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I Love CSU, Earth Day campus celebrations April 18

April 10, 2013

I Love CSU Day was started by the Student Alumni Connection in 2001. The 2013 I Love CSU and Earth Day campus celebrations will take place on Thursday, April 18.

Earth Day celebrations have been postponed to April 25.

Two celebrations in one

I Love CSU Day, held this year in conjunction with the Earth Day Celebration, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Join CAM the Ram from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for photos. At noon, hear remarks from Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes, ASCSU President Regina Martel, Director of Sustainability Andrew Oringer; and the reading of the I Love CSU Day proclamation by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The celebration also includes the unveiling of CSU's new official tartan plaid. The announcement, made by Karen McElwain, wife of head football coach Jim McElwain, will launch a proud new Ram tradition and CSU tartan plaid gear will be available to fans at the CSU Bookstore this fall.

The CSU tartan plaid was developed through a contest in which 17 Department of Design and Merchandising students competed to design a plaid using CSU's traditional branded colors. Seventy-six potential plaids were narrowed to a final three, which were voted on by CSU employees, students, alum, fans and friends. Students Joel Lobo and Ajay Li created the tartan plaids chosen as the final three designs for public vote. The two students will receive gift certificates from the CSU Bookstore, a contest sponsor, as finalists in the contest.

The announcement will be followed by the presentation of the RecycleMania trophies.

Colorado State's annual Earth Day Festival highlights sustainability initiatives within the university and greater community. This year, more than 30 booths also will present information about student organizations, departments, nonprofits and private enterprises. Booth registration and participation is free. Register a booth.

Stop by for CSU giveaways, games, and a performance by The Congress, a rock'n'roll band now based out of Denver.

View the full schedule of events below.

Ram Quest: I Love CSU Day Scavenger Hunt

What better way to celebrate the momentous green and gold occasion, I Love CSU Day, than with a good, old-fashioned scavenger hunt? 

Thursday's Ram Quest will begin at 10:15 a.m. and end once the first 110 people complete the hunt and are deemed winners at the final destination; otherwise the hunt will end at 2 p.m. on April 18. The first 10 winners will take home an I Love CSU Day prize pack and the next 100 winners will score a CSU T-shirt or CAM the Ram bobblehead. All clues will be posted on CSU's Facebook page at 10:15 a.m. on April 18.

How to play:
  • Print/write down the clues for the six locations on campus from CSU’s Facebook page.
  • Participants are looking for free-standing, sandwich-board signs located outdoors by the main entrance of each building location, unless otherwise noted in the clues.
  • Participants do not need to follow the clues in a specific order, with the exception of the final destination.
  • To get started, participants can solve one of the clues and head to that location. At each stop along the scavenger hunt look for a sandwich-board sign that will have Ram Quest passports and a unique passport puncher. Be sure to grab a passport from your first location, punch it, and bring it to the remaining five locations. Please punch your passport into an attached recycling bag!
  • Bring completed Ram Quest passport to the final destination.

Wear your CSU gear on Thursday

I Love CSU Day encourages the campus community to celebrate all things CSU on April 18.

Be sure to deck yourself out in your favorite CSU Ram gear and show your pride on Thursday!

Governor's proclamation

Every year the Student Alumni Associates, or SAA, drafts a proclamation for the governor to sign, officially proclaiming I Love CSU Day as an official state holiday.

SAA gives students the opportunity to interact with CSU alumni and help promote the importance of lifelong engagement with CSU.

Full schedule of events

What's happening on the Lory Plaza for this year's I Love CSU and Earth Day celebrations:

10 a.m.

  • Giveaways by the Spirit Patrol
  • ASCSU "70 Things" Passport Stamping
  • Games
  • Booths from more than 30 organizations

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Music from The Congress

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

  • Appearance by CAM the Ram


  • Welcome
  • Reading of the Proclamation from Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Revealing of the CSU tartan winner
  • Presentation of RecycleMania trophies
  • Pep Band