A Ram’s connection

Aug 032010
Authors: Emily Johnson

More than 40,000 CSU alumni call Denver home, and today the university opens a central hub to cater to those former Rams.

“CSU decided to realign existing staff and resources to hone in on the Denver market since it has the highest concentration alumni,” said Michele McKinney, Denver Public Relations director for the center.

“It’s been two years of concerted and focused planning, and we’ve seen great results,” McKinney said.

Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement, was part of a core committee instrumental in seeing the new center through to fruition.

“Our goal is to be a strong presence in the area,” Anderson said. “The new center will enhance awareness and improve the relationships with all of our partners.”

The center, which used to be housed on the 14th floor of an unmarked building, has relocated to a space on the corner of 17th Street and Glenarm Place just a few blocks from the convention center and the state capitol. There are signs on each side of the building.

“People can come in now and buy Ram gear, see what’s going on,” Anderson said.

The 20,000-square-foot space is now three floors and will be used for continuing education, meetings, events and professional development.

“It’s been a collaboration with many, many people,” Anderson said. “We worked with all of the colleges, the athletic department, corporations, foundations, friends and the media. This center will improve and enhance all of those relationships.”

The collaboration is called the Denver Initiative and, before its creation, CSU had no strategic plan for the Metro area, which made it difficult to get area residents and businesses connected, Anderson said.

Anderson also said that the move saved CSU about a third of the cost of the building lease.

“Five years ago, the economy was better and the cost of real estate was higher,” he said. “Now it’s different and we were able to take advantage of lower prices.”

An open house will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will include tours, hors d’oeuvres, beverages and giveaways.

At 5:15 p.m. there will be remarks and a toast from Anderson, the emcee –– master of ceremonies –– , Joe Blake, chancellor for the Colorado State University System, and CSU President Tony Frank.

The event is free and open to the public.

_Staff Writer Emily Johnson can be reached at news@collegian.com. _


CSU’s Denver Center, located on the corner of 17th Street and Glenarm Place, is dedicated to serving more than 40,000 CSU alumni living in the Denver-Metro area. The Center, which will host its grand opening tonight from 4:30 to 7 p.m., features the following:

  • Professional development experiences
  • Community service efforts
  • Athletic and recreation programs
  • Athletic and recreation programs
  • Cultural and educational opportunities
  • Young Alumni activities
  • Annual university special events

_For information on CSU’s activities in
Denver, visit rams5280.colostate.edu._

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