Colorado State University today announced a string of private contributions totaling nearly $3 million toward campaigns to improve the university’s athletics, engineering and physics programs.
The gifts–including one of the largest ever given by an individual to the university–were announced by Colorado State President Albert Yates during a press conference today (Friday).
"At times like these, it’s important to be able to turn to friends who share the dream of what Colorado State University can and should become," Yates said. "Thanks to all those who are with us today whose generosity and support have helped to make the Athletics Facilities Campaign and the Engineering/Physics Campaigns such a rousing success."
Highlights of the press conference included the announcement of a $500,000 gift to the athletics campaign from longtime Colorado State supporters Bob and Joyce Everitt of Fort Collins. The Everitts initially gave $50,000 to the campaign, but recently added $450,000 to their total contribution, making their donation the single largest gift total from individuals to the athletics campaign. The Everitt’s gift helped complete the $8.6 million fund-raising campaign for the McGraw Center, which the university broke ground on Monday.
Other announcements included a $2 million gift from Colorado State alumnus and businessman Harold Short, the single largest donation from an individual to the university. Short’s gift will help support the university’s efforts to expand the Engineering Building by 60 percent and renovate laboratories with state-of- the-art equipment and technology. A portion of Short’s gift also will be used to create an endowed professorship within the department of civil engineering.
The 40-year-old Engineering Building, originally constructed to accommodate half the number of current students, houses the departments of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering and the department of physics. Construction on the project began in October and is scheduled to be completed by the year 2000.
Finally, the campaign to raise funds for a new home for the physics department generated a $424,000 gift from longtime Colorado State supporters Don Hammond and his late wife, Phyllis- -the largest individual contribution to the physics department.
Hammond credits his late wife for making the physics gift happen and said he wanted to give back to a program that served as the foundation for many of his professional achievements. Hammond earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950, a master’s degree in 1952 and an honorary doctoral science degree in 1974–all from Colorado State. Before his retirement, Hammond was a longtime researcher and employee at Hewlett-Packard Corp.
The Hammond gift will help fund a two-story, 11,000 square- foot addition on the south side of D and E wings in the Engineering Building. This area will serve as the new home for the physics department’s teaching program and will include four teaching laboratories, a student reading room and mezzanine for students to study in groups or work with tutors.
The announcements come in light of news that, for the second consecutive year, Colorado State University has set a fund- raising record. The $19.5 million in gifts and pledges to the university during the 1996-97 fiscal year exceeded the goal of $16.5 million. Private gifts and pledges were received from 21,130 donors this fiscal year. The record-breaking year follows up on last year’s (1995-96) mark of $15.5 million, which also was an all-time high.