Ram Tour 2015
Rams in the Rockies 2015 Engagement Tour
Water and Western Vistas
CSU Provost Rick Miranda and Vice President for Engagement Lou Swanson led the third annual CSU faculty Ram Tour to Colorado’s Western Slope on August 13 and 14. CSU Extension, Colorado State Forest Service, and the Colorado River District were among the hosts and presenters for the faculty group as they visited Georgetown and Glenwood Springs before reaching Palisade. Along the way, faculty learned about water, forest health, and agricultural innovation from community leaders and CSU partners.
The CSU Ram Faculty Engagement Tour is a two-day traveling seminar designed for recently hired and newly tenured faculty, new administrators, and new student leaders. Invitations are issued through the CSU Provost Office.
“As a new resident of the state, I was happy to confirm firsthand that the rumors are true: Colorado is a beautiful place,” said Henry Adams, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. “However, my favorite part of the Ram Tour was meeting my fellow passengers on the bus. It's rare to have several dozen busy people simultaneously block off a day and a half on their calendars in order to get to know you, so I urge others to take advantage of this chance.”
Each year, the tour travels through a Colorado region to meet CSU community partners, talk with current CSU students and alumni, and learn from regional leaders. The tour deepens participants' understanding of CSU's existing community partnerships and provides opportunities to network within and across faculty cohorts. The tour is supported by the Vice President Office of Engagement and CSU Online.
2015 Tour Stops:
- Agriburbia, Golden (www.agriburbia.com/)
- Glenwood Community Center, Glenwood Springs (www.glenwoodrec.com/)
- Two Rivers Park, Glenwood Springs
- Grande River Vineyards, Palisade (http://www.granderivervineyards.com/)
- Georgetown Loop Railroad, Georgetown (http://georgetownlooprr.com/)
What our attendees are saying:
"Try it, you'll like it! We are all "too busy" to go on events like this. Or so we think. I had a great time, made some invaluable connections, and learned things about CSU I would have never gotten from anywhere else. If you get the opportunity, DO this tour!"
Brad Udall, senior water and climate scientist for the Colorado Water Institute
“I thought that the Ram Tour was valuable in two respects. First, it was good to meet CSU personnel and affiliates who work away from campus to gain a personal insight into the some parts of the broader missions of CSU as a land-grant institution; it caused me to think about particular connections within our department. Secondly, it was an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues from across the campus and establish both personal and professional connections.”
Jake Roberts, professor and chair of the Department of Physics
“I thoroughly enjoyed my trip on the 2015 Ram Tour. As a new resident of the state, I was happy to confirm firsthand that the rumors are true: Colorado is a beautiful place! I enjoyed learning about some of issues and challenges (such as water rights) facing our Colorado communities, and I was impressed to learn how engaged CSU is in helping these communities develop solutions. However, my favorite part of the Ram Tour was meeting my fellow passengers on the bus. The Ram Tour is an opportunity to form connections with faculty and administrators from all across CSU --- connections which might otherwise take years to develop. It's a rare event to have several dozen busy people simultaneously block off a day and a half on their calendars in order to get to know you, so take advantage of this chance!”
Henry Adams, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics