stilts, an acrobat on spring-loaded stilts and a living “statue.” With temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, the shaded tables were easily among the most popular hang-out spots.

Flytrap at Block Party
A student at CU Anschutz gets up close to the Venus flytrap during the Sept. 12 Block Party.

Lizzie Ambros, another first-year student in CON who gravitated to the trampoline, said it was fun to see the campus “revving” back up after a fairly quiet summer. “Our interdisciplinary programs through school are starting up, and this event has the same atmosphere — all the different disciplines coming together,” she said. “It feels like we’re all part of the same home together. I like that feeling!”

A group of nurse anesthetists from University of Colorado Hospital, all in scrubs, enjoyed lunch while listening to the Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band. “It’s nice to get out of the OR and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and blue sky,” one of them said.

Nurses at Block Party
This group of nurse anesthetists from University of Colorado Hospital enjoyed lunch while listening to the Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band.

Second-year School of Medicine students Carlos Jaquez and Hannah Imlay surveyed the food options while toting handfuls of swag (toothpaste and toothbrushes were popular items). Imlay enjoyed learning about other educational opportunities on campus, and Jaquez added, “It’s cool to see all the different organizations that are here on campus, as well as around the local community. It’s fun to find out about them.”

Seideman took advantage of the event by not only squashing her fear of heights, but also chatting with folks from across the many disciplines at CU Anschutz. “I love meeting people in other schools and colleges,” she said. “I also love the live music, the creative vibe and the great green space here for people to do their thing and just enjoy themselves for a couple hours.”

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CU Anschutz Block Party, 2017

Under clear blue skies Wednesday, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus enjoyed its most-successful CU Anschutz Block Party yet, with more than 3,500 faculty, staff, students and community members attending the fifth annual event.

A record 130 booths (40 more than last year) representing CU Anschutz organizations, departments and programs as well as the Aurora community filled the Bonfils Circle in front of Building 500. The fun and food trucks brought out folks from all walks – including health care professionals in scrubs and researchers in lab coats – to enjoy a midday break with colleagues from across CU Anschutz and the wider community.

Games included pingpong, lawn bowling and a first-ever zipline. Music on the main stage was performed by Denver-area rock bands Wildermiss and iZCALLi.

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Fourth annual Block Party

With 20 popular food vendors, a ropes course for adventurers and a baby T-Rex for aspiring paleontologists, the Fourth Annual CU Anschutz Block Party turned into a smashing success.

On a cool fall day, the rain held off long enough for some 3,500 faculty, staff, students and community members to enjoy the weather, the music and the company.

Highlighting the big stage was Pandas and People, an alternative folk band that has been a recent headliner at concert venues across the area. MIX, CU Denver’s premier a cappella group and winner of the 2015 Macy’s All-School A Cappella Challenge, also provided entertainment.

Nearly 100 booths representing CU Anschutz organizations, departments and programs as well as community businesses and organizations offered everyone the opportunity to meet colleagues and learn more CU Anschutz and Aurora.

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