CSU opens the first building on a free and one-of-a-kind public campus

On January 7, the Colorado State University System will open CSU Spur, a year-round public destination and the first of its kind in Denver, located at the National Western Center. The first facility to open at CSU Spur is called the Vida Building, which translates to “life” in Spanish, and focuses on animal and human health.

CSU Spur is made up of three buildings open to the public and offering grade-aligned experiential education and a chance for people to watch professionals at work – at Vida, visitors can watch vets perform surgeries on dogs and cats, therapists working with horses to provide horse-assisted therapy, and veterinarians helping equine athletes through muscle building and therapeutic exercises. Seven horses currently live on-site in the new Vida building as part of the Temple Grandin Equine Center’s equine assistance services program.

Visitors can participate in interactive exhibits, demonstrations, assess x-rays and animal health at a fictional veterinary clinic, and explore animal anatomy through virtual reality. Daily demonstrations, educational programs and events can be found year round at csuspur.org/events.

“We are proud to open this new campus to anyone interested in learning more and discovering more about our world, our health, the food we eat and the water that sustains us. The spur belongs to all of Colorado; it is created through partnerships with people and communities around our state; and there is no place like that anywhere. We hope everyone feels welcome to come and check it out, ”said Tony Frank, Chancellor of the CSU System.

The new Denver campus brings students closer to their perceptions of the food, water and health professions – the three areas that CSU Spur’s Terra, Hydro and Vida buildings focus on, respectively.

CSU Spur will not award college degrees; instead, it will welcome the public including K-12 students on field trips, foster research collaborations, create spaces for innovation and collaboration, and welcome visitors from around the world. whole. CSU Spur is an innovative and one-of-a-kind approach to the public access mission upon which CSU was founded.

“As Colorado’s land granting institution, CSU is committed to making our world-class teaching, research and engagement resources available to our entire state. This is why I am so excited about the new CSU Spur campus, ”said Joyce McConnell, president of CSU, the flagship university located in Fort Collins. “Its interactive spaces will give K-12 students a glimpse of the hands-on educational experiences they can find at university, including of course at CSU. And Spur’s unique structure, with the three thematic buildings focused on health, water and food, provides our researchers, staff and students with an extraordinary stage on which to demonstrate our innovative approach to supporting the both a flourishing planet and a flourishing humanity.

The CSU System – comprised of CSU, a Carnegie R1 graduate university in Fort Collins; CSU Pueblo, one of the most diverse regional campuses in the state; and CSU Global, a fully online campus serving non-traditional students around the world, has worked to bring the three campuses to life within the CSU Spur campus in Denver.

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