UCO’s 2017 Stampede Week
Students play corn hole at Broncho Rally on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 during Stampede Week 2016. (Provided/ Vista Archives).
Stampede Week is the official kickoff for the new school year at the University of Central Oklahoma; the first week of classes is filled with fairs, activities, shows and a concert.
“It is a week for our students to come together again after being away all summer,” said Kenzee Butler, Stampede Week director. “Our hope is that students can make connections, have fun and get full of Broncho spirit again.”
This year’s activities will include mentalist duo The Evasons, comedic magicians David and Leeman, and Foam Drop, a party with foam cannons, glow sticks, music and UCO spirit items. The co-sponsored Student Programming Board and Stampede Week concert will feature electropop duo 3OH!3.
“We want to have events every single night so that students have something to do and stay connected,” said Ellen Engh, Stampede Week advisor.
Each day will feature fairs with different ways for students to get involved on campus and in the surrounding community. This year’s fairs include Fraternity and Sorority Life, volunteer and part time jobs, student involvement and interfaith organizations.
“The fairs are great ways for students to find ways to get involved,” said Engh. “Every event during the day is a way to get connected to others and UCO.”
Other day events include an ROTC picnic on Monday and an OBI blood drive on Tuesday and Wednesday. Central locate and the Homecoming Activities Board poster sale will take place Monday and Tuesday.
“The goal that when students come back to campus, we want them to be excited, feel welcome and make them feel connected to the campus and community again,” said Butler.
Stampede Week’s official kickoff was Wake Up In Wantland on Saturday. This year’s event featured carnival-type rides, glitter tattoos, a photo booth, food vendors and a DJ. On Sunday, the Bronze and Blue Scrimmage gave students a chance to learn chants and get ready for the upcoming football season.
“The scrimmage is a great way for freshmen and new students to learn chants and for everyone to get a UCO swag item, come out and support Broncho football and get excited for the football season,” said Butler.