Joyce McConnell warmed up for her first day as CSU’s 15th president by warming up a gathering of 600-plus alumni and friends at Coors Field as part of the annual Rams at the Rockies celebration.
McConnell, who officially took over for Tony Frank on Monday, July 1, thanked the crowd Sunday for making her and her family feel at home.
“We are so excited to be at Colorado State University,” she said, introducing her husband, Vince Trivelli. “You have welcomed us like friends. You have welcomed us like family. You have welcomed us like Ramily.”
Joe Parker, director of athletics, and Kristi Bohlender, executive director of the CSU Alumni Association, also spoke to the crowd prior to the Rockies-Los Angeles Dodgers game.
McConnell then was introduced on the field as part of the opening pitch ceremony that had a strong green and gold feel. Bridgette Hutton, star pitcher on CSU’s Mountain West-champion softball team, fired the opening pitch – becoming the first to do so underhand at Coors Field.
Then, with CAM the Ram and spirit squad members standing nearby, CSU’s Mountain Horns singing group wowed the crowd with a stirring a cappella rendition of the National Anthem.
All in, a pretty good last day, before the first day, for CSU’s first female president.