Help name the CSU Spur kitten!

The public is invited to help select a name for the CSU Spur kitten, with voting options online and in-person – the contest will run Aug. 13-26. 

When visitors walk into the Vida building at CSU Spur, they’re met by a 9-foot kitten statue in the lobby. The CSU Spur kitten is more than an adorable face, it’s also an educational tool. If you walk up to the kitten’s face, it will purr or meow, but if you walk up behind the kitten, it will hiss or growl to communicate that it isn’t the best way to greet an animal.   

But the unofficial mascot of CSU Spur hasn’t yet been named, so CSU Spur put out a call to partners, organizations, and nonprofits in the 80216-zip code in the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea community to each submit a name for the kitten – now those names are going to a vote of the people!.

From Aug. 13-26, the public is invited to join the CSU Spur kitten naming contest! Vote online at or in-person at CSU Spur, 4817 National Western Drive, Denver, CO 80216.   

The kitten name nominations are as follows: 

  • Esperanza (Hope): Esperanza (Hope) personifies the GES community. People/immigrants originally moved to GES because they were hopeful about the economic opportunities that existed in these neighborhoods. Over the past several decades, GES has transitioned to a largely Latino community and has struggled to maintain its identity, as well as economic opportunities. With the redevelopment of the National Western Complex and the CSU Spur campus, along with the new Tepeyac Community Health Center, there is a renewed sense of Hope within the community and for the opportunities that lie ahead. With the name Esperanza, there is acknowledgment of the rich cultural history of the GES community and Hope (Esperanza) for the future! Submitted by Tepeyac Community Health Center. 
  • Howdy: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Howdy “is an informal friendly greeting, particularly associated with the western states,” including Colorado. It is also “a message or salutation containing an inquiry as to the health of a person” (and animals). Howdy the cat will be a welcoming statue to all visitors at the National Western Center, in particular, the CSU Spur Vida building. Submitted by the Valdez-Perry Library.  
  • Lady: Lady was the first horse who was part of the Temple Grandin Equine Center. TGEC’s programming is for the betterment of horses and humans alike, and it is a place where individuals with special challenges heal, therapists treat, instructors teach, students learn, scientists research, and horses are studied and cared for. Submitted by the Temple Grandin Equine Center. 
  • Neighpurr: Extreme Community Makeover’s goal is to invest in our neighbors – both those who live next to us and our neighbors across town. Like CSU Spur, we value the importance of making meaningful connections and relationships in the communities we serve. We do that by lending a helping hand to neighbors to help our city become a safe and purrr-ty place to live! Submitted by Extreme Community Makeover. 
  • Queenie: The cat that started the Dumb Friends League. Who would have guessed that a kitten named Queenie would be the first of more than 2 million animals helped by the Dumb Friends League? One hundred years ago (700 dog years), Queenie was found in a basket at the home of Margaret Bradey, one of the women founders of the Dumb Friends League. These founders, led by Mrs. Jean Milne Gower, set the vision for how the Dumb Friends League would help millions of people and pets for years to come. Submitted by the Dumb Friends League. 
  • Shakespurr: It’s a play on the CSU Spur name and because CSU Spur is an educational institution, it made sense to also play off of one of the world’s most iconic writers/ poets. Submitted by the National Western Center. 
Cut out of a white kitten statue with the words "name me" on the base.

The winning kitten name will be announced on @CSUSpur social media on Monday, Aug. 29.  

About CSU Spur

CSU Spur is a new, free educational year-round public life-long learning destination in Denver focused on engaging PreK-12 students, families, and visitors around food, water, and health. CSU Spur showcases the work of the CSU System campuses: CSU, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global, and offers degree programs that originate from the campus offerings. Spur is built upon the land-grant mission of access to education and the belief that students can be anything they want to be. To inspire learners of all ages to engage in important world issues, CSU Spur brings together scientists to collaborate, puts science on-display, and showcases career paths. The CSU Spur campus provides immersive learning experiences and cutting-edge research across three buildings: Vida, Terra, and Hydro. Learn more at