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Stay up to date on all the latest developments and exciting changes as CSU Spur continues to grow.

May 20, 2021

When Vida opens at CSU Spur in January, get ready to see it all

One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive at CSU Spur is all the glass. The new Colorado State University System campus at the National Western Center in Denver will be home to research collaborations, student engagement opportunities, and industry partnerships. but more than anything, it’s being built for the public.

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May 20, 2021

CSU Spur hires general manager for Denver campus

Michelle Kelley started Monday as the general manager of CSU Spur, bringing more than 20 years of property manager experience in managing multi-use campuses and a commitment to creating excellent experiences for both visitors and staff.

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May 11, 2021

‘Sewer heat’ could be hidden ally against climate change. Here’s how Denver is pulling it to the surface

The largest sewer heat-recovery project in North America is now under construction in Denver at the National Western Center redevelopment, all of which will be heated and cooled with a heavy dose of heat from sewer pipes below the 250-acre campus.

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April 30, 2021

Birds, bugs, invasive plants and beaver endure along Denver’s polluted South Platte River

Coordinated by CSU as construction crews build a CSU campus and re-develop the National Western Stock Show site on 250 acres just east of the South Platte, the “bioblitz” survey data is building a baseline biological inventory of plants, bugs, and animal species as development transforms the city.

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April 29, 2021

Scientists are counting South Platte critters to see what happens as the river gets redeveloped

The third-annual South Platte BioBlitz is a regular count of all kinds of wildlife that thrive where the Platte passes the National Western Center, a massive construction project that’s turning historic stockyards and this isolated stretch of river into a center of commerce and culture.

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April 19, 2021

Second building at CSU Spur hits major construction milestone

The final steel beam is scheduled to be placed on the second building at the CSU Spur campus at 11 a.m. on April 20, signaling a major construction milestone for the Colorado State University System project. The moment – called a “topping out” – will be captured via livestream.  

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April 11, 2021

BioBlitz program to help study, restore South Platte River

Plants and wildlife along the South Platte River are getting an annual check up this week. A program at Colorado State University called Bio Blitz takes place April 15 and 16.

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April 11, 2021

Food from newly-planted school garden to be available to Denver students

Juniors at Bruce Randolph planted their new school garden just in time for Earth Day on April 22. The garden help provide healthy options to students. It’s part of the Denver Public School district’s agriculture program.

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April 10, 2021

'Diamonds in the rough': Rescued horses training to become therapy animals at CSU equine center

CSU’s Right Horse Program began in spring 2019. In the program, students are paired with horses and help train them to become therapy horses, lesson horses or personal horses for individual adopters.

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March 31, 2021

Together We Grow spring series continues April 6

Together We Grow, headquartered at the future CSU Spur campus, will host a webinar exploring innovative strategies around food equity and food security, on April 6.

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March 24, 2021

Denver ready to spend $274 million in bonds for upgrades to National Western Center and Colorado Convention Center upgrades

The Denver City Council agreed Monday evening to issue those bonds, which voters approved in a 2015 measure. The council unanimously approved the package as part of its consent agenda, signaling a lack of controversy about the bond issue.

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February 26, 2021

CSU celebrates topping out of Spur building at National Western Complex

Construction crews added the final steel beam on Friday to the first CSU Spur building in Denver — Vida. The topping out marked a major milestone for the campus located at the National Western Complex.

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February 23, 2021

A conversation with new U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Tom Vilsack — the former governor of Iowa who served as strategic adviser of food and water initiatives at CSU Spur for the Colorado State University System — for his second stint as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

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February 17, 2021

New arena, public market and other National Western Center upgrades put on hold as Denver faces economic woes

City officials plan to use $274 million in bonds — yet to be approved by the City Council — for long-planned early-phase upgrades and expansions to the National Western Center and the Colorado Convention Center. But later phases at the National Western Center including a new 10,000-seat arena, an exposition hall and a public market in the to-be-renovated 1909 Stadium Arena are on hold.

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February 8, 2021

Expert in experiential education joins CSU Spur team

Kathryn Venzor has joined the CSU Spur team as the Director of Education, bringing more than 17 years of experience in curriculum and program development, environmental conservation, and community engagement.

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February 4, 2021

CSU Spur campus hits major construction milestone

The final steel beam will be laid on the first building on the CSU Spur campus in Denver on Feb. 26, and all are invited to sign the beam and take a tour of the construction site.

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January 27, 2021

GFRAS update Jan. 2021

January update from the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), including the official launch of the NAAAN (North American Agricultural Advisory Network), the newest of the GFRAS-affiliated regional networks, in partnership with CSU Spur.

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January 13, 2021

Hoof prints out, tire tracks in: Canceled 2021 Stock Show leaves room for construction project

Officials have pointed to a silver lining around the cancellation, and it’s playing out on the National Western Campus right now. No stock show means more time and flexibility to make progress on the $1 billion redevelopment project underway on the 250-acre, city-owned property.

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January 8, 2021

16 things we can’t wait to see at the 2022 National Western Stock Show

CSU has partnered with the National Western Stock Show since the beginning and even used to close the campus during the Stock Show to let students compete in show events. The partnership has always been strong, and in 2022, CSU System will open CSU Spur on the grounds of the Stock Show.

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November 18, 2020

Third annual CSU Spur water symposium goes virtual, emphasizes power of storytelling

This year’s program focused on the critical role storytelling plays in building and driving social and environmental movements — specifically, how stories and various media can lead to greater public awareness around water issues, and also inspire actions necessary to solve and address them.

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October 27, 2020

New CSU campus in Denver fully under-construction, will open in 2022

Today, the CSU System breaks ground on Hydro — the final of three buildings at its CSU Spur campus, focused on water. The CSU Spur Terra building, focused on food and agriculture, broke ground in September. Vida, the building focused on animal and human health, broke ground in May.

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October 23, 2020

Student profile: Tyler Wagner, CSU Spur construction intern

Tyler Wagner, a 22-year-old Construction Management student, will graduate from CSU in December 2020, and already has professional experience working on behalf of the University. This summer, he took on an internship with JE Dunn, the general contractor for CSU Spur.

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October 22, 2020

Water in the West Symposium looks to inspire action

True to its mission as an initial offering of the CSU Spur campus opening in 2022, the Water in the West Symposium brings together diverse speakers to discuss water issues in the West and beyond — a topic of increasing importance as fires and droughts top headlines.

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October 1, 2020

CSU Spur: Anchored in community

Even before construction on its CSU Spur campus is completed in 2022, the CSU System has been following an anchor institution model of engaging and working with the communities surrounding the future site.

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September 30, 2020

Art students complete mural at CSU Spur campus during CRUSH Walls event

As part of a partnership with the CSU System, eight students in CSU’s Department of Art and Art History painted images of Colorado’s official state fish, bird and flower on a building that will be renovated and eventually attached to the water building at the CSU Spur campus.

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September 9, 2020

CSU art students to paint mural at Spur campus during CRUSH Walls event Sept. 14-20

Eight Colorado State University graduate students have been invited to paint a mural on a building that will become part of the future CSU System’s Spur campus, as part of this month’s CRUSH Walls, a street art festival in Denver’s River North (RiNo) Art District.

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August 27, 2020

David Axelrod joins 2020 CSU Spur Symposium

David Axelrod — former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama — will join the lineup of speakers for the CSU Spur Water in the West Symposium, to be held virtually Nov. 18-19.

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July 31, 2020

Together We Grow convenes thought leaders to foster diversity and inclusion in higher ed, agriculture

On July 30, five higher education thought leaders convened virtually to share their stories and perspectives on the future of higher education, focusing primarily on the role colleges and universities can and should play in diversifying the U.S. agricultural workforce.

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June 26, 2020

Food for Thought: Kerri Wright Platais [AUDIO]

Kerri Wright Platais, special advisor to the chancellor on international agriculture for CSU Spur, and host Matt Barry of the National Western Center discuss Kerri’s work creating the North American Agriculture Advisory Network (NAAAN), its role in disseminating biodefense best practices, and how these efforts relate to current and future pandemics.

June 25, 2020

CSU System selects artists for installations at the Spur campus in Denver

Eight artists, including four from Colorado, will create large-format artworks for the new campus, which opens in 2022.

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May 7, 2020

Salazar Center e-newsletter: Issue 7

Explore the intersection of conservation and COVID-19, meet our Connectivity Challenge judges, learn more about our ongoing webinar series, and more.

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May 5, 2020

CSU System breaks ground on Spur campus in Denver; to be complete 2022

Colorado State University System broke ground today on a new Denver campus — called Spur — which will invite the public to explore and interact with educational content around water, food, and health.

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March 16, 2020

CSU System selects CDR Associates to lead strategic planning for water policy institute at Spur campus

Colorado State University System has selected CDR Associates as the lead consultant to conduct strategic planning for a water policy institute at the future Spur campus at the National Western Center in north Denver.

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March 5, 2020

Together We Grow appoints first members to its Board of Directors

Together We Grow (TWG), a consortium of some of the world’s largest agribusiness interests focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce, today announced the appointment of its board of directors.

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February 19, 2020

CSU System announces date for Spur campus groundbreaking celebration

On April 30 at 1:30 p.m., the Colorado State University System will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its planned Spur campus, a major component of the future National Western Center in north Denver.

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February 6, 2020

CSU earns STARS Platinum sustainability rating for record third time

Colorado State University is building upon its global reputation as an innovative leader in sustainability by becoming the only institution in the world to earn three Platinum ratings from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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February 6, 2020

Second "Road to CSU" event expands to reach all students at Denver's Bruce Randolph School

On Jan. 31, CSU System campuses and partners hosted the annual event designed to prepare more than 750 students for college and life after high school.

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January 23, 2020

CSU Denver Extension partners with Denver Public Library to support after-school STEM programs for youth

Denver Extension’s community outreach efforts and youth development programs are opportunities to bridge the rural-urban divide.

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January 9, 2020

Inaugural Colorado Food Summit seeds rural-urban dialogue, collaboration

On Jan. 7, CSU hosted the Colorado Food Summit, which included conversations resembling those that will happen at CSU System’s future Spur campus at the National Western Center.

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January 3, 2020

Spur announces first call for artists

Colorado State University System’s Spur campus at the National Western Center, in partnership with Denver-based art consulting and curatorial firm NINE dot ARTS, today announced the first call for artists for the historic redevelopment project within the National Western Stock Show site.

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December 18, 2019

Future of agriculture relies on diverse, inclusive workforce

Recruiting employees from diverse backgrounds is only one part of the equation – retention of those employees is equally important.

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December 13, 2019

CSU System names its campus at National Western Center: Spur

Today, the Colorado State University System unveiled “Spur” as its new brand for the university system’s presence at the National Western Center.

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December 9, 2019

CSU Little Shop of Physics pilots peer mentorship program with Denver students

New student mentorship program helps CSU Little Shop of Physics program expand impact during school visits.

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November 24, 2019

Bruce Randolph School students showcase first Youth Memory Project with CSU System and History Colorado

The project culminated in an open house on Nov. 20 where students shared written, oral, and visual histories.

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November 19, 2019

Together We Grow expanding with new center, executive director at Colorado State University

Together We Grow is a consortium of some of the world’s largest agribusiness interests focused on building a skilled, diverse, and inclusive agricultural workforce.

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November 7, 2019

Second annual CSU System Water in the West Symposium highlights cross-sector solutions

After a bomb cyclone postponed the 2019 Water in the West Symposium, the sold-out crowd convened at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center to discuss solutions to a broad range of water-related challenges.

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November 4, 2019

Guest column: Land-grant universities prepared to meet biodefense challenge

Many of us think of “biodefense” as how we defend against a biological weapons attack, but for agriculture, the term has a more layered connotation.

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November 1, 2019

Sold-out CSU System Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions

Colorado State University System will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium Nov. 6-7, to highlight solutions to one of the greatest global issues: water.

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October 17, 2019

CSU vet students and partners host health clinic for Denver pets, families

For the fifth year, students and faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences brought free veterinary care, community education, and health resources to Denver’s Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

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October 11, 2019

CSU Women in Construction students team up to support Denver residents

On Sept. 21, students from CSU’s Women in Construction club and Women Engaging in Construction Mentoring program volunteered to complete home improvement projects in north Denver.

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August 29, 2019

CSU System-Minds Matter partnership makes college a reality for students

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Colorado State University System and Minds Matter are working together to ensure a clear pathway to college for high-achieving, low-income students across the state.

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July 16, 2019

CSU System to break ground on urban campus in 2020

A project five years in the making will soon be the Colorado State University System’s newest location in the state.

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June 10, 2019

NOCO Style: CSU prepares to plow new ground at the National Western Stock Show

Executive Vice Chancellor Amy Parsons talks about CSU’s involvement with the redevelopment of the National Western Center in Denver.

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May 30, 2019

CSU System selects final architect for new campus at the National Western Center redevelopment: Anderson Mason Dale Architects to design food and agriculture building

The Colorado State University System has selected Colorado-based design firm Anderson Mason Dale Architects (AMD) to complete the CSU Center for Food and Agriculture, one of three buildings comprising the future CSU Campus at the National Western Center redevelopment.

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April 30, 2019

CSU System and Bruce Randolph School formalize partnership to support Denver students

In April, the CSU System signed a formal memorandum of understanding with Bruce Randolph School to continue offering a variety of college- and career-readiness programs to north Denver students.

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April 23, 2019

Adult with disabilities lands dream job at CSU Temple Grandin Equine Center

Michael McGrady, 24, lives with a rare and often painful neurological disorder and never thought his dream of working with horses would come true. But earlier this month, that all changed, when Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center in north Denver hired McGrady to assist with the facility’s upkeep each Monday.

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April 2, 2019

CSU System announces rescheduled dates for Water in the West Symposium

The CSU System today announced that the Water in the West Symposium is rescheduled for November 6-7, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd., Aurora, CO 80019.

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March 13, 2019

CSU Water in the West Symposium to be rescheduled

All registrations will be transferred to the new event date, which will be communicated directly to participants as soon as possible.

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March 4, 2019

CSU selects JE Dunn for construction of three buildings at the National Western Center

The Colorado State University System awarded its Construction Management/General Contractor (CMGC) procurement contract for the construction of its three buildings at the CSU Campus at the National Western Center, taking it one step closer to development of the north Denver site.

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January 22, 2019

CSU Water in the West Symposium poised to address challenges, showcase solutions

Colorado State University will host its second annual Water in the West Symposium on March 13-14, 2019, at Gaylord Rockies, to convene diverse experts and thought leaders to highlight solutions and collaborate on one of the greatest global issues: water.

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January 18, 2019

“Road to CSU” prepares Denver freshmen for college, life beyond high school

Colorado State University partnered with Bruce Randolph School to host a full-day experience to help freshmen navigate pathways to higher education early in their high school careers.

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January 10, 2019

Denver Post: National Western Stock Show celebrates “Year of Yards” as big changes loom for Denver institution

2019 will be the last year National Western’s stock yards remain in historic home. That’s just one aspect of the transformation ahead.

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January 8, 2019

New York Times: Some Workers Need Jobs as Much as Builders Need Workers. Cities Connect Them.

In Denver, work is about to begin on the $765 million redevelopment of the National Western Center, home to the 113-year-old National Western Stock Show.

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December 5, 2018

Western heritage on display at CSU Day at the Stock Show

Discount tickets available for Saturday, Jan. 19 rodeo and grounds admission.

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November 20, 2018

University selects The Clark Enersen Partners to complete design for building at National Western Center

Colorado State University announced that it has selected The Clark Enersen Partners as the design team for the CSU Animal Health Complex – one of three buildings on the CSU Campus at the National Western Center, which will break ground in early 2020.

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November 15, 2018

5280: Will the National Western Center Development Benefit the Surrounding Neighborhoods?

Big projects have rarely been kind to the residents of the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

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September 28, 2018

Brad Buchanan Officially Named CEO of National Western Center Authority

The National Western Center Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Brad Buchanan chief executive officer (CEO) for the National Western Center Authority

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September 20, 2018

Mayor's Office of The National Western Center Announces Energy Partner

The Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (NWCO) today announced that EAS Energy Partners (EAS) has been selected to enter into an exclusive negotiation to become the official campus energy partner of the National Western Center (NWC).

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August 20, 2018

Colorado State University selects design partner for first building at landmark National Western Center

Colorado State University announced today that it has selected the team of Hord Coplan Macht and SmithGroup as the design team for the CSU Water Building at the National Western Center, the first building to break ground as part of the landmark redevelopment project.

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July 26, 2018

CSU, Denver students to raise water awareness in communities of color

The National Western Center Youth Water Project is an eight-week internship that plans and delivers the 5280 Youth Water Expo 2018, in Argo Park Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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July 25, 2018

National Western Center goes on the road

The Colorado State University System is conducting monthly listening tours to gather ideas from people around the state about the type of educational programming they would like to see at the future National Western Center.

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July 20, 2018

Colorado State University at the 2018 Denver County Fair

Four distinct campus groups hosted CSU’s booth at the eighth annual Denver County Fair, held at the National Western Complex in north Denver. The event broke its own attendance record last weekend, attracting nearly 20,000 people.

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April 26, 2018

CSU Water in the West Symposium is only beginning of conversation

The symposium, presented by CSU in downtown Denver, showcased more than 30 speakers from across the state and nation representing diverse perspectives in water.

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April 15, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to address Water in the West Symposium

Current United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Former Secretary Tom Vilsack are among the experts joining Colorado State University’s inaugural Water in the West Symposium on April 26-27, in Denver.

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March 22, 2018

Temple Grandin Equine Center opens doors to Denver community

CSU’s Temple Grandin Equine Center in north Denver hosted an Open House on March 16 to provide a window for the community into the programs and activities that will continue growing as plans for the future National Western Center progress. More than 50 community members joined in celebrating the positive impact of equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) on individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities.

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March 12, 2018

CSU showcases human-horse connection at Girls & Science event

For the past three years, Colorado State University has hosted a clubhouse at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s annual Girls & Science event, a fun-filled day focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) career exploration and mentorship for kids, mostly between eight and 13 years old.

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March 6, 2018

Registration now open for inaugural Water in the West Symposium

Colorado State University will host the inaugural Water in the West Symposium April 26-27 at McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver.

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January 25, 2018

Q&A with Secretary Tom Vilsack

In mid-2017, Tom Vilsack, CEO and President of the US Dairy Export Council, former Iowa Governor and US Secretary of Agriculture, joined Denver Water and the Colorado State University System as a Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center and as Global Chair for the International Board of Counselors on Food & Water Initiatives.

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January 18, 2018

Exceptional Rodeo brings National Western experience to children with autism

The 16-day National Western Stock Show is filled with action-packed rodeos, stimulating exhibits and myriad vendors, all celebrating America’s Western heritage. The Exceptional Rodeo, now in its 35th year, adds a particularly special element to the Stock Show’s lineup each year, delivering a firsthand rodeo experience to children with physical and developmental disabilities.

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