CSU @ 150
Colorado State University is celebrating the sesquicentennial of its founding.
In 2019-2020, Colorado State University is celebrating the sesquicentennial of its founding. To spotlight the history, contributions, and future vision of CSU, each month SOURCE will feature a different college that is part of the University as well as other features.
The Great Experiment, CSU at 150 is a full-length documentary about the history of Colorado’s land-grant university, produced in honor of Colorado State University’s 150th birthday. Three years in the making, it includes newly digitized film and video including a CSU/CU football game from 1919.
It all started with Abraham Lincoln. Sort of. Yes, the nation’s 16th president signed the Morrill Act of 1862 that created the framework for the founding of one college in every state dedicated to the agricultural and mechanical arts, open to all who wanted an education and supported by the federal government in perpetuity.
Can you pronounce sesquicentennial? Check out who passed the test on this tongue twister.
Old Main has been reborn in miniature, constructed entirely of plastic Lego bricks, as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebration.
The campus library was created when the first president of the Colorado Agricultural College, Elijah Edwards, brought a Webster’s Dictionary into his office. He thumped the heavy book onto a table and declared, “Now we have started our library.”
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
If it weren’t for wheat, there wouldn’t be a Colorado State University. The Colorado Agricultural College had been authorized by the Territorial Legislature in 1870 – without any funding. Four years later, the legislature finally allocated matching seed money of $1,000 to get the project off the ground, but as the deadline approached, college organizers were a few hundred dollars short of raising their share.
John Matsushima has dedicated his life to serving Colorado’s livestock industry.
Gary Smith has incorporated his personal stories into lessons for thousands of students.
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
The College of Business may be the youngest college on the CSU campus, but business education has been part of the university almost since its founding 150 years ago.
The College of Business has a unique vision of what business education can and should be.
Michael Smith is making a difference in the lives of College of Business students.
COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES
The Richardson Design Center has lived up to the expectations of its namesake.
COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
The liberal arts have been essential to Colorado State University since its first class in 1880.
Blake said his gift, the largest in the college’s history, is in recognition of its outstanding, high-quality faculty, students and leadership.
COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES
Eldon Dunn shares his memories as a mathematics student in the 1950s.
The Charles Maurer Herbarium is fostering a deeper understanding of Colorado’s ecosystems.
COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
From the Morrill Act to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, take a look back at the history of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Grads like Thomas W. Stewart served a vitally important role in the history of CSU.
Dogs, cats, bears — oh my! See some of our patients’ stories that made us smile.
WALTER SCOTT, JR. COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
A lot has changed in 150 years for the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering, but the land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach – as well as monitoring the weather – remains the same.
Take a look back at Maurice Albertson’s impact on CSU and U.S. volunteerism.
Walter Scott, Jr. has left his mark on the college that bears his name.
WARNER COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The Smith Natural Resources Building features connections to the natural world.
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