Department Updates – June 2017

Alumni Association 

Cheers to CSU Sunday Funday Alumni Meetup

June 25, 4-5 p.m. | Fiction Brewing, 701 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 

If you’re in the Denver area or have contacts who are, join us for a meet-and-mingle with CSU alumni, fans, and friends as part of our ongoing effort to grow our Rams family in the Denver community.

Denver Center Employees – Bike to Work Day!

June 28, 6:30-9 a.m.

Gloria Owusu and Ryan Janousek will be representing the Alumni Association at Civic Center Park to celebrate Bike to Work Day. Take the green route if you’re able, and share with your Denver contacts. There will be snacks and schwag available!

Bikes and Bands – Fort Collins Ram Network Annual Bike Tour/Lagoon Concert Series

July 19, 5:15-8 p.m.

Meet on the west lawn at the corner of Meridian Avenue and West Plum Street to join this year’s Ram Network Annual Bike Tour, scheduled to end at the CSU Lagoon just in time for Mojomama to begin. Register online.

Save the Date for Rams at the Rockies!

Sunday, July 23, 1:10 p.m., Denver

Enjoy a fun day at the park as the Rockies take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Get discounted tickets and a limited-edition CSU-themed Rockies hat, and help beat our goal of selling 1,870 tickets! Learn more here, and buy tickets.

Department of Athletics

Football Season Tickets Are Now Available

The countdown is on! Purchase season tickets for the upcoming season at the new on-campus stadium. Learn more.

CSU Events & Donor Engagement

CSU Events Says Goodbye to Kate Cooper and John Rogers 

Kate Cooper

After nearly four years as assistant director, advancement events and donor engagement, Kate Cooper will be greatly missed as she takes on a new position at a neighboring company in Fort Collins. Her last day was May 31. 

Since August 2013, Kate had taken part in an average of 50 events per year, totaling around 175 events with CSU. This impressive number has helped Kate to expand her knowledge of event planning and prepare her for just about anything. Due to “the scope of the events that I have done here and the different types,” Cooper said, “now I feel like you can hand me any kind of event and say ‘go plan it,’ and I could.”

One of Kate’s favorite CSU events to take a part in was the Ram Good Time Auction, and she has fond memories of Convocation, because it is the first official event that the students attend and a way to boost their excitement in being CSU Rams.

Looking back, Kate has a particularly fond memory of the team’s golf cart races around the Oval after Homecoming. Getting to celebrate a job well done with her team was always just what she needed after stressful weeks.

While she will miss her team and the events that became near and dear to her, she looks forward to staying in touch, as her new position is just a few short minutes away.

John Rogers

The Office of CSU Events & Donor Engagement will be missing the company and efforts of John Rogers, who is relocating to Athens, Ohio, with his partner. In December 2013, John joined the team and has been a part of the production of approximately 215 events during his time here at CSU. His last day is June 30.

“Historically, my favorite event has been the 1870 DINNER, because it’s the largest donor appreciation event,” said John. “During this event, I get to interact with a lot of people that I see at other events, which is nice.” 

“My favorite part about working in this office was being able to talk to my teammates about problems or issues I was having with events,” he said. “There is such a strong network of talented people, and working so closely together enforced well-built bonds – we are family.”

Aside from working with CSU staff, John's job also provided him the role of advising the presidential student-ambassadors, which he valued because of their expertise and knowledge about life at CSU.

“They taught me as much as I was able to teach them,” he said. “It was a privilege to be their adviser.”

CSU Events will miss John not only for his work efforts and talents, but for his style and warm personality. “I will miss my team,” he said. “Everyone in the office is amazing, and I haven’t had the opportunity to work in an office where everyone works well together until I worked at the Office of CSU Events.”

Morgan Library

Author Series - An Evening with Amor Towles

Monday, July 10, 7-8:30 p.m. | Hilton Fort Collins 

Calling all book lovers! Spend an evening with Amor Towles as he discusses his fascinating page-turners that have captivated audiences around the world. Book sale and signing follow the program! Learn more

University Advancement Development

We Made Our Fiscal Year Goal!

From Kim Tobin: "THANK YOU to each and every one of you for helping us surpass our goal for this fiscal year well in advance of June 30! Your commitment, hard work, and collaboration make us one of the most successful and efficient advancement operations in the nation. I am so proud to work with you!"

Donor Connect Update

Donor Relations and Stewardship will be hosting a Donor Connect donor preview session 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in the Lory Student Center. The following donors have confirmed their attendance – many of them came at the recommendation of our campus partners.

  • Carol Blair and Patrick Brennan
  • Richard Callan
  • Mike and Jody Werner
  • Kevin Keefe
  • Aaron Harris
  • Bill and Jan Beitz

If you would like to learn more about this session, please contact Katie Brayden at or at (970) 491-0993.

Principal Gifts Update

The Principal Gifts team is looking ahead to the fall and the 2017 inaugural football season! We are working strategically with our fellow UAD teams to leverage interest in the new stadium to strengthen relationships and to also craft a memorable experience for our guests in Alabama.