CSU–Pueblo Announces 2009 Pepsi Campus Improvement Grants

Three campus beautification projects totaling more than $16,835 – an outdoor tent structure, podiums for campus auditoriums, and a exterior facelift to Belmont Hall -- will be completed at Colorado State University-Pueblo during the 2009-10 year thanks to funding provided by an exclusive campus vending contract with Pepsi.

A six-member committee accepts and reviews projects for the annual Pepsi Grants in order to assure a planned and equitable use of the $16,500 annual contribution received as part of Pepsi’s contract with the University to provide exclusive vending services. The Pepsi grants fund projects that are not supported by existing operational budgets and will create a positive and lasting impact on the campus or contribute to the ongoing beautification of the University’s public spaces. Committee members met this spring to review grant proposals against required criteria that include providing a broad benefit to the University, improving the physical appearance of the campus, creating a positive campus impact, and the ability to implement the project within a specified length of time

The committee reviewed 16 grant proposals for the 2009-10 allocation with requests for funding totaling $106,741. The $16,835 in available funds for 2009-10 included a carryover of unused funds from the 2008-2009 fiscal year. The committee as a whole narrowed the field of eligible grants to six proposals, which were ranked in order by committee scoring. The committee includes External Affairs Executive Director Cora Zaletel, Athletics Director Joe Folda, Vice President for Finance and Administration Joanne Ballard, Associated Students’ Government President Steve Titus, Director of Student Activities Nicky Damania, and Athletics/Auxiliaries Financial Manager John Toth. Available funding covered these three proposals:

1. Tension Structure for Outdoor Campus Events ($8,195) The need for an outdoor event structure has been a frequent request during outdoor events, due to the unpredictability of Colorado weather.  The investment in an outdoor event structure will help to build a bridge and relations within the community and student body, assist in creating a positive appearance and increased visibility, generate pride and build relationships for future sustainability.  This need was addressed in several grant proposals submitted this year, and the Committee chose to fund the one it felt was most responsive to broad uses and venues across the campus. The structure to be purchased will be stored by the Athletics Department and will provide shade for people to rest, a place to put up food and drinks in an outdoor setting, and present a highly visible place for visitors to gather while on campus. The outdoor structure should be available for the opening football game on Aug. 29.  

2. Podiums for Campus Lecture Halls ($5,040). This proposal requests the purchase of seven identical, mobile podiums to be housed in each University building containing a major presentation hall. The reputation of the University will be enhanced through the acquisition of podiums engraved with the University seal, which will bring consistency and equality to the presentation halls, providing a similar look and function.  The wooden podiums will be placed in Hoag Hall, the Occhiato University Center, Life Sciences Auditorium, Massari Arena, University Library, and Hasan School of Business Auditorium.

3. Repaint Belmont Residence Hall Entryway and Cooling Tower ($3,600). This proposal includes new paint and a large metal wolf logo for the front entrance of Belmont Residence Hall.  Painting of the entry and cooling tower will make Belmont Hall more uniform to the rest of the campus and enhance the overall aesthetics of the area.  Students, faculty, staff, and visitors would see the blue wolf  logo each time they entered the OUC parking lot creating a welcome for both our campus community and the greater community.

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