Join us for the Annual ROTC Alumni Rendezvous

This weekend-long event typically takes place on or near Veterans Day and in conjunction with the CSU Military Appreciation football game, Bronze Boot Run, Stalwart Wall of Fame induction ceremony, Military Science Building and Annex open house, alumni reception, and more.

Reconnect with classmates and cadre from the Army ROTC Ram Battalion and Air Force ROTC Mighty 90! Don’t miss out on this unforgettable tradition! Register on our Alumni page by clicking here to receive the save-the-date email invitation and event updates.

More on previous Rendezvous events below, and stay tuned for Rendezvous 2023!

2022 Alumni Rendezvous and Military Appreciation Game

The 2nd annual ROTC Alumni Rendezvous was a tremendous success! Over 125 Army ROTC Ram Battalion and Air Force ROTC Detachment 90 alumni reconnected during CSU’s Military Appreciation Weekend.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | 4-5 p.m.
Open House
Military Sciences Building
Hosted by Dave Tuthill, ’74, and the ROTC Alumni Council

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
ROTC Alumni Reception
Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center
*Bronze Boot Run Game Ball and Stalwart Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 | 1-4:30 p.m.
ROTC and ALVS Alumni Tailgate
ALVS Tent at the Coors Light Ram Walk Tailgate

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 | 5 p.m.
Military Appreciation Day
at the CSU vs. Wyoming Football Game
Canvas Stadium

Bronze Boot Run 2022
31-year tradition that kicks off the Border War Game
Click here to learn more about the Bronze Boot Run

Veterans Week 2022
Other Activities Hosted by Adult Learner and Veteran Services
Click here to learn more about Veterans Week 2022

Rendezvous 2022 Highlights

Alumni attendance increased four times since the first ROTC Rendezvous in 2021. Det90 and Ram Battalion grads ranged from ’57 to ’22. The open house at the Military Science complex where “it hasn’t changed a lick” was routinely heard, kicked off the festivities. Alumni then attended a reception hosted by the Alumni Association followed by an on-field ceremony at Canvas Stadium for the arrival of the Bronze Boot Ball Run and induction of the first members of our ROTC “Stalwart Hall of Fame,” MG (Ret.) Robert Halverson ‘63 and Col Sheldon Godkin PAS ’79-83.

CSU pulled out all the stops for Military, Veteran, and ROTC recognition during this year’s Military Appreciation game. Veteran Services and the Alumni Association hosted a joint ROTC Alumni, Student Veteran tailgate that was attended by more than 200 complete with BBQ and beverages. CSU Athletics orchestrated ROTC alumni game recognition multiple times: invited to stand behind the team as they took the field, the ROTC Alumni Advancement Council was the honorary color guard, and alums were called out by seating section in addition to the other Veterans in attendance. 4ID display team was also recognized on field (M777, Stryker, JLTV, UH-60, and AH-64 with pregame fly over).

The CSU President’s guest of honor was COL (Ret.) Mike Matthies (Honorary Cannoneer) who served as an APMS at CSU from ’85-88. MG (Ret.) Halverson ’63 was the Alumni Association’s guest of honor and rang the “Old Main Bell” at the stadium, officially ending the tailgate.

Many alumni in attendance talked of making the ROTC Alumni Rendezvous weekend part of their annual tradition, and planning their own class reunions to coincide.

Alums reminisce about ROTC days inside the Military Science Building.

ROTC classmates socialize during the reception at the Alumni Center.

Jason Mumm ‘92, first cadet to run in the Bronze Boot tradition, carries the 2022 ball into Canvas Stadium.

CPT Archuleta ’17, OIC of the M777 howitzer display at the tailgate.

COL (Ret.) Matthies ’85 was the Honorary Cannoneer, LTC Matt Tillman ’04 (current PMS), and MG (Ret.) Halverson ‘63 was the Old Main Bell Ringer (left to right).

Cadets from the CSU Ram Battalion and UW with the Program, State, and National Colors at the game ball transfer ceremony for the 31st Bronze Boot gameball run.

Ram Battalion Alumni enjoying the class photo display wall during Open House.

Members of the Class of ‘63 talk to their 2022 scholarship winner at the reception.

Lee Seward, CSU alum and supporter, and Vietnam Veteran, is presented the colors from the Bronze Boot Run.

Joint Veteran Services and ROTC Alumni tailgate before the Border War game.

21 CSU Army and Air Force ROTC cadets were administered the contracting oath by Col Gregg Johnson ’96 (current PAS) at halftime of the game.

Sheriff, CO State Patrol, and CO DoT warning and safety truck convoy, escort four cadet runners at a time for the 38 miles to Canvas Stadium.

Rendezvous 2021 Highlights

CSU ROTC alumni and current cadets gathered in front of the historic Military Science and Annex buildings for an evening of celebration at the first ROTC Alumni Rendezvous. Alumni were shown the new Army Combat Fitness Test, demonstrated by the CSU Army ROTC Ram Battalion, and then moved to the back lawn for a drill and ceremony performance by the Air Force ROTC Detachment 90.

Following the demonstrations, alumni had the chance to try out their sharpshooter capabilities on the smokeless range inside the Annex. Refreshments, appetizers, and good stories were served throughout the evening while cadets had the chance to thank their scholarship donors personally for their generous contributions. The inaugural Rendezvous event inspired what is now a much anticipated annual CSU ROTC alumni tradition!

Cadets and cadre socializing at the inaugural ROTC Alumni Rendezvous in front of the Military Science Building.

Current Ram Battalion cadets, alumni, and guests enjoying a beautiful Colorado evening.