Feb 142011
Authors: Erin Udell

Students and university staff gathered on the Plaza Friday afternoon to wish CSU a happy birthday.

“It’s important for us to celebrate where we are now as a university,” said junior health and exercise science major Samantha Klug. “Plus, there’s always free cake.”

The celebration, which drew onlookers from all over campus, was the last in a series of events commemorating the university’s 141st anniversary.
Those in attendance enjoyed cupcakes, the CSU Pep Band, an appearance by CAM the Ram and a speech by CSU’s Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda.

“When you think about how many students, faculty and staff have been at CSU over the years and how much of their work has truly changed the world, it seems appropriate to mark the founding of such a great institution,” said Tom Milligan, the vice president for external relations, in an e-mail to the Collegian.

On Thursday, university students and officials gathered at the Colorado State Capitol to celebrate “CSU Day” and, later that day, the second ever Founders Day Medal was given posthumously to Maury Albertson, a former CSU professor credited with helping in the formation of the Peace Corps.
The awarding of the Founders Day Medal always allows the university to showcase alumni from CSU who have gone on to do amazing things, Milligan said.

“I’ll bet there are many on campus who weren’t aware that our own professor Maury Albertson was one of the great minds behind the formation of the Peace Corps,” he said. “That, in and of itself, is something to note and to celebrate.”

According to Miranda, Albertson began his work at the university as a civil engineering professor in 1947. By 1958, he was overseeing all research projects on campus.

“We all owe him a debt of gratitude,” Miranda said, emphasizing how Albertson’s vision for the future of CSU helped foster the university’s mission of teaching, research and engagement. “We make sure there would be a place for students to develop research and take that into the community for the betterment of our society.”

Today, CSU ranks among the top-10 universities that send graduates into the Peace Corps, an agency of the federal government that Albertson dedicated his time and efforts to.

“When you graduate, you will share in CSU’s mission to impact the world around you,” Miranda said. “It (Founders Day) celebrates our future, and that future belongs to you.”

Senior Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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