In Memory: Nancy A. Oyster

Nancy A. Oyster was born March 13, 1936, in Wausau, Wisconsin, attended elementary and secondary school in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She received an AB degree from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, and an MS from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and subsequently a PhD. from Oregon State University. Her teaching career included a number of academic institutions: Ohio State University, University of Colorado, and Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. She was an avid skier, badminton player and swimming coach for many years and an extremely talented wood carver. She was preceded in death by her parents and longtime friend Jean Arrasmith. She is survived by her brother, Tom, of Markesan, Wisconsin. No funeral services or memorials are planned. Burial will be in rural Northern Minnesota.

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Test drive electric vehicle

Drive Electric Northern Colorado, CSU Parking and Transportation Services, and local dealerships are offering an innovative chance for CSU staff and faculty to get behind the wheel of plug-in electric vehicles to learn about the cost savings, environmental benefits, and national security benefits of driving electric. the event, from 11 a.m.-2p.m., Wednesday, January 14, will be on University Avenue in front of the Plant Sciences building. Drive Electric Northern Colorado, a partnership of Colorado State University and the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, is a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at achieving widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in the Northern Colorado region. The chance to test drive an electric vehicle through the partnership's Ride-and-Drive program is free to all CSU faculty and staff. The Ride-and-Drive event combines the opportunity for CSU faculty and staff to learn about how plug in electric vehicles s are cleaner, greener, cheaper, and fun to drive while putting them behind the wheel of today’s latest vehicle technology. “CSU strongly supports our campus community driving electric vehicles and we’ve installed 10 charging points on campus to date. As one of the country’s leading green universities, we care about doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support innovative technology in electriv vehicles,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for Operations, after test driving a Chevy Volt. Up to eight electric vehicle models will be available to test drive, and may include the Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Electric, and the Tesla Model S. At this event, current electric vehilcle owners will ride with each driver to explain the vehicle and about their experience owning an electric vehicle. Drive Electric staff will be present at the event to help attendees learn about federal and state tax credits (up to $13,500) available for purchasing or leasing an electric vehile, and how using electricity instead of gasoline can save consumers thousands of dollars in yearly operating costs. CSU now has 10 charging stations throughout campus where, as a faculty or staff member, you can charge daily for free.    

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Nominate a student employee

[caption id="attachment_8970" align="alignright" width="252"]Chelsey Green, 2013-14 Student Employee of the Year Chelsey Green, 2013-14 Student Employee of the Year[/caption] Student Employment Services is sponsoring its annual Student Employee of the Year award for all student employees working at Colorado State University. We would like to recognize the work done by students on this campus by honoring an outstanding student employee. This is a call for nominations for this important award. Please notify the student employee supervisors in your area about this opportunity as soon as possible since the deadline is Feb. 16, 2015.

Winner to be announced The winner will be announced during Student Employment Week, April 12-18, 2015. The winner of this award will be eligible for consideration for the state, regional and national Student Employee of the Year Awards sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. For more information, email Jillian Zucosky.

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In Memory: Lucille Kiecker Weigand

Lucille Rose (Kiecker) Weigand, 82, of Fort Collins, passed away January 5 from ovarian cancer. Lucille was born November 26, 1932, on the family farm in rural Fairfax, Minnesota, to Roy and Evelyn (Berger) Kiecker. Lucille attended a one-room Lutheran school from kindergarten through 8th grade, and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1949. She worked at various banks in Redwood Falls and Fairfax; eventually moving to Minneapolis to work at Northwestern National Bank. Lucille was married to John Weigand on May 23, 1964, in Minneapolis. After her children were born, she stayed home for several years, then re-entered the workforce in a variety of positions, retiring from Colorado State University in 1997.Lucille Kiecker Weigand Lucille loved spending time with family and friends, especially her three grandchildren. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed gardening and long walks, and beautifully cared for her home and garden. Lucille was kind, loving, patient and hard-working, and will be greatly missed. Lucille is survived by daughters, Gretchen (Michael) Jorgensen and Nancy Weigand, both of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Maia Jorgensen; Anders Jorgensen and Rose Ganshert, of Fort Collins; sister Marlene (John) Nestande; sisters-in-law Vernette Kiecker and Marilyn Kiecker, of Fairfax, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, brothers Myron and Donald Kiecker, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene Ann and Frank Enns. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church (301 E. Stuart; Fort Collins). Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church. The family would like to thank Dr. Diana Medgyesy for years of compassionate care, as well as Julie and John Adrian and the staff at Lighthouse Eldercare for providing loving care to Lucille during the last months of her life.  

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In Memory: Dale W. Grant

Dale W. Grant, retired emeritus professor of microbiology at Colorado State University, died Thursday, December 11, 2014. He would have been 91, on December 22. Dale's wife, Virginia, died in 1997. Dale was born in Woodland, ME, in 1923. Dale and Virginia met in California, and were married in Gustine, CA, her hometown, in 1948. Dale received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in microbiology at then Colorado A & M, in 1952 and 1953, and his PhD in microbiology at Purdue University in 1965. He was associate professor of microbiology at CSU from 1965-1986, when he retired. He was a WWII veteran. He is survived by sons David Grant, and Mark Grant, both of Ft. Collins; daughter Cynthia Weitzel (Thomas) of Overton, NE; one grandson Andrew and his three children (Dallas, Aubrey, and Samuel) all of Eustis, NE; and one granddaughter Alexandra Yount (Conner) of Fremont, NE. Dale will be remembered for his love of science and knowledge, books, and classical music; baking bread; his sense of humor that never left him; a once-in-a-lifetime experience shared with his family in Kenya, East Africa, working for USAID; and the special love and attention given to his grandchildren as they grew up, creating so many wonderful memories. A celebration of his life was held on Saturday, December 20. Memorials suggested to World Wildlife Fund, or Friends of the Library.

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