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Celebrating a Tradition of Giving

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout the 2019-20 academic year. From the moment the first graduating class received their diplomas, alumni have committed themselves to making an impact in their communities, the world, and their alma mater through their talents, hard work, and ongoing generosity.

These stories highlight how that generosity has increased access and opportunity for students, helped build and enhance world-class educational facilities, funded ground-breaking research, and supported programs that extend the University's resources far beyond campus. Thanks to you, Rams everywhere can look back on a record of excellence rooted in our land-grant mission while looking forward to another 150 years of impact. 

The Oval: A Living Legacy

One cannot picture the university’s iconic Oval without its American elm trees. Many of the trees date from the 1880s and 1920s and their size and beauty make the Oval a popular icon of the university, likely the most photographed location on campus, as well as a site for graduation celebrations, weddings and festivals. Today, CSU maintains routine pruning of the trees to help prevent damage and keep the trees healthy, an investment of $125,000 or more each time the trees are pruned. Costs are supported through university funds. The Oval Tree Preservation Endowment was created several years ago to devote resources specifically to preserving the elms, and contributes a fraction of the costs until it reaches a sustainable level.