Guv coming to Grand Junction to sign college name-change bill

Gov. John Hickenlooper will come to Grand Junction to sign the bill that will change Mesa State College’s name to Colorado Mesa University.

The signing event will begin at 8 a.m. Monday in the College Center, and Hickenlooper is scheduled to appear at the college at 8:30 a.m. to sign Senate Bill 265, which officially will give the college permission to change its name.

Depending on weather, the festivities will take place in the College Center Ballroom or just outside the ballroom on the second-floor terrace, according to Mesa State spokeswoman Dana Nunn.

Senate Bill 265 goes into effect Aug. 10, but the school will roll out new signs, materials and logos in its own time. Many of the changes will take effect on one day. Nunn said it’s possible college officials will be ready to announce Monday which day most name-change actions will take place, including the launch of a new website.

Mesa State trustees voted in April to change the college’s name to Colorado Mesa University. In selecting a name, trustees cited a desire to include a reminder of the school’s history with “Mesa” but help out-of-state students better guess where the school is located by adding “Colorado” to the school’s title.

Trustees and school leaders added they think changing from a college to a university is appropriate given Mesa State’s expanding enrollment and master’s-degree options.


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