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March2012 Volume 7 | Issue 7

Dear CSU Parents and Families:

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In thinking of a way to describe the campus this semester, the first word that comes to mind is "busy".  You may hear from your students that the spring semester "flies by" and we can definitely support that claim.  With housing decisions being made, campus construction all around, and upcoming spring recognition events on top of the regular academic curriculum, our campus is booming with activity.  We hope the campus energy is rubbing off on your students, but if you can sense they are feeling overwhelmed, remind them to take the semester one step at a time.  For example, a semester-long syllabus might seem like a lot of work, but if they break it down week-by-week, it becomes much more manageable. 

We want to thank families for responding to the poll question regarding RAMFAM Association meetings en masse (118 opinions & counting).  Most respondents indicated the online format works best, so we're switching it up this month.  Check out the RAMFAM Association meeting article for more information.

This month's newsletter contains a lot of important information– everything from housing options to a highlight feature on Eating Disorder Image Awareness Week. Please let us know if there are specific campus programs or services you want to learn more about. A few items for both you and your student to mark on your calendars:

We hope you find the above dates useful and, as always, appreciate the love and support you offer your students on their collegiate journey.

take care,

Jody & Kacee

Jody Donovan, Ph.D.
Dean of Students/Executive Director of Parent & Family Programs
jody.donovan@colostate.edu

Kacee Collard Jarnot, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
kacee.collard@colostate.edu

Parent and Family Programs
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Colorado State University
201 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-5312

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Advising Insights: Discussing Majors- Gather, Share, Listen

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Demetrios Godenitz

By Demetrios Godenitz, Academic Advisor, Center for Advising and Student Achievement

On strong recommendation, I recently watched Destination Unknown. In brief, three friends finishing college take a road trip to interview people well regarded in their fields. There is a pastor, Cirque de Soleil director, Snowmass CEO, co-founder of the label that launched Nirvana, and more. A shared component with each is the spirit of “follow your passion.” In movie settings it seems easy, almost natural, to say “do what you love.” Not every setting is movie script simplicity and while discussing majors with your son or daughter might be many things other than simple, it is a good discussion to have.

As you support your student in the process of securing a major, encourage them to (1) reflect on who she or he is (interests, abilities, skills), (2) read up on possible majors, and (3) understand how he or she makes decisions. A fine starting point and resource is the Create Your Story (CYS) website, where students can complete several exercises aimed at learning more about self. The CYS website allows students to start where they feel most comfortable with exercises that can be done in minutes. Like any subject, they’ll learn more by taking time to study and uncover information. Many young adults have not had opportunities to self-reflect , so be ready to listen and ask open-ended questions to keep them thinking and uncovering.

For students wondering about “fit” or undeclared students, a first step is to evaluate objective information about majors. Easy access to a snapshot of majors is listed under the “Majors by Interest Area” button on the Undeclared Advising Website. Under “Majors by Interest Area” click an interest area to see a list of majors. Each major link gives students an overview for the major, characteristics, and potential occupations. Have your student read up on majors and then set a time to share. Be ready to listen without an agenda, just listen. Ask some open-ended questions: What stood out to you? What sounded interesting/exciting? How do you see yourself engaging with the topics described?

Students can also speak with faculty and/or their department to development further connections with their major. Some students to say they love a professor but do not connection outside class time. Ask your student to seek connecting during professor office hours to talk more about his or her interest. If your student likes content but has not yet had a professor in that department, then point your student to connect with the department’s front staff to learn which faculty members might have a background in your student’s area(s) of interest. There are even times when faculty members are conducting research in which students can be involved. Involvement with research and connecting with faculty can be great ways for students to more deeply understand a content area.

As an academic advisor I often see students worried about making a wrong choice and/or wanting to make the perfect choice in regards to a major. Many feel like their major is going to be the one thing that launches them in to success. I know this to not be true, seeing so many people create careers and paths based on their mindset and tenacity (none of them being bound by a degree title). If your student is very career focused, encourage them to connect with a CSU Career Counselor who can help students just beginning or near graduation.

Evaluating major choice or working to find a major IS a manageable process. Students make (and have made) many decisions from what soda to drink to where to attend college. With most decisions students can “try out” something before making a decision—I know I want Dr. Pepper because I’ve had it before, an informed decision based on data collection. I don’t suggest students try to taste department buildings, but I do encourage them to engage in self-reflection [CYS website]; to understand their educational options [read descriptions of majors]; and to know how they make decisions. Many students benefit from sharing with a listening set of ears at home and that is sometimes just the thing to help launch new discussions with their academic advisor and/or campus mentor.

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Assessment Results: Residency Requirements

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By LeAnne M. Schnader, Tuition Classification Officer, Student Financial Services

Is your student thinking about petitioning for in-state tuition classification for the next semester? As a parent, did you recently move to Colorado and are thinking about petitioning for in-state tuition classification for your student? Please check out the  Student Financial Services website and podcast for important information on in-state tuition requirements, qualified individuals, the petition process, deadlines, and the Colorado Higher Education Residency Guide – FAQs.

Tuition classification is governed by the State of Colorado Revision Statutes 23-7-101 to 111 as revised. You must be a qualified individual to petition for in-state tuition classification. A Qualified Individual is defined as:

Parent or Court Appointed Legal Guardian

Parents who have moved to Colorado and meet the domicile requirements may submit a "Petition for In-State Tuition Classification" which supports their domicile. If their petition is approved, their dependents under age 23 who are undergraduate students are eligible for Colorado tuition classification.

Other Qualified Individuals

A student is a qualified individual and eligible to establish domicile separate from your parents if, at the beginning of the 12-month domicile year, they are:

  • 22 years of age or older
  • Married
  • A graduate student
  • Emancipated

An emancipated minor is an individual under 23 years of age who is no longer considered a dependent and is not supported by their parent(s) or any other individual. An emancipated minor can begin establishing their domicile on the date they become financially emancipated.

Emancipation must be proven in the following way:

  • Parents or other individuals must no longer financially support the minor and make no provision for support. Support includes gifts, trust funds, loans, and assets established by parents or someone other than the student on their behalf.
  • Parents must no longer claim the minor on their federal and state income tax returns.
  • The minor must document that they are independently able to meet all financial obligations without any financial help from any other individual.

Examples of financial obligations may include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Rent and food
  • Medical expenses 
  • Vehicle expenses, including the purchase of the vehicle, maintenance and insurance
  • Other financial obligations listed by the student

If the petitioner is granted Colorado tuition classification as an emancipated minor, they must continue to independently meet all their financial obligations, including the cost of education, without financial assistance from parents or any other individual until they meet one of the other.

If you feel you meet the requirements as a qualified individual to petition for in-state tuition classification then you can petition for the next semester, 12 months after you have established a true and fixed permanent residence in Colorado. A true and fixed permanent residence includes 12 months of physically living in the State of Colorado and all legal ties.

Petitioning is a very detailed process and because of this, Student Financial Services offers residency orientations currently every Tuesday (except Christmas and New Year’s week) at 3:00 PM, 100A Centennial Hall or you may call Student Financial Services for more information at (970) 491.6321.

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Learning Outcome: Supporting Academic Endeavors

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By Jody Donovan, Dean of Students and Executive Director of Parent & Family Programs 

Don't ever doubt your significant influence and impact on your college student's personal and academic development. Supporting and encouraging your student's collegiate efforts goes a long way toward helping him or her become an educated, interdependent citizen of the world. 

I talked with my son Matthew (CSU sophomore, Biology and Spanish double major) about his advice for parents and family members related to how to meaningfully talk to college students about their courses, learning, and exploring new areas of interests.  He immediately replied it was most unhelpful for parents to get upset about "in progress" grades in classes.  He explained that each course has a specific grading scale which can rarely be applied to any other course.  He said parents and family members should not get mired in the details of individual assignment and lab grades and instead, focus on exam grades below a C which are “cause for concern," according to Matthew. 

If your student is struggling in a course, Matthew suggests asking the student to repeat what the faculty shared at the beginning of the semester related to tips and strategies for succeeding in that class.  The strategies should be brainstormed by the student, not the parent/family member, says Matthew. "It doesn't help for parents to tell their students to do stuff because we've heard all that stuff too many times.  Instead, it is better if I tell you what I'm going to do differently," he continued.  I agree with Matthew's opinion that the faculty member, rather than a parent is often the best source for what it takes to do well in a course, and, students need to learn assertive communication skills to talk directly with faculty.  These assertive communication skills are important life skills beyond college. 

According to Matthew, he has noticed many college students have not had experience talking with adults about important matters. Many students have not had to handle important conversations on their own, and need practice before they feel comfortable talking with a faculty or staff member. He has watched numerous students rely on their parents for simple logistical matters, like paying rent, setting up meetings, researching deadlines, etc.  Parents and family members play a significant role in helping students practice, through role playing, coaching, and preparing students for handling their own affairs. It is hard for us, as parents to watch our students struggle with something we can take care of easily, and yet, if students never get an opportunity to tackle things on their own, they never gain these important skills for success in life.

We send our students to college because we want them to learn, find their passions, grow up, get educated, find meaning and purpose, and discover their future directions through employment, service, continuing education, relationships, etc. You can foster your student's self-discovery through asking open-ended questions about classes, what they are learning, interesting course material, faculty perspectives and teaching styles.  Matthew advises an easy way to start the conversation is to ask about your student's professors, "every student loves to talk about their professors, their quirks, styles, attitudes, expectations...." From there, you can get a sense of what interests your student by listening and encouraging for their passions.

Students need you in their corner, listening, guiding, supporting, and encouraging them.  They also need you to challenge them to take more personal responsibility to become interdependent adults with critical interpersonal skills.

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February RAMFAM Association Meeting Canceled

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RAMFAMBy Kacee Collard Jarnot, Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs

Thanks so much to the 118 of you who took our monthly poll regarding upcoming RAMFAM Association meetings.  We really appreciate the feedback, and as you know, use it as a central point in making future programming decisions. 

This conversation came about because of low attendance (with high webcast and archived viewing) at regular RAMFAM Association meetings, but became a critical conversation point because of a large-scale event being hosted in the Lory Student Center on February 9.  Due to the small attendance numbers and the space limitations, we posed the physical meeting vs. virtual information poll question and found that changing the meeting format did not impact 89% of respondents and the online format is convenient for 95% of you.  Because of this, we will be testing the proposed format of online podcasts for the February meeting content and canceling our physical meeting time. 

We believe this meeting content is exceptionally important for parents and families and have been working closely with Student Financial Services and the University's Chief Financial Officer to be able to share important updates and processes with you this month. 

The first video will provide important updates on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSU Scholarship Application (CSUSA) from Student Financial Services.  You may recall we spent two full RAMFAM Association meetings on scholarships (December 2010) and financial aid (January 2011) a few years ago.  We continue to reference these archived videos as all-encompassing FAFSA and CSUSA information, but hope to provide you with updates for the 2013-2014 year this February.

Next, we shared the 2012 biennial survey results with the University's Chief Financial Officer and she is busy creating an engaging podcast that explains the University's multiple funding streams and how money is allocated, including tuition and fees.  While much of this information is readily available in the Financial Accountability Report, we want to be sure families can easily access and follow this often-complicated information.

We're committed to emailing families when these videos become available and again appreciate your voice in the process!

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Many Great Reasons to Live On-Campus Next Year!

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Living On CampusBy Sylvia Cranmer, Residence Life Communications Coordinator

As we begin a new semester, we are also starting to put things in motion for the next academic year. In Housing & Dining Services, now is the time to plan where students want to live next fall. Now that residents have returned to the halls, this is a great time to have conversations about their housing and dining options again next year.

Staying on-campus is a terrific option for many students for many reasons…

Here are some of the benefits of staying on campus:

  • Students who enter the room selection process beginning in February can have first choice of available rooms for the coming year, including Aspen Hall, single rooms, double-as-singles in Edwards, Newsom, & Ingersoll, and three room corner units with private bedrooms in Durward & Westfall, just to name a few.
  • There are also designated floors intended for returning students and other non-First-Year populations, like transfers.  Some of these areas include Newsom 3 South, Parmelee 4 South, and Summit A4 & B4.
  • One price covers it all – utilities, rent, Wi-Fi, furniture, snow removal, prepared meals and snacks, as well as safety & security
  • No additional deposit is required to reserve a room (this year’s deposit carries over)
  • Easy access walking or biking to dining (at any one of six dining centers), mail, laundry, classes, student activities and programs – no need for a car on campus
  • Support academically, emotionally, socially from hall staff
  • Students who live on-campus have higher GPAs than students who live off-campus
  • It’s so easy! Students can reserve a room during the Room Selection process on-line starting February 4.

How the process works:

Information is currently being posted in each of the residence halls. Have your student keep an eye out for posted information, and for information shared at residence hall floor meetings, or through their Resident Assistant or other hall and front desk staff.

Dates

  • February  4 -5…..Same Room, eligible students can select to remain in their current room for next year
  • February 6 – 8….. ‘Displaced’ students - this is for students currently living in Residential Learning Communities, which are only open to First-Year students.  Since they are not allowed to stay in their current room like many other students, they are given an advanced chance to select elsewhere.
  • February  11 – 28…..General, open to all current students

We look forward to this process with our students, and welcome them to apply to stay with us on-campus for the coming academic year. For more information about living and dining on campus, as well at the Room Selection process, please visit the Housing & Dining Services website. Questions? Please contact CSU Residence Life at (970) 491-4719.

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Off-Campus Living: Finding Roommates that Fit

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Roommates

By Emily Allen, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Life 

It’s only February and you may have noticed that conversations with your student have gone from adjusting to the start of the semester to them worrying about housing next fall. Off-Campus Life staff  can help make your student’s transition to living in Fort Collins a smooth one. Visit our website for more information on the upcoming Housing Fair, Renting 101 Classes, the Student Handbook, our Rental Search, and so much more. While moving into an off-campus place is very exciting, let’s start with a few things that should be taking place this month:

Selecting Roommates

Many students sign leases with friends before considering whether their friend will make a good roommate. In fact, Chobani yogurt eating may be the demise of that friendship. Here are some things for your student to consider prior to committing to a yearlong lease with their “bestie”:

  • Observation Period: have your student take a time to observe their potential roommate(s). How do they keep their current room? Do they hit the snooze button 20 times in the morning? Students can sometimes put blinders on when it comes to living with their best friends. By taking the time to observe current behaviors, they will get a better picture of how next year may look.
  • Values Clarification: college is all about self-exploration. Have your student take advantage of what they are learning and have them continue the discussion with their potential roommates. Explore values and communication styles (text messaging, in person, etc.). Have them ask open-ended questions instead of simply getting yes/no answers.
  • Roommate Contracts: sure, your student may have thought their roommate agreement days were far behind them. It turns out the stuff they learned in the residence halls is invaluable! Students should sit down with their would-be roommate(s) and walk through a roommate contract (conveniently in our Student Handbook!) prior signing a lease. By taking this step they are insuring they agree on sleeping habits, cleaning, bill paying, pets, overnight visitors, noise levels, and other issues.
  • Honesty: remind your student that open communication needs to be a two-way street. Your student should be open and upfront about their values, personal habits, and financial expectations. By being honest upfront, they are avoiding sticky situations in the future.
  • Finding a Roommate: if your student already knows they are looking to find roommates outside of their current group of friends, have them check out the Roommate Roundup events that our office hosts. 

Leases

“I found the best place to live, so I signed a lease.” Students can sometimes be talked into signing a lease immediately after seeing a place. The vacancy rate is tight in Fort Collins, but if they are starting their search early, they will have the time to do things right. Here are some important lease reminders:

  • Prior to signing a lease: have your student visit with Student Legal Services (leases are a specialty!), free of charge to full-time fee paying students. 
  • “I’m really not sure I like my roommate; can I break my lease to live with someone else?” A lease is a contract with their landlord. Should your student choose to break their lease without working it out with the landlord they will then be liable for: rent until a replacement tenant is in place and paying the rent; the landlord’s out of pocket expenses to re-rent (such as advertising costs); the lease break fees if they are included in their lease
  • Joint and Several Liability: if one roommate moves out due to that Chobani conflict, the remaining roommates are responsible for that person’s share of the rent and any damages that the residence has suffered. The remaining tenants are responsible for rent until the lease has expired, or in most cases with CSU students, until the vacant spot is re-rented to another student looking for a home.

These are just a few of the things to consider before signing a lease, picking a roommate, and moving off campus. Remember that Off-Campus Life is here to help your student make a successful transition to living in our great city!

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Access Your Student's 1098-T Tax Reporting Forms Online!

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By Debbie Owens, A/R Systems Accountant for Accounts Receivable

Your student can now grant you access to view or print 1098-T tax reporting forms online through FAMweb!

The 1098-T tax reporting form is the IRS tax document that universities are required to send to eligible students annually.  The information on this form is used to determine eligibility for education tax credits.

Students can grant access through RAMweb by selecting Manage Access to My Records (FAMweb).  If there is already access for billing information, grades, schedules, etc., check the Tax Information box.

Parents or trusted individuals can then log in through FAMweb to access the following tax information:

  • 1098-T Tax Reporting Form (Current and Prior Years)
  • 1098-T Detailed Information
  • Information Regarding Education Tax Credits
  • 1098-T FAQs

More questions about 1098-T Tax Reporting Forms?  Email us at 1098t@colostate.edu.

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Job Hunting in the Social Media Era

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Social Media

By Summer Shaffer, Associate Director of Communications and Outreach, The Career Center

 Social media has introduced the world to new ways to connect, communicate and find jobs. Social media has some significant benefits for an eager college student or graduate looking for an internship or job.  It is important that the tools available through social media be used strategically and leveraged to the user’s advantage. 

We have all heard of social media job search debacles of one sort or another so it is important to note that anyone using social media for a job or internship search start by cleaning up their social media presence.  Lucinda Barina VanInwagen, M.Ed., Assistant Director of Employer Relations offers, “Students often don’t realize that the internet is an enormous archive with a memory that never forgets.  Social media can be a wonderful tool for creating one’s professional brand and internet persona to be found by a recruiter or reaching out to connect with people for information and potential jobs”.  VanInwagen continued, “Employers are not prevented from doing an internet and or social media search on candidates and many employers do so.   I had one employer with a legal firm highly recommend that students do a periodical search for themselves and see what pops up.  If what comes up is unfavorable reflection, students should take steps and use tools to remove negative information”. 

Career Center Liaison to the College of Natural Science, Judy Brobst, recommends student take the following steps when using social media as a job search tool:

  • Let everyone know you are looking for an internship or job – post it to your LinkedIn profile and update  your Facebook page
  • Invite people you are connected with on LinkedIn to endorse you through a mass email
  • Join groups – groups are posting jobs
  • Search for alumni from CSU that are working in an industry where you want to be.  CSU folks always talk with CSU folks
  • Join the alumni groups on Facebook and LinkedIn
  • If you are interested in an organization Follow them on Twitter – you may be able to get good contact information

The Career Center is available to help student use social media in a strategic and meaningful way in the job search process.  For more information visit The Career Center online or contact us at 970-491-5707.  

Connect with the Career Center for up-to-date information on employer events and career information:

  • LinkedIn Group– CSUCareerCenter
  • Facebook – CSU Career Center
  • Twitter – @CSUCareerCenter

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Studying Abroad

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By Chris Churma, Study Abroad Coordinator

Has your student thought about where in the world they will be next semester?  Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing opportunity with enormous benefits.  Whether it be to learn a language, fulfill major requirements, or simply to focus on general electives, study abroad sets students apart from their peers, enhances their studies, and engages them as citizens of the world. 

The CSU Study Abroad Office recognizes the important role that parents and family play in a student's study abroad experience.  Our office works with students to examine the options available for studying abroad, paying attention to their academic, financial, and personal needs. Once students select a program and are accepted, we work to prepare them for the academic and intercultural experiences they may encounter abroad.

Where can students study?

Opportunities exist for most majors to study abroad in nearly any country of the world. CSU-sponsored and affiliated programs are offered in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe/Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania.  With approval, students may also study abroad through an unaffiliated program or enroll directly in a foreign university.

What can students study?

From animal production in France, intensive language in China, and field-based research in Costa Rica to media studies in Europe – the possibilities are endless! Some programs will focus on a particular field of study; others will offer a general curriculum.  Students study in a foreign language or in English.  Instructional offerings in English are plentiful – even in many non-English speaking countries!

Students may take classes that apply to their major or minor requirements or take a combination of coursework while earning general elective credit and fulfilling All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements.  The key to staying on track toward graduation is early planning.  Talk with your students about how they can include an international experience into their CSU experience.  Encourage them to talk with their academic advisor about including study abroad in their degree program. This will help them to see which courses may be taken abroad and assist them in selecting a program.

Where can students go for more information?

With so many programs to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin.  The Study Abroad Office, located in Laurel Hall, is the central resource for information on opportunities abroad.  The Study Abroad Office maintains reference materials on a wide variety of study abroad and internship programs, short-term work and volunteer opportunities, and grants and scholarships as well as resources for student travel abroad.  Study Abroad advisors are available to assist students in learning how to research programs, to identify those that meet University requirements for credit transfer, and to answer questions they may have.  Advisors are also available to help answer questions that parents and family may also have. 

General advising hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

More information can be found on the Study Abroad website, which includes information specifically for parents and families.  You may also contact us via email or by phone at 970-491-6342.  

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Greek Life: A CSU Tradition  

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Greek Life

By Bijah Gibson, CSU Alum, and Carter Gilbert, Greek Life Graduate Assistant 

When students come to Colorado State we are told about our school’s traditions.  We learn that the big “A” on the side of the hill comes from when we were the Aggies.  We learn that the stump on the plaza has been part of an important tradition of free speech on campus.  And we learn to sing the words of the CSU fight song with all our might as we cheer on the Rams at Hughes Stadium or Moby Arena.

One tradition that is not emphasized so heavily is the tradition of being Greek – joining a fraternity or sorority – but it’s a big tradition at CSU all the same.  Starting in 1915, Greek Life established a presence that has helped to shape our university into what it is today.

You may ask what makes the tradition of Greek Life so influential and enduring.  The answer is friendship.  Since joining my fraternity as a freshman, I have made some of my best friends, and I know those friendships will last me a lifetime.

What is more is that those friendships have given me more than just a group of people to spend time with.  They have given me a group of brothers who share my values and want to be successful while having a good time in college.  As friends, we push one another to succeed and help to give each other a college experience that goes beyond the dorms or your typical student organization.

With these friends, I have traveled the country – hitting destinations like San Francisco for a leadership conference and Panama City Beach, Florida for spring break.  I have done service projects around Fort Collins like building a Habitat for Humanity house and carving pumpkins at a nursing home.  With my brothers, I have gone through four years of the development program that my fraternity offers.  Through that program, I have attended cultural events, joined other clubs on campus, and experienced new physical challenges through workouts and trips to climb 14ers.  Additionally, I have participated in some of the great traditions of CSU that many students may not experience, like walking with a float in the homecoming parade or attending the President’s Fall Address.

Through all of this, I have become a better man. I have also gotten the full CSU experience – one that is not offered by any other type of student organization.  I dare anyone to prove me wrong.

If your son or daughter is thinking about joining a fraternity or sorority, the best advice I can give is to look into all of the options.  Encourage your student to go to recruitment events, meet people, and do not be afraid to ask the tough questions.  It is a big decision to embrace the Greek tradition, but it will give your student an unforgettable college experience and set them up for a future of success and happy friendships.  Also, remember that joining a fraternity or sorority does not mean that student is limited in what else he or she can do on campus.  Greek leaders are everywhere, in almost every student organization.

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Healthy Student, Happy Family: A Message From the CSU Health Network

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By Marie Allen, Coordinator of Marketing & Communications, CSU Health Network

Good health is essential to academic success. The CSU Health Network is your student’s partner in staying mentally and physically healthy while at college.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

The end of February marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Here at CSU we are using this opportunity to raise awareness about this all too common issue.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 25 percent of college students (one out of every 10 of them male) suffer from anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, or related disordered eating behaviors, compared with only 5 percent of the general public.

Both young men and women often view their bodies unrealistically and believe that they are overweight or not muscular enough even when they are within normal weight ranges. Regardless of whether a young person becomes obsessed with thinness or increasing muscle size, spending too much time and energy worrying or engaging in weight modifying behaviors can take a serious psychological and physical toll, as well as interfere with academics. 

Encourage your student to take advantage of safe, healthy weight management services such as exercise classes or personal trainers at Campus Recreation to set them on the right path.

If you think your student may have an eating disorder, look for signs such as these that may indicate a problem exists:

  • Dramatic weight change (gains or loss)
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, dieting, or exercise
  • An excessive, rigid exercise regimen – despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury
  • Development of food rituals or excuses to avoid mealtimes
  • Complex schedules or rituals to support binge-and-purge sessions

If this sounds like your student, learn more about eating disorders, body image, and ways to seek help on the CSU Health Network’s Body Image and Eating Disorders health resource page.

Students can seek help through the CSU Health Network where counseling and nutrition services are both available. Learn more about CSU Health Network Nutrition Consultation Services here: Nutrition Consultation Services. Click on the Nutrition Consultation for Disordered Eating tab.

Online Flu Self-Reporting System

You’ve heard in the news that this flu season is proving to be one of the most severe in recent history. To help your student stay healthy, CSU has implemented an online flu self-reporting system for students and employees. If a student is sick with flu-like symptoms, he or she is encouraged to use the self-reporting system (available at www.ramweb.colostate.edu) to report illness rather than visiting the CSU Health Network Hartshorn Health Center or interacting with other students on campus. This system will allow a student to receive an excused absence without visiting a provider at the Health Center. Students are still required to make arrangements for missed assignments or exams with their professors before they are due if possible.

It is not too late to get the flu vaccination, though limited supplies are available on campus and in the community. Check this website often for the latest in flu news on the CSU campus: Flu/Cold Prevention, Treatment and Resources.

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