Annual Fall Address Celebrates Colorado State University Accomplishments, Looks to Future of the Institution

Note to Editors: Media are invited to attend the celebration. Please RSVP by noon on Monday, Sept. 13, at (970) 491-6009 or so that special arrangements for parking can be made. The Oval will be closed to all other traffic throughout the day. A multiple outlet box will be provided. Print-quality photographs, broadcast-quality audio clips and experts from Penley’s speech will be available for media to download at about 2 p.m. on the day of the event at For more information, call Dell Rae Moellenberg at (970) 491-6009 or e-mail

Colorado State University President Larry Edward Penley will give his annual Fall Address at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Colorado State University’s historic Oval. The event will provide members of the Fort Collins and Colorado State University communities the opportunity to hear Penley share his vision of the university for the coming year.

In particular, Penley will discuss the role of the university in economic development, the responsibility that the university has for our quality of life, the role of scholarships and financial aid in providing access to higher education, major financial changes ahead for the university and fulfilling the promise of a 21st-century land-grant institution.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees and friends of the university community are invited to gather at the Oval at 11:15 a.m. with the Colorado State March Band. Penley will begin his comments at 11:30 a.m. from the south end of the Oval.

An all-university picnic for students, staff and faculty will begin following Penley’s address and conclude at 1:30 p.m.

The annual event provides the university and Fort Collins communities with an opportunity to celebrate the last year’s accomplishments and to focus on new endeavors for the year.

"Over the last year, I have become proud of the university’s many impressive accomplishments," said Penley. "We’re continuing to forge ahead to meet new goals for the university, and we’re setting the bar high to ensure that Colorado State continues to be — and continues to improve upon — its high reputation as an exceptional place for learning, discovery and leadership, as well as a place that is engaged in our state’s community to elevate the quality of life for our citizens."

Following the address, the university community is invited to enjoy the annual picnic, which features free food and entertainment by Colorado State bands. CAM the Ram also will make an appearance during the celebration.

To show Ram Pride, event attendees are encouraged to wear green and gold.

University classes will not be canceled, but departments are encouraged to arrange schedules to accommodate those who wish to attend.

The Oval will be closed to traffic and parking throughout the day.

For more information about the event, call (970) 491-4634 or visit