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Renewal 2013

Renewal Week 2013
Gunnison, Colorado

July 21-27, 2013

Information on programs coming soon

Sunday July 1 Activities

Required Activity: CHECK IN
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Mears Lobby
Who: All Renewal Week (RW) Participants
Arrive at Western State College (WSC) for Renewal Week (RW) 2012. Complete your paperwork, take a picture and pick up your room key.

Optional Activity: Western State College (WSC) Campus Tour
Time: 4 – 5 p.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: WSC Conference Assistant
This short campus tour will be led by the WSC conference staff / student assistants.

Required Group Activity: Renewal Week 101 (ALL ATTEND)
Time: During Dinner in Cafeteria
Place: Continued in Mears Lobby (if need be)
Presenter: RW Committee
Renewal Week participants will hear general housekeeping and RW expectations. Presenters will be introduced and tell a little about their programs.

Optional Cultural Activity: Sunday Concert
Time: 6ish – 9 p.m.
Place: Jorgensen Park (across Hwy 50/ Gunnison from WSC)
Presenter: On your Own
With the backdrop of Tenderfoot Mountain aka "W" Mountain as the setting, the Gunnison Arts Center rolls out the "green" carpet for a FREE Sunday Concerts in Jorgensen Park. Enjoy a family atmosphere, live music, summer evenings, and good company with music from local and visiting musicians. Donations are appreciated and are collected during the concert.

Monday July 2 Activities

Required Group Activity: Group Photo (ALL ATTEND)
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: RW Photographer
Don your Renewal Week t-shirt and join us for a group photo opportunity! Don't be late!!!

Required Group Activity: Renewal Week Group Bonding (Monday morning opener)
Time: 9ish – 11 a.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: RW Committee
100% participation is expected for this fun session which not only provides an opportunity which sets the fun tone for Renewal Week 2012, group bonding while experiencing meaningful activities.

Program: Digital Photography Tips
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Mears Lounge
Presenter: Rob Benson
A digital photography instructor, Rob will provide tips, techniques and hints on getting the best photographs using your digital camera. If you've been thinking about purchasing a digital camera, Rob will even provide tips on what to look. This session will prepare all for taking photos during Renewal Week, to show friends, family and coworkers.

Group Activity: PJ Bingo
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Mears Lobby
Presenter: Renewal Week
Committee Join us in the lobby in your favorite comfy pajamas for our annual game of P.J. Bingo as well as lots of photo ops and laughs as we continue to build community.

Tuesday July 3 Activities

Activity: Art Walk in Gunnison
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: Diane Graifemberg
Put on some sunscreen & your walking shoes and come explore downtown Gunnison where we will look for "not-so-hidden" sculptures. If you enjoy walking and getting to know the neighborhood, join us on this walking tour of downtown Gunnison where we will be looking for various pieces of art that are on display throughout the downtown area. We'll at the Gunnison Arts Center downtown where the group will disband to make your own way back to campus.

Activity: The Ups & Downs of Yo-Yoing (Limit 15 participants)
Cost: $10 but you get to keep the yo-yo.
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Mears Lobby
Presenter: Glenn Stone Learn the basics of how to yo-yo. Learn simple tricks like Rock the Baby & Man on the Flying Trapeze. Yo-Yos will be provided for your use or you may bring your own.

Group Activity: BYO Game & Puzzle Night
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Mears Lobby
Presenter: Renewal Week Committee
Join us for another night of community building. Bring your favorite game or plan to join others to play or participate in a starting the puzzle.

Wednesday July 4 Activities

Activity: Scenic Crested Butte Ski Lift Ride
Cost: $12 approximately (group rate of 20)
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: Sarah Graifemberg
View the spectacular scenery as you ride the ski lift up and down the mountain. Hike up a little higher and see the snow that may still be on the top of the peak. Views of Crested Butte and wildflowers make for a fabulous photo opportunity. We'll take our lunch and eat at 12,000 feet.

Activity: Crested Butte Zip Line Tour
Cost: $49 approximately (group rate of 20) $25 cancellation fee per person
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: Sarah Graifemberg
Riders get a safety orientation and harness fitting at the base before riding the chairlift up the hill. Take your mountain adventure to new heights with the Crested Butte Zip line Tour. This one of a kind adventure includes 5 zip lines ranging in length from 120 - 400 feet connected by features or "events" such a suspended wood bridges and towering platforms. The guided zip line tour, including the five zip lines and several unique features, is an approximately two-hours long.

Activity: White Water Rafting
Cost: $50 (Extra cost for optional wetsuit rental)
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: TBA Presenter: Eva Anderson
Please join us for an exciting 5 mile trip of whitewater rafting down the Upper Taylor River through the popular Taylor Canyon. Everyone in the boat paddles while the guide gives the command. Wetsuits & booties are available at your expense.

Optional Activity: Evening on your own
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
We invite you to socialize with others by playing games, finishing reading a book or continuing the puzzle. Of course, since it is your free night, you can rest or simply spend it on your own.

Thursday July 5 Activities

Activity: Teller Street Miniature Golf
Cost: $4.00 for a group rate of 15 or more
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: Cindy Hernandez
Join us in a round of 18 holes of miniature golf at a course within walking distance of our dorm. Enjoy the birds, green grass and laughter as we hit and miss.

Group Activity: Picnic in the Park
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Place: Legions Park
Presenter: Renewal Week Committee will provide outdoor games
Join the RW committee for a picnic in Legions Park, located only a block from WSC and directly across from the miniature golf course. The RW committee will bring sack lunches which WSC will provide, along with outdoors games.

Activity: The Help Book Discussion
Cost: Purchase book or check out from your local library in advance
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Mears Lounge
Presenter: Karla Greer
In the book The Help, Kathryn Stockett creates extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends– view one another. Join us for a discussion of this deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope. The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Group Activity: Movie Night. Tonight's Feature: The Help
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Mears Lounge
Presenter: Renewal Week Committee
Once again, don your pajamas and join us for Popcorn and a movie.

Friday July 6 Activities

Activity: Archaeological Dig – The Tenderfoot Site
Time: 9 a.m. – Noon
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: BeLinda Benson
Each summer since 1991, Western State College has conducted archeological field schools on their Tenderfoot excavation site, where this prehistoric residential area provides a complex picture of the "hunter-gatherer" resident tribe. The school not only provides free tours but also transportation from the college to the site. There is no shade on top of the mountain, and it is rather rocky so tennis shoes or hiking boots should be worn. Visitors should also take water, hats, sunscreen, and insect repellent and know that it is a very bumpy ride to the top.

Activity: Pioneer Museum
Cost: $7 per adult (groups of 12 or more are $5 per adult)
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby
Presenter: Elena Torres
The 6 acre museum boasts 12 buildings with memorabilia and artifacts. These displays truly represent the cultural heritage and history of the Gunnison area. Among the exhibits you'll see: Gunnison's first Post Office, D & RG Narrow Gauge Train, Water Tank & Depot, Two rural schoolhouses, House with early-day furnishings , Antique Car Museum, Log Cabin Chapel, Authentic Barn with Ranch Displays, Telephone display from the late 1800's, Arrowhead and Mineral Collection, Carpenter Shop, Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Dolls, Toys and much more.

Activity: Star Gazing the Gunnison Skies
Cost: "Donation" of $5 per adult
Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Place: Meet in Mears Lobby Gunnison Valley Observatory offers access to professional quality star gazing and knowledge of astronomy. Their 30-inch reflector telescope maximizes the thin and unpolluted Rocky Mountain atmosphere to bring distant astronomical vistas to the eyes of residents and visitors alike.

Saturday July 7 Check Out

Check out by 10 a.m. Sweep your room and place all trash into the dumpster or recycle bins. Move furniture back into position. Return your key to the on site room coordinator and keep the souvenir lanyard. Have a safe return trip.