Message from the VP – April 2017

Brett Anderson, vice president for
University Advancement

Dear Colleagues,

It’s finally springtime! One of the most beautiful times on campus with the craziest weather and the craziest time of the academic year. April has always been one of the busiest for us in Advancement as well.

Recapping last week alone can make your head spin!

April 18 – Who doesn’t love the return of an artifact that’s been missing from campus for a hundred years! A very cool celebration to cap off I Love CSU Day. Earlier in the day, Presidential Ambassadors hosted their annual Impact Your State event, talking to hundreds of students to raise awareness about the cost of their educations and the importance of private giving. Our very own Alexis Kanda-Olmstead was honored during Celebrate! Colorado State Awards with the Margaret B. Hazaleus award for long-term efforts to enhance opportunities and the campus environment for women.

April 19 – Love Your State Day of Giving was our most successful yet with 3,038 gifts raising $221,747 from 1,554 total donors. It was a huge day for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, hosting Walter and his family to thank him for his generous support. Walter was extremely pleased, and the details – from ice cream sundaes with his scholars, to the drum line at a sign unveiling, T-shirts, pennants, and the band in the Scott Building – were fantastic.

April 22 – The 20th anniversary of CSUnity brought together more than 2,000 CSU students for a one-day service event that supported the Fort Collins community.

April 25 – Gift announcement regarding Molson Coors gift to the teaching brewery at CSU. Cheers to Kim Winger, the CHHS development team, and all involved!

There was also Earth Week, Discovery Week, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, and we have Best Teacher Awards coming up tonight, Wednesday, April 26. At the end of March, we had a celebration for JBS USA and their gift to the College of Agricultural Sciences JBS Global Food Innovation Center in honor of Gary and Kay Smith.

There are so many amazing things happening here every day, and each one presents a new opportunity for us to connect students, alumni, and donors to their passions so that they can make a difference at CSU. As our campaign charges forward, gifts – big and small – are essential to our continued momentum toward $1 billion.

Thanks to your continued work; I’m tremendously grateful for each and every one of you – you’re all having a profound effect on the future of CSU.

My best,