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President's Fall Address & University Picnic on Wed.

September 15, 2010

The annual President's Fall Address, followed immediately by the University Picnic, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, on the Oval. The entire Colorado State University community is invited to gather on the Oval at 11 a.m. The CSU Marching Band begins playing at 11:15, remarks begin at 11:30, and the event concludes with a free picnic lunch following President Tony Frank's address.

State of the University, outlook for 2010-2011

The entire University community is invited to attend the annual President's Fall Address and University Picnic at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

President Frank will provide the University community with an update on the state of the University and its outlook for the 2010-2011 academic year. During the event, President Frank will join with the city of Fort Collins to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month with a proclamation from the Mayor’s office.

The CSU Marching Band will begin performing at 11:15 a.m. with remarks promptly following at 11:30 a.m.

First held in 1997

The President’s Fall Address and University Picnic was first held in September 1997 as a thank you to the University community for pulling together in the aftermath of a devastating flood and has been a University tradition ever since.

All members of the University community are encouraged to wear CSU apparel on Wednesday as part of the celebration.

This year, the event will feature opportunities for faculty and employees to engage and learn about CSU’s Commitment to Campus that highlights benefits for campus employees, including free and discounted athletic and arts events, Recreation Center membership programs for staff, among others. Information about CSU’s upcoming Diversity Conference will also be on hand.

Celebrating the spirit of CSU

Immediately following the address will be the annual all-University picnic, a free event celebrating and promoting the spirit of CSU. All dining centers, except for Braiden and Corbett, will be closed during the picnic. Picnic entertainment will be provided by Colorado salsa band Fleur de Cana.

In addition to the Fall Address and University Picnic, CSU on Sept. 15 will also formally dedicate its new Behavioral Sciences Building. A grand opening ceremony with formal remarks will be held at 2 p.m. and the campus community is invited to attend and view the new facility. [More]

History of Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct.15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The date of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept.18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is Oct.12, falls within this 30-day period.

More information regarding National Hispanic Heritage Month can be obtained by contacting El Centro at (970) 491-5722.

Please contact the Office of CSU Events and Constituent Engagement at (970) 491-4601 with questions regarding the President's Fall Address and University Picnic.

Contact: Nik Olsen
Phone: (970) 491-5507