- Something Old, Something New
- Course Correction
- Where does uranium come from?
- In Memoriam: Melissa Trifiletti
- Town and Gown
- The enduring legacy of Libby Coy-Lawrence
- A Wealth of Health
- Sciences, You’re Coming Home
- Man Behind the Plan
- Marching Band jazzed about new stadium
- Bricks and Brides
- 17th Annual Diversity Symposium in September
- High-fashion caftans on display
- Researchers prove dancing is good for your brain
- Stadium Sessions
- Rams Write
- Early early career researcher
- Class Notes & In Memoriam
- Congratulations to the Best Teachers of 2017
- Breaking ground on ground-breaking institute
- Boettcher, baker, legacy maker
- Close to the game
- Popular Science
- CSU fingerprints all over successful alumnus
- Perennial Home
- Bringing the Buzz on Game Day
- B is for Better
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BRICKS AND BRIDES
MARRIAGE PROPOSAL SET IN STONE ALONG WITH OTHER RAM FAN TRIBUTES
by Tony Phifer
When Kyle Griffin was a senior at Colorado State University, football helped him find the love of his life.
And now, four years later, CSU’s new on-campus football stadium has helped make Laura Krause his wife.
“We’ll have been together for four years in October, and I knew I wanted my proposal to somehow include the stadium,” Griffin said. “The bricks campaign gave me the perfect platform.”
The stadium bricks campaign was launched shortly after CSU got the go-ahead from the Board of Governors in 2015 to begin construction. The idea was to pave a plaza with bricks bearing messages from fans, similar to the west entrance to Coors Field in Denver.
The campaign was a huge success, with more than 4,700 bricks sold. Many people bought more than one brick, taking advantage of the opportunity to add their own piece of history to the stadium.
No message, however, was quite like Griffin’s. It reads, “We met at CSU and I knew you were the one. Laura, will you marry me? Kyle.”
NOT A TYPICAL LOVE STORY
The Griffin-Krause journey to this point certainly isn’t your typical love story. Griffin worked for the football program, helping then-coach Jim McElwain keep practices on schedule while providing support to the equipment staff.
One frigid day in October changed his life.
“I got yelled at a lot that day in practice, and coach Mac (McElwain) was really mad at me,” he said. “It was a pretty terrible day. I went to a coffee shop near campus for some hot chocolate to warm up and just sit for a while.
“I saw this girl sitting there, studying and wearing a pink sweatshirt. You’ve heard of love at first sight? Well, I took one look at her and she was everything I ever imagined my future wife to look like. I decided to go for it.
“I bought two hot chocolates, offered her one and introduced myself. We’ve been together ever since. We kind of bonded over CSU football — she’s probably a bigger football fan than me.”
When the bricks campaign launched, Griffin (B.S. Health and Exercise Science, ’14) started making plans. He and Krause (B.S. Environmental Health, ’14, M.S. Environmental Health, ’16) drove from southern Colorado – he works in Colorado Springs, she works for CSU Extension in Pueblo – in July to check out the installation. Once they spotted the special brick, he dropped to one knee and proposed.
She said yes.
“CSU has been a big part of our lives, and I really wanted to weave that part of our lives into our story,” Griffin said. “I couldn’t be happier that it worked out. Hopefully, our love lasts even longer than the stadium.”