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President Frank leads summer Colorado outreach tour

July 9, 2009

Colorado State University's summer outreach tour will kick off with visits to communities in central and northwestern Colorado July 12-16, and include meetings throughout the week with local groups and alumni in Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Edwards and Eagle.

Reaching out and listening

The tour will include meetings with CSU Extension staff, members of CSU’s Colorado State Forest Service and the university’s Agricultural Experiment Station network, as well as with alumni, political officials, business and community leaders, students, parents and other interested citizens.

CSU President Dr. Tony Frank and others will be on hand to meet directly with constituents.

“It’s important that we spend time visiting Colorado’s communities, reaching out and listening to their concerns and taking note of their priorities,” Frank said. “Colorado State is the 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 ask them.”

Alumni and friends events are free

Alumni and friends events – free and open to the public -- are scheduled in Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs, and will offer the opportunity to hear from university leadership and provide attendees the opportunity for their input on CSU’s impact in each community. Anyone interested in attending can visit the Web at or call (800) 286-2586 for more information and to RSVP.

University leaders from the areas of Extension, Agricultural Sciences, Alumni, Athletics, Outreach and Strategic Partnerships, Advancement and Strategic Initiatives and others will join Frank for the trip.

The schedule of public events includes:

  • Sunday, July 12, 3-5 p.m. - Alumni and Friends event at La Cantina, 411 E. Main St., Aspen. Joining President Frank will be new CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake.
  • Monday, July 13, 5-7 p.m. - Alumni and Friends event at the Holiday Inn, 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs. Joining President Frank will be new CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake and Head Football Coach Steve Fairchild.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 7 a.m. - Rotary breakfast, Catamount Ranch and Club, 33400 Catamount Dr., Steamboat Springs.
  • Tuesday, July 14, noon - Rotary luncheon, Steamboat Grand Hotel, 2300 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs.
  • Tuesday, July 14, 5-7 p.m. - Alumni and Friends event at Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs.
  • Thursday, July 16, 7:30 a.m. - Rotary breakfast, Fiesta’s New Mexican Cafe, 57 Edwards Access Rd., Edwards.

Second leg of tour July 27-31

A second leg of the community tour will take place July 27-31 and include stops in Grand Junction, Montrose, Durango, Pagosa Springs and Center. The University will continue its outreach to other parts of the state throughout the late summer and fall.

For more information about the Colorado State Community Tour, please contact Brad Bohlander at or (970) 491-6621.