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President Frank serves as parade grand marshal

October 6, 2009
By Rebecca Howard

The 2009 Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

CSU President Tony Frank, accompanied by his youngest daughter, Megan, will serve as the 2009 Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade Grand Marshal.

Colorado State University President Tony Frank has the honor of serving as grand marshal for this year's homecoming parade. Just days away from the big event, Frank reflects on his memories of past homecomings, his thoughts on the parade, and the future of CSU.

Rich heritage of transformation

With this year’s homecoming theme of “Celebrating the Past, Building the Future,” it’s no wonder that Frank, who’s inauguration as the 14th president of CSU took place in September, is serving as this year’s parade grand marshal. According to Frank, this theme is meaningful for the university.

“Colorado State has a rich heritage of transformation in the face of challenge,” he said. “We face the challenges of our day understanding that we have a responsibility to protect, nurture, and strengthen our university for those who will follow us. Whether through the accomplishments of our alumni and alumni-to-be, the discoveries of our faculty, or the Campaign for Colorado State University, we know we will leave our university - and our world - a better place.”

Reminder of the University's impact

Frank also said that one of the things he enjoys most about homecoming is meeting former CSU students who come back to join in on the annual celebration.

“It’s also always a treat for me to meet our oldest and most loyal alumni and to hear their stories and memories of CSU in an earlier time,” Frank said. “As president, it helps remind me of the impact the University has on students as people, not just as scholars, and what an important time this is in their lives. That’s something I never want to take for granted.”

Even up the score

Because homecoming is also Family Weekend at CSU, it seems fitting that Frank has asked his youngest daughter Megan to ride on the float with him. Frank has three daughters, but according to him, Megan’s role in the parade is not due to favoritism.

“Many years ago, my two older daughters and I got to be in the Homecoming parade, but our youngest, Megan, was a little young,” he said. “Having the honor of being the grand marshal offers me a chance to even up that score, since Megan will be with me on the float this year.”

Enjoy parade experience

Overall, Frank hopes that his experience as grand marshal will be an enjoyable one and shared one memory from his childhood.

“As a kid, I used to ride my dad's diesel fuel truck in our local small town parade and throw candy,” he said. “My father drummed into me that if I didn't throw the candy far away from the truck, someone might be run over and it would be my fault. As a result, I never enjoyed those parades, so I'm hoping for a less stressful experience.”

He also added jokingly, “We don't throw candy at this one, do we?”

Event information

The Homecoming Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. The parade route starts at the intersection of Howes Street and Oak Street and continues south on Howes, through the Oval, across university plaza and ends on campus at Meridian Avenue and University Avenue at the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center.

After the parade, the Homecoming and Family Weekend Festival will take place at 6 p.m. on the West Lawn, featuring a pep rally, the traditional lighting of the “A” and fireworks. More information and event details can be found on the Homecoming and Family Weekend website.

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