Dear Colleagues and Students,

Today, we mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act that led to the establishment of land-grant universities, including our own. I want to thank all of you — students, faculty, staff, and alumni — for continuing to carry on Lincoln’s vision and promise as part of the CSU community. It remains my very great honor to represent and advocate for you.

We have produced a short video in commemoration of this anniversary and tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m., we’ll be hosting an informal birthday celebration in conjunction with the Lagoon Concert taking place just west of the Lory Student Center. (Thanks to the Mantooth Company for sponsoring the concert.) I hope you’ll think about coming out for the concert and celebrating with neighbors and co-workers.

As we also pay tribute this week to the birth of the United States, let’s take some time to honor those leaders — like Lincoln and Morrill — whose vision, risks, and dreams 150 years ago continue to offer hope and opportunity today. Let’s also continue to think about those impacted by Colorado’s fires and the present day heroes who aid our community in fighting them.

Thanks — and have a great 4th of July,


Dr. Tony Frank