By Mike Schleining, CCNP, 2015-16 CHREF Board Member & 2016-17 CHREF Scholarship Recipient

It’s almost here! The Nutrien Agricultural Sciences building (previously named Shepardson) at Colorado State University is set to finish construction and open in spring 2022, and it’s looking great!

The new building features a green roof, a classroom in the round, state-of the art research and lab teaching facilities, and a brand-new design studio for the landscape design students. You can read more about it in the interview with Dr. Klett in this November-December issue of NewsLeaf.

The new building is very presentable – it is a great opportunity to attract new talent to the industry and something we can be proud of when talking about opportunities for horticulture education at CSU. The building and classrooms will also be used for majors and departments across the college – this will be a great opportunity for cross-pollinating with other departments and striking interest in students who may be undecided on what they want to pursue.

In other news, the CHREF Board of Directors will be meeting in December for scholarship interviews and to review research grant requests from CSU. The Foundation Board will also be making a decision on how to give to the university in another way – potentially through naming opportunities, endowing a chair, or another highly visible way of contributing. The Board will work to determine what will have the most impact on our industry from the perspective of students who may work for our businesses in the future.