Event Highlights During AUBG’s Anniversary Week
With the 25th Anniversary of AUBG coming up in less than a week, the euphoria on campus is getting higher and the events calendar is busier than ever. To help students stay updated on all that is upcoming, AUBG Daily has decided to lay down a preview for some of the most noteworthy events hanging on AUBG’s calendar.
Start UP Social Entrepreneurship
The Social Entrepreneurship Academy is the first of the events that StartUP@Blagoevgrad has planned for this semester. It will take place in ABF Center on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. Four mentors from four different continents will hold three workshops to raise awareness of social entrepreneurship and to help people better understand what this term means.
“Social entrepreneurship is a phenomenon that is getting more and more important and is generating a lot of interest,” said Georgi Chapanov, president of StartUP@Blagoevgrad. “As a club that promotes entrepreneurship we wanted to bring more attention to this type of entrepreneurship.”
Small groups of students will be able to discuss this topic with the speakers. StartUP is also planning to organize the third StartUP Weekend, recurrent open coffee forums at the Aspire Hub, and several other events. The club is also planning on having a club activity presentation in the upcoming weeks, where its president and vice president will present more information on their plans for the upcoming academic year.
AUBG 25th Anniversary Alumni Reunion
The 25th Anniversary on-campus events will kick off on Friday, Sept. 30, in the ABF Sports Hall with a free concert by the rock band The Foundation. The concert will mark the beginning of the alumni reunion weekend that will continue until Sunday, Oct. 2. Many alumni are expected to come on campus and celebrate the university’s anniversary together with the current AUBGers. A wide range of events reflecting AUBG’s intellectual history and evolution in these 25 years will take place around campus during the weekend. The celebration speech by President Kulinski at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, and the official opening of the new sports facilities will be the highlight of the anniversary. The alumni weekend will finish off with several lectures on Sunday, Oct. 2.
AUBG Soccer League Returns
With the beginning of the new semester, the AUBG Soccer League is starting the new Fall 2016 Soccer League tournament with 12 registered teams. There are two newly formed teams – Banicharkata, consisting only of first-yer students, and No Punt Intended – with most of their players being girls.
“That is really great to see that AUBG Soccer League now attracts girls not as spectators, but as players,” said Amir Tazhinov, a third-year student and a co-president of the AUBG Soccer League.
Second-year student Miroslav Kolev is the other co-president of the AUBG Soccer League. His position was announced during the official meeting of the captains this Monday, Sept. 19. The Soccer League has already conducted six friendly games in the soccer field with artificial grass from the newly build sports facilities. The AUBG Sports Field is going to be officially opened on the 25th Anniversary of AUBG – Saturday, Oct. 1.
“The field is still missing place for spectators, but the sports director promised that it is going to be built within one month,” said Tazhinov.
New Griffins Tournament
On Sunday, Oct. 2, is the third round of the National Championship in American Flag Football, which will be held at the ABF Lawn. The “Cup of Blagoevgrad” is going to the second home game this year along with the annual Griffinbowl. AFC Griffins, Sofia Bears, Plovdiv Wolves, and Sofia Bulldozers are the four teams participating in this round. The matches will begin at 10:30 a.m. and are expected to finish until 5:30 p.m.
“After our relatively good performance in Plovdiv, I expect the team will be able to compete for a better placement than last time and entertain anyone who wants to watch the game,” said Krum Zahariev, vice president of the Griffins. “Although the Griffins are not in top shape at the moment, we still have a lot to offer and a game on a home field is going to motivate all the players to give their best.”
With all these events coming in the next couple of weeks, both entrepreneurial spirit, alumni nostalgia and sport performances are bound to heat up AUBG’s atmosphere.