CSU Reports Record Research Expenditures
Colorado State University's pioneering work in infectious disease and biomedical research and its excellence in renewable energy helped push research expenditures close to $300 million in fiscal year 2007 - among the highest levels of federal funding for universities nationwide. Larry Edward Penley, President of Colorado State, made the announcement last month during his annual Fall Address to campus and the community.
Annual research expenditures totaled a record high of $296 million in fiscal year 2007, which was 11 percent and $29 million more than the previous year, and an increase of 49 percent over the past five years, according to new figures released today by Colorado State's Office of the Vice President for Research. The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences took the lead in university expenditures.
As in 2006, federal expenditures in 2007 comprised the majority (73 percent) of the sponsored expenditures, totaling $217.1 million. State, foundation, commercial and other non-federal expenditures made up $35.8 million or 12.1 percent of the total, with institutional support funds adding another $43.1 million or 15 percent. Colorado State's average rate of increase based on the last three years of reported data has surpassed that at Texas A&M, Purdue, North Carolina State University, University of California-Davis, and all the campuses of the CU system.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was the largest source of external funding at Colorado State for the seventh consecutive year, largely because of the University's focus on infectious disease and biomedical research initiatives. The University also experienced significant funding increases in 2007 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation. Annual research expenditures from other non-federal sources and industrials also grew.
Average award dollars received by traditionally appointed faculty within Colorado State's eight colleges have grown 20 percent since 2004. Faculty submitted a record 1,797 proposals for external competitive funding in 2007 - up eight percent over 2006 and 91 percent over the past five years.
CSU Celebrates Homecoming Oct. 5-7
This year's Community Homecoming and Colorado State University Family Weekend offers the community, University alumni, family and students a chance to "Celebrate Homecoming" Oct. 5-7. Some events require pre-registration.
Following are events scheduled for this year.
- University Archives Open House will be in Room 202 of the Morgan Library on Friday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. View photographs, yearbooks, Rocky Mountain Collegians, commencement programs and other items that show highlights of Colorado State's past.
- The All-University Homecoming Festival and Cookout takes place Friday, Oct. 5, from 5:30-9 p.m. on the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center. Enjoy food, live music and lots of fun at the annual Pep Rally.
- The Ram volleyball team hosts a game against alumni on Friday, Oct 5, at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for general admission and $3 for youth (ages 3-17). Call (800) 491-RAMS for more information.
- A pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Alumni Center front yard, 645 S. Shields St. The event is sponsored by the Student Alumni Connection. Cost is $5. Contact the CSU Alumni Association at (970) 491-6533.
- The 27th Annual Homecoming 5K Race begins at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the CSU Oval and will be followed by a Kid's Fun Run. Registration for the race is $20 prior to Sept. 29, $25 prior to Oct. 6 and $30 for race-day registration. Register online at http://hes.cahs.colostate.edu/communityprograms/homecoming/index.aspx/.
- The community Homecoming Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Old Town and ends in the Moby Arena parking lot.
- Rams football hosts San Diego State University at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Tickets for the game can be purchased through the Colorado State Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 491-RAMS or 491-RAMS.
- A golf scramble starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at City Park Nine Golf Course. Space is limited. For more information call (970) 491-7501. The event is sponsored by ASAP.
- A hike to the "A" in the foothills west of campus begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Hughes Stadium. The hike is 2.5 miles round trip. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. The hike is sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program in Campus Recreation.
Homecoming events are open to the public, but cost for some activities vary. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.homecoming.colostate.edu.