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2000s: The Green University

February 15, 2010

The beginning of the 21st century brought about change and continued success at Colorado State University.

University Center for the Arts

In 2003, the Bohemian Foundation donated $20.1 million in funds toward the University Center for the Arts and the renovation of Hughes Stadium. That same year Larry Edward Penley was named president of the university.

Revolutionary Research

Colorado State continued to be a revolutionary research institution, expanding its Level 3 biocontainment laboratory space and infectious disease departments after millions of dollars in research grants. CSU also was awarded ties to three National Science Foundation research centers. Two – in cloud-modeling and nanotechnology – are based at CSU; the university is a participant in a third NSF-funded research center for weather-sensing radar.

Green University

Atmospheric science professor and CloudSat principal investigator Graeme Stephens

In 2006 Colorado State, in collaboration with NASA, launched the world’s most sensitive cloud-profiling radar into orbit 438 miles above Earth. Later that year the new Transit Center opened as the first LEED certified building on campus igniting CSU’s commitment to being the Green University. In the first decade of the century Colorado State formed three Superclusters – Cancer Research, Infectious Disease and Clean Energy -- dedicated to speed university research to the marketplace. The School of Global Environmental Sustainability was created to educate the emerging green workforce.

First-ever Comprehensive Campaign

In August 2009, Colorado State launched its first-ever comprehensive campaign in the history of the university. The Campaign for Colorado State University seeks to complete a $500 million fundraising effort in the next three years. The campaign focuses on ensuring student access to a world-class education through scholarships and fellowships, and providing funds to increase quality through enhanced facilities and investments in a variety of educational programs.

Future of CSU

On Sept. 17, 2009, the 14th and current president of Colorado State University, Tony Frank, was inaugurated along with the institution’s first sole chancellor, Joe Blake. The two men will continue to guide the land-grant institution during a critical period of higher education reform. As Colorado State University celebrates its 140th birthday, it stands poised to open doors, change lives, and transform the world.

Written by Sarah Gianti, CSU Department of Public Relations Intern, Journalism and Technical Communications ‘10.

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