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Tony Frank: On peace

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the celebration of life for Walter Scott, Jr., a Colorado State University alumnus and donor for whom the Scott College of Engineering is named.

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Tony Frank: On Water in the West

Over the course of this past summer, I hit the road with my colleague Kathay Rennels and traveled around the state. This is a trip we try to make every year – this summer included stops in Greeley, Yuma, Fort Morgan, Steamboat Springs, Craig, Gunnison, Grand Junction, Center, Alamosa, Lamar, Rocky Ford, Castle Rock, and Durango.

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Symposium will bring together global experts in water

This year’s CSU Spur Water in the West Symposium, to be held Nov. 2-3 in downtown Denver, will bring together policymakers, researchers, and experts from the business, nonprofit, and agriculture sectors to look globally for lessons and strategies with the potential to inform how Colorado and other western states respond to the region’s water challenges.

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Interactive map portrays CSU System’s global impact

The CSU Impact Map—or Impacto, in Spanish—provides a glimpse of the System’s global reach while providing a chance for users to explore specific ways CSU System faculty, staff, students, and alumni are working to solve problems, support communities and create impact in far-flung corners of the world.

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Tony Frank: On facts

The truth doesn’t need to be believed to be true. Facts exist even when we miss them or hide them. And arguing to win an argument is not the same as discussing to more fully understand a complicated issue.

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Professor of English named interim chief academic officer for CSU System

Roze Hentschell, professor of English and senior associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University, has been named interim chief academic officer of the CSU System for the 2022-23 academic year. She will be filling the role held by Rick Miranda while he is serving as interim president of the CSU campus in Fort Collins.

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Board of Governors approves CSU campus budgets for FY23

The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System this week adopted a budget that minimizes tuition increases for Colorado students, includes a 3 percent salary increase for faculty and staff at the CSU Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses, and allows the Fort Collins campus to start long-awaited renovations on its most heavily used classroom building.

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Terra blossoms

The science of food is sprouting in Terra – the second of three buildings to open at the new CSU Spur campus in Denver – and the public can get a taste of new programming at the unique, urban setting starting in early June.

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Tony Frank: On the lives they lived

I want to use our newsletter this month to tell the story of two people from different backgrounds whose lives became an inextricable part of the fabric of Colorado State University, and in doing so made our world a better place.

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Kawanabe, Markey, and Martin join CSU System Board of Governors

The Colorado General Assembly confirmed the appointment of three new members to the CSU System Board of Governors. Denver attorney Kenzo Kawanabe, cattle industry executive Louis Martin, and former Congressional Representative Betsy Markey were nominated by Governor Jared Polis for the governing board seats.

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Remembering Joe Blake

The Colorado State University System joins in honoring the life and legacy of our dear friend, Joe Blake, who passed away earlier today.

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Tony Frank: On Spur 2022

Since 2008, we’ve had a big dream at the Colorado State University System. We’ve dreamed of creating a one-of-a-kind public campus that doesn’t grant degrees but instead throws open its doors and invites the community to come inside and explore learning about food, water, and human and animal health.

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Tony Frank: On prosperity

A couple of weeks ago, the Colorado Futures Center at the CSU System released the first of what will become a new, short-term economic forecast for Colorado. This new ColoradoCast found that economic activity in our state has rebounded to where it was pre-pandemic and will continue to expand in 2022.

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Tony Frank: On collateral damage

There have been no shortage of comparisons made between the recent images of Afghan civilians clinging to airplanes and the iconic image of Vietnamese citizens filling the stairs to the lone Huey helicopter sitting atop the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

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Tony Frank: On hunger

On the same day in 1863, the U.S. government created both its own Department of Agriculture and a new model of higher-education education institution – land-grant universities – that also focused on preparing people to feed a growing nation.

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Feeding People Matters

Chancellor Tony Frank’s keynote address to the North American Agricultural Advisory Network in conjunction with the World Food Prize.

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Tony Frank: On talent

Jim Sheeler graduated from Colorado State University in 1990. Our paths didn’t cross. I arrived on campus as an assistant professor in 1993, and I was on the faculty in Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, while he was a graduate in journalism.

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Enrollment holds steady at Colorado State University as students persist despite Covid-era challenges

New student enrollment increased this fall at Colorado State University’s Fort Collins and Pueblo campuses, reflecting student desire to return to on-campus learning despite the ongoing challenges of attending college during a pandemic. At the same time, the CSU System also saw jumps in the number of students attending online through CSU Global, CSU Fort Collins, and CSU Pueblo.

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Tony Frank: On investing in rural Colorado

I grew up on a small farm in Illinois. I spent mornings doing chores and after-school time in 4-H, and my plan was to farm. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else or wanting to live anywhere else. College seemed foreign to me, and quite a stretch.

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When Vida opens at CSU Spur in January, get ready to see it all

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive at CSU Spur is all the glass. The new CSU System campus at the National Western Center in Denver will be home to research collaborations, student engagement opportunities, and industry partnerships. but more than anything, it’s being built for the public.

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Summary statement on Board resolution

The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System is still considering its options regarding the future of the Hughes property, and has made no decision pending consideration of an anticipated offer from the City of Fort Collins.

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Update for the CSU Pueblo community

Today, the Colorado State University System joined our colleagues across Colorado in announcing that on-campus faculty, staff, and students will be required to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19

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Tony Frank: On equity

In discussions about public funding and policy, language often gets in the way of finding common ground. That’s particularly true in discussions around educational equity and equality – people with the same goals can wind up talking around each other and miss the common ground that serves as the best foundation for actual progress. 

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Colorado State University System Turns 151

Today, the Colorado State University System celebrates 151 years of service to Colorado. The three different campuses each focus on access to education, and each has a different area of focus, allowing the CSU System to meet the needs of all types of learners across the state. 

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Tony Frank: On economic impact

In the upcoming days, we’ll be releasing the findings of our first ever economic impact report for the entire Colorado State University System. Anyone who’s attempted to quantify a university’s “return on investment” knows how challenging it is.

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Tony Frank: On research

With the pandemic and elections taking so much of our focus this fall, it can be easy to lose track of the fundamentals that drive higher education and the CSU System: teaching, research, and outreach that supports our communities. But all this year, even while moving their courses online and working to connect with students in their new digital classrooms, our faculty have not only kept their focus – they have excelled.

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Tony Frank: On voting

A week from today, election night will be over. So whether you vote out of respect for past sacrifice, or on behalf of a hope for tomorrow, my message this month is simple: If you can vote, vote.

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Water in the West Symposium looks to inspire action

True to its mission as an initial offering of the Denver-based CSU Spur campus opening in 2022, the Water in the West Symposium brings together diverse speakers to discuss water issues in the West and beyond — a topic of increasing importance as fires and droughts top headlines.

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CSU Spur: Anchored in community

Even before construction on its CSU Spur campus is completed in 2022, the CSU System has been following an anchor institution model of engaging and working with the communities surrounding the future site.

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Tony Frank: On how we talk to each other

Most Americans don’t like the way we talk to each other these days, but no one seems to know how to fix it. The Colorado State University System proposes that we start at the most obvious point: Let’s talk about it.

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A task not taken alone

As a woman of color, at an early age I learned that the world can be a difficult place, filled with discrimination, hate, racism, and violence. This environment teaches many lessons for survival and living.

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Getting “straight to the heart”

We are navigating challenging times in this country. Our long history of racial injustices has, once again, brought speakers to the streets, to platforms, and to the airwaves and internet.

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The First Amendment in practice in higher education

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains only 45 words. Although brief in length, it is mighty in force. The rights and freedoms that arise from these words — religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition the government — are pillars of our democracy.   

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Talking about how we talk to each other in the online space

Online education is a unique space for personal interactions among students and faculty. It is important that we keep the classroom a space that allows for academic freedom and opinions but also a space that maintains a professional atmosphere that is respectful and appropriate. The rules of engagement in a successful online classroom can actually provide key lessons for online communication in general.

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Beyond free speech: Why engaged inclusive discourse matters

Free speech matters, but acknowledging an individual’s right to freedom of speech is not enough. In fact, I worry that that the way we discuss the First Amendment and free speech — by focusing primarily on people’s right to speak — does a disservice to universities like CSU, where we are poised to rigorously engage some of the most important questions confronting our nation. 

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Activism is who we are

Our students have never shied away from activism or issues, but activism looks and feels different at CSU Pueblo. When I interviewed for the Presidency in early 2017, members of our community mentioned to me that activism is not something CSU Pueblo does; activism is what this campus is.

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