GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - After spending 23 years as Mesa State College, the school will make the official switch to Colorado Mesa University this week.
The name change takes effect on Wednesday August 10 in accordance with the law signed by Governor John Hickenlooper earlier this year -- but school officials are already getting started with the transition.
Monday morning, three signs along the edge of the campus were changed to read Colorado Mesa University -- and on Tuesday, the school will unveil its new academic logo and athletics logo.
Wednesday, CMU's new website (www.coloradomesa.edu) will also launch.
Officials say the bulk of the major name change work will be done over the next three months, but that the full transition will take about a year to complete.
"There are a great number of I's that have to be dotted and T's that have to be crossed," said Rick Taggart, Executive Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment for the soon-to-be Colorado Mesa University. "We're excited for the change in status, but at the same time we've got a pretty detailed checklist that we'll have to get through."
The school is also celebrating the completion of a $15 million renovation project on Houston Hall this week. An open house is scheduled to take place there Wednesday, August 10 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.