This fall, Colorado State rings in the change of seasons through milestone celebrations of campus initiatives, grand openings of new buildings, renewed traditions for homecoming weekend and honoring our Ram Family.
Arian Brazenwood was homeless and alone when he arrived at CSU with little more than his backpack and a stellar transcript. Here he found financial aid and academic support that allowed him to flourish.
The Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center will be providing nutrition and outreach programming to the campus and community in an expanded space thanks to a transformational gift from longtime supporters Pat and Larry Kendall.
We learn so much from our dogs. But beyond what man’s best friend can teach us about enjoying life, they share something else with us. Cancer diagnoses in dogs are on the rise, as are cancer diagnoses in people. By Nicole Ehrhart, professor of Surgical Oncology
When people think of microbes, many of them picture germs and disease. But most microbes are beneficial, and we literally could not live without them. By Matthew Wallenstein, associate professor and director of the Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Changes in polar environments impact large species adapted to life in cold places, including the Northern Rockies, Central Asia, and on permafrost in both Asia and Alaska. By Joel Berger, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Wildlife Conservation
The decline of organized labor beginning in the late 1970s gave birth to the backlash that fueled Donald Trump’s election.Trump’s victory follows a straight line from the defeat of the Labor Reform Act of 1978 to the election of 2016. By Raymond Hogler, professor of Management
Dolly was an important milestone, inspiring scientists to continue improving cloning technology as well as to pursue new concepts in stem cell research. By George Seidel, distinguished professor in the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory
One strategy for saving water in drought-stricken areas of the U.S. is using graywater from sinks and showers for purposes other than drinking. By Sybil Sharvelle, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
On Tuesday, March 28, President Trump traveled to the Environmental Protection Agency to sign an executive order rolling back a number of climate-related regulations that have taken effect over the past eight years. By Bill Ritter, Jr., director of the Center for the New Energy Economy
We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. The data paint a richer and sometimes surprising picture of the U.S. today. By Stephan Weiler, William E. Morgan Endowed Chair in Economics
Nancy Richardson’s passion for giving – and collaborating on design projects – was nurtured from an early age, but really blossomed during her time at Colorado State University. Richardson, who graduated in 1982 with an interior design degree, went on to co-found OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises with her husband, Curt. The couple recently pledged $8.1 million toward the construction of the new Richardson Design Center, to be built between the new on-campus stadium and the Gifford Building.
Sports medicine can speed up recovery time for pets too. It’s no coincidence, as the saying goes, that man’s best friend can’t talk. Yet it makes diagnosing their medical problems hugely challenging. Whether it’s a dog or cat — couch potato or athlete — these animals can’t tell their human companions or veterinarians exactly what’s hurting them and what’s helping them after an injury or surgery.
Joel Berger approaches wildlife conservation research in ways that differ from the norm. He experiments with models — including donning polar bear and caribou suits — to approach animals such as muskox, to better understand how they interact with increasing numbers of polar bears in certain parts of the world as icecaps recede. He experiments with the sounds of birds such as ravens and red-tailed hawks to see how moose react in the wild.
As Paul Hudnut finished teaching his first entrepreneurship class at Colorado State University in 2003, he found that several of his students had come up with a business solution to an environmental and social problem. One venture team had a creative combination of engineering, marketing, and finance students using technologies to help address air pollution in Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines.
Rollin, an assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts, might be the most unlikely animal ethicist on the planet – more so than even his friend Temple Grandin, another renowned animal rights expert who calls CSU home.
Colorado State University atmospheric scientists are pushing the boundaries of meteorological observation in an unprecedented attempt to fill critical gaps in storm prediction – made all the more pressing by the advent of climate change.
Simply stated, Universal Design strives to make all facilities useful for all people – regardless of age, culture, ability, or identity – by recognizing and anticipating challenges and removing as many barriers as possible.
For Juyeon Park, all design is ultimately about people. Whether she’s helping with energy solutions or working to create “smart” wearables, her mission is to make life better for individuals and communities as a whole.
The Education and Outreach Center at CSU’s College of Natural Sciences is touching lives in many ways. Three ambitious team members, along with their student assistants, are working with faculty to create, assemble, and distribute unique tools to help pre-collegiate students learn foundational scientific principles and processes.
For Zachary Johnson, associate professor in the Colorado State University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, it’s more critical than ever to teach students about new ways to think about the environment and water usage in their careers, especially those studying to create built environments.
Made up of experts in marketing, public relations, creative services, Web development, and more, these teams work together to keep the University and its work in front of the public while ensuring that the CSU brand is consistent and cohesive across all communications materials.
A founding member of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere and former department head of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Vonder Haar has made many contributions during his 46-year tenure at CSU.
The Tropical Meteorology Project has summarized all tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic basin during the 2016 hurricane season and has compared the project’s seasonal and two-week forecasts to what actually occurred.
The week before classes start in the fall is always filled with excitement on the Colorado State University campus, for first-year students and returning upperclassmen, parents, faculty and staff alike.
If you’re like nearly two million Facebook users, you’ve probably seen what happened when the CSU social media team asked Rams to take the Beanboozled Challenge — or, as one retweet put it: Football players eat disgusting jellybeans.
Teach agriculture, military tactics, science, and the mechanic arts as well as classical studies so members of the working classes could obtain a liberal, practical education. That was the original goal of the land-grant colleges.
CSU has a national reputation as one of the Best Colleges for First-Generation College Students. We sat down with two of the architects of this success: Paul Thayer and Barb Musslewhite, before they retired this summer.
As part of his commitment to move Colorado State University forward in all its dimensions, President Tony Frank has set a goal that CSU will become the best university in the country for women to work and study.
It took Osborn a few years working construction in frigid Midwestern winters, relocating to Colorado, briefly selling cars, spending four years in the Marine Corps, and holding a steady job that paid the bills but had no future to finally decide to further his education.
As director of the Center for Student Success, Musslewhite’s particular passion is helping first-generation college students, those whose parents never completed an undergraduate degree, to achieve that goal. They are the ones land-grant universities, including Colorado State, were originally envisioned to serve.
Once high school students can visualize themselves doing college work, and once they see the wealth of resources at CSU designed specifically to help them achieve a bachelor’s degree, they can begin to set higher goals.
Until a few years ago, Paul Laybourn was a self-described “standard” university professor – running a lab, giving lectures, publishing research. Somewhere along the way, he decided he could make a bigger impact in the classroom.
As a child, Denise Favela Apodaca might have been voted “student least likely to become a teacher.” Her teachers were anything but kind, calling her “dumb” and labeling her as special needs. To say she proved them wrong would be a colossal understatement.
Chris Wilcox left a comfortable career in the tech industry to go back to school. Why? To get a Ph.D. – “purely because I wanted to get involved in teaching,” he explained. Wilcox is now a special assistant professor in the CSU Department of Computer Science.
A new White House report affirms that despite rising public concerns about college student debt loads, students at four-year public universities have lower average debt and are better able to repay those loans than students who attend other types of schools.
The CSU Todos Santos Center is working to answer the call of a 21st-century land-grant institution on a global scale, seeking to build bridges between the United States and Mexico, between students and faculty in both nations, and between research and action.
When the management team at the Denver Art Museum wanted to get a good look at what their 200 full-time and 200 part-time employees really wanted, they turned to Colorado State and the experts at Ascend.
Albert Bimper is the first to admit that he had no clue about what it took to succeed in college when he first arrived in 2001 to play football at Colorado State University. His father was born in Ghana and didn’t attend college, and his American-born mother dropped out of school in ninth grade.
When he won his $35 million settlement in 2001 from a lawsuit against the government of Iran, he set up the Sutherland Family Foundation and almost immediately began sharing the fruits of what he jokingly described as his “extended vacation paid for by the Shah of Iran.”
Dick Morgan gets a little sentimental when he thinks about Hughes Stadium. After all, he caught the Rams’ first touchdown pass when the stadium opened in 1968, and he has been attending games there for nearly five decades.
This is our time to celebrate the people, places, and the traditions that make Colorado State University so special. Whether you are celebrating your first or 50th Homecoming, the weekend is sure to create a lifetime of memories for people of all ages.
In the three months since “State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University” was officially launched, support for CSU has come at a pace that can only be described as remarkable. During that short timeframe, $64 million has been raised to support people and programs across campus.
Give yourselves a pat on the back, Rams. You really do Love Your State. You proved it April 21 during the annual Love Your State Day of Giving. Your generosity helped CSU surpass its goal for number of gifts during a memorable 24 hours.
Linda Cates arrived at CSU in 1967 as a 21-year-old transfer student from the University of Colorado. She was married with an 18-month-old daughter to support and had no financial means to pay for college other than work-study jobs and student loans.
Sophie Lei Aldrich (MBA, ’88) and her husband, Ted, wanted to ensure that her mother’s love for textiles was shared with generations to come, establishing the Sophie and Ted Aldrich Asian Textile Endowment.
PURPOSE. It’s what gives life definition and direction – fuels us to do more, be more. At Colorado State University, we talk about purpose a lot. As one of the nation’s finest land-grant institutions, our purpose is clear.
THE HEAD OF THE STUDIO that runs the popular video game franchise Halo returned to campus this spring to talk about how her career path of blending creativity with technology started at Colorado State University.
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY is known for providing generous educational opportunities for student-veterans. A new scholarship program takes that commitment to military families one step further by offering financial assistance to the spouses of those who have served our country.
MODERN SCIENCE AND ANCIENT RITUAL combined last fall as a herd of 10 American bison thundered onto the northern Colorado prairie, a major step in restoring the nation’s largest iconic land mammal to this part of its historic range.
The Rams have gone a combined 79-18 over the past three seasons, including an eye-popping 48-6 mark in conference games. This year they not only became the first team in league history to run the table (18-0) in the regular season, they set Mountain West records for wins (31) and consecutive victories (28).
MICHAEL SMITH IS PROUD TO SAY that his success in the natural gas industry is a direct result of his Colorado State University education. So, when he opted to give back to his alma mater, he did so in a big way. A very big way.
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University announced awards for its Global Challenges Research Teams and four Resident Faculty Fellows from a competitive field of proposals submitted the winter of 2016.
Erika Osborne, associate professor in CSU’s Department of Art and Art History, received a $6,000 fellowship last year from the School of Global Environmental Sustainability to promote sustainability through art.
Far to the north of the Namibian Skeleton Coast and the sweeping Namib Desert, near the southern tip of the African continent, lies the Oshana region. “Oshana” refers to shallow, seasonally inundated depressions on the high savanna plains that support the herding livelihoods of inhabitants like Monika Shikongo and her family.
CSU researchers have a long history as interventionists, placing themselves in the thick of global issues to present solutions. The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes this recurring role and in 2015 initiated the Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships (CIP) program, which seeks to build, fund, and support multidisciplinary teams to pursue global grand challenges.
In October 2015, a magnitude 4.5 quake struck not far from Cushing, Okla., but that was not as surprising as it might sound. Quakes of this size — and even larger ones — had been forecast by McMahon, CSU Professor Rick Aster.
Providing the public with information, not opinions, CSU’s Colorado Water Watch bridges the gap between the oil and gas industry and a public concerned about hydraulic fracturing’s effect on community water sources.
He’s environmentalist royalty, and he headlined the Natural Gas Symposium held at Colorado State University this past fall. Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), was keynote speaker at the fifth annual event that’s quickly become a premier draw for industry and academia.
“Better dirt could help human health,” read a recent headline on Colorado Public Radio’s website. Environmental reporter Grace Hood had interviewed Colorado State University’s Diana Wall, who made the case to integrate soil biodiversity research into human health studies. Wall expanded on the point in a paper published online in Nature Nov. 23.
When Amy Prieto came to Colorado State University in 2005 to join the Department of Chemistry faculty, she wasn’t thinking about starting her own company. Or serving as CEO. And she certainly wasn’t thinking about striking a deal with chip giant Intel.
One of the signature events of the Center for the New Energy Economy, the Natural Gas Symposium, has grown and evolved over the last five years, but it has always been dedicated to the concept of civil discourse by all parties around a contentious issue.
Only a few short years ago, environmental groups championed the increased use of natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to the future. But today, in some environmental circles, natural gas use is being shrugged off as a mere “exit ramp” away from fossil fuels.
This fall, CSU welcomed the largest and most diverse freshman class in the University’s history, was honored as the most sustainable university in the country and received a platinum rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), becoming the first institution in the world to earn the highest ranking for sustainability.
The Fall 2015 semester was full of heart and highlights for first-year students at Colorado State University. CSU is focused on ensuring both access and success for students, in the classroom and through a wide range of co-curricular activities, and our Ram Welcome. And becoming part of the Ram Family extends to the rest of your family as well, who are welcomed with open arms as well.
Homecoming & Family Weekend is the time of year where we all come together to celebrate the past, present, and future of Colorado State University. This year’s Homecoming was a nonstop flurry of activity, from the parade, pep rally and bonfire on Friday to the 38-23 football victory over Air Force on Saturday and all the reunions and dinners and events Sunday and throughout the week.
On any day at CSU, an enjoyable walk across campus – often skirting construction cones or an occasional biker – reveals the amount of intentional and purposeful renovation and new construction taking place. These new spaces, many made possible by private support and donations, are designed using multiple strategies to enhance student success.
The university is undergoing its biggest transformation ever. In the middle of a campus-wide push to update older facilities, add new ones, and accommodate growing student and faculty populations, much of the campus is changing before our eyes.
Growth. It’s a fact of life in Northern Colorado. With more than 158,000 residents at last count, there is no question that Fort Collins has grown into a small city. The Choice City is feeling the pressure of its own success. By 2030, Fort Collins could add nearly 50,000 new residents.
It’s clear that students today learn in a very different environment than previous generations. As CSU has transformed its campus and classrooms to support student success, the university has had to grapple with these sorts of changes and rely on the best available knowledge to assess how students of this generation really learn.
In America, it’s easy to take our access to reliable sources of electricity for granted. We flip a switch and lights flicker on. We plug in a microwave and heat leftovers. Living without electricity sounds preposterous – especially in the year 2015.
This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series May - 2015
The products of fermentation are big business – beer, wine, dairy and baking are all multi-billion-dollar industries – and Colorado State University is well-placed at the forefront of this emerging industry sector.
This entry is part 12 of 22 in the series May - 2015
When you hear the word “fermentation,” what comes to mind? For just about any Coloradan, the image of a cold, frothy beer is probably foremost, perhaps closely followed by wine. Of course, the process of fermentation is the key to beer — but it’s also leveraged across an incredibly diverse range of foods and beverages.
This entry is part 10 of 22 in the series May - 2015
New Belgium Brewing is the latest to provide support for the fermentation science program, which debuted in 2013, joining with co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Kim Jordan to give $1 million to update and renovate crowded facilities.
This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series May - 2015
For five years, Noosa Finest Yoghurt has gambled and won on its unique version of yogurt co-founder Koel Thomae discovered in Australia and brought stateside in 2010. The company shares its headquarters in Bellvue, Colorado with Morning Fresh Dairy, which supplies the milk for yogurt production. Today Noosa is distributed in all 50 states and at retailers including Target, Kroger, and Whole Foods, though its hooves remain planted in Northern Colorado soil.
This entry is part 16 of 22 in the series May - 2015
Andy West, graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University, had a unique childhood, one centered on the growth and production of Colorado wine on his family’s vineyard, Varaison Vineyards. “Varaison” is a French term for when the grapes begin to turn color and take on sugar.
This entry is part 17 of 22 in the series May - 2015
Rob Yemm was raised in Illinois, and attended the University of Iowa. There, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology. After graduation, with two job offers pending in the Midwest, Yemm and his wife decided they would prefer to live in the Front Range of Colorado. So they relocated, with hopes of finding work. Yemm’s gamble paid off with a research position in the Animal Sciences department at Colorado State University in 1986. He remained in that role for 19 years.
This entry is part 18 of 22 in the series May - 2015
When Adam Heuberger goes to events and parties in his native Chicago, something feels off. Oh, right… Where’s the beer? “it’s the first thing I notice,” says the assistant professor in the CSU department of horticulture and landscape architecture, who is more likely to be offered wine or other beverages back home. “Beer is so much part of the culture in Fort Collins, of every social activity. I think we take it for granted.”
This entry is part 19 of 22 in the series May - 2015
Bill Morgan never got to have a pint in a Fort Collins craft brewery during his time as Colorado State University president. In fact, the town was “dry” during his entire 20-year tenure. But his legacy lives on now in a new brewery opened by his granddaughter, who is using the values he instilled in her to become a part of the community.
This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series May - 2015
Fort Collins is a college town known every bit as much for having the highest-quality breweries in the United States. Within its borders sit the fourth-largest craft brewery in America (New Belgium Brewing), the second in a long line of downtown-revitalizing brewpubs launched by John Hickenlooper (Coopersmith’s), and the 2012 Small Brewery of the Year (Funkwerks).
This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series May - 2015
Each Fall, Professor Kraig Peel hauls his Integrated Resource Management class to Oskar Blues’ Hops and Heifers Farm, wanting to show students exactly what they can do with their master’s degrees in agricultural sciences.
This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series May - 2015
Any kind of growth is always accompanied by challenges. This is true for human beings and literally every form of organization, including entire industries. While there are several different means for businesses to measure growth it is interesting that some of these metrics can actually be at odds.
In the not-too-distant future, the planet’s natural resources will be stretched to their limits by a dramatically increasing population, climate change, skyrocketing energy demands, and other multifaceted land-use issues.
Fort Collins is regularly touted as one of the best places to live in the country and a new organization at Colorado State University will help ensure the city maintains that status well into the future.
Dr. Diana H. Wall, University Distinguished Professor; director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability; Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory; and professor of Biology at Colorado State University, is among the world’s most accomplished leaders who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
An eminent veterinarian and infectious-disease researcher at CSU has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for pioneering work in feline leukemia and chronic wasting disease that has shed light on human health.
CSU now is home to nine national academy members. Barry Beaty, professor of microbiology, immunology, and pathology; Marshall Fixman, professor emeritus of chemistry; Albert Meyers, professor of chemistry (deceased); George Seidel Jr., professor emeritus of biomedical sciences; and A.R. “Ravi” Ravishankara, professor of chemistry and atmospheric science; join Hoover in the National Academy of Science.
You can see Colorado State University’s influence in every corner of the globe. Whether it’s life-bringing irrigation systems in Egypt, high-yield wheat varieties in Europe, climate-change research in Antarctica, or our translational research that’s helping cure cancer in animals and humans, CSU’s discoveries are making the world a better place.
From the high plains of Mongolia to the purple mountain majesties of Colorado, Maria Fernandez-Gimenez is working to help ensure the land is kept sustainable – safeguarding food security – for generations to come.
When it comes to raising rice and other grains, the general rule is that smaller plants produce more seed – or food – while larger plants, with their bulky stalks, generate more biomass. Crop plants rarely do both. They put their limited energy into growing bigger or bearing more seed.
Professor Chávez of civil and environmental engineering specializes in an emerging area known as “precision irrigation.” Chávez collects and analyzes a wealth of real-time data – ground-, airborne-, and satellite-based multispectral information – gathered by remote sensors to help farmers determine when and how much to irrigate crops throughout their growing cycles.
Michael Carolan, head of Colorado State University’s Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, has spent more than a decade studying food security and its role in feeding the world’s 7 billion-plus residents. And he keeps coming back to the same place.
For decades, Colorado has boasted that it produces the juiciest, sweetest cantaloupes in the world. They are the ultimate summertime treat and a state agricultural legend on par with peaches from Palisade and sweet corn from Olathe until events in 2011 threatened that long-standing reputation.
According to United Nations estimates, the world population will be in 2050 will be nine billion people. To be a bit more precise, the U.N. actually predicts that the world population will be closer to 9.6 billion in 2050, a staggering number of people who will need to be clothed, housed, and most importantly, fed.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab is one example of CSU’s One Health work from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The project is notably collaborative on a global scale and is meant to promote public health by improving agriculture and addressing environmental concerns.
Trang Tran has a few modest goals for the business she started at Colorado State University: help rice farmers in her native Vietnam stay on the land by growing an additional profitable crop; reduce air and water pollution by turning waste into mulch; and reform the country’s market for a staple item.