CSU’s had some great stories this fall and sharing them with you is what we like to do best. Here’s a look at CSU’s most read stories of fall 2014.
1. CSU Board approves on-campus stadium
In December, CSU’s Board of Governors endorsed President Tony Frank’s recommendation to build an on-campus stadium to replace the aging Hughes Stadium, built several miles from campus in the 1960s. While the journey to the Dec. 5 vote was nearly three years in length, it included numerous community, campus and alumni input opportunities and – at times – contentious debate. In the end, Frank was convinced that the potential benefits of building a multiuse stadium for football, soccer, lacrosse, meetings and entertainment was in the best long-term interest of Colorado State.
2. CSU climbs U.S. News and World Report
We, at CSU, love being recognized for the work we do. In September, CSU was ranked once again as a top-tier university by U.S. News and World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” list.
“Colorado State’s continued investment into the academic and student experience, as well as the presence of our outstanding faculty, make CSU an even better community in which to learn,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “This latest ranking is well-deserved recognition of CSU’s continued efforts to deliver the very best academic university experience to our students.”
3. Philanthropists John and Leslie Malone propel regenerative medicine with $42.5M gift
In December, CSU received the largest cash gift ever by philanthropists John and Leslie Malone, showcasing a remarkable commitment to improved human and animal health and well-being. The donation will launch the CSU Institute for Biologic Translational Therapies to investigate next-generation remedies based on living cells and their products, including patient-derived stem cells, to treat musculoskeletal disease and other ailments.
4. CSU to make Ebola, Marburg vaccines to support human trials
Ebola made international headlines in 2014, and CSU was a part of the story when the university announced that BioMARC, a high-containment biopharmaceutical facility operated by CSU, received a $2 million subcontract through the DOD’s Medical Countermeasures Systems Joint Vaccine Acquisition program to manufacture Ebola and Marburg vaccines for the U.S. Department of Defense in support of human clinical trials.
5. All-better bear: Grizzly patient settling in at new home
And of course, Marley, one of CSU’s most celebrated patients, has come a long way since she was rescued from life in a concrete pen and transported to a refuge in Colorado. She had been brought to the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in February for surgery to clean, repair, and heal her fractured joints and broken elbows.
“Marley is adapting wonderfully,” Rebecca Miceli, director of animal care at the Wild Animal Sanctuary, told the CSU team. “As she continues to grow and recognize the freedom she has here, she will flourish.”