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Winter Gala

Winter Gala, the ultimate Late Night event, occurs the first Friday after classes resume in the Spring semester. During Winter Gala, the entire Jared L. Cohon University Center is utilized to create a full experience for students. A central theme sets the tone and atmosphere for the event, and a number of rooms throughout the UC, each hosted by a different department within the Division of Student Affairs and its campus partners, highlights a motif which falls within the overall theme. 

Some highlights of the evening typically include fantastic prizes awarded at the end of the night, a no-cash casino, complete with entertainment, in which you play to win prize drawing entries, food, giveaways, crafts and activities, and plenty of fun!

Winter Gala 2014: "Discovery"

Friday, January 17, 2014
9:00pm - 1:00am
University Center

Join us for the 12th Annual Winter Gala in the University Center.  Visit 8 different themed rooms and spend some time in the Casino.  Collect prize tickets as you participate and have a chance at winning over $2,000 in prizes.  Participate in all 8 rooms and be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a $250 gift card from Amazon.

Winter Gala 2014

Previous Winter Gala's:

Winter Gala 2013: “CITYSCAPES”

Friday, January 18, 2013
University Center

Join us on a worldly adventure as the University Center is transformed into some of the most famous cities in the world.  Gamble the night away in the Monte Carlo no-cash casino.  Try your luck on Cape Town’s Mechanical Great White Shark.  Or, sit back and relax in the Parisian coffee shop.  There is plenty of free food, fun, and activities for everyone.

And the best part… there is over $2000 in prizes available!  Participate in each of the rooms to collect prize tickets and then enter into the various drawings.  Or, visit all 8 rooms and get your passport stamped to be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a $200 Southwest Airlines Gift Card and other travel goodies.  The prize drawing is from 12:30am-1:00am and you must be present to win.


Winter Gala 2012 poster

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Winter Gala 2012 poster

Winter Gala 2012: "Story"

This Friday! January 20, 2012
9pm - 1am
University Center

Once upon a time, the University Center was transformed into the magical realm of "STORY."  Discover exciting adventures, things wished for, and those long forgotten...  Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to win amazing prizes, and enter your chance to win our ultimate GRAND PRIZE by participating in all seven extraordinary featured rooms.  Come and experience our Casino, enchanting activities, and delectable food.  And best of all...  It is completely FREE!!

Best Costume

Winter Gala is a Masquerade!  Come and dress as your favorite storybook character for your chance to win a special prize.  Costumes are not necessary to participate, but are encouraged!  To enter, please visit our Costume Booth located in the Prize Center from 9 - 11pm.  The winner will be announced in tandem with the Prize Drawing at the end of the evening.