Ram Pride bridges generation gap

Whipping by traffic and buildings in a campus golf cart, two generations of Colorado State University students – more than 50 years separated – met halfway on the bridge of Ram Pride.

Current CSU student Jackson Hindman grew up in Berthoud, Colo. And – despite his father attending the University of Colorado at Boulder – followed his grandfather Bill Hindman’s footsteps and dressed to the nines in green and gold.

Jackson Hindman toured everywhere, it seemed, but was eventually drawn to CSU for the community, the people, and the delights of Old Town; Colorado State also offers Jackson several opportunities to narrow is career interests.

“I think overall I chose CSU because it offers so many majors, all of which are rated highly academically,” Jackson said. “I chose CSU because it gave me the most opportunities to discover a major.”

Jackson also is interested in the University’s highly-ranked business school—knowing that he eventually wants to pursue a minor in business with whichever career interest he pursues.  Spending last year in key academics, this semester’s goal involves becoming a part of KCSU, the campus radio station.

Along with this, Jackson spends a great deal of time sampling Fort Collins’ exceptional restaurant selection—with more than 80 restaurants, the city has one of the highest restaurants per capita in the nation.

Most importantly, all of these activities and adventures introduced Jackson to his absolute favorite part of campus and the community:  the people.

“No matter if I’m talking to a coworker, someone I’m making a delivery to, or just a stranger sitting next to me in the class, (almost) everyone is very friendly and fun to talk to,” Jackson said.  “You get the feeling that everyone is here to learn, but also to meet new people and make new friends.”

In nostalgic theme, Bill Hindman extended his before-school visit with his grandson to touch base with a group of seven brothers he shared CSU with back when he was a student. For the last five years, Bill has traveled with his wife all over the nation to have family reunions with his fraternity brothers and their wives.

This particular visit allowed both Jackson and Bill to get a first-hand and historical look at Colorado State University’s transformation including spectacular updates to Campus Recreation and Morgan Library.

Bill even got a chance to see archived photos of his time spent on the swim team and proudly announced that he weighs the same today as he did as a student athlete at CSU.

With Bill’s fraternity still at the corner of Lake and Remington, some things about the University never change, but with growth, progress, and modernity just on the horizon, Colorado State University and the Lory Student Center are embracing change—in the best possible way.