Colorado State University replacing Fall Address with series of video conversations


New Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell speaks during the annual President's Fall Address on the Colorado State University campus on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.

Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell is replacing the annual Fall Address this year with a series of one-on-one conversations highlighting the university’s priorities that will be available on YouTube.

Public health guidelines to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 prohibits large gatherings like those that would usually show up to hear the President’s Fall Address, CSU officials said in a news release.

“We’re offering people something they can watch at home while still social distancing and avoiding large gatherings,” McConnell said in a news release.

The first of the “Tell Me More” conversations will premiere Monday, featuring Marcela Henao-Tamayo, the director of CSU’s flow cytometry facility. Henao-Tamayo is an assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology in CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who is working with two teams of researchers at the university working on potential vaccines for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Her flow cytometry work with the two research teams will measure the effects each of their vaccine candidates has on the physical and chemical characteristics of individual cells.

Additional “Tell Me More” conversations are scheduled throughout the 2020-21 school year, with focuses on equity, student success, community engagement and sustainability. Each of the videos will be available on the CSU YouTube channel from the date of its premiere through the end of the school year and accessible through the President’s webpage (httpps://

Here’s the schedule:

  • Oct. 5 — Director of the flow cytometry center, Marcela Henao-Tamayo
  • Oct. 26 — Rams Read author Claudia Rankine and CSU English professor Camille Dungy
  • Nov. 16 — Provost and executive vice president Mary Pedersen
  • Feb. 22 Extension Western regional director CJ Mucklow
  • March 22 — Distinguished professor and director of the School of Environmental Sustainability Diana Wall

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