Held annually on the Tuesday of Welcome Week, OPERS Fest is a resource fair for new undergrad and graduate students to learn about the activities and services offered at UCSC. There are tables with over 200 student groups, clubs, organizations and campus offices including SOMeCA organizations, Ethnic Resource Centers, Women's Center, Cantu GLBTIAQQ Center, Career Center, Dean of Students Office, Sustainability Office, Transportation & Parking Services, Student Health Center, Student Transfer and Re-entry Services (STARS) and much more.
OPERS program highlights include the Recreation Department which offers:
Experiential Leadership Program
Outdoor Equipment Rental
Classes in Surfing, Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Hip Hop Dance, Bellydance, Guitar, Massage, Cooking, and Wilderness Medicine, to name a few!
There is also information about Physical Education Classes, Intramural Sports, FitLife Drop-In Group Exercise Classes, and the Athletics Department. In addition, individual student-organized OPERS Sports Clubs have their own tables and there is a wide variety of activities that students can get involved in such as Rugby, Water Polo, Ultimate Frisbee, Disc Golf, Lacrosse, Track, Badminton, Aikido, Muay Thai, and Fishing .... there is something for everyone!
THINGS TO DO:
UCSC Dining Services provides dinner at the Fall Festival for meal card holders. Dinners may also be purchased on site for non-meal card holders.
The Portable Rock Climbing Wall is set up and students are encouraged to give it a try!
Check out the Performance Stage where students groups demonstrate the activities of their club such as Ballroom Dance, Acapella singing, Juggling, and Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas.