Message from the VP – March 2017

Brett Anderson, vice president for
University Advancement

Dear Colleagues,

I think it’s probably safe to say that none of us had any problems finding something green to wear today – happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re all adjusting to that hour less of your morning with the time change last weekend and making the most of your days!

That being said, our trajectory into the fourth quarter of the fiscal year is no thanks to luck! It absolutely doesn’t happen without this team’s tremendous effort and dedication to connecting donors with their passions and making this place better for all.

We’re sitting at close to 77 percent of our $1 billion goal, more than 230,000 total gifts, and upward of 93,000 donors when it comes to the campaign. In less than two weeks, we have the honor of announcing another sizeable gift – this time for the JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary and Kay Smith. We’re in conversation on several fantastic opportunities. We know what a meaningful experience it is for donors and friends to connect or reconnect with our campus. With spring on its way, let’s leverage our beautiful campus to showcase all of the amazing things we do at CSU.

Thanks to so many of you, we celebrated yet another successful 1870 DINNER, hosting a larger crowd of our most loyal donors than we’ve ever seen before! At this year’s event, our guests engaged in hands-on experiences that really gave them a taste of the remarkable work happening – the EcoCar 3, Muscles Alive, 3-D printing, and virtual reality. And from the looks of our post-event surveys, we’ll definitely be doing more things like this in the future!

The men’s and women’s basketball teams made solid showings at the Mountain West Conference Tournament last week. The top-seeded women, who’ve dominated the conference, were upset by Boise State in the semifinals, moving them into WNIT play where they defeated Saint Mary’s 80-68 in a thrilling overtime victory yesterday. They will host the winner of tonight's Utah-UC Davis game Sunday afternoon at Moby Arena. The men fell to Nevada in the MW Championship last weekend but competed well against College of Charleston on Tuesday, winning 81-74 and moving them through the NIT bracket with another game scheduled Monday night against Cal State, Bakersfield.

As we move into the end of our fiscal year, again, I want to thank you for giving me so much to brag about. It’s an honor to work alongside you all in making this University the premier place to earn an education.

My best,