Graduates, celebrate! Commencement Dec. 19-20

Colorado State University will confer degrees on fall 2014 graduates at commencement ceremonies Dec. 19-20. College ceremonies and Army ROTC commissioning will recognize 1,426 undergraduate and 454 graduate students, including 71 doctoral students and 6 Army ROTC Commissionees at Colorado State University. Ten students are candidates for distinction as summa cum laude, 29 as magna cum laude and 68 as cum laude. Commencement ceremonies, with the exception of the Army ROTC commissioning, will be webcast live. Speakers bring experience, insight to graduates Commencement speakers for this year’s ceremonies include the following: Andrews CASPaul Andrews, president and CEO of National Western, will speak at the College of Agricultural Sciences commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Dec. 20 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. As President/CEO, Andrews is responsible for day-to-day operations, programming and administration for the National Western Stock Show and the year-round shows at the National Western Complex. Within his first four years at Stock Show, Andrews implemented an array of promotions, special offers and customer service changes that resulted in strong attendance for each show, averaging around 635,000 people each year. Andrews brought vast experience in marketing, sales, ticketing and entertainment to the NWSS. He began his career with the Denver Nuggets as an account executive in 1990 and rose through the ranks to executive vice president of Kroenke Sports. In his role at Kroenke Sports, Andrews oversaw the Pepsi Center, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 1st Bank Center and the Paramount Theatre. Gessler CoE--200Daniel Gessler, vice president of Alden, will speak at the College of Engineering commencement ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Since joining Alden in 2002, he has served as a senior hydraulic modeler using computational fluid dynamics and physical models to investigate a broad range of hydraulics and river mechanics problems, including complex sedimentation studies and spillway studies. He became director of numeric modeling and is now vice president and principal leading a team of about 20 numeric and physical hydraulic modelers. He is responsible for hydraulic modeling and testing using computational fluid dynamic models, physical models and prototype testing. Gessler also manages Alden’s Colorado, Washington and Oregon offices. Prior to joining Alden, he worked as a research scientist and assistant professor at Colorado State University, working on three dimensional hydrodynamic sediment transport modeling for the corps of engineers. He has more than 20 years of experience in numeric modeling. Easley CHHSNate Easley, executive director of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, will speak at the College of Health and Human Sciences commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Moby Arena. The Denver Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public School students to earn a college degree by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success. Easley serves on Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council. He also is a current member of the Community College of Denver Advisory Council, the National College Access Network Board, Colorado Latinos for Education Reform, Denver Public Schools Roots Charter School Board and CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences Executive Leadership Council. Easley has extensive experience helping disadvantaged students realize their dream of a college education and securing grant funding to sustain student programs. His master’s and doctorate focused on how higher education can better support the academic success and college completion of Black and Latino students. Easley worked at the state, national and international levels to create opportunities for first-generation, low-income and ethnic minority students. He has more than 25 years of experience working with college access and retention programs and professionals. Earhart CNSAmelia Rose Earhart will speak at the College of Natural Sciences commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 at Moby Arena. Named after the world-renowned aviator who disappeared in 1937 while trying to circumnavigate the world, Earhart has that same passion for flying.  An avid aviatrix, she began flying lessons in 2004.  Ten years later she recreated, and completed, her namesake’s flight, logging 24,300 nautical miles on her trip around the globe, becoming the youngest woman to complete the journey in a single-engine aircraft. In 2013, she received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Achievement Award, given to a woman who carries on the Amelia Earhart spirit.  Recently, she started the Fly With Amelia Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides young women aged 16-18 flight training scholarships and fosters aviation and aerospace opportunities for people of all ages through flight-based STEM curriculum. Earhart also is a television and radio news, traffic, and weather reporter at 9News. A self-proclaimed daredevil and do-gooder, when she is not flying around the country speaking, Earhart is on social media Facebooking and tweeting her latest news. Wirth WCNRAndrew Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, will speak at the Warner College of Natural Resources commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. Throughout his entire life, Wirth has been connected to the mountain resort and hotel industry. Now the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Wirth brings over 25 years of experience to his current job to make the ski area one of the top winter tourist destinations in the world. Born in Nuebrucke, West Germany, Wirth became involved in the industry when he began attending Colorado State University. During this time period, he gained experience as a backcountry ranger for Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as a wilderness ranger in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area. After completing college, Wirth began his career path as an intern at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in 1986. For more than 20 years, his official title changed until he eventually was promoted to the parent company Intrawest. The company purchased Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. in 2006, and he was quickly named the chief marketing officer, as well as the executive vice president of sales and marketing. His role included managing domestic and global marketing strategy for all of the resorts owned by the company. He also served as president of the Mountain Village Partnership, which aimed to help support local businesses. He remained with the company until he was named CEO of the Squaw Valley ski resort in 2010. In his new role, Wirth was responsible for overseeing a $70 million upgrade to the resort, making the resort more competitive with other ski areas. Wirth also was involved with the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort merge. At 49 years of age, Wirth continues to focus more on philanthropy in addition to his role as CEO, contributing to environmental and community service organizations in the Lake Tahoe area. Ceremonies Complete CSU commencement ceremony starting times and locations for each ceremony: Dec. 19

  • Army ROTC Commissioning, 10 a.m., Lory Student Center Theatre
  • Graduate School, 3 p.m., Moby Arena
  • Warner College of Natural Resources, 7 p.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
  • College of Health and Human Sciences, 7 p.m., Moby Arena
Dec. 20
  • College of Agricultural Sciences, 9 a.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
  • College of Business, 9 a.m., Moby Arena
  • College of Engineering, 12:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
  • College of Natural Sciences, 1 p.m., Moby Arena
  • College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 4 p.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom
  • College of Liberal Arts, 5 p.m., Moby Arena

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Cultivating future entrepreneurs in engineering education

[caption id="attachment_7799" align="alignright" width="300"]photo of Russ Korte Russ Korte wants to help researchers scale up and disseminate their educational innovations.[/caption] Faculty at universities around the country carry out billions of dollars' worth of research projects each year. But what happens when funding for a particular project runs out? Russ Korte, an associate professor in the School of Education at Colorado State University, is working to infuse a spirit of entrepreneurship into researchers' innovations specifically related to engineering education through a project called I-Corps-L (Innovation Corps for Learning). The project is funded by the National Science Foundation, and is designed to help researchers get their ideas out to a broader audience. This effort is a national project involving researchers from a variety of universities around the country. I-Corps-L provides practical application and real-world training in entrepreneurial skills modeled after the Lean LaunchPad courses developed by Steve Blank at Stanford University. "Funders spend millions, or billions, in supporting research, but once the project is over, it tends to disappear. It doesn't become widely disseminated or adopted," Korte said. "The whole idea is to foster scalability and sustainability of these innovations that have been funded. What we're doing is adapting a business course that came out of the start-up culture of Silicon Valley for helping new ventures get off the ground. Innovators and entrepreneurs take their idea and develop it into a marketable business." Applicable to education Korte explained that the project is relevant to his field of education. "These educational researchers have developed innovations in educational content, methods, or an educational product," he said. "Then they learn how they get those innovations disseminated, scaled up, and used more broadly than just within their research project." The growing community of engineering education research brings with it the focus of improving education in engineering via more innovative practices, he added. Korte is part of an instructor team charged with facilitating this entrepreneurship in engineering education researchers. "What we do is present entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, and develop those skills by getting out of the classroom and in front of potential users," Korte said. "Participants report back every week and we give them feedback. The workshop lasts seven weeks, and begins with a session of face-to-face instruction, then five weeks of online instruction and facilitation before the closing workshop." 'Entrepreneurial mindsets' "We are developing entrepreneurial mindsets in faculty and graduate student researchers in engineering education," Korte explained, adding that without some direction, these future innovators may not know how to effectively get their ideas off the ground. "You can imagine that unless they've actually been through a startup experience, they might not have the skills or knowledge to go about getting their idea to market. We help them develop these skills." "One of the things they're required to do is to explore potential business models as a way of finding the best model for their innovation and market," he said, explaining that these are skills that people in the field may not have spent a great deal of time learning in their profession as faculty doing academic research. "I-Corps-L helps train researchers to be sensitive to, and adept at, going out and finding customers, and finding out what customers need so they can modify their product or invention to meet the needs of a broader market for innovative educational practices and products." Korte is very optimistic about what the future will bring to innovators involved with I-Corps-L. "This is a new venture for the NSF and the area of engineering education, to start thinking differently about the research being done, and how to make an impact. How to improve education for engineers, but in a much bigger way than they've been able to do." The next I-Corps-L cohort begins in January 2015.

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Urban Lab seeks input on Mason Street competition

Urban Lab logoThe UniverCity Urban Lab -- an organization based in Fort Collins that advocates for high-quality urban design and a livable city through community involvement and collaboration -- is seeking input and guidance from the public as it shapes guidelines for a design competition to be launched early in 2015. It's holding an open house on Friday, Dec. 5, to collect that input. Centered on the Mason Street transportation corridor, the competition will invite professional designers, students and others from around the world to propose improvements to the Mason Street Downtown Corridor, excluding the railroad right-of-way, that will enhance vehicle safety and the pedestrian environment. The goal of the competition is to inspire design possibilities that create a unique and memorable experience for those who visit the area. The Urban Lab wishes to solicit feedback from the public on the proposed format of the competition as well as the specific requirements that competitors should prioritize. Possible topics include pedestrian and vehicular safety, sidewalk enhancement and public art. Feedback can be provided at the lab's second annual open house event scheduled for 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 at the former John Atencio Jewelry space at 1 Old Town Square in Fort Collins, during the First Friday Art Walk. A feedback message board will also be available online at urbanlab.colostate.edu. All interested community members are encouraged to attend and become involved in the initiative. About Urban Lab The UniverCity Urban Lab is a catalyst organization dedicated to transforming the urban environment by convening private, public and academic partnerships to cultivate innovative change. Based in Fort Collins, the Urban Lab is a cooperative venture between Colorado State University, City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority, professional designers, real estate developers, businesses and private citizens that was established in the summer of 2013. Other current Urban Lab initiatives include the installation of the first "living wall" in Fort Collins, scheduled for the spring of 2015, and the development of design and implementation guidelines for the Nature in the City Program, both in cooperation with the City of Fort Collins. The Urban Lab also contributes to the research agenda of Colorado State University, with a variety of funding streams from within the University to conduct research on a wide range of topics regarding the urban built environment. Contact To learn more about the Urban Lab and the Mason Street competition, contact: Colin Day, Urban Lab Coordinator Institute for the Built Environment Colorado State University 970.491.5041 colin.day@colostate.edu

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Gustafson unveils ‘FGI Pop Art Fashion Show’

[caption id="attachment_7332" align="alignright" width="225"]photo of Tony Frank dress One of the pieces in the show features the visage of CSU President Tony Frank.[/caption] The Colorado State University student chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) is kicking off "FGI Pop Art Fashion Show: Gallery Exhibition" on Friday, Dec. 5, featuring the best looks from the FGI Recycled Fall Fashion Show. The exhibition will be open until April 10. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Gustafson Gallery, in room 318 of the Gifford Building, 502 W. Lake St. The student chapter of FGI, located in the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Health and Human Sciences, held its annual recycled fashion show on Nov. 15 in the LSC Ballroom. Titled “Pop Couture: Off the Canvas and Onto the Runway,” the theme for the show was pop art. Many of the recycled garments were created by students in Dr. Diane Sparks’ AM 130 Design Foundations class, who used a variety of recycled materials to demonstrate their understanding of the principles and elements of design. Original, non-recycled garments created by students in the Department of Design and Merchandising were also included in the show. The winning looks in each category, as well as the garments selected for the gallery exhibit, were determined by faculty vote.close-up photo of Tony Frank dress Fashion Group International is a global, nonprofit professional group with a mission to help its members become more effective in their careers by offering insights on trends and access to business professionals. “Featuring pieces in the Gustafson Gallery is an excellent opportunity to appreciate the construction, creativity and innovation found in these recycled and unconventional garments," said Nina Mascheroni, a member of FGI who is curating the gallery exhibit. "We're really excited to showcase these looks to the students, faculty, and staff at CSU!” The Gustafson Gallery is part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, featuring collections of historically and culturally significant objects. Collections are used for teaching, research, and interpretive exhibitions. The Avenir Museum’s main location is in the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington Street. The Gustafson Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is open to the public, and admission is free.

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