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Friday, May 20, 2016

Ethiopia: Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University
At the May meeting of the CSU System Board of Governors, CSU President Tony Frank presented the Ram Pride Serivce Award to Nancy and Bob Sturtevant for coordinating a three-year book drive to stock the library at Hawassa University in Ethiopia. Photo by William A. Cotton, CSU Photography

Ethiopia: Volunteers in Colorado collected and shipped 20,500 books to Hawassa University
The herculean effort of collecting 20,500 up-to-date textbooks and shipping them halfway around the world into the hands of scholars in Ethiopia has earned a trio of Colorado State employees this year’s Ram Pride Service Award.
Bob and Nancy Sturtevant and Paul Evangelista received the Ram Pride Service Award at the May 5 Colorado State University System Board of Governors meeting in Fort Collins. Presented by CSU President and System Chancellor Tony Frank, the Ram Pride Service Award recognizes “service above self” in upholding CSU’s land-grant mission and character.
Bob Sturtevant retired from a long career with the Colorado State Forest Service but has recently returned to CSU part-time, and Nancy now works as a coordinator in the Office of International Programs. Evangelista is a researcher in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab in Warner College, who has worked in East Africa for decades and has formed collaborative alliances in Kenya, Ethiopia and throughout the region.
The book drive started in 2012, when a group from CSU, including Frank and Evangelista, visited Ethiopia’s Hawassa University, where Colorado State has a strategic partnership and strong research relationships. They noticed that while Hawassa had built a new library, it lacked sufficient academic materials to fill the shelves.
Knowing that the Sturtevants were then posted in East Africa as Peace Corps Volunteers – and that they had extensive experience coordinating international book drives — Frank asked them to work with Evangelista to help mobilize a drive to stock the Hawassa library shelves.