Enrollment has gradually increased at the north campus since I first arrived here as a student in 1984 after receiving a full two-year scholarship. Some people say that deep down inside some teachers just want to be students forever. Let's see....I walk hallways alongside my students, eat in the cafeteria, attend plays, visit gallery exhibits, sit in class every day and have long summer vacations. I must admit that I do love the college atmosphere.
Today the college serves more than 41,000 students on the north campus. Also, many of these students enjoy the benefits of laptops, iPods and cellphones that were not around 24 years ago. College wide we serve more than 160,000 students making us one of the largest colleges in the United States.
Throughout the large 245 acre campus built in 1960 on what was once a World War II Naval air station there are many large trees, shaded areas with park benches, swings and tables. I am always walking from building to building, strolling by the lake or walking down tree lined walkways on my way to the cafeteria, theater or parking lot. I enjoy these walks very much, for along the way, I admire the well maintained lawns, assorted palms and most recently the addition of the Sculpture Park.
I took these photos the last day of the semester hoping to share them with those of you who have never visited the campus before. You will find these large 21 art pieces scattered throughout the campus. Before being donated to the college, these pieces were exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Civic Center in Washington, D.C.