Outreach is among the pillars that Colorado State University was founded upon and is an effort that continues today through interaction with our Colorado communities, and around the globe. CSU’s Commitment to Community is a reflection of the University’s promise of service and engagement to Colorado citizens, executed by providing resources, participating in events, and building community partnerships. Colorado State University is proud to be part of such a vibrant and active Fort Collins Community.  At many of the community events you will find CSU hosting a booth, tent, or activities.  This spring we are proud to be part of multiple community events. We invite you to join in on all the fun!

Spring 2017 Events


CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House

Animal lovers will have their day at Colorado State University on April 22, when the largest veterinary hospital in Colorado throws open its doors to share the joys of caring for pets, exotic animals, horses and livestock.

The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road in Fort Collins, will host its annual open house 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, The event is free and open to the public.

The open house in recent years has grown to include live musical performances and food trucks. The Wendy Woo Band, a favorite in the vibrant Fort Collins music scene, will play this year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.vth open house 2

Colorado State veterinarians will offer useful information about companion animal health during 15 presentations, with topics including lameness in your horse, treating pet cancer and household items that can poison pets.

Included in the offerings are two talks just for K-12 and undergraduate university students interested in pursuing careers in veterinary medicine; these will be provided by the top admissions officer for the CSU Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program and by current veterinary students, who will offer a glimpse into their lives of scholarship and animal care.

Veterinary students also will offer educational activities and will lead tours into the heart of the hospital. During tours, visitors will see a variety of specialty units, where animal patients are treated with medical expertise that mirrors human medicine. These units include cardiology, dentistry, neurology, ophthalmology, oncology and orthopedics, to name a few.

Also slated are demonstrations by the Fort Collins Police Department’s K-9 Unit and the ever-popular petting zoo.

One of the hospital’s favorite patients – CAM the Ram – also will attend the open house to mix and mingle with visitors.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital logs more than 40,000 patient visits each year and treats a wide variety of species from near and far. It is home base for the university’s renowned DVM Program, which consistently ranks among the top three veterinary schools in North America.

Through 2020, the hospital is undergoing more than $20 million in renovations, funded entirely through philanthropy, to ensure state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research and clinical service. Visitors will see these upgrades and will learn about others ahead.

A schedule of presentations is listed below. More information is available on the Open House webpage.


Earth Week 

How big a deal is sustainability at Colorado State? We have so many green initiatives, we need more than a whole week to celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Week is our chance to highlight some of the ways CSU is committed to sustainability every week of the year. Come celebrate all things green every day April 17-26, and check out the University-wide events calendar for more fun every day.

And check out our State of Sustainability webpage that showcases what makes CSU so green, from our Platinum STARS rating to our interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Monday, April 17

7:30-9:30 a.m.: Carpool to Coffee,Parking Lots 310 (Engineering) and 425 (Morgan Library). Free coffee and info about how to save money with a carpool permit for all students and staff who share a ride to campus.

10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Earth, Sun and Fire Tour,CSU Foothills Campus. Free tour of solar array, in-vessel composter, and biomass boiler on the CSU Foothills Campus. Bus departs from Lot 575 (South of the S. College Ave. Garage). An RSVP is required for this tour.

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase,Lory Student Center Ballroom.

Tuesday, April 18

7:30-8:30 a.m.:Bus to Barista,Lory Student Center Transit CenterTransit riders will be rewarded with treats and coupons for a free cup of coffee from Cam’s Lobby Shop.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Compost Giveaway and E-Waste Collection Event, Parking Lot 740 (Research Blvd. Remote Lot).Bring your own buckets (limited to two, five-gallon buckets) for CSU compost and up to two household electronics for e-waste recycling per CSU employee or student free of charge (no commercial grade/oversize electronics, appliances, or televisions over 24” can be accepted).

2-4 p.m.: Sustainable Futures Fair,Lory Student Center North Ballroom. Job fair open to all majors interested in sustainability. There will be 30-40 companies to network with!

5-6:30 p.m.: Biodiversity Ignite! Avogadro’s Number. Speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides to talk about the health of the planet in this popular event.

5-7 p.m.: Clothing Swap,Johnson Hall 122. Come be a part of the Student Sustainability Center’s Clothing Swap as part of a sustainable initiative to reduce consumption and prevent clothing waste.

Wednesday, April 19

7-9:30 a.m.:Bike to Breakfast,Plaza between Education and Chemistry buildingsSwing by for breakfast burritos, coffee and treats!

1:30-3 p.m.: Sustainability Milestones Celebration,Bob Davis Hall at Moby Arena (RSVP required

4 p.m.: Distinguished Ecologist Seminar Series: Ruth Shaw, University of Minnesota, Lory Student CenterNorth Ballroom

5-7 p.m.: Clothing Swap, Johnson Hall 122

Thursday, April 20

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Longboard to Lunch,Northeast Corner of Meridian and University. Hot dogs and fixin’s for Longboarders.

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Plate Waste Audits,Campus Dining Centers. The Eco Leaders and Live Green Team will be collecting all plate waste from the dining centers to audit how much food is thrown away to encourage diners to take only what they can eat to minimize waste.

4-5:15 p.m.: Eco Leaders Project Showcase,Laurel Village Pavilion. Stop by this showcase of undergraduate research projects by the Eco Leaders to learn about a variety of sustainability-related topics and enjoy refreshments.

4 p.m.: Distinguished Ecologist Seminar Series: Ruth Shaw, University of Minnesota, Lory Student CenterNorth Ballroom

Friday, April 21

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: EARTH DAY FESTIVAL, Sutherland Sculpture Garden on the West side of Lory Student Center. All are welcome to this free and public festival that showcases booths from campus and community organizations dedicated to supporting a sustainable community. Live music will be provided.

2:30 p.m.: Tree Campus USA and Arbor Day Celebration,CSU Lagoon on West side of the Vietnam Memorial Bridge. Join us to plant five different tree varietals near CSU’s lagoon. Free refreshments, shirts and promotional items donated by the CSU Bookstore. Contact Becca Mueller to volunteer or sign your student group up to plant a tree.

Saturday, April 22

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: CSUnity, meet at Lory Student Center North Ballroom. One-day service opportunity for CSU students to connect with Fort Collins residents while completing outdoor spring-cleaning projects. Through the Colorado State University Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement Office (SLiCE) csunity.colostate.edu.

11 a.m.-5 p.m.:Earth Day Fort Collins,Civic Center Park.

Monday and Tuesday, April 24-25

8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene Symposium, Lory Student Center.

Wednesday, April 26

6:30 p.m.: “Is the Poudre River Ecologically Sustainable? What Does ‘The Science’ Say?” Panel,Behavioral Sciences A101.


Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken

Directed by Laura Jones

April 27 – May 7

Business blooms at Mushnik’s Flower Shop when nerdy assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II,” after his ditzy coworker crush. This jive-talking, R&B-singing carnivore, who promises unending fame and fortune as long as Seymour keeps feeding it BLOOD, has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over forty years!

Based on a 1960 American black comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman, Ashman and Menken’s sci-fi smash musical version of Little Shop of Horrors ranks as one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows. Alan Menken, while better known for his Disney film scores (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin), continues to compose award-winning stage musicals (including Newsies and the upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire with lyrics by Harvey Fierstein).

A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist. Get your tickets today!