Colorado Mountain College was nowhere to be found on the Princeton Review's recently updated list of the nation's top party schools.
But the absence doesn't mean students at CMC's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs can't enjoy good, school-sponsored fun.
CMC is hosting two parties for incoming students this week. The first, a reception for nontraditional students, takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the student lounge in Willett Hall.
The reception is open to students ages 24 and older and will focus on how returning students can achieve academic success. Other information, such as dining hall meal plans, financial aid opportunities, student identification cards and available support clubs and organizations will be part of the celebration. Child care is available by appointment.
"This is an ideal opportunity for our local community students, as well as nontraditional students returning to education, to meet each other and create networks of support while they are pursuing their educational goals," assistant campus dean Brian Hoza said.
"It's important for these student groups to feel peer support and to realize that there are many others like themselves who are balancing issues of returning to school, balancing work and family and clarifying degree or career goals."
Hoza said the reception will show students the services and resources available to them, many of which are options that weren't available the last time they were students.
On Friday, the school will host a fall semester kickoff party and barbecue for CMC students. The party, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hill Hall, will feature a resource fair, live music, a free dinner, raffle drawings and a performance by We're Not Clowns.
"This is the new home away from home for the next nine months for over 260 new students," Hoza said. "We want them to feel welcome and learn how to be a part of the community."
Being a part of the community through volunteer and other opportunities often increases the academic success of students, Hoza said.
"They just need to know what is available and how to become involved," he said.
For more information on either party, call CMC student activities coordinator Tommy Larson at 879-4479.