Di Mare welcomes back CSU-Pueblo faculty, staff
Colorado State University-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare welcomed faculty and staff back to the Belmont campus Monday by focusing on the changes that are coming for the university.
Students will begin moving into dorms by the end of the week, but Di Mare took the opportunity Monday to touch on the highlights of the coming year, including a $25 million capital campaign that will be announced soon.
She said construction will start on a new classroom building this year and thanked state Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo for her work to get the project funded.
Work to renovate the Occhiato University Center will start as well.
In addition to those construction projects, Di Mare said work will begin on “Wolf Creek,” a water feature that will run through the campus.
She announced a new merit scholarship for incoming freshmen and highlighted the new master’s degree in engineering focusing on railroads and mechatronics.
The school will celebrate two major anniversaries, including its own 80th and the 50th anniversary of the nursing college.
CSU-Pueblo will continue to focus on concurrent enrollment, capturing high-school students looking to take courses on campus. Di Mare noted that ballet folklorico and mariachi will be subjects of concurrent enrollment courses this year.
Finally, she thanked members of the university’s budget committee, which continues to take a difficult and sometimes awkward look at ways of increasing efficiency on campus.