Fort Collins rolls out another summer of fun-filled events

Colorado State University at Colorado Brewers' FestivalSummertime is here, and Colorado State University faculty, staff and students can look forward to enjoying an eventful season to celebrate their hard work and dedication the past year. Get the calendars ready for marking because this summer Fort Collins is sure to have something for everyone. Here's a rundown of the lineup of events taking place just minutes from campus. Farmers’ Market May 16 marked the opening of the Larimer County Farmers’ Market, the oldest farmers’ market in Northern Colorado. Every Saturday, the city of Fort Collins hosts the market in Old Town, conveniently located on Oak Street. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon and will continue until Oct. 24. Keep your summer fresh with locally grown and produced goods! Lagoon Concert Series The Lagoon Concert Series is an annual event hosted every summer by Colorado State University, dedicated to providing a venue for local bands and local sponsors to come together for an evening unique for the Fort Collins community. The series runs for eight weeks and features an eclectic collection of artists, ranging from folk to classic rock and everything in between. The Series kicked off June 17 and features new artists every Wednesday. Entertainment typically begins at 6:30 p.m. New this year is the addition of Little Kids Rock as opening act each week starting at 6:15 p.m. Little Kids Rock is a group of modern band performers from schools across the Poudre School District.

26th Annual Colorado Brewers’ FestivalLagoon Concert at Colorado State University The Colorado Brewers’ Festival is the largest outdoor brewing festival in the state, drawing more than 20,000 people to downtown Fort Collins. This year’s festival will be held June 27-28. First Friday Gallery Walks The gallery walks are held on the first Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. Nearly 20 local art galleries throughout Fort Collins open their doors to self-guided walking tours, featuring new exhibits from an array of artistic styles. Noontime Notes Concert Series Looking for some afternoon entertainment? In this newly introduced mini-series, an eclectic line up of musicians will be performing in the Oak Street Plaza between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring the kids, grab some ice cream and enjoy the music!
  • Complete list of dates and musicians.
Lagoon Concert at Colorado State University 4th of July Community Celebration In town for Independence Day? Then be sure to check out the City of Fort Collins 4th of July Community Celebration. The festivities include the Firecracker 5K, golf tournaments, and a  parade, among many other fun-filled events. The event concludes with fireworks  at City Park. Community Bike-in Movie Nite New this year, CSU is hosting a bike-in movie at the new Laurel Village Pavilion at 8 p.m., immediately following the lagoon concert. Stay tuned for more details! Community Open House and Ice Cream Social All campus and Fort Collins community members are welcome to attend CSU's third annual Community Open House and Ice Cream Social from 4-6 p.m. Aug. 12. Held just outside the Student Recreation Center at the corner of Meridian Avenue and Plum Street, friends and families can enjoy free ice cream, fun activities, and performances by Slow Caves and Post Paradise. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free, three-day community music festival showcasing more than 70 Colorado bands, eight stages of continuous entertainment and more than 250 specialty and art booths. Now in its 11th year, NewWestFest has become one of the most popular summer events in Fort Collins, with thousands of community members flocking the streets to enjoy the local talent and festivities. CSU will have several booths, fun activities for all ages, and free prizes at NewWestFest, so be sure to stop by and check us out Aug. 14-16!   Rams at the Rockies Colorado State University is taking over Coors Field at 6:10 p.m. Saturday, August 15, as the Rockies play the division rival San Diego Padres. Now in its ninth year, the annual Rams at the Rockies outing has become a true summer tradition for CSU alumni, families, faculty and staff, and fans throughout Colorado. USA Pro Challenge The beautiful Colorado Rockies serve as the home for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Colorado State UniversitColorado State University Rams Cycling Team member Phillip Mann competes in the Division I Men’s Criterium in downtown Fort Collins, Colorado at the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships hosted by Colorado State University, May 11, 2008. Mann won the men’s criterum for the second year in a row. The CSU Rams Cycling Team placed 3rd overall in the three-day championship.y partnered with the USA Pro Challenge in 2014 and continues its support this summer as the race makes its way through Fort Collins again. The university encourages Fort Collins residents and the cycling community to come out and support the nation’s best cyclists in their seven day trek through eight Colorado host cities. The event kicks off Aug. 17 in Steamboat Springs, with participants passing through Fort Collins on Saturday, Aug. 22, before making their way to the finale in Denver!
  • Detailed route map and schedule.
Peach Festival Set for Aug. 22 at Hughes Stadium, the 5th annual Peach Festival, hosted by CSU and presented by the Rotary clubs of Fort Collins, celebrates the height of the Colorado peach season with a run/walk, pancake breakfast, pie eating contest, and live entertainment.

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CSU online programs ranked among best for veterans

Colorado State University’s online bachelor’s, MBA, and graduate-level education programs were recently ranked among the best in the nation for veterans by U.S. News and World Report. “Like other students, veterans and active-duty service members gain most from distance education that is [caption id="attachment_17630" align="alignright" width="300"]Stock Photo by Sean Locke www.digitalplanetdesign.com More veterans than ever are seeking higher education.[/caption] affordable, accessible and reputable,” the rankings report stated.  CSU’s programs, earning slots in the top 35, 50, and 70 respectively, were selected for their reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates, and graduate debt loads, according to the ranking methodology. Ranking factors were considered in addition to the financial benefits made available by the institution to people with military experience. Tuition for CSU’s online programs is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students, meaning veterans’ tuition is eligible to be covered by the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Increasing demand and expanding options As a result of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and improved battlefield survival rates, more veterans than ever are enrolling in higher education institutions. Additionally, according to U.S. News and World Report, on average, 11.2 percent of students enrolled in online bachelor’s programs are either veterans or active military members. Why are veterans and military members choosing online programs? According to Col. Gregory Marzolf, CSU aerospace science professor and Air Force ROTC cadet supervisor, the University’s online programs are necessary for many military members because, “we don’t have time to go to class during the day, we have other things we have to be doing… with the online programs, you can do it at your own pace, at night, on the weekend.” CSU’s online programs also offer flexibility in geographic location. Military members who tend to move frequently can enroll in an online program and earn their degree from CSU, regardless of where they are living. Consistent with CSU’s military-friendly rankings These latest rankings add to the list of the many accolades CSU has received in regard to military and veteran education. For six years in a row, G.I. Jobs magazine has ranked CSU among the top military-friendly schools in the nation, and Military Advanced Education’s 2015 Guide to College & Universities also designated CSU as a top school. View the complete reports:

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State 4-H president gives CSU board insight on youth development program

[caption id="attachment_16855" align="alignright" width="213"]Nick_Dorothy State 4-H President Nicholas Ortner with Dorothy Horrell, member of the CSU Board of Governors.[/caption] The Colorado State University Board of Governors is regularly updated on various aspects of the university, but rarely does it have the chance to hear firsthand from participants in CSU’s premier youth-development program, 4-H. So it was a great opportunity in May when the Board met with the state’s 4-H student leader. Colorado State 4-H President Nicholas Ortner, a graduating senior from Holyoke High School in northeastern Colorado, provided a glimpse into 4-H, the state’s largest out-of-school educational program for boys and girls. 4-H is more than 100 years old in Colorado and has always been a part of CSU Extension, which is a division of the Office of Engagement. Ortner said that in 2013-14, Colorado 4-H reached about 20 percent of 8- to 18-year-olds – or more than 101,000 young people – through club or after-school activities. Those youth who participate in 4-H work on developing life skills such as communication, decision-making, leadership, interpersonal relationships, citizenship and community and global awareness. Cousin Steven Ortner was deeply influenced by his cousin, Steven, who grew up nearby and was heavily involved in 4-H. Steven Ortner, who is 10 years older than Nicholas, instilled the values and morals that helped shape his younger cousin’s life. “We were in the same 4-H club, and these were the traits that I looked up to in him and wanted to imitate,” Nicholas Ortner said. “I always wanted to be involved in all the activities Steven was involved in.” Steven Ortner is now serving his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Alaska. [caption id="attachment_16840" align="alignright" width="300"]Nick_Governor Nicholas Ortner with Gov. John Hickenlooper and District 6 4-H President Chad Russell at the 2014 Colorado State Fair 4-H and Livestock Sale.[/caption] Make the best better Nicholas Ortner, meanwhile, wears the 4-H emblem with pride. “This is a youth organization that is the best it can be by helping its members develop leadership skills,” he said. “I try to follow the 4-H motto – to make the best better – every day.” During his decade in 4-H, Ortner learned the tools to be an effective public speaker, and he developed another interest during his early 4-H days – a knack for livestock judging. He used the public speaking skills he learned to defend his judge decisions and explain why he scored one animal higher than another. “Now it is a life skill that I can’t live without,” he said. 4-H Hall of Famers Ortner used that skill as he made his presentation to the CSU Board of Governors. Several members of the Board of Governors are former 4-H’ers themselves, including Past Board Chair Dorothy Horrell, who also is a member of the Colorado 4-H Hall of Fame. Another 4-H Hall of Fame member is CSU President and Chancellor Tony Frank, who said the impact of the program is profound – for students and society. “4-H was a fabric of my life growing up on a farm in Illinois,” said Frank. “4-H adds to a community, and 4-H’ers are shown to have increased academic performance, enter the STEM disciplines at a higher rate than other students, and demonstrate improved leadership skills.” Next for Ortner Nicholas Ortner’s next steps include enrolling at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and becoming a member of the school’s Livestock Judging Team. He intends to transfer to a four-year institution afterward, then return to the family farm outside of Holyoke, and continue his work with 4-H. Cousin Steven would be proud.

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