Colorado State - Pueblo announces three-year, $25 million Foundation campaign

Colorado State - Pueblo announces three-year, $25 million Foundation campaign

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare along with Dan DeRose, chair of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, announced today (August 29), ON THE MOVE, The Campaign for Colorado State University-Pueblo, a three-year, $25 million fundraising effort to strengthen the University through additional scholarships, facility enhancements, and the addition of six new sports. Since the start of the silent phase of the campaign in May, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation has raised $5.45 million in collected, pledged, and anticipated gifts, or nearly 22 percent of the goal. 

“With fewer state and federal government dollars each year, CSU-Pueblo must look for additional sources of revenue to better serve the needs of our students and to fulfill our mission as a regional comprehensive university,” said CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare.

At the campaign announcement event, DeRose outlined the three major components of The Campaign for Colorado State University-Pueblo:

More than 80 percent of CSU-Pueblo students receive some form of financial assistance in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, or work study employment. While many CSU-Pueblo students receive scholarship dollars in an academic year, a significant number of those who apply for aid receive none because the need outweighs the available scholarships. The Campaign will assist recruitment efforts of first time and transfer students for Fall 2014, which include a new tiered system of automatic, renewable scholarships. Additional funds will be made available for Pell eligible and first generation students. Many Foundation scholarships now available reflect the values or priorities of the donor, resulting in many that are region or major specific.

“Scholarships serve not only as financial assistance, but as recruitment tools to draw top students, as retention tools to keep high-performing students, and as acknowledgement that hard work is appreciated and recognized,” DeRose said.

A $35 million major renovation to the Occhiato University Center will address the 90,000-square-feet of space built in 1974 and construct a 76,000-square-foot addition that will result in a dynamic, technologically-modern facility with residential dining and retail functions, study lounges, conference rooms,  and grand ballroom.  The renovation also will separate the student-use areas from the public areas available for public and private events. A two-phase approach to the renovation will allow residential dining to continue uninterrupted during construction. In an effort to continue our commitment to sustainability, the renovated building will be designed and constructed to a minimum of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Standard.

“The University has witnessed the benefits of new and improved facilities,” DeRose said. “Construction of a three-part residence hall complex has transformed the institution from a commuter school to a more traditional residential campus, while a recent $24 million renovation to the University Library now attracts 35,000 visitors a month to its enhanced technological capabilities, study space, and digital library holdings.”

CSU-Pueblo has a successful athletic history -- boasting more than 150 All Americans, a national championship, 66 national tournament appearances, and seven regional tournament championships. The Campaign for CSU-Pueblo will help support the addition of six competitive sports in 2014 (Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track, Women’s Swimming and Diving). Of the six sports, three are completely new. Before elimination in 1993, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country had a stellar reputation, producing 34 track and field and three cross country All Americans, including four individual national champions.

As a result of the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, the existing soccer complex will be enhanced with a new Soccer and Lacrosse stadium, complete with a new synthetic turf field,  600-seat grandstand, public restrooms, a concession area, press box, lobby, locker rooms, and offices.

For more information on the campaign, call the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 719-549-2380, visit the staff in Administration 324 on the CSU-Pueblo campus, or give online at

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.