Colorado State University Celebrates Spring with Green is Gold Week

Colorado State University is celebrating spring by hosting the annual Green and Gold Week April 19-26. The week is full of scheduled events on campus for students, including the Colorado State football team playing in the annual Green and Gold game. All events are free to Colorado State students.

Green is Gold is the theme for this year’s traditional Green and Gold week that reflects Earth Day and which falls within the week of celebration.

"We are calling it Green is Gold week this year to celebrate the overlap with Earth Day. It was created as a way to build school spirit and to kick off the upcoming football season," said Mary Branton-Housley, interim program adviser for Campus Activities.

Green is Gold Week will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with "Forever Green: Rock Away with Earth Day," an all-day music festival on campus. The Lory Student Center west lawn will be filled from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with inflatable games, a mechanical bull, food and live music featuring the band, Fat Knuckle Jack, and other local bands. The CSU Recycling Committee will award the winner of the Recycle Mania competition that has been going on in the residence halls and apartments on campus.  

Forever Green continues the evening of April 22 as Live Life Late sponsors an outdoor concert from 7-10 p.m. on the Lory Student Center west lawn that will feature the bands fortywatt and Green Lemon.

"Forever Green is designed to be a joint celebration to kick off the Green and Gold game the next day and to celebrate Earth Day," said Branton-Housley.

A highlight of the week will be the traditional Green and Gold football game at 10 a.m. April 23 at French Field at Rocky Mountain High School.

The week concludes with a free concert featuring Boston singer and songwriter Rob Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a jazz/pianist/rock musician, has performed at more than 150 colleges nationwide. He will perform at 8 p.m. April 26 in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Free tickets are available at the Lory Student Center Box Office or by calling (970) 491-6444.

Colorado State has a history of celebrating spring with a week of events. College Days was the original name of the all-university week of celebration but ended in the late 1980s. Green and Gold Week was brought back to the university calendar in 1996 when a student proposed to reinstate the week of events.  

This year’s Green is Gold Week is sponsored by Associated Students of Colorado State University, Association for Student Activity Programming, Program Activities Council, CSU Recycling Committee, Housing and Dining Services, Live Life Late, Pepsi Partners in Education, Lory Student Center, Campus Activities and RamPR.

A complete schedule of events for Green is Gold Week follows. All events are free.

Tuesday, April 19:

– Hypnotist/comedian show featuring Rusty Z and Tommy T: 8 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre.

Wednesday, April 20:

– Dodgeball tournament: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Moby Auxiliary Gym.

Thursday, April 21:

– Throwback Thursday Film featuring "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off": 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Room 228.

Friday, April 22:

– Forever Green: Rock away With Earth Day: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Lory Student Center west lawn.

– Live Life Late outdoor concert featuring fortywatt and Green Lemon: 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Lory Student Center west lawn.

Saturday, April 23:

– Green and Gold football game: 10 a.m., French Field, Rocky Mountain High School.

Tuesday, April 26:

– Rob Gonzalez in concert: 8 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre. Free tickets are available at the Lory Student Center Box Office.