Parking lots, Meridian Ave. closed west of Art Building

Meridian Avenue closed between Lake and Pitkin streets on May 18 and parking lots adjacent to the street are closed (lots #505 and #515). In addition, lot #240 has reduced spaces; however, about 250 spots on the west side of that lot will remain open and accessible. Click here to view a map of the parking changes. Following the closure of Meridian Avenue, drivers may access mid-campus from Shields Street via Pitkin Street.   Parking and alternatives available to commuters Parking in the Moby lot (#195) or the Lake Street Garage is recommended for commuters. Around the Horn, the free on-campus shuttle, can assist students, faculty, staff and visitors in getting around campus. When classes are out of session, the shuttle runs every half hour. The university also has invested in alternative transportation for employees and students to keep costs minimal or free -- so employees may consider taking Transfort, MAX, carpooling or biking to campus. The university’s alternative transportation manager is available to provide free, custom travel training to anyone requesting help determining the best alternative transportation method for individuals. Starting in August, there will be a new parking lot across from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which will be serviced by two Transfort routes to take parkers to main campus every 15 minutes. This lot will add about 900 spaces.      

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In memory: Charles "Chuck" Baker

Charles Mark Baker of Apache, Oklahoma, was born July 31, 1938, in Pender, Neb., to Dr. Charles Elmer and Mattie Florilla (Adee) Baker. He passed away April 24th in Lawton, OK, at the age of 76. Charles, or Chuck, grew up in David City, NE. He graduated high school from Kemper Military Academy and went on to graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in horticulture. He married Diana Lee Rorabaugh on December 29, 1962, in Colorado Springs. To this union, two children were born. Chuck entered the Navy and served as a lieutenant in the Pacific during the Vietnam War. After his years in the Navy, he moved to Colorado to begin his civilian life. He and his wife purchased Richard's Flowers and Greenhouses in Fort Collins and operated it until 1975 when they divorced.charles baker He married Barbara Kay Bunnell Hill on February 1, 1976, during Sunday morning mass at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ft. Collins. She preceded him in death July 13, 1998. He went to work for Colorado State University and eventually retired as head groundskeeper on the West Campus. During his time there, he designed many of the campus's natural landscaped plantings. After his official retirement, he stayed on as a consultant until he moved from Fort Collins to be closer to his daughter in Apache, OK. Chuck enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was a serious genealogist and took great pleasure in visiting with family and discovering new connections. He was a big supporter of the arts, and loved going to concerts, plays and even singing in the church choir. After moving to Apache, he enjoyed going to his grandson's games and got involved with the Apache Genealogical Society. He was very proud of his family and loved everyone who called him Grampa Chuck. He is survived by one son, Charles Baker of Colorado Springs; one daughter, Allison and husband, Rob Crews of Apache, OK; twos step-sons, John and wife, Mary Hill of Ft. Collins, and Matthew Hill of Ola, AR; six grandchildren, Stephen and wife, Hannah Hill, Catie and husband Patrick Kehoe, Barbara Ann Hill, Sean Crews, Jason Crews, Carolyn and husband Aatish Salvi; three great-grandchildren, Asher Danforth, Athen Danforth, Mohini Salvi; one sister, Kathryn Robson of Lincoln, NE; three beloved nieces and their spouses and families; many former family members whom he cared for greatly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Baker; one brother-in-law, John 'Jack' Robson; one grandson, Kenny Knox. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29 at the Crews Funeral Home Chapel in Oklahoma, with Roy Young officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Pender, NE. Memorial contributions may be made to the Apache Public Library or the Apache Nutrition Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family.

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CSU support for Nepal

A candlelight vigil, organized by the Nepali Student Association, was held on the LSC Plaza Monday night in memory of the earthquake victims.

Nepali students doing their best to support earthquake victims [caption id="attachment_15635" align="alignright" width="225"]Nepal_350 Ramesh Pandey, standings, spent time with fellow Nepalis Simrik Neupane, left, and Annie Koirala at a table seeking funds for earthquake victims.[/caption] Ramesh Pandey, a first-year master’s student in physics at CSU, has seen all of the photos. He has watched all of the video. But in Fort Collins, he can only imagine the devastation in his home, Nepal. “To be honest, I just feel so guilty for not being there,” he said. “I feel like I should be there instead of here, where I am safe.” That’s a common feeling among CSU’s small community of Nepali students following the deadly earth quake over the weekend that left more than 5,000 dead and thousands more injured or missing. None of CSU’s nine students from Nepal lost immediate family members in the quake but the impact is real. 'Everyone impacted' “Everyone in the country has been impacted,” said Simrik Neupane, a Nepali who graduated from CSU in 2014 and is waiting to start law school in the fall. “People have to sleep outside in tents because they fear aftershocks, and food and water are scarce. It’s a terrible situation.” Pandey grew up in the capitol city, Katmandu, but said his grandparents live in the small (pop. 200) village of Lamjune, which is near the quake’s epicenter. His grandparents escaped death but others were not as fortunate. The feeling of helplessness was eased somewhat Tuesday night when a crowd of around 200 joined a vigil in the Lory Student Center plaza. Also, Nepali students set up a table in the LSC to take donations to help ease the suffering in their country. They collected $400 on the first day alone. Pandey said his parents talked him out of returning. “The only thing I can do pragmatically is to seek donations,” he said. “It would cost me almost $1,600 to fly home, so it would be better to donate a portion of that money to the Red Cross or UNICEF. Resilient people “The people in Nepal have been through a lot over the last 20 years, from floods to landslides and the revolution. But Nepalese people are known for their resilience and I’m sure they will bounce back from this.” In the meantime, Pandey is happy he’s among friends at CSU. Once he finishes wok on his master’s he hopes to earn a Ph.D. “To be honest, I feel like this is home,” he said. “People have been very nice to me, and all of my professors have really helped me. I had never traveled to the United States before I came here, and it was a big culture shock at first. But the people here are very nice, and the mountains remind me of home.” Dear Colleagues, Our entire Colorado State University community joins with people worldwide in offering our deepest sympathies and support for the people of Nepal as they confront the devastation of this weekend’s earthquake. This crisis hits very close to home for our students from Nepal, and I ask that we all join in lending them whatever comfort and assistance we can during this terrible time. We also know that there are members of our local Fort Collins community who were involved in climbing expeditions on Mount Everest who have been impacted, and they, too, are in our thoughts. When our CSU staff met with members of our Nepali Student Association yesterday, the students expressed their desire to encourage people to contribute in whatever ways we can to the recovery effort.  At this time, the best way to help the people of Nepal is with a financial contribution to the international aid agencies that are actively engaged on the ground in rescuing, housing and feeding people in distress.  The USAID has published a list of agencies actively working in Nepal that are in need of support, and our Nepali students are focusing fundraising efforts on the Red Cross, the United Nations World Food Program, and Handicap International. Ours is a caring and compassionate community, and we are privileged to have strong international academic partners around the world, including Nepal. Our hearts and spirits are with them now, and in the difficult days to come. -tony Dr. Tony Frank President Additional ways to offer support

The 2nd annual Hach Walk for Water event, co-sponsored by the CSU Water Center, will be Saturday, May 2, in Loveland. The walk simulates the trek millions of people face each day as they walk miles to access a water source. All funds raised will support Nepal through the walk's beneficiary, Water Missions.

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