Help keep the Oval awesome by going Beyond a Billion

CSU’s Oval is one of the most treasured features on the historic campus. With 99 majestic American elms mixed in with lush grass, it is the most photographed spot on campus and the site of weddings, picnics, graduation ceremonies and festivals.

Maintaining the Oval is a significant and expensive undertaking. The elm trees – some of the dating to the 1880s and soaring more than 90 feet into the Colorado sky – need to be pruned regularly, and each pruning costs more than $125,000.

Early morning on CSU's Oval
CSU’s iconic Oval.

Going Beyond a Billion

You can do your part to maintain this cherished icon by supporting the Oval Preservation Fund Endowment — part of CSU’s Beyond a Billion initiative. CSU hopes to add $150,000 to the fund to ensure the beauty of the Oval for years to come.

“What an amazing place to be, thanks to generous alumni and donors,” said Kim Tobin, vice president of the Division of University Advancement. “To move ‘Beyond a Billion’ ahead of schedule means we have the fantastic opportunity to ensure CSU is on solid ground for the next 150 years.”

Support your CSU passion

The Oval Preservation fund is just one of several initiatives being promoted through Beyond a Billion, CSU’s push to extend the impact of the State Your Purpose Campaign after the $1 billion goal was reached in September. The goal is to add to the $1 billion total while celebrating CSU’s 150th birthday in 2020 when the campaign closes.

Other Beyond a Billion funds include:

150 NEW ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS – Help us continue to dramatically increase the number of endowed student scholarships to attract, recruit and create access for outstanding students throughout the state, the country and the world.

1,500 NEW RAM CLUB MEMBERS – Impact the lives of nearly 400 student-athletes. Provide resources for excellence in the classroom and in competition by turning memberships into scholarships.

$150,000 IN GIFTS TO THE CSU PARENTS FUND – Support growing the Rams family throughout the world by engaging parents and families to create a strong CSU community and foster student success.

15 NEW ENDOWED FACULTY POSITIONS – Enhance CSU’s ability to attract the brightest research, teaching and academic minds to create world-class learning environments. Endowed positions shape understanding in their fields and demonstrate significant contribution to exceptional teaching, research and leadership.

INCREASE CSU’S ENDOWED ASSETS BY $150 MILLION – Help boost CSU’s endowment assets pool to ensure the long-term financial health and stability of the university.

1,500 NEW CSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEMBERS – Strengthen your lifelong connection to CSU and Rams everywhere. Alumni Association membership supports programs, events, services and resources for all alumni.

Beyond a Billion horizontal logo150 NEW FRONTIER LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS – Ensure your passion for CSU continues for generations to come through your legacy.

150,000 CAMPAIGN DONORS – The collective generosity of alumni, donors and friends has a transformational impact on CSU. Every gift has the power to change lives. Your support – in whatever amount – demonstrates your belief in the future of CSU.

SUPPORT THE CELEBRATE 150 FUND – In 2020 CSU will celebrate its sesquicentennial. Thousands of historical photos and hours of video are being digitized to create a documentary film, and your gift will support the preservation of CSU history.

Generous alumni, donors and friends, helped CSU eclipse its $1 billion State Your Purpose fundraising campaign goal in September – nearly two years early. Now every gift helps Colorado State University go Beyond a Billion. To find out more about the funding initiatives, visit