Campus Trivia Winner For September

Sept. Trivia Winner

Kathy Gargan, who works in the BI Data Warehouse of the Operational Data Store in Information Systems, knew two of the locations on the CSU campus where weather data has been collected over the years. The first station, not surprisingly, was near the first permanent building – Old Main – installed in 1879, the year the first students were admitted to Colorado Agricultural College. At the beginning of the 20th century, it moved to the Civil Engineering building, southwest of the Oval, and then in 1940 to The Lagoon. It stayed there until 1961, when it took up its current location near the Lory Student Center Transit Center. CSU has all those historical  observations available for researchers, too.

Kathy is a CSU grad who returned to the University 12 years ago, after a stint at HP. Her unit manages data from a number of campus-wide systems, everything from HR to Kuali. She said she has played Campus Trivia before, and plays trivia at home because “it’s fun to learn. It’s fun to win, too.” 

For having hers chosen at random by CSU Life staff from all the correct answers submitted, Kathy received an assortment of items commemorating the 150th anniversary of the founding of our favorite university, including a bandana autographed by State Climatologist Russ Schumacher, the winningest Ram ever to appear on Jeopardy!, and a $20 gift certificate to the CSU Bookstore.

This month’s question is a visual one, in honor of the important role irrigation engineering has played in the development of Colorado State University:

1.What is this thing, and what famous faculty member is it named for?

Email your answer to with October Trivia in the subject line by Oct. 23.

Good luck!