Ram Tour 2018
Rams in the Rockies 2018: The CSU Ram Faculty Engagement Tour
CSU Provost Rick Miranda and Vice President for Engagement Lou Swanson led the sixth annual CSU Ram Faculty Engagement Tour to Breckenridge on August 6 and 7. CSU alums and CSU Extension were among the hosts and presenters for the faculty group as they visited the Douglas County Hidden Mesa Research and Demonstration Orchard. The group also toured the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument before reaching Breckenridge. Faculty learned about county history, environmental health, and economic diversity plans; they talked with ranchers in Kremmling and met Extension staff, county commissioners, and community advisory board leaders. CSU Extension staff from Douglas, Summit, and Grand counties all participated in hosting this year’s tour.
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.
“The Ram Tour was a full immersion into what it means to work for a Land Grant University,” said Michael Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Communication. “It was inspiring to meet the staff that makes engagement possible, and the faculty whose research can help make Colorado and the world a better place. What I loved the most was meeting Coloradans whose lives and histories are entwined with the state's resources, beauty and our university.”
Each year, the tour travels through a Colorado region to meet CSU community partners, talk with CSU alumni and students, 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.
2018 Tour Stops:
- Hidden Mesa Research & Demonstration Orchard, Castle Rock -
- Florissant Fossil Beds National Park - https://www.nps.gov/flfo/index.htm
- Breckenridge, Colorado – https://www.gobreck.com/
- Middle Park Fair, Kremmling - www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com/
- Ritschard Ranch, Kremmling
- Moose Visitor Center, Gould - www.colorado.com/historic-places-districts/moose-visitor-center-state-forest-state-park
- Closing reception at CSU Online - https://www.online.colostate.edu/