Get to know the LSC Brand Markers: University Seal and Extension

Featured Brand Markers

Location: South Exterior Wall of Ballroom C, South Exterior Wall of Ballroom A

Colorado State University Seal reflects Land-Grant Mission

The CSU Seal closely resembles the state of Colorado seal, but the University’s seal includes the words education, service, extension, and research that highlight  attributes the University finds most reflective of the land-grant mission. Both seals contain the eye of god within a pyramid, which is placed above a bundle of elm rods bound together with a projecting axe blade. The axe blade represents strength, authority, and leadership; qualities that both CSU and the state of Colorado have identified as important in their dedication to progress.

Since its founding in 1870, CSU has experienced a few name changes. Colorado Agricultural College welcomed its first students in 1879, and by 1935, the University was known as Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (Colorado A&M). Eventually the school was renamed in 1957 to Colorado State University, and offered a diverse curriculum and more advanced degrees.

 

Extension Services:

In 1879, the Extension Services of Colorado State University were established as early off-campus farmers’ institutions. Throughout the century, services provided by Extension Services have been essential to the survival of the communities within the state, especially during the Great Depression. Extension Services has created programs through a combination of local and federal government aid, and helped with the the dissemination of important agricultural and home economic information that improved the quality of life throughout the state. By attending to the issues of rural populations, projects like the Human Wildlife Interaction Program and Water Management Project prove that the effects of the CSU’s Extension Services have been far-reaching.

 

 

Land-Grant Wall and Lincoln Mural

Featured Milestones

 

Level 200, near the Food Court; and along West Staircase – Lory Student Center

Land-Grant Wall and Lincoln Mural – Lory Student Center

The Morrill Act, proposed by Vermont Senator Justin Smith Morrill, was ground-breaking legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. It created the nation’s Land-Grant University system. According to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, these institutions focused on teaching agriculture, military tactics, science and mechanical arts, as well as classical studies, which included the study of language, literature, history, and art of ancient cultures. Land-Grant Universities were originally created as engines of the American Dream; they created access to educational opportunities for all citizens of all classes.

Colorado State, Colorado’s only land-grant institution, celebrated the Act’s 150th anniversary in 2012. The Lincoln and Land-Grant Walls, located in the Lory Student Center, pay tribute to this act and the University’s history. Colorado State is still defined as a modern day land-grant college with prominent programs in agriculture, biology, veterinary medicine, chemistry, and many other programs that have helped establish CSU as a world-renowned academic and research institution.

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

 

Celebrate Earth Day at the LSC

#CSUEarthWeek

Colorado State has so many green initiatives, we’ll need a whole week to celebrate sustainability. In honor of Earth Day, CSU dedicated the entire week following Earth Day to events that celebrate sustainability and environmentally conscientious practices.

The week kicked off with the Earth Day Festival, which took place in the Lory Student Center’s Sutherland Community Garden. This is an annual event that has grown each year, and this year’s festival featured a live band, The Salmon Famine, as well as multiple tables set up by different organizations. Housing & Dining Services had a compost display, Eco-Leaders had a sustainability board set up for students to make commitments to becoming more sustainable in their daily lives, and there were multiple informational booths and environmental petitions being circulated.

Colorado State is committed to sustainability every day of the year, but Earth Week highlights and informs the community about the ways the University stays dedicated to environmental initiatives on campus.

2018 Earth Day Festival: Eco Leaders and Warner College of Natural Resources tables

 

Evan Salzman, student and lead event programmer at RamEvents, explained the terrarium building activity at the RamEvents table. The activity allowed students to choose succulent plants and and pots to decorate with stones and shells. “We are looking to provide an enriching and entertaining experience for all CSU students on Earth Day. Activities like this really help students get interested and excited about sustainability and Earth Week,” Salzman said.

“We are looking to provide an enriching and entertaining experience for all CSU students on Earth Day. Activities like this really help students get interested and excited about sustainability and earth week.” – Evan Salzman, lead event programmer at RamEvents.

 

Colorado Sate is the first university in the world to have its sustainability efforts rewarded platinum twice by STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). STARS is an independent program that measures comprehensive sustainability efforts at more than 800 universities around the world and is considered the most prestigious measurement of sustainability performance in higher education.

In embracing its sustainability mission, the LSC has pursued LEED certifications. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for design, construction, and operation of high-performing sustainable buildings. There are four levels of certification under the LEED system: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The LSC currently has LEED Silver certifications for the North End (Transit Center); Central and South (Theatre) ; this establishes the LSC as a “green” building on campus. From creating more waste diversion options by composting to supporting the sustainable agriculture movement and by buying locally produced meats, cheeses, beers, and produce to serve in the Aspen Grille dining room, the LSC continues to make improvements toward sustainability, according to Facilities Management.

Areas in the LSC that are LEED certified:

  1. Transit Center: Achieved LEED Gold in 2007. First LEED Gold building on campus.
  2. Lory Student Center Revitalization: Achieved LEED Silver in 2016
  3. Lory Student Center Theatre Renovation: Achieved LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold in 2012

The 2013 LSC renovations also helped the building become more sustainable. Key outcomes from the LSC renovations include:

  • 17% energy cost reduction
  • 35% water use reduction
  • 56% of existing building maintained
  • 21% recycled/salvaged materials
  • 100% of the building’s electricity offset by the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs)
  • Educational signage to create occupant awareness of the building’s high-performance features and green building strategy

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is dedicated to promoting a supportive, creative, and inclusive learning environment by developing campus community through a diversity of high‐quality, student‐centered programs and services.

Introducing Brand Markers to Illustrate Key Moments and Events

Brand Markers illustrating Colorado State’s history serve to draw attention to important developments in the University’s past. Brand Markers are four inch metal discs engraved with images that capture specific instances or represent an event or person.  They are ways to commemorate the CSU community as a whole outside of the Lory Student Center, and they celebrate accomplishments that directly affect the University’s community. Fort Collins and Colorado State have built their  communities and cultures around one another, and they have grown together since our land-grant university’s founding in 1870.

Each symbol  celebrates key moments and significant events  in the community’s past while promoting the land-grant mission. We are honored to be representing this shared history. Brand Markers are located throughout the LSC and we will be featuring a new set every two weeks on the website and the Digital Displays.

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Five Ways to Navigate the LSC

The Lory Student Center is home to many offices and events. There are six ballrooms, six lounges, 29 meeting rooms, several student services offices, and many other dining, studying, and relaxing areas – all in 350,000 square feet on three floors. In a building that serves so many purposes and sees thousands of visitors each day, even the most seasoned CSU students can have a difficult time navigating these halls. No worries; the LSC has you covered! Here are five resources to help you find your way.

No. 1: Kiosks

Seven kiosks are located throughout the building and can be found in areas that see heavy foot traffic. They include daily event notices and directional signage. Standing 7-feet tall, the kiosks are hard to miss and easy to read.

 

Your Trusted Resource for Navigating the LSC with Confidence-LSC Web Page

No. 2: Wayfinding Signage

When there are large events, or when the LSC is expecting several outside guests and community members, additional signage will be added to help with wayfinding. There is also permanent wayfinding signage along most intersecting hallways that display directional arrows and room numbers. Here’s a tip: The room numbers start lower at the south side of the building, and by the East Entrance, and increase as you head north or west through the building toward the Transit Center.

No. 3: Interactive Maps

Six of the interactive digital display screens in the building function as wayfinding maps. The interactive maps can be found at major entrance, and in areas that see heavy foot traffic. Just tap the screen, find and tap your destination, and the map will highlight the fastest route to take through the building. It’s a relatively new feature that is incredibly easy to use and time effective.

Locations of interactive maps:

  • Level 100 Transit Center main entrance, on the wall to the left of the Information Desk
  • Level 200 South Entrance, outside the Curfman Gallery
  • Level 200, outside the Ram Tech store
  • Level 200 West Entrance, next to the restrooms
  • Level 200 East Entrance, across from the Information Desk
  • Level  300 up the Main Staircase, to the left of the Event Planning offices

No. 4: LSC Staff Members

There are information desks located by the Level 200 East Entrance as well as in the Transit Center entrance on Level 100. The staff behind these desks are available to provide information, resources, and assistance to anyone in the LSC. If they do not know the answer, they will know whom to ask and where to look. In addition, the LSC is staffed with dedicated students and professionals ready to help serve and point you in the right direction. Just look for people sporting name badges because Rams help Rams, especially when they are lost!

No. 5: Online Building Maps

One way to prepare – before even entering the building – is to check out the online building maps here. Here’s a tip: Know the room number prior to coming into the building; this will help you navigate and will help you ask for directions. Check out the video below for a quick tour of the LSC to help you get started.

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Sutherland Community Garden and Fight Song & Alma Mater Wall

Featured Milestones

Locations: Lory Student Center Courtyard                          Wall across from the RamCard Office

Sutherland Community Garden

The Sutherland Community Garden, located in the center grass court of the Lory Student Center, features a plinth lawn and sculptures by alumnus Pard Morrison, donated by Tom and Jean Sutherland. The Ram Head Fountain features three original hand-carved ram heads from 1962. The LSC now hosts game-day celebrations before each home game in this garden.

The Sutherland Community Garden is named after Tom Sutherland( May 1930- July 2016)who is memorialized by the CSU community as an remarkable emeritus professor of animal sciences and a local philanthropist. Sutherland returned to the CSU community after being held for more than six years in captivity in Beirut. Sutherland was known for his generosity, optimism, kindness, and as a strong patron of the arts. The LSC has dedicated this space to remembering the strength, resilience, and sense of community that Sutherland inspired.

 

Fight Song and Alma Mater Wall

The CSU Fight Song and Alma Mater Wall are two “points of pride” in CSU traditions as outlined by Colorado State’s Alumni Association. The LSC prominently features both in each of the building’s main halls. The CSU Fight Song symbolizes school spirit at CSU. When you hear the CSU Fight Song, you should uphold tradition by standing up, singing along, and pumping your fist in the air when you get to the last line. The CSU Fight Song and Alma Matter Wall evoke this spirit and Ram Pride throughout the LSC.

CSU FIGHT SONG                                               

Fight on, you stalwart Ram Team,
on to the goal

Tear the (opponent’s nickname) line asunder
As down the field we thunder.
Knights of the Green and Gold,
Fight on with all your might.

Fight on, you stalwart Ram Team!
Fight! Fight! Fight!

CSU ALMA MATER
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater;
Colorado State.
Memories are everlasting
of this place so great.
May thy Green And Gold unite us,
loyal ever be.

Colorado State, our Alma Mater,
Hail, all Hail, to thee.

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Time to come together, Rams

‘I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.’   Maya Angelou

Colorado State University and the Lory Student Center are not places for hate. We are a community that welcomes and encourages inclusion, respect, integrity, service, and social justice, according to the University’s Principles of Community.

After flyers from a white nationalist group related to neo-nazis and other white supremacy groups were found near the LSC, we as a community were disappointed, to say the least. Many Rams and members of the CSU community are targeted by these hateful messages. When some members of our community are threatened; we all are.

CSUnite is an all-university walk and community gathering to stand up for our university principles and demonstrate that CSU is No Place for Hate. All faculty, staff and students, and supporters of our Ram community are encouraged to come together at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Newton’s Corner (the sculpture at the intersection of Pitkin Street and Center Avenue, just south of the Behavioral Sciences Building). The event will begin with opening remarks followed by a short solidarity walk to the Lory Student Center Plaza. At the Plaza, there will be a brief program and opportunities for learning and action.

The Fort Collins and Colorado State University community march from Old Town Fort Collins to Colorado State University on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2016.

There is no place for such hate at Colorado State. We cannot move forward as a community unless we do so together.’President Tony Frank

This event is apart of the #NoPlace4H8 campaign run by Resident Life, and was introduced in President Tony Frank’s Spring Break Message to campus. “As much as our views and beliefs as members of the CSU community may differ on any  number of subjects, I am confident we are united on this front,” Frank said in the email. CSUnite is an event created to help us stand together as a community against hate and discriminatory ideologies. CSUnite is about showing that all differences aside, Rams take care of Rams.

More information about CSUnite can be found here. We are excited and hope to see all Rams on the plaza standing hand-in-hand.

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

TEDxCSU: ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ Event asks audiences, ‘What if…?’

The Lory Student Center is excited to host the annual TEDxCSU event! This year’s theme is “What if…,” and takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 in the LSC Theatre and Grand Ballroom.

TEDxCSU is proud to be Northern Colorado’s only official TED event, and organizers are thrilled for the opportunity to bring CSU students, staff, and community members together in creative discussion. TEDxCSU is held throughout the LSC on CSU’s campus and strives to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere to share ideas.

This year’s TEDxCSU event will feature diverse speakers with unique topics, as well as a large Exhibit Hall highlighting Colorado businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators. One ticket buys one person admission to the full-day event, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and unlimited access to creative, critical thinking and discussion.

Attendees explore Innovation Alley at the March 2016 TEDxCSU conference at Colorado State University.

“This event is important to RamEvents because it fits our values of education, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and community.  Sponsoring and promoting this kind of event really fit,” said Jensen Woods, RamEvents External Relations and Public Relations. “It also brings people together from all over the community, like students, staff, teachers, and community members, in one place and provokes a lot of thoughts in a very cool way.”

“It also brings people together from all over the community, like students, staff, teachers, and community members, in one place and provokes a lot of thoughts in a very cool way.”

“It’s important to bring different viewpoints and ways of thinking into focus, and that’s what TED events do. It works best if you have the personality and topics to present,” said Timothy Curry, who auditioned and is hoping to find out in the final round if he has made it. “Whether I make it or not, I’m still going to attend because I really think events like this are great and important,” he said.

Jaelyn Coates presents “White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control” at the TEDxCSU March 2017 conference at Colorado State University.

The theme “What If…” hopes to encourage innovative thinking about different lifestyles. CSU is passionate about TED’s mission to deliver talks and information on a wide range of subjects. TEDxCSU has been an annual event for eight years, and this will be the fourth year the event has been sponsored by RamEvents.

Presenters include:

Ryan England: “Helping Others by Helping Yourself”
Kodi Phelps: “Does This Expression Make Me Look Fat? An Exploration of the Ways We Learn and Unlearn the Number on the Scale”
Joe Akmakjian: “Your Ability Does Not Define Your Humanity”
Anca Selariu: “Future of Life and the Importance of Being Unreasonable”
Alexis Kanda-Olmstead: “The Science of Women’s Leadership”
Ryan Pearson: “Solar Control Window Paint
Laura Pritchett: “Making Friends with Death? Heck, ya! (And why its important to do so now, when it seems so far away)”
Amy Hoeven: “Who I Am: A Virtual Reality Journey of Unity through the Stories of Refugee, Immigrant, and First Generation Students”
Charlie Vollmer: “Artificial Intelligence will never exist…but it’s so much more than that!”
Patrice Palmer, Emcee, Academic Advisor for the College of Business; Instructor and Coordinator for the Business Diversity Leadership Alliance

If you don’t yet have tickets, hurry before they’re sold out! Check out some of last year’s speakers and topics.

About the Lory Student Center
The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Venetian Glass Wall and Duhesa Gallery Milestones 

Featured Milestones

Main Staircase, Center of East West Corridor           Level 300, East of Main Staircase

 

Duhesa Gallery

The Duhesa Gallery is located on Level 300 of the Lory Student Center, just east of the Grand Ballrooms and adjacent to the Native American Cultural Center. This gallery provides a space to experience Native American art and its roots to Northern Colorado history, as well as its connections to Colorado State University.

Created in 1986, the Duhesa Gallery acknowledges the significance of Native American heritage in the United States. The gallery exhibits works of Native American artists throughout North America. Duhesa is a Hopi word that means “one who appreciates beauty.” The goal of the LSC Arts Program is to highlight artists who thrive within the realms of both contemporary art practice and traditional methods and art forms.

 

Venetian Glass Wall

The Venetian Glass Tiled Wall along the Main Staircase connects the three levels of the LSC, and can be found in the center of the building in the East West Corridor. This milestone lies in the heart of the LSC and is a central feature of the building.

The original CSU Plaza, as designed in the 1960s, was an emulation of Italy’s St. Mark’s Square. That design is represented in the LSC’s original Venetian glass tiles on the three-level Main Staircase. This milestone reflects every color represented in the original LSC from 1962, and was preserved as a reference point for visitors.

                                                                                        Venetian Glass Wall, Lory Student Center

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Introducing the Milestones of the Lory Student Center

Eighteen Milestones featured throughout the Lory Student Center celebrate CSU’s long and rich history. These Milestones highlight campus culture, display diverse exhibitions of art, and commemorate the work and deeds of influential individuals in CSU’s history.

At the heart of campus culture, the Milestones are visual representations of the growth and innovations of the LSC, and encourage a sense of Ram Pride. The LSC is excited to feature existing Milestones on LCD displays throughout the LSC, and to introduce new Milestones throughout the semester. Check out our blogposts every two weeks for added insight.

Also, request your self-guided walking tour brochure to start exploring the LSC Milestones today. Fill out the reservation form here, or pick up copies of the brochure at Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing, Room 276B (in the offices of LSC Business Services) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.