Video: Award-winning Legacies Project records personal and professional histories

As Colorado State University celebrates 150 years of history, it’s fitting to note that the College of Health and Human Sciences has been recording living history for years by telling the stories of beloved retired and former faculty and staff. The Legacies Project began in 2011 with the goal of not only preserving history, but also honoring their contributions to the foundations of the college.

The Legacies Project records personal and professional stories through videos and biographies posted to the college’s website. The first honoree stories premiered in 2012, and additional honorees have been added each year. Altogether, 31 individuals have been recognized.

“The most exciting part for me is to see how the Legacies Project has strengthened bonds with current faculty, former faculty and staff, faculty emeriti, and all of our retirees, while celebrating the College’s past, present, and future,” said Victoria Keller, director of development, whose vision has driven the program since its inception. “The Legacies Project has helped create a culture within the college that honors our collective history while acknowledging individual contributions. It’s a small way of showing how much we value those who helped build the college into what it is today.”

On the Legacies Project website, you can watch a video and read each person’s bio, as well as make a gift in their honor or memory. In 2015, the Legacies Project won two Gold Awards in the regional Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) competition and went on to win one of only seven Platinum Awards nationally.