May 062004
 
Authors: Jesse Lauchner

It is with great pride and honor that I write this to

congratulate the graduating seniors of 2004. I write this with

particular excitement because I too will be sharing the joy with

all of you as I walk to receive my diploma on May 15. In two short

weeks, you will find that your life has been irrevocably changed,

for the better, by emerging into one of the greatest distinctions

on earth- becoming an alumni of Colorado State University. I say

this with confidence because I, like so many of you, have truly

become who, and what, I want to be and owe so much of it to the

experience afforded to me at CSU.

Colorado State University holds a special place in my heart, and

I’m sure the hearts of every student that ever set foot on campus.

I look back and see that I experienced the highest successes and

the lowest failures of my life in my four short years here, and I

wouldn’t trade a thing. Everything I experienced will forever be

associated with the time I spent at CSU. I watched RAM football

beat CU two times, and as far as I remember, we only played them

twice in my four years, right? I studied all night long, four

nights in a row, and took the weekend to celebrate. I involved

myself in everything I could get my hands on. I went from the

highest mountains of Canada to the indescribable border towns of

Mexico and even tried my luck surfing in Malibu. I met the love of

my life. And finally, I found the friends that will be the ushers

at my wedding, and the pallbearers at my funeral. I’m sure that if

we all sat down in the same room to share memories, we would all

have a lot of these memories in common. Most importantly, we would

all be linked by the greatness of being a CSU student.

Somewhere between all the schoolwork that has been piled upon me

(or I piled upon myself, but that’s surely debatable) I search for

the strength to finish strong and survive the next two weeks.

Though it may be completely clich�, I always look to Vince

Lombardi’s “What it takes to be Number One” speech, which now

adorns my wall, to light a fire underneath me. One line in

particular has brought me through even the darkest day and I wish

to pass it on to you.

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – the greatest

fulfillment of all that he holds dear – is that moment when he has

worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the

field of battle – victorious.” To those of you who don’t have any

work to do between now and graduation: keep it to yourself.

Finally, when you leave CSU, don’t forget to look at your time

here as an investment in a great future. Continue to be involved in

the life of the university and search for ways to keep the

connection strong. I’ll be moving to downtown Denver in July, and

intend to become active in the alumni chapter down there. Whatever

you do, continue to tell others about your experience here and what

it has meant to you.

I want to congratulate each and every one of you for such a

great achievement. You no doubt walk away with a completely unique

and personal experience at CSU, but in the end we can all take

pride in the fact that we are together branded with the mark of a

truly great institution. I wish you all the best of luck in your

future. GO RAMS!

Jesse Lauchner

2003-2004 ASCSU President

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