Department Updates – May 2016

Department of Athletics

On-Campus Stadium Update:

  • Premium seating sales are going extremely well since we began taking commitments last fall. So far, 14 private suites, 134 Indoor Club seats, 176 loge box seats, and 622 Outdoor Club seats have been sold.
  • More than 75 percent of all premium seating inventory has been sold!

Stadium Brick Campaign Updates:

  • Through February, 1,952 bricks have been sold as part of the brick campaign for the new, on-campus stadium.
  • 1,515 households have purchased a brick. Of these households, 959 (63.3 percent) are first-time donors to CSU athletics, and 496 (32.7 percent) are first-time donors to Colorado State University.

College of Business

Michael Smith, chairman and chief executive of Freeport LNG, made a $5 million gift to the College of Business; the largest gift ever to the college!

On April 21, the College of Business received more than $8,000 in gifts on the Love Your State Day of Giving. 

The Institute for Entrepreneurship and CSU Ventures hosted the third annual Collegiate Challenge. Featuring the Innovation Symposium, entrepreneurship speakers, and networking events, more than $30,000 of total prize money was awarded to students for their innovative work and presentations. Fourteen different universities were represented by Pitch Competition applicants.

College of Natural Sciences

Biology Building Update

On Friday, May 6, the Board of Governors joined faculty, students, staff, and contractors to celebrate the placing of the final beam in the new Biology Building. The beam, which was signed by those in attendance, will be visible at the top of the eastern stairwell in the finished building.

The 151,560-square-foot building is on schedule to open, along with the Chemistry Research Building, in Fall 2017 and is tracking as an LEED Gold building.

College of Natural Sciences Learning Community

Students at the CNS Learning Community at Laurel Village have launched an active and popular astronomy club, which organizes great public star- (and planet-) gazing parties. An event May 9 viewed the transit of Mercury and celebrated the retirement – and 50 years of CSU teaching – of physics Professor Roger Culver (with cookies and liquid nitrogen ice cream, of course). Read more here.

Little Shop of Physics Milestone

This spring, the Little Shop of Physics outreach program, run through the College of Natural Sciences, celebrated its 25th year and 500,000 students reached!

Chemistry Researcher to Give President’s Community Lecture

Department of Chemistry Associate Professor Amy Prieto, who is studying new techniques to develop better batteries, will give the President’s Community Lecture at 6:30 p.m. May 24 in the Lory Student Center Ballroom.

University Advancement Development

Congratulations, Gift Planning team! Four planned gifts totaling $2,075,000 have been submitted for booking so far this month.

As of May 12, we have 119 registered attendees for the Frontier Legacy Society Luncheon!

The Donor Relations and Stewardship Innovations Team had its final regular group meeting on Friday, May 13. This team represented a variety of areas in UA and was charged to create best practices for donor relations practices and processes. Led by Katie Brayden, the team discussed several topics throughout the past several months that relate to helping us become more efficient to both our donors and internal constituents. As we dive into all of the insightful recommendations from the committee, stay tuned for updates/communications from the DRS team! Thank you!

The regional development team is thrilled to announce the hiring of Nicolle Tryon as the new donor relations coordinator. Nicolle joins us after having spent the last 4-1/2 years as office manager at the United Way of Larimer County, where she honed her exceptional customer service skills, her organizational effectiveness skills, and her ability to multitask. Nicolle brings with her 10-plus years of managing office operations in both the business and nonprofit sectors and promises to be an excellent addition to the regional development team. Please join us in welcoming Nicolle Tryon on her first day, June 1!

As momentum builds within the colleges to develop more programming at the CSU Todos Santos Center, Dean Beth Walker from the College of Business and Dean Jan Nerger from the College of Natural Sciences will be visiting Todos Santos the week of May 31, along with various faculty. While there, they will experience an existing CSU marine biology field excursion and will meet with various local community stakeholders to envision new community programming for residents.