Name: Julie Kallenberger
Role: Associate Director of the Colorado Water Center (CoWC)
How are you are connected to CSU Spur?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with the CSU Spur team to bring the vision of the new Hydro Building to life. I’ve served on the education program committee, assisted with developing a graduate degree program for the Western Water Policy Institute, and recently joined the planning committee for the annual Water in the West Symposium. Together with the rest of the CoWC staff, we are committed to engaging water experts at our main CSU campus with all the opportunities at Spur’s Hydro building.
When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?
My journey with Spur began in 2015 when CoWC hosted a listening session with campus faculty and staff to hear their ideas for how CSU’s main campus can engage in new and exciting opportunieis for research and education that serve our future students. CSU exists to educate and train our students to address the critical and interdisciplinary challenges we face in Colorado and the West, and I feel that Spur offers new ways to meet our responsibilities as a land-grant institution.
What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?
I hope students and adults alike are inspired by Spur’s state-of-the-art facilities and offerings. Spur will provide collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders, subject matter experts, and communities near and far. CSU is known for its work on complex topics, including water, food, and health, so its integration with Spur makes for a perfect match.
What would you like others to know about Spur?
Spur is a destination for all ages and backgrounds to invest in a shared connection with our water resources, food, agricultural heritage, and the well-being of our animals. ALL are invited to learn and celebrate with us!