Dear CSU Parents & Families,
We hope that all is well with you and that your students are adjusting to spring semester. Spring semester moves quickly so we truly appreciate partnering with you to help us keep your students informed about campus and community events and programs. February is Black History Month with many engaging and informative campus programs and activities. Please encourage your students to participate (see events noted in this newsletter)!! If your student experienced academic challenges in the fall or is concerned about classes this spring, note the information below regarding the U-Turn academic success event. For students considering housing options for the upcoming year, encourage them to attend the Housing Fair on February 7th! Check out the article below for more details. As a reminder, if your student is interested in on-campus housing options, the deadline for room selection for returning students is February 28th, see the Live On website for details.
There's a lot to look forward to in February, and the newsletter has information about the upcoming Career Fair, additional information about student health and wellness and much more! CSU has so many different programs and offices that are centered around supporting your student(s) both in and outside the classroom. By taking a moment to look over our newsletter, we hope you can identify campus efforts that can meet your student's needs. And don't forget to send your student messages of support, especially early on in the semester. Adjusting to spring semester, with the colder weather and fewer days with blue skies can be challenging for students. Your love and support matters!
We wish you and your students the best this semester. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about ways to support your students!
Parent and Family Programs Staff
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Important Dates in February
- Housing Fair, Lory Student Center - North Ballroom and Cherokee Park Ballroom
February 8th - 10th & 13th
- Resume Rush, 10am - 3pm, Lory Student Center 120 (Career Center)
- Founder's Day Plaza Celebration, celebrate CSU's 147th birthday at 1:47pm on the Lory Student Center Plaza
- 22nd Annual Hip Hop Explosion “Back by Popular Demand!” Step Show and Stroll Off, 6pm Lincoln Center
- Black Hair Show, 4pm LSC Theatre
February 27th - March 3rd
- Body Acceptance Week, more information to come
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Spring 2017 Commencement Information
By Haley Katz | Alumni Association
If you have a student graduating in May … congratulations! This is a very exciting time for both you and your student. Since graduation will be here soon, we encourage you to talk with your student about ordering a cap and gown. The deadline to order is Wednesday, April 5.*
Grad Pack prices start at $43 and include:
- Cap, gown, and tassel rental
- Alumni Association Annual Membership
- 20% Diploma frame discount
To view additional Grad Pack options or to place an order, click here.
*If your student does not order his or her regalia by April. 5, he or she is not guaranteed the proper regalia size or color for commencement.
Life Membership makes a great gift!
Still looking for the perfect graduation gift? Your student will love to show their Ram Pride by being a member of the Alumni Association for life! Alumni Association membership is the best way for your student to stay connected to Colorado State University. Members have access to benefits such as discounted career services, discounted registration to alumni events, tuition discount to CSU Online, and much more!
Learn more about or purchase a Life Grad Pack here.
Questions? Please contact the Alumni Association at (800) 286-2586.
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U-Turn: Helping Your Student Achieve their Goals for Academic Success Dates in February
By Darrie Matthew Burrage | TILT
We’re at the time of the semester when your student has most likely encountered their first round of exams. For many students, their exams were a welcomed opportunity to put their skills and understanding to the test; while also being a time of great discomfort and distress. No matter the process of their preparation or the actual outcome of their exams, one thing to keep in mind are the goals your student has. Their goals could be more practical, ranging from passing a course to pursing a nationally competitive scholarship. Their goals could also be more sentimental and involve feeling like they belong here at CSU or a desire to make you feel proud of them. We at CSU care very deeply about your student’s goals and we want to help bring them closer to achieving those goals.
We offer a one-day opportunity for your student to learn how they can establish, achieve, and even exceed their goals at an event called U-Turn. U-Turn is a “one-stop-shop” academic success expo where students meet individually with a Navigator (a professional staff member on campus) to talk through the areas of challenge and interest your student is experiencing so far this semester. These areas of challenge and interest can be academic, social, financial, or related to health and wellness. Navigators work closely with your student to create an “action plan” that involves brainstorming different success strategies and identifying the most pertinent campus resources that will help your student fulfill the goals they have determined for themselves. Fortunately for your student, the campus resources that are identified will actually be present at the U-Turn event!
In sum, we want you to know (and share with your student) two things about U-Turn:
One – Although U-Turn is a very popular campus-wide event for students to attend, the event is intricately designed to create a plan for success customized to your student’s particular needs, challenges, and interests.
Two – U-Turn is all about progression; meaning that no matter where your student is at in their academic performance, we want to help them arrive at the next point of their journey feeling confident, excited, and supported – whether it would be going from bad to good, good to great, great to excellent, or from excellent to best.
U-Turn will take place on Tuesday, March 7th from 10am to 4pm in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom, and is open to all students on a drop-in basis. We ask students to budget about an hour in their schedule to take advantage of the full U-Turn experience and we truly hope to see them there!
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Get a Jump Start at the Career Fair
The Career Center is bringing over 200 unique employers to campus for the Spring All-Campus Career Fair on February 14 & 15 in the Lory Student Center Ballroom from 10:30 am – 3:30 pm each day. The Spring Career Fair is an excellent place for students to seek out career and internship positions. Encourage your student to attend the Career Fair regardless whether they are (or not) actively job or internship searching; it is a great way to find out who hires at CSU and what they look for in ideal candidates. The Career Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for students to explore future career options and build their personal networks. For more information about the Career Fair, click here to visit the Fairs App online or to download the app.
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2017 Housing Fair
by Off-Campus Life
We often hear that this time of year is a stressful one for your students (and you, as a result), especially when it comes to housing for next year. What options do your students have? What is the approximate rent in Fort Collins? What is the U+2 rule? The transition from living on-camups to living off-campus can be a difficult one. But don’t worry, we have provided a free place for your student to start in-person conversations with landlords, Fort Collins utilities services, Student Legal Services, apartment complexes and more.
On Tuesday, February 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom, Colorado State University will host its annual Housing Fair, coordinated by Off-Campus Life. This event, free and open to the public, gives your students the opportunity to come to one place and find loads of information about housing options in the Fort Collins community. Present at the Housing Fair will be local property management companies, apartment complex staff, private landlords, realtors, and community resources such as Fort Collins Utilities, Transfort, internet providers, storage facilities, and more! Your student will not only depart the event with a ton of knowledge but chances are high they will leave with some giveaways (grand prizes include an Apple Watch, camping supplies and tons of gift cards).
This event is a great way for students to gather information through face-to-face interactions, all in one place. Students new to the off-campus living experience can learn the ins and outs of lease signing, costs of utilities, putting together a budget, and important city ordinances while most importantly finding a place to live.
As family members of first-year students, please help us encourage your students to attend the 2017 Housing Fair -- it is a chance for your students to have the local rental market at their fingertips and create a smoother housing transition for next year. They will receive vital information that will allow them to have a stress-free spring semester, knowing they have a plan for living should they choose to move out of the residence halls.
We look forward to seeing your students February 7th for our annual Housing Fair! For additional information, contact Off-Campus Life, (970) 491-2248 or visit the Off-Campus Life website at www.ocl.colostate.edu.
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Start the Semester Mindfully
By Kate Hagdorn | CSU Health Network
The CSU Health Network is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Groups and Workshops offerings for students. This amazing lineup is designed to help students learn, grow, and flourish.
Your referrals make a difference. If you know a student who could benefit from participating in one or more of these opportunities, please connect them with these resources.
- Understanding Self and Others: Interpersonal Process Groups
- This group provides a safe, supportive space for students to explore their feelings, connect with others, and practice new behaviors that can ultimately lead to more fulfilling relationships. Several day and time options available.
- Theme Groups
- Advanced DBT Skills; Anxiety 101; Body Positive; Clearing Headspace; Coming Out, Being Out, and Questioning Support Group; DBT Tools for Success; Expressive Arts for Healing Trauma; Harm Reduction; Man to Man; Mindful Yoga; Taming the Anxious Mind; Transgender and Gender Fluid Support Group
- Mindfully Managing Stress for Students
- 4-week workshops designed to help students experience how mindfulness can help them cope with difficulty, reduce stress, and increase well-being.
- Mindful Drop-In Group
- Free for all CSU students, staff and faculty. Held every Wednesday from 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. between Jan. 25th – May 3rd (no group during break).
- Drugs, Alcohol & You (DAY) Program Opportunities
- Alcohol and Other Drugs: The Mind Body Connection; Anger Management; Brain Scans; Family Dynamics; Gender Roles and Behaviors (males only); Managing Internal Risk; Risk Management 101; Stages of Change; Strengths; Values Clarification; Who Am I?
More information, including descriptions of the groups and workshops, is on our website at http://health.colostate.edu/groups-and-workshops-directory/.
Students can register by calling the CSU Health Network at (970) 491-7121. No registration is required for the Mindful Drop-In Group.
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REC'ing Rams at Campus Recreation
By Rachel Holzhaeuser | Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation strives to create an inclusive and welcoming environment that offers services and activities (as well as a pretty amazing facility) to help each and every CSU Ram achieve their own unique and personal fitness goals. Whether your student wants to mix up their workouts, receive guidance from a personal trainer, or learn new skills, every area of Campus Recreation has something distinctive to offer to help get them on their way to becoming their version of a Rec’ing Ram.
Perhaps your student’s goal is to do a bit more cardio, but they’re trying to leave the treadmill in 2016. Group fitness classes, ranging from Barbell Sculpt and Zumba to Battle Ropes and Tabata, are included with a Rec Center membership. Offered on a set weekly schedule allows students to pick a specific class that works with their class load and can help keep them accountable. Group fit classes offer a consistent way to move, groove, and sweat in a fun, supportive, and energetic environment.
If your student needs some guidance to accomplish their goals, Campus Recreation offers a variety of personal training options. The first step is an initial fitness assessment with one of our 18 certified Personal Trainers, all of whom are fellow students at CSU. During the fitness assessment, they’ll talk about where your student is currently at in their fitness journey, where they want to be, and how the Personal Trainers can help them get there. From there, they can purchase either private or partner training sessions for customized workouts that are specifically tailored to their goals.
What better time than now to engage in Colorado’s incredible outdoor culture? Cue the Outdoor Program department! The climbing wall is staffed with energetic and experienced climbers always looking to help peers learn a bit more about climbing techniques or the culture surrounding it. The Outdoor Program department also offers free educational clinics open to all CSU students. These are led by Outdoor Program Trip Leaders and range from avalanche awareness tips and education, careers in the outdoors, to hiking your first 14er.
If your student has always been interested in swimming as a workout, but wants more practice in the pool first, the Aquatics department has got their back. Swim lessons are offered each semester and can be purchased as individual or partner sessions, or in a group setting. Just one more way Campus Recreation wants to help your student plunge into achieving their goals.
There you have it! We listed just some of the ways that Campus Recreation can help your student reach their particular goals; but know that even if your student’s goal is to simply come visit the Student Recreation Center more often, they are always welcome and supported to be the Rec’ing Ram they want to be. You can find more information about all of these programs (and so many more) on our website at csurec.colostate.edu.
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Check it Out: SLiCE Co-Curricular Retreats
By Dexter Artienda | SLiCE
The Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at Colorado State University provides many different opportunities for students to get involved on campus. These opportunities include co-curricular retreats, which aim to help students develop skills around leadership and inclusion. These retreats are Campus Step-Up: A Social Justice Retreat and Leadershape. Both retreats are completely free and are funded by student fees, so transportation, housing, and food are all provided.
Campus Step-Up: A Social Justice Retreat
Campus Step Up took place on January 12th-14th this year at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. Campus Step up is an annual retreat that provides an opportunity for students to expand their awareness on issues of identity development, inclusion, social justice, and cross-cultural communication. The retreat enables participants to spend time in an environment conducive to self-reflection. It also strives to create connections across difference and commonality as well as a deeper education around collaborating with others to work toward a more just world. The goal of Campus Step Up is to provide students the opportunity to develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills to begin to act on the issues and causes about which they are most passionate.
Some testimonials from the participants are:
“I came into the retreat with few expectations. I was blown away. I hope to use the knowledge to become a better person in life."
“I really enjoyed the retreat. I think the facilitators did an awesome job of creating a safe environment for people to be open and honest about their experiences and opinions.”
As the new semester begins, now is a great time for your student to get involved. Whether your student will be finishing up their first year or starting their last semester, they can still participate in the LeaderShape Institute that will be held between May 15th - 20th of 2017 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park.
The LeaderShape Institute strives to achieve their mission to “transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.” Throughout this experience, students will have the opportunity to explore their individual leadership styles and form their vision of a better society based on their personal values. They will also be able to create goals related to accomplishing their visions and understanding their next steps. LeaderShape offers a space for students to fully engage with like-minded individuals and explore who they want to be. This six-day retreat will challenge your students by inviting them to step out of their comfort zone and learn more about themselves.
LeaderShape is great resume builder and can have a positive influence on your student’s future career exploration and opportunities. LeaderShape Institute is completely free to students. Applications for this leadership opportunity will be available in late February.
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