Media Advisory: Colorado State University Celebrates Founders Day Feb. 11

On Feb. 11, Colorado State University will honor the creation of the institution, the values that have sustained it and its mission of service through teaching, research and engagement with a Founders Day celebration, with events on campus in Fort Collins.

Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins

Beginning at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11

• The Founders Day ceremony and reception begins at 1:15 p.m. at the University Club and Cherokee Park Room. CSU President Tony Frank and ASCSU President Dan Gearhart will present the Monfort family with the inaugural Colorado State University Founders Day Medal in honor of their great contributions to the university.
• “Happy 140th Birthday CSU” begins at 1:40 p.m. on the Lory Student Center Plaza. The event will feature CAMthe Ram, the CSU Pep Band, giveaways and treats. Other locations on campus participating in the celebration include Lory Student Center Transit Center lobby, outside the TILT building on the historic CSU Oval, Newton’s Corner and the Ram sculpture by the Durrell Center.

On Feb. 11, 1870, Colorado Territorial Gov. Edward McCook signed the Colorado Morrill Act establishing the State Agricultural College in Fort Collins. In the 140 years since, the institution now known as Colorado State University has become one of the nation’s leading research universities with world- renowned research in infectious disease, atmospheric science, clean-energy technologies and environmental science, with annual research expenditures exceeding $300 million annually.

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