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President's Fall Address & University Picnic

September 15, 2011

The annual President's Fall Address, followed immediately by the University Picnic, will be held today on the Oval. The entire Colorado State University community is invited to gather on the Oval at 11 a.m. The CSU Marching Band begins playing at 11:15, remarks begin at 11:30, and the event concludes with a free picnic lunch following President Tony Frank's address.

State of the University, outlook for 2011-2012

The entire University community is invited to attend the annual President's Fall Address and University Picnic at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

President Frank will provide the University community with an update on the state of the University and its outlook for the 2011-2012 academic year. During the event, President Frank will join with the city of Fort Collins to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a proclamation from the Mayor’s office.

The CSU Marching Band will begin performing at 11:15 a.m. with remarks promptly following at 11:30 a.m.

Webcast live

This year, for the first time, the President's Fall Address will be webcast live at

First held in 1997

The President’s Fall Address and University Picnic was first held in September 1997 as a thank you to the University community for pulling together in the aftermath of a devastating flood and has been a University tradition ever since.

All members of the University community are encouraged to wear CSU apparel on Thursday as part of the celebration.

Celebrating the spirit and diversity of CSU

Immediately following the address will be the annual all-University picnic, a free event celebrating and promoting the spirit and diversity of CSU. All dining centers, except for Braiden, Corbett and Parmalee will be closed during the picnic. Picnic entertainment will be provided by Quemando Salsa Orquesta, a contemporary salsa band from Colorado.

History of Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct.15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The date of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept.18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is Oct.12, falls within this 30-day period.

More information regarding National Hispanic Heritage Month can be obtained by contacting El Centro at (970) 491-5722.

Please contact the Office of CSU Events at (970) 491-4601 with questions regarding the President's Fall Address and University Picnic.

Parking closures and impacts

Parking and traffic impacts will occur during the President's Fall Address and the all-University picnic today.

The following parking and traffic impacts will occur during the President’s Fall Address and the all-University picnic:

  • The East and West sides of Oval Drive will be closed to parking at 6 a.m. Traffic entering Oval Drive from Laurel will be limited to service and vendor vehicles setting up for the event. Other traffic will be directed through the TILT lot.
  • Isotope Drive will be closed to Oval Drive access at 11 a.m. Prior to 11 a.m., traffic will need to exit the area via West Drive. The Isotope Drive load zone will be reserved for media parking.
  • East Drive access to Oval Drive from the Administration Lot #349 will be closed at 11 a.m.
  • Old Main access to Oval Drive will be closed at Rembrandt Street at 11 a.m.

For more information about parking and traffic routes on campus, visit