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College of Health and Human Sciences Legacies Project Honorees

The Legacies Project in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences was launched in 2011 as a way to chronicle the personal and professional histories of those who helped shape the college.

Award-winning program

In 2015, the Legacies Project was nationally recognized, initially receiving Gold awards in two categories of the regional Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) competition, and then going on to win one of only seven Platinum Awards in the national competition.

Now, in 2017, three new honorees were unveiled, and the Legacies Project has recognized 27 individuals to date. Brian Dunbar, Louise Wendt White and the late Ben Granger join their colleagues as the newest honorees.

Each person has a webpage featuring a bio, video and photos chronicling their career and contributions to the formation of the college and its departments and schools. They have the opportunity to choose or set up a fund in an area they are passionate about where colleagues and former students can make donations in their honor.

One of the highlights of the year is an annual reception bringing together the college’s faculty emeriti and retirees to celebrate the Legacies Project honorees and reconnect with colleagues and current college leadership. View photos from the reception on the college’s Flickr page.

The 2017 honorees

Brian Dunbar, left, with Georgia Granger, wife of the late Ben Granger.

Brian Dunbar has been passionate about environmental sustainability since the 1970s. He put this passion into action and launched the Institute for the Built Environment at CSU in 1994. Dunbar served as a professor at CSU in art, interior design, and construction management from 1982 until his “retirement” in 2012. He continues to serve as director if IBE, a role he has held since 1994. Read more about Brian Dunbar, watch a video on his Legacies webpage and make a gift in his honor.

Ben Granger served as the director of the School of Social Work from 1992 to 2002. After retiring from that role, he joined his wife, Georgia, as co-director of the Human Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC), an organization within the CSU School of Social Work that provides animal-assisted therapies to the community through the use of human-animal teams. Granger passed away in 2015 at the age of 83. You can read more about Ben Granger and the memorial statue and bench dedication honoring him this past May. On his Legacies webpage, watch a video about his contributions to HABIC and the School of Social Work, and make a gift in his honor.

Louise Wendt White played an important role as a teacher and adviser in the Department of Occupational Therapy from 1967 to 2002, when she retired. White is also well-known for her many service contributions to CSU. Read more about Louise White and her long career. Find out what White is doing today on her Legacies webpage and watch a video about her many contributions to OT. White established a scholarship at CSU in her late husband’s name. Make a gift in Louise Wendt White’s honor to the Andy White Memorial Scholarship.

Send your photos, memories

Do you know any of the 27 Legacies Project honorees? Please submit your memories and photos via the form on the individual honoree pages. For more information on the Legacies Project, please contact Victoria Keller at (970) 491-7340 or victoria.keller@colostate.edu.

The Legacies Project is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.