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What you need to know about the Inauguration

September 15, 2009

Students and staff are welcome and encouraged to wear their green and gold and attend Inauguration ceremonies 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 on the Oval, the historic heart of campus. Here's what you might want to know!

Official ceremony Thursday

A ceremony to officially inaugurate Joe Blake as the first sole chancellor of the Colorado State University System and Tony Frank as the 14th president of Colorado State University will be held this Thursday and campus, Northern Colorado, and statewide communities are welcome to attend.

No elaborate festivities

Both Blake and Frank asked to forgo the type of elaborate inaugural festivities that CSU and other universities have typically held, in favor of blending the ceremony into an existing campus event. For that reason, the public inaugural ceremony will take place in conjunction with the traditional University Fall Picnic, and for this special occasion the installation celebration is replacing the president’s yearly fall address.

Classes held at prof's discretion

Classes will not automatically be canceled during the Inauguration and post-inaugural picnic.

If students have class at this time, they should check with their instructor, as the decision to cancel class is left to the instructor’s discretion.

Post-celebration picnic

The Colorado State University community is invited to a post-inaugural picnic. A light lunch will be served and a vegetarian option will be available. This picnic has been a tradition since 1997, when it was held to celebrate CSU’s recovery from the 1997 flood.

Campus dining centers 

Residence hall students can use their meal plan to eat at the picnic following the address. In order to serve the picnic, the Durrell, Allison, Parmelee and Academic Village dining centers will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Corbett and Braiden dining centers will be open for normal lunch service for students who are not attending the inauguration celebration. Braiden is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Corbett is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Street Fair and TILT Open House

A street fair featuring booths and information displays from CSU colleges and organizations will be held immediately following the inaugural ceremonies.

An Open House celebration will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at The Institute for Teaching and Learning, or TILT Building, 801 Oval Drive.

Why an Inauguration?

An inauguration is an important university tradition that provides an opportunity to formally and officially introduce the University community to new leadership and, more importantly, provide the community the opportunity to celebrate an historic institutional milestone while hearing leadership’s direction for the future of the university. It is a longstanding academic tradition at most institutions of higher education.

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