———-This post was originally published in Today@Colorado State on Feb. 9, 2012———
On Feb. 10, Colorado State will honor the creation of the institution, the values that have sustained it and its mission of service through teaching, research and engagement with Founders Day celebrations. Events will take place at the State Capitol and on campus in Fort Collins.
In honor of this year’s Founders Day, Pat Stryker was recognized as the third recipient of the Founders Day Medal, which honors an individual or family that has had a significant, lasting impact on the university’s history and progress. The medal was presented to Stryker for her long-term, transformational support of the university’s academic and athletic programs. Her leadership has been essential to projects including the:
- Creation of the Albert C. Yates Chair in Mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences
- Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program and the Rockwell Hall expansion in the College of Business
- Bohemian Complex at the University Center for the Arts, which encompasses the University Theatre, the Studio Theatre, the Black Box Theater, and the William E. Runyan Rehearsal Hall
- Land-development improvements to the Environment Learning Center for the Warner College of Natural Resources
- Support of CSU Athletics, including Ram Legacy Scholarships
“Pat has been an extraordinary and generous supporter of Colorado State, but even more important, she has been a champion of our land-grant mission who has encouraged the University to improve and evolve in all its dimensions,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “She believes in CSU and its potential to transform our world and advance our local community, and she has been a key partner with our faculty, staff and students in support of their work for more than a decade. CSU is, truly, a better institution because of her efforts and leadership.”
Thanks to Stryker’s generosity and that of 90,000 other donors, CSU reached the $500 million goal for the Campaign for Colorado State University six months ahead of the schedule. The campaign is raising private funds for scholarships, faculty support, programs and facilities on campus.