Department Updates – August 2016

Alumni Association

Exclusive Colorado State University License Plates Offer for CSU Faculty and Staff

During the month of September, Colorado State University faculty and staff can order official CSU license plates for an exclusive rate. To kick off the new academic year, and to celebrate the invaluable impact that faculty and staff have on the CSU community, the Alumni Association is offering $15 off the regular price of CSU plates. License plates are available to anyone with pride in Colorado State University, not just alumni.

Ordering CSU plates isn’t just about showing off your pride; the license plate program supports the Legacy Scholarship and important Alumni Association programming that keeps alumni connected to CSU in meaningful ways. License plate certificates don’t expire, so you can order your plates today and get the plates when you are ready.

Order you plates at by Sept. 30 to take advantage of the faculty and staff exclusive offer. You can also order in person at the Alumni Center or by phone at (970) 491-6533. For more information about the CSU license plates program and the Alumni Association, visit

Welcome, Ann Gill!

The Alumni Association is proud to welcome Ann Gill, retired dean of the College of Liberal Arts, to the team! Ann, retired, but forever a Ram, will be volunteering her time to meet with alumni, tell their stories, and help the CSU Alumni Association make the Michael and Iris Smith Alumni Center a special place for all alumni. Welcome, Ann!

Department of Athletics

CSU Athletics announced Monday, Aug. 8, that New Belgium is donating $4.3 million to the on-campus stadium project. The agreement gives New Belgium naming rights to the north end zone hospitality area at the new stadium, which will be called the New Belgium Porch. More information about this exciting news can be found here.

Premium seating for the on-campus stadium is nearly sold out! More than 90 percent of the premium seating capacity at the new stadium has been spoken for, as our fans and donors have shown their tremendous excitement for this project.

College of Business

Stories of Impact

The finance department has launched its Master of Finance program, a 30-credit, on-campus graduate program. Read more here.

The Global Social Sustainable Enterprise M.B.A. has been named the third-most-affordable conscious M.B.A. program by Conscious Company magazine. Read more here. The students, who have returned from their summer fieldwork, have returned with some amazing stories.  

A new partnership with Colorado State University and India’s Amity University will provide courses to Amity students using the College of Business’s renowned distance-delivery platform. Read more here

College of Natural Sciences

This month, we celebrated the halfway point of the construction of the new Chemistry Research Building with a barbecue and wall signing. The building is on track to open in Fall 2017, along with its next-door neighbor, the new Biology Building, to complete the entrance to the University’s Science Mall. Read more here.

The Department of Biology undertook three programs at the new CSU Todos Santos Center this past year, including the first Marine Biology Field Course. Read more here

FY 2015-16 was the best yet for private fundraising for our college, which brought in a record $9.8 million from more than 1,715 individuals and organizations. Read more here

University Advancement Development

UAD and the Office of Gift Planning officially welcomed Karen Dunbar to the team as assistant vice president for gift planning. We are excited to have her energy and creativity and look forward to her contributions to gift planning!

The Office of Donor Relations and Stewardship will now be partnering with Facilities Management to coordinate memorial tree and bench donations! Jeanetta Caligari will be the first point of contact for donors, as indicated on the website: DRS will manage the donation and work with Facilities to determine the timeframe and location and will then schedule a campus visit for the donor(s). If you have any questions about memorial trees and benches, please contact Jeanetta at (970) 491-7774 or Thank you!

The Principal Gifts team is excited to highlight our travel collaboration meetings with our campus partners in August to review travel plans for FY17. The goal of these meetings will be identifying opportunities to collaborate and complement our campus partners’ fundraising efforts and to advance regional prospects toward solicitation. We look forward to working together with the colleges and units in the new fiscal year!

The Virtual Reality Symposium and Hackathon is coming in October! The Symposium will be Friday, Oct. 21, and the Hackathon will be Oct. 22-23. We are looking for competition judges; no tech experience is needed. This is a great way to engage our CSU friends and donors! For more information, please contact Ann Marie Bliley-Ester at (970) 491-7694 or