Ahhhh summer break.

Sun, internships, pool time, summer classes. But perhaps most importantly, back to school, and back to new things happening at the University of Colorado, like a buffalo-shaped pool.

Also: construction on campus. Lots of it.

As you get back into the swing of things this fall, there are a few new-fangled restaurants, projects and amenities at the University of Colorado that you shouldn't miss.

Football

Yes, the Buffs are also back in town, practicing hard for the upcoming Pac-12 season under coach Mike MacIntyre.

Soon, as in next season soon (2015), they'll have a renovated stadium, sports medicine center and other amenities.

Until then, crews are hard at work on the $143 million project, which means lots of trucks and men in hats on Folsom for a while. Don't worry, Ralphie will still run on game day, you'll just see some construction in the background.

Food

Do you smell that glorious aroma of waffle cones and sweet, sweet ice cream when you walk into the University Memorial Center?

That's Cold Stone Creamery, which started serving up tasty deliciousness in the student center last November.

If you're looking for something a bit more filling, check out Panda Express, which is also new to the UMC. Though the line is sometimes long, you know that orange chicken is worth it.


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You might also notice some construction at Darley Dining Center, which is getting a complete overhaul and makeover. The new and improved dining hall is set to reopen in 2017.

Speaking of Buffaloes

After you get your fill of ice cream and Chinese food, you may need to hit the gym. Never fear, you can get a few quick laps in and lounge by the new Ralphie-shaped pool at the rec center.

You can’t miss the construction project at Folsom Field — shown here in July.
You can't miss the construction project at Folsom Field — shown here in July. (Cliff Grassmick / Colorado Daily)

If you're taking classes, you can go to the rec for free. And you'll feel extra good about yourself when you learn that the pool is environmentally friendly. It's part of a heat-recovery loop with the ice rink inside the center. All the heat generated from creating the ice for the rink goes toward heating the pool. Without the pool, crews would have installed an ugly cooling tower instead.

The pool has a basketball hoop, volleyball net and a sunbathing area in shallow water.

Coming soon

Starting next spring, you can take two new core classes to earn a certificate in public health on the Boulder campus.

This field, which includes the health of population, has long attracted students from all types of majors, including economics, political science, biology and others. The interdisciplinary certificate is open to anyone who's interested.

This summer, the Board of Regents also approved the university's first new college in 50 years with the College of Media, Communication and Information.

CU shuttered its journalism school in 2011, and then a committee brainstormed how to best educate students in a changing media landscape. The college, which officially opens next fall, should include degrees in information science and critical media practice, among other things.

Crews are also busy renovating the historic Glenn Miller Ballroom, which is set to reopen in January with new walls, ceiling, stage, heating and air conditioning systems and skylights.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1106 or kutas@dailycamera.com