By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
Kevin Keefe (B.S., ’81) is a Life Member of the CSU Alumni Association as well as a generous donor to campus programs. He also volunteers at many campus activities.
After growing up in Cheyenne Wells, he joined others he knew in Eastern Colorado and his four older brothers at CSU. The campus, he says, “felt like home.” The one outlier in his group of Rams was his mother, who attended CU. In a delightful response to the inevitable teasing, she would say: “A good parent makes sure her children do not make the same mistake she did.”
While at CSU, Keefe’s favorite activities were attending sports events. He has fond memories of games he attended at Hughes Stadium. He also recalls enjoying College Days.
An accounting major, Keefe spent his career in that field. His interest began when he started a paper route in junior high and kept meticulous books for his little business. He first worked for an accounting firm in Denver, then for a manufacturer in Lamar. He also held several other positions in Denver, including at certified public accountant firms and a real estate firm.
When Keefe was hired at a John Deere dealership in Fort Morgan, he became involved with the local Ram Network, which holds annual golf tournaments and dinners. He became acquainted with current Alumni Association executive director Kristi Bohlender, who at the time worked at CSU Athletics. He organized a bus trip for Fort Morgan alumni to attend Ag Day, and Bohlender led a tour of the Rams Horn and other Athletics facilities. He also organized a trip to a men’s basketball game, where they attended a pre-game “chalk-talk,” and he organized a speech in Fort Morgan by CSU professor Temple Grandin.
Since 2015, Keefe has been a financial reporting analysis accountant for CSU’s Business and Financial Services. He also helps with the Ram Welcome picnic for new students and parents, CAM’s birthday, Ram Club golf tournament, and the Football and Basketball 101 programs for international students. He has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, as president of the Ram Club Board, and was on the Sports Committee for the Fort Collins Ram Network, which hosted watch parties for games.
Perhaps closest to his heart these days is the Fostering Success program that provides scholarships and other support for CSU students who grew up in foster care and independent living situations. He buys a table at the Alumni Association’s Best Teachers Awards and invites some of those students to join him. He also buys vouchers at the concession stand during women’s basketball games, giving them to Fostering Success students.
Keefe created a scholarship in honor of his parents, from whom he learned the importance of giving back, for Eastern Colorado students to attend CSU. He also supports many other CSU funds. When he served as master of ceremonies for the Fort Morgan Ram Network dinner, he told the group, “I am not emceeing a dinner; this is our family reunion!”
For Kevin Keefe, the notion of a “Ram family” is not just words; each Alumni Association and CSU event he attends reinforces that relationship.
At Colorado State University, Rams take care of Rams – and our loyal Alumni Association members exemplify that every day. Membership strengthens the alumni experience and allows us to continue to serve and care for our alumni family. In today’s changing world, we are obligated to nurture the communities we cherish, to uphold those values and principles, and to protect traditions that reinvigorate our Ram Pride. Those efforts have the power to transform the lives of our fellow Rams – on campus, online, and wherever you see the Green and Gold. We will strengthen our CSU family because of our commitment to each other.
With you, we can do these things. With you, we will.
When you join the Colorado State University Alumni Association, you not only acknowledge that you are a part of a larger, global community of caring Rams, it also affords you access numerous benefits such as career services, exclusive discounts, and a suite of engagement opportunities to keep you connected with Colorado State University and with one another.