Department Updates – March 2017

College of Agricultural Sciences

You are invited: JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary and Kay Smith Groundbreaking and Gift Announcement

The College of Agricultural Sciences invites you to this special event 4-6 p.m. March 27 at the Animal Sciences Building on 350 W. Pitkin St. Please RSVP by March 20 here. If you have questions or wish to register directly, please contact (877) 498-7787 or

Alumni Association

Save the Date! Green & Gold Gala – May 20

Registration opens March 30! The Green & Gold Gala is Denver's premier celebration of Colorado State University and a fundraiser for the Metro Denver Scholarship. By supporting the Metro Denver Scholarship fund, you can make a direct and lasting impact on the lives of CSU students. Location: Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center. Click here for more information. 

Alumni Night Out at the CSU Virtual Reality Lab – April 5, 5:30-7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join the Fort Collins Ram Network as they host an evening at the CSU virtual reality lab. Learn all about this exciting new University initiative. Free to attend! Click here to register.

Department of Athletics

On March 4, CSU Athletics and the Ram Club hosted the 36th annual Ram Good Time Auction at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. The biggest annual fundraiser for athletics scholarships, the Ram Good Time Auction did not disappoint this year as $250,000 was raised by more than 650 attendees in a single night. Special thanks to all of the guests, generous sponsors, and dozens of volunteers for making the Ram Good Time Auction a success!

College of Business

Business Day 2017 – April 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Every year, the Dean’s Student Leadership Council and the College of Business host Business Day, a campuswide event. This annual tradition gives students, faculty, and the community a chance to learn from influential business people. This year marks the 39th anniversary! The event includes keynote speakers, an alumni panel, workshops, and concludes with a reception for networking opportunities. The theme this year is Innovation through Technology. Speakers will talk about all of the new emerging trends within the market that are tied to the use of technology. For more information, please e-mail Nick Rogers.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Cathy Morris, senior vice president and chief security officer of Arrow Electronics
  • Robert Urwiler, executive vice president and chief information officer of Vail Resorts
  • Angelina Howard, retail supply chain manager of Amazon

Alumni Panel:

  • Kaitlin Phenix, management consultant at Accenture
  • Mandy Berquist, worldwide marketing manager at HP Inc.
  • Jenn Hoppal, workday consultant at KPMG
  • Roby DeMache, operations and supply chain management at Apple

University Advancement Development

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nominee for the Spirit of Philanthropy Award! This award is presented in April at the Celebrate! CSU Awards to recognize a faculty or staff member whose commitment to Colorado State University has made a significant impact to the University’s fundraising efforts. We have a wonderful pool of candidates and look forward to announcing the winner soon!

The Principal Gifts team is thrilled to be searching for our new team member, with on-campus interviews happening this month. We’re also looking forward to closing out the fiscal year with numerous collaborative trips with our campus partners.

Congratulations to Dan Westermann for recently closing a planned gift of $5 million, benefiting the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences!