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Community tours continue this summer

June 23, 2011

This summer, Colorado State University is hitting the road with community tours planned around the state.

On tour at FIBArk in SalidaThese visits provide an opportunity for CSU to update communities in the state about the university’s campus developments, the important work going on in these communities every day, and world-leading research that is improving lives in Colorado and throughout the globe. But mostly, it’s an opportunity for CSU to listen and learn how people perceive the ways we’re serving their communities and to understand what we can do better.

Listen and learn

“It’s important that we spend time visiting Colorado’s communities, reaching out and listening to their concerns and taking note of their priorities,” said President Tony Frank. “Colorado State is a land-grant University, and our mission is to provide Coloradans access to education as well as service and outreach they can use. The best way to find out what people need is to ask them.”

20 tours, more than 50 communities visited

Entry in FIBArk paradeIn all, President Frank and other key University leaders have visited more than 50 Colorado communities since July 2009. This year, community tours have included a visit to southwestern Colorado with stops in Durango, Cortez and Dove Creek; the northeastern plains including Fort Morgan, Sterling and Yuma; and visits to Fairplay and Salida. Still to come are outreach trips July 8-12 to Steamboat Springs, Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs and Granby. The Grand Junction area will be the destination in mid-September along with additional visits to other areas this fall.

What is a 'tour'?

Each tour includes meetings with alumni and friends, donors, county commissioners, area business and community leaders, local media, CSU staff that live and work in the areas as part of CSU Extension, the Agricultural Experiment Station network and the Colorado State Forest Service.

The tours are designed to engage Colorado residents and CSU employees and provide a University update. These outreach efforts are at the heart of the land-grant mission of the University.

For more information on the community tours, visit  

Contact: Jim Beers
Phone: (970) 491-6401