First Lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter to Speak at Colorado State University April 20

First Lady of Colorado Jeannie L. Ritter is scheduled to speak at Colorado State University at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 20, in the Lory Student Center Theater. The First Lady will address the importance of advocating for mental health issues and raising awareness for this vital yet often-ignored topic.

As a past special education teacher for children with emotional difficulties, the First Lady has a personal passion for mental health issues. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia in the early 1980s, where she helped open vocational and educational centers for people with disabilities. She and Gov. Ritter have four children, and their oldest son, August, is a junior at Colorado State University.

Admission is free; however, a ticket is required for entry to the lecture. Tickets are available at the Campus Box Office by calling 970-491-4TIX or visiting; on-line ordering will incur a $1.00 surcharge. The Campus Box Office, located in the Lory Student Center, is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

A short question and answer session will follow the lecture.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Applied Human Sciences, the School of Social Work and Active Minds – a student run mental health awareness and advocacy organization.

Active Minds is the nation’s only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to the mental health of college students. The organization serves as the young adult voice in mental health advocacy on more than fifty college campuses nationwide. For more information, see For more information on the Colorado State Chapter of Active Minds, contact Kathleen McKinney, School of Social Work, at or 970-491-7183.