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Colorado State University Pueblo’s three year On The Move Campaign will finish its second year this August, but the strong momentum it had in the beginning has begun to plateau. Todd Kelly, president and CEO of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation said that they have raised about $13.5 million for the campaign whose objectives are funding scholarships, renovating the Occhiato University Center…

Colorado State University Pueblo’s three year On The Move Campaign will finish its second year this August, but the strong momentum it had in the beginning has begun to plateau.
Todd Kelly, president and CEO of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation said that they have raised about $13.5 million for the campaign whose objectives are funding scholarships, renovating the Occhiato University Center, and forming new and improved athletic programs. The goal of reaching $25 million by next August is more than 50 percent complete.
“We are a little behind schedule but we have a lot of people out there working hard and going forward; we still have about a year left,” Kelly said.
The resignation of four board members, Dan DeRose, Louis Carleo, Ken West and Mike Roumph also hindered progress in the campaign’s momentum this year.

“A solid university needs a solid community and vice versa they work hand in hand so we can grow both hands and make pueblo a great place.” -Todd Kelly

“It might have put us back a little bit because we had to bring our new board members in and restructure things, but all four of the people that resigned are still very supportive of what we’re doing,” Kelly said, “they’re very helpful, they donate, they come to events here, they come to the President’s Gala, they come to athletic events, they’re still a big part of our university.”
The two portions of the campaign that have gotten the most support this far have been scholarships and the Occhiato University Center renovation.
“We have found that our donors and alumni really want to help our students get into school, afford school and not leave with a large amount of debt and that’s good,” Kelly said.
Through the foundation the university was also able to add six new sports, which was a factor that helped grow the freshman enrollment. The new sports added were men’s and women’s lacrosse, women’s swimming and diving and men’s cross country and track and field.
“This past fall our freshman were up 15 percent over the past year, and we were able to upgrade our soccer field so we could accommodate soccer and lacrosse,” Kelly said.
Kelly said that the foundation awarded more than 800 scholarships which added about to close to $1.7 million. The university grants merit based scholarships in conjunction with the private scholarships the foundation awards.
“We work closely with the university scholarships rewarding to make sure our students’ needs are met,…
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