Colorado State University Hosts Symposium and Celebration to Honor Professor’s 50 Years of Service

Colorado State University will host a symposium and an evening celebration March 16 to honor a professor whose 50 years of service have influenced the world’s international education and development programs.

Maurice Albertson, Centennial emeritus professor, has served Colorado State as director of the Research Foundation, director of International Programs and professor of civil engineering. One of Albertson’s most recognized contributions was his critical role in the formation of the Peace Corps.

"We need to be motivated by service as well as by profit," said Albertson. "We serve best by finding out what people want and helping them work to realize their dreams, not by going into a country and telling villagers what they need."

Albertson has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Agency for International Development, UNESCO and other agencies on projects dealing with water and sanitation, water resource development, village development, small industry development and research and education. Albertson continues to be active in education, research and outreach at Colorado State.

"Maury Albertson’s work has been enormously influential on a global scale," said Neil Grigg, department head in civil engineering at Colorado State. "His dedication to education and to his fellow man is untiring. The programs Maury has initiated continue to expand and help us address many of the international challenges we face."

The International Education and Development Symposium will run 1:30-5 p.m. in Room 228 of the Lory Student Center. The symposium is free and no registration is required. Presentations will offer insight into the start of the Peace Corps, the evolution of Colorado State’s international program, the foreign aid program and the founding of the Asian Institute of Technology. The program schedule follows.

  • 1:30 p.m. – Loren Crabtree, Colorado State interim provost/academic vice president will deliver the keynote address titled "A Global View of Higher Education."
  • 2 p.m. – James Meiman, former director of Colorado State’s International Programs, will review international projects.
  • 2:15 p.m. – George Olson, former vice president for research at Colorado State, will explain the history of the Colorado State University Research Foundation.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Martha Denney, director of the International Education Office at Colorado State, will discuss international education at the university.
  • 3:30 p.m. – Fort Collins Mayor Ann Azari will discuss international dimensions of Northern Colorado.
  • 3:50 p.m. – Jean Griswold, former director of the university’s International Student Services Office, and Mark Hallett, the office’s current director, will discuss the history and future of international students at Colorado State.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Ed Shinn and Okechukwu Ukaga, both research associates in the civil engineering department at Colorado State, will discuss international economic and social development and sustainable village-based development.
  • 4:45 p.m. – Daryl Simons, professor emeritus of civil engineering, will discuss international hydraulic engineering.
  • 5 p.m. – Everett Richardson, professor emeritus of civil engineering, will discuss international irrigation development at Colorado State.

Albertson will give a talk at the evening celebration, which will include a reception and dinner beginning at 5:15 p.m. Registration for the evening program is necessary; cost is $10 for students and $15 for nonstudents.

For more information about the symposium or to register for the evening program, call Bernie Shepard in the civil engineering office at (970) 491-5049.