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Barbara Berg celebrates 37 years at CSU - and retirement

April 18, 2011

The University community is invited to honor Barbara Berg and all employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones at 3 p.m. May 5 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

A new home

Barbara Berg, former assistant to the director of CSU’s Colorado State Forest Service, is celebrating retirement and 37 years of service to the University.

When she moved to Fort Collins 42 years ago, she had no job and no car.

“I heard that Fort Collins was a great place to live,” Berg said. “I initially moved out here to prove to myself that I could live somewhere else for a year then return home. Well, I guess that didn’t work out so well because I never left.”

Born and raised in South Dakota, Berg left her home in 1969 and never looked back. “I came from a town of about 2,500 people,” Berg says. “When I first arrived to Fort Collins, there were about 40,000 people. I remember thinking that this town was going to swallow me up!”

Physically, Berg remembers Fort Collins as a very different place.

“Driving to Loveland was like driving to Denver,” Berg jokes. “It was not nearly as developed as it is now. Everything east of Lemay Avenue was cornfields.”

Joined CSU in 1974

In 1974, Berg accepted a six-week, hourly position in CSU’s Colorado State Forest Service. Little did she know that that six-week position would turn into a full-time, 37-year career.

“Everyone I knew here raved about working at CSU,” Berg says. “After my temporary position ended, there was another opening in the agency, so I took it.”

Since then, Berg has held numerous positions within the Colorado State Forest Service, including assistant to the director, a role from which she officially retired in December 2010.

A retirement full of furry friends

Upon retirement, Berg plans to get more involved with her passion for fostering dogs around the Fort Collins area.

“In the past 10 months, I have fostered 46 puppies,” Berg said. “I also have five dogs and four cats of my own.”

For the past several years, Berg has been involved with organizations such as Western Border Collie Rescue, the Larimer Humane Society, and Colorado Greyhound Companions.

“I want to do as much with the animals while I am still physically able to,” Berg says. “I have loved my time at CSU, and it has provided me with wonderful opportunities, but it’s time for something different, something new.”

Berg will be recognized for her retirement and 37 years of service at CSU at Celebrate! CSU Milestones, Thursday, May 5.

Celebrate! CSU Milestones Thursday, May 5

Join the University community in honoring employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones at 3 p.m. May 5 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

The event will honor Colorado State University employees who are celebrating retirement and those who have reached 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to the University.

Contact: CSU Events & Constituent Engagement
Phone: (970) 491 4601