Message from the VP – October 2016

Brett Anderson, vice president for
University Advancement

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations on putting on yet another successful Homecoming & Family Weekend! I’m always amazed at just how much all of us across this campus – and in particular in Advancement – are able to pull off at such a high level. We welcomed so many donors, alumni, and friends to campus, and each one of your efforts created memorable experiences that they’ll hold on to for years to come. And, our Rams rallied to give us a fantastic win!

We very successfully hosted Michael and Iris Smith, along with a group of their friends and family, on campus over Homecoming. They had a full few days meeting with Smith’s inaugural group of scholars at the College of Business luncheon, celebrating the new Michael Smith Natural Resources Building at a “groundbreaking” with donors such as Ed Warner; toured the Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center and the stadium; and visited with several deans and President Frank. Donor Relations and CSU Events facilitated the visit, and it was seamless. Thanks to all of you, I believe the Smiths went away impressed and proud of their investment in CSU.

Last week, we had the opportunity to announce a very generous gift from Nancy and Curt Richardson to lead and name the Richardson Design Center for the College of Health and Human Sciences. These sorts of gifts are years in the making, and only happen because we have the right people building meaningful relationships and connecting alumni and friends to their passions.

A couple of weeks from now, we’ll host the President’s Gala welcoming new Morgan Society and Lory Society members and recognizing this group of loyal and committed donors for their outstanding impact and contributions.

All of this work happens on top of what you do daily with such intensity to improve, reinvent, and grow our division in one way or another. From construction projects to process updates and satisfaction surveys, I can’t thank you enough for doing your part to move this University forward.

Stay tuned, as we prepare for another major announcement, plan an event to honor the Harry Hughes name, and ramp up to Giving Tuesday.

My best,