5Fences blocking the torn-up remains of three parking lots on the corner of Meridian Avenue and West Lake Street may represent the beginning of a new era for Colorado State University. The new $238.5 million on-campus stadium will join athletics, academics and alumni all under one roof.

With site preparation advancing, the final design of the stadium will continue to unfold as the fall semester nears. The stadium capacity is expected to hold 41,000 fans. On the visiting side of the stadium, the student section will wrap the lower sideline and a portion of the end zone.

“Students drive the atmosphere for everything during game day,” CSU Athletics Director Joe Parker said. “I think that will help us really achieve a strong competitive advantage as far as home field advantage. We imagine (the student section) will be a very loud, vocal supporter of our team, influencing and having an impact on the visiting team experience.” Read more here.

A living green wall, solar panels, waste-to-energy programs and a platinum STARS rating.

These are only a few of the elements that make Colorado State University the most sustainable university in the nation, according to BestColleges.com and theAssociation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. After reviewing more than 240 institutions around the country, the list of the 50 greenest colleges was generated using the following categories: academics, engagement, operations and planning and administration. These standards were scored by the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

The No. 1 greenest university award comes just four months after CSU was named theworld’s first platinum-rated STARS institution. Research, alternative transportation, recycling and sustainable food practices, among others, contribute toward CSU’s green initiatives.

Programs including the Student Sustainability CenterEco LeadersSustainability Leadership FellowsASCSU Environmental Affairs and other organizations on campus helped CSU earn the platinum STARS rating. Research opportunities, educational programs and campus engagement are continuing to benefit members of the CSU community.

Kristi Bohlender, Executive Director, Colorado State University Alumni Association, May 27, 2015

Kristi Bohlender, Executive Director, Colorado State University Alumni Association, May 27, 2015

The Colorado State University Alumni Association will be led by a fresh face come August.

Kristi Bohlender will begin her position as the executive director of the Alumni Association starting Aug. 1. Currently, she is the director of development for the College of Liberal Arts until she succeeds Colleen Meyer, the previous executive director of the Alumni Association.

Bohlender earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from CSU. During her time as a student at the University, Bohlender was an orientation leader, a ropes course facilitator and a residence hall assistant, according to a press release. After graduating from CSU, she worked in the Athletics Department for 20 years as assistant athletic director for development. Read more here.

Former ASCSU Vice President Taylor Albaugh resigned from her position through a formal letter sent Friday.ASCSU_MAY6

Her resignation was unexpected, said ASCSU President Jason Sydoriak. He said the process of finding an interim vice president will be completed by the end of next week.

“I have not been speaking with Taylor throughout the summer because I wanted to give her space,” Sydoriak said regarding Albaugh’s position as a Ram Orientation Leader this summer. “She was supposed to work after she got back from Hawaii, but she sent a resignation letter on Friday before she left for Hawaii, really giving no reason. It was really simple.”

Sydoriak said he will continue with the process of finding someone to take her position as fast as possible. He will be holding interviews with members inside and outside of ASCSU. Read more here.

Students familiar with the landscape of the Cache la Poudre River may recognize paintings by local artists on display during an on-campus exhibit and sale later this month.

The Paint the Poudre Plein Air exhibition and sale will be on display July 24 – August 24 at the Morgan Library. Colorful landscapes of the Cache la Poudre River were painted “en plain air,” or in open air, by 36 artists using oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor techniques. The show will be open for the public during library hours and there will be an Artist’s Reception from 6 to 9pm on July 24th to which the public is invited.

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This is the third year of the event, which has been organized by local artists and avid plein air painters, Marie Massey and Diane Edwards to benefit SavethePoudre.org. Part of every sale goes to support SavethePoudre.org’s work to protect and restore the Cache La Poudre River.

One of the participating artists, Mary Giacomini, who has done the event for the past three years, has volunteered to lead several “paint outs”. A paint out is a group of artists getting together to paint at a designated location. Mary has been painting plein air for more than twenty years.

“I personally really like early morning light,” Giacomini said. “With plein air, you never know what you are going to get. … Painting when you are dealing with weather and clouds and bugs, anything can happen.”

Mary led a paint out at Century Park along the Poudre River, where she painted two pieces that will be on display at the exhibition. Her work will include oil paint and pastel for this show.

“It is a fun thing when people like your art,” Giacomini said about the exhibition.

Participating artists will show their work and discuss the plein air process at the artists’ reception. Judging the entries will be Carl Judson of Judson’s Art Outfitters in LaPorte. He will also present a history of plein air painting at 5 p.m. in the Event Hall of the Morgan Library.

Best of show, first, second and third place awards will be presented at the artists’ reception. Award sponsors include Nordic ArtsJudson’s Art OutfittersTerry Ludwig PastelsOtteman ArtsThe Pastel Society of ColoradoMountain Whitewater Descents and more.

Illustration by Christina Vessa.

Using mosquitoes in Liberia to detect viruses before they become a global threat. Researching antibiotic resistance in livestock. Tracking air pollution in national parks.

These are only a few of the interdisciplinary research topics of the 20 newly-named Sustainability Leadership Fellows for the 2015-16 academic year.

Ph.D. and postdoctoral students in research and educational science fields are working together to focus on communication and leadership development for the fifth year in a row through the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

“These are our next thought leaders,” said Anita Weller, Research and Outreach Coordinator for SoGES. “These are the next group of people (studying) sustainability science, and they’re going to be producing a lot of the information that we need to use to solve these grand challenges.” Read more here.


You can travel 80 miles using battery power from a BMW i3.

I drove this electric vehicle for three days, while applying its performance, cost and efficiency to my life as a student.


As industry growth is rising, universities are encouraging consideration of alternative transportation. Free charging stations, tax credits and local organizations help universities promote this technology to their communities.

Drive Electric Northern Colorado promotes electric vehicle use, while engaging and educating the community through programs like the Drive Leadership Program, which offers extended test-drive opportunities.

The i3 is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that uses a small internal combustion engine, working with battery power. Read more here.

An $18.5 million project for an alumni and academic addition to the on-campus stadium was approved Friday by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors. 5Financing for this bond package is separate from the original $220 million for stadium construction.

The $18.5 million is included in the $180.4 million bond sale that that will be financing the new health center, new biology building, relocation of the Plant Environmental Research Center and additional parking spaces. The new PERC greenhouses will open summer 2015, and construction on the health center will begin fall 2015. Read more here.

From the vast fields of farmland on the eastern plains to the glistening streams of the Rocky Mountains, water enabled the foundation of our state’s past and will continue to shape our future landscape.logo_6in_web1-e1434140066426

The 2015 Colorado State University Western Water Symposium and Barbecue will provide guests with insight about past water-related innovations, technology and resources, while engaging them in a discussion about the future of water in the American West.

Benefitting the CSU Water Resources Archive, the day-long event will be held July 27 at the Morgan Library, on campus. Deadline to register online is July 24.

The event will begin with an introduction at 10 a.m., followed by speaker presentations from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Read more on CSU Source.

Ajay Menon at Colorado State UniversityAjay Menon was named the new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Tuesday, according to a press release. He will hold this position for the next three years.

Menon previously served as the dean of the College of Business for 13 years, and has been with the University since 1991.

Throughout his time at Colorado State University, Menon started as a member of the marketing faculty in the College of Business, and then received a Professor of the Year award during his time in the classroom. He served as the state’s first chief innovation officer in 2011, where his involvement helped create the Colorado Innovation Network. Read more here.