Feb 102010
Authors: Kirsten Silveira

Happy belated birthday, CSU.

Though it’s 140 years old, CSU’s administration is throwing the university its first birthday party today to celebrate the contributions the university has made to both the state and local communities, university administrators said.

“It’s the 140th anniversary, it’s not 127 years or 137 years. 140 is a big deal,” said Mark Minor, CSU’s vice president of Public Affairs.

Originally dubbed Colorado A&M, the university was only an idea until 1874. And then, two years before Colorado gained statehood, the funding for its first land-grant institution came through.

As part of Founders Day, festivities totaling $10,000 will be held on campus and at the state Capitol, and the Colorado legislature will pass a resolution to honor CSU’s achievements, Minor said.

Additionally, there will be a ceremony dedicated to honoring the historically philanthropic Monfort family. Every major fundraising initiative to CSU in the past few decades has involved the family.

“They have done so much for this university,” said Brett Anderson, CSU’s vice president of Advancement and Strategic Initiatives.

“Four generations of Monforts have given back to the university,” he said.

Anderson said part of the celebration includes a luncheon for students and faculty who have received funding from the Monfort Excellence Fund.

The luncheon will include speeches from one Monfort Scholar and two Monfort Professors, he said, adding that directly after, there will be a ceremony where the family is presented with a medallion of honor by CSU President Tony Frank.

“They have been giving their time and talent for well over 50 years,” Anderson said.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Room at 1:15 p.m. It is slated to include a performance of the Alma Mater by CSU Choral, a welcome speech from CSU student government President Dan Gearhart and Vice President Tim Hole and presentation of the medallion.

Students who don’t attend the official ceremony can get Founder’s Day cupcakes at five campus locations:

  • The LSC Plaza,
  • The Transit Center,
  • The Oval,
  • Newton’s Corner, marked by the sculpture outside of the Chemistry Building, and
  • The ram sculpture by the Durrell Center.
    Senior Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com. _

Medallion of Honor Presentation
When: 1:15 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center University Club and Cherokee Park Room

Happy 140th Birthday, CSU celebration
When: 1:40 to 3 p.m.
What: Learn more about the university’s history with Cam the Ram and the CSU Pep Band (on the LSC Plaza) while enjoying a cupcake.

Cupcake Pick-Up Locations
The Lory Student Center Plaza
The Oval
Newton’s Corner, an area marked by the sculpture outside the Chemistry Building
The ram sculpture by the Durell Center.

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