Collin College marked Founders Week in early April with a full slate of activities intended to celebrate all things Collin, including the traditional “Blue Out” and new events to recognize 31 years of the Collin Pride.

The college campuses each took a moment to raise the new Collin flag, featuring the familiar logo over a field of blue. The flag was redesigned for the first time in more than a decade.

College officials and well-wishers dedicated a tree to honor the life and legacy of Founding Trustee Fortino “Tino” Trujillo, who retired in 2014. By the time of his retirement, he had served the college for almost 30 years.

Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to take part in a trivia challenge throughout the week, answering questions about Collin’s history and current points of interest around the college district. Hundreds participated, but the winners were: Michele Bartleson, student; Somaly Carmo, student; Deborah Miller, student; Keirra Neeley, student; Katy Rodriguez, student; Siboneth Trujillo, student; Monica Barron, employee; Todd Fields, employee; Jeanne Johnson, employee; and Tyler Young, employee.

Collin Cougar toured the campuses, providing a boost of Cougar Pride and taking photographs with students next to a big blue “3” so that students could be the “1” in the college’s 31 years. Collin was at Preston Ridge Campus’ game day, which included activities to get people out on the quad.

The week wrapped up with the inaugural CougarRun 5K and Fun Run on April 9, with honorary chair Carly Patterson. Patterson is an Olympic champion and a Collin alum. The event, created by the Collin College Foundation, raised more than $20,000 in scholarships for Collin students.

In addition to the photos above, check out the following galleries for more pics from the festivities:

Campus photos
http://www.collin.edu/webgalleries/foundersweek2016/index.htm

Tree Dedication in memory of Trustee Tino Trujillo
http://www.collin.edu/webgalleries/tinotreededication/

Cougar Run
http://www.collin.edu/webgalleries/cougarrun5k2016/