Something Old, Something New

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW.
HAVE YOU SEEN OUR CSU?

FOR 141 YEARS, STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND ADMINISTRATION HAVE DESCENDED ON THE CAMPUS OF COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY TO BEGIN FALL CLASSES.

by Guest Publisher Mark Driscoll, B.A., ’76, M.S. Business, ’88) a former Rams quarterback and director of athletics, is president of First National Bank in Fort Collins. 

Mark Driscoll

Throughout the decades, the faculty has taught students, completed research, and trained leaders for work that has literally changed the world.

When 30,000-plus students and 6,000 faculty and staff members start the 2017 fall semester, the annual ritual will be on a campus that no one could have imagined even 10 years ago. Forty-six years ago, it was my privilege to enter Colorado State University as a freshman. If I could have been “beamed up” with a fast forward to August 2017, the transformation in our campus would have been amazing to me as it would have been to any student of that era. Wow! Am I proud to be a CSU Ram!

Since 2009, nearly $1.3 billion in new construction and facility upgrades have been completed on our campus. If we look at STEM buildings, we have a new engineering building and new biology and chemistry research buildings, and a spectacular new Health and Medical Center that includes space for collaborative research as well as state-of-the-art care for students and the community.

If we take the STEM to STEMS with the last S for “sports,” then we have more to talk about! Our new multipurpose on-campus stadium, with alumni center and academic space, will be another crown jewel on our campus, alongside the renovated Lory Student Center, Morgan Library and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Over the decades, the culture of “doing what is best for the students” has been a pillar of our University, the “something old” that has been a singular focus for Dr. Tony Frank, CSU’s president. This includes a firm commitment to the original land-grant mission of CSU.

The “something new” is not really new. The “new” we see with facilities and academic programs has been built on the amazing entrepreneurial culture that has been in the CSU DNA since its inception: Those great people who, for example, built the world’s finest water resources program, or those who lead the world in distance education and in equine sciences, built the culture that has now led to the vision of world-class academic programs, and, yes, to the construction of a new home for the CSU Rams football team.

When 41,000 fans are settled into their seats, or are standing in their places, for a football game, we can celebrate and cheer for all of those who have done so much to get us to this very exciting era for Colorado State University. The national anthem will be played, and the teams will take the field as the cannon fires, and when we all sing the Fight Song, the stalwart Rams of all the decades will be “Oh, so proud!!” to be CSU RAMS!

Something old, something new. Have you seen our CSU?

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