Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Grand opening for CSU Western Campus Aug. 29


A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Aug. 29 for the Colorado State University Western Campus, a new facility for research, extension and engagement.


Reporters and photographers are invited to the grand opening at the new CSU Western Campus at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Orchard Mesa Research Center, 3168 B ½ Road, Grand Junction, Colo. 81503.


Remarks will begin at 2:15 p.m. with CSU System Chancellor Tony Frank, CSU College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Ajay Menon and CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dean Mark Stetter speaking during the event. Also, during the celebration Amanda McQuade will be presented with the Emerging CSU Community Engagement Award for her work with the Community Alliance for Education and Hunger Relief. Refreshments and short group tours will be provided after the official ribbon cutting.

The CSU Western Campus, located in Orchard Mesa, will provide administrative oversight and intellectual leadership for CSU’s Agricultural Experiment Stations (AES) located in Western Colorado — Fruita, Orchard Mesa, and Rogers Mesa. Orchard Mesa also will house the CSU Extension Western Regional Office, the Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Colorado State Forest Service field office.

Specific programs at this site will include the following:

  • Orchard Mesa AES
  • The Colorado State Forest Service Grand Junction Field Office
  • Colorado State University Extension
  • Western Slope Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • The CSU Regional Engagement Center

Campus features include:

  • 7,717 square foot state of the art veterinary diagnostic laboratory
  • 14,095 square foot combined office and classroom building with a teaching kitchen
  • 100 person capacity classroom and multiple meeting areas.
  • Three bay shared shop, equipment and fruit storage building


Jennifer Dimas at (970) 988-4265 or