State of the University - Dr. Tony Frank

Today we are honored to host RCFC member and the 14th president of Colorado State University, Dr. Anthony A. Frank, to deliver his annual "State of the University" address. Tony will be introduced by Kirvin Knox and will be joined by a number of CSU officials.  Dr. Frank's remarks are expected focus on higher education funding, the role of universities in free speech, hate speech and personal responsibility, and the new football stadium.  

This event continues a Rotary Club of Fort Collins tradition that dates back to the administration of William E. Morgan, also a former member of our club who served as Colorado A&M I Colorado State University President from 1949 to 1969.  

On September 20, the National Western Stock Show named Dr. Tony Frank the "2018 Citizen of the West", an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the Western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agriculture heritage and ideals.  Dr. Frank joins Dr. Johnny Matsushima in this honor, placing RCFC in a unique category.    
Colorado State University is one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research universities with nearly 35,000 students and more than $332 million in annual research activity. Since his appointment to the presidency in 2008, he has overseen a period of record fund-raising and enrollment, rising graduation rates, increased diversity, improved campus infrastructure, and unprecedented research support. He was named Chancellor of the Colorado State University System on June 1, 2015.
President Frank earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Wartburg College, followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. and residences in pathology and toxicology at Purdue. Prior to his appointment as CSU’s president in 2008, he served as the University’s provost and executive vice president, vice president for research, chairman of the Pathology Department, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Dr. Frank serves on a number of state and national boards including the University Research Alliance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory External Advisory Council, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, the National Western Stock Show Association Board of Directors, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Directors, the Denver Metro Chamber Board of Directors, and previously the Association of Public & Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives. He is currently chair of the Mountain West Conference Finance Committee.  He has served on federal panels including appointment by the U.S. Department of Commerce to the Deemed Export Advisory Council. He also has served on the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology and as a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel. Professional and personal honors include induction into the Illinois and Colorado 4-H Halls of Fame; the regional Presidential Excellence Award from NASPA, the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education professional organization; and the 2010 Fort Collins Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year. He was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award at both Colorado State and Oregon State University. Dr. Frank’s research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.


This past Wednesday, RCFC joined the Breakfast and Foothills Rotary Clubs to celebrate our annual PSD Teacher of the Year.  RCFC's Teacher of the Year for the 2016-17 school year was Becca Wren, Seventh Grade Science Teacher at Lincoln Middle School.  She received a standing ovation from RCFC when she spoke last year and a warm reception from the 100+ Rotarians and guests gathered.   
Becca was joined by her Principal and friends, plus a very special student, who Becca connected with as a 7th grader, struggling with life and school.  She spoke warmly of their initial (difficult) interaction, the student's accomplishments since, and friendship that developed.
In addition, Rotary Breakfast celebrated Jennifer McCoy, First Grade Teacher at Riffenburgh Elementary IB School , and Foothills Rotary celebrated Rhonda Ewan, Speech Language specialist at Shepardson  STEM Elementary School.
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FINANCIAL COMMITMENT FORMS ARE OVERDUE!  The Finance Committee is making a push to get our records and budget finalized, so your help and support will be appreciated.  
Martin Nelson and Larry Kunter have arranged for a guided tour of the Bronze Services Foundry and Benson Sculpture Park in Loveland on OCTOBER 12 (Thursday).  COST - $5 (bring with you)  The foundry tour will take approx. one hour and we will then have a guided tour of the Sculpture Park immediately after. 
Schedule and details:
7:15 a.m.          For those who want to carpool, meet at Drake Center
8:00 a.m.         Meet at Bronze Services Foundry for Tour (140 - 2nd St. SE)
9:30 a.m.         Guided Tour of Benson Sculpture Park (3106 Beech Drive) 
11:00 a.m.        Lunch at the gazebo in the Sculpture Park (Bring Your Own Lunch)
Attendance is limited to 20 so please contact Martin ASAP also to sign up!  Martin will have the sign up sheet at Rotary on October 11 (no noon meeting on Oct. 4 due to Teacher of the Year meeting).
Questions?  Contact Martin Nelson (phone - 412-1016 or email
The article appearing in the June 2017 issue of The Rotarian magazine, produced by the late, great Max Getts on our school-based 4-Way Test program, resulted in $1000 in program sales.  Thanks Max!  Many of the sales were to businesses, not just other Rotary clubs, indicating the program may be expanding into businesses.
November is Rotary Foundation month.  Please wear any and/or all your PHF stuff during that month.  Pins, medallions, PHF Society pins or chevrons, etc. are hiding in your jewel chests.  Dig 'em out and wear 'em.  Medal up!
Donna Chapel said the Fellowship Committee is considering having small dinners and asked who would be interested in hosting one.  Contact any member of that committee if you are interested.
Bill Moellenhoff, on behalf of those who are "hearing challenged", instructed all of us on the correct way to position a microphone when speaking into one.
A gift to the Legacy Fund is a great way to memorialize a birthday, anniversary, the birth of a child or grandchild, etc.  Each gift gets the Club closer to our goal of $1 Million by our centennial in August 2018.  The Legacy Fund supports local Rotary projects such as Community grants, scholarships, and civic projects.  Cash, appreciated property such as stock or planned gifts such as those in a will are all great ways to support the Legacy Fund. 
Ross Lane reminded us that Four-Way Test season is coming up.  Expect Ross to be calling on you soon.
Marty Bachman asked that the Care and Recognition Committee needs everyone's help so as not to miss any special event or occasions that should be acknowledged.  Contact Marty, Melanie, or Jeanne with your information.
If you want to contribute to the Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund established by District 5930, contact Jeanne for the online link.

Del Benson is looking for other fishermen to establish a fishing Fellowship (before the snow flies).
Lynne Baker, one of three co-chairs of the Centennial Committee, reported that much was being planned for our Centennial Year.  Culmination will be a dinner on August 1, 2018, at in the Stadium Club in the new CSU stadium.  Profits from sales of wreaths and flower baskets are helping to fund the activities.  She then announced that each member will be assessed $5 per quarter until our anniversary on the quarterly statement, as approved by our Board.
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Oct 18, 2017
The Global Village Museum - Leisa Taylor
Oct 25, 2017
The Rotary Foundation - Robin Steele
Nov 01, 2017
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Nov 08, 2017
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