Dear Parents and Families,
We hope the spring semester is going well for your student! Can you believe it’s already March and Spring Recess (March 11 – 19) is approaching?! The weeks leading up to the break are often filled with many papers, projects, and exams. Students are likely looking forward to some rest and relaxation.
Have a conversation with your student about their plans for the break – whether they are staying here in Fort Collins, soaking up, what looks to be, warm temperatures and some sunshine, traveling with friends, heading up to the mountains to enjoy skiing or snowboarding, or heading home to be with family – it’s important to check in about their plans and remind them to take care over the break. If your student is living in the residence halls, please note the Residence Hall break structure. The residence halls close on Friday, March 10th at 10 p.m. and reopen on Sunday, March 19th at 8 a.m.. If your student is planning to stay for the break, please ensure they have completed the needed application by March 8th at noon (information found at the link above).
After Spring Recess, it will not be long before we celebrate our graduating students! It’s truly our favorite time of year – honoring the many outstanding accomplishments of the graduates. For specific information about Commencement ceremonies or frequently asked questions, use the Commencement website. Please help us to remind students that the deadline to order the Grad Pack (including cap, gown, and tassel rental, plus Alumni Association membership) is April 5, 2017. Don’t forget to consider using our RamFam Preferred Business Partners as you make your plans for Commencement.
Finally, this time of year is a great time to check in about your student’s academic performance. Encourage them to seek out resources and support if needed. Remind your student that U-Turn is coming up on March 7th 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the LSC North Ballroom. This event helps students to feel confident, supported, and excited about moving forward in the semester and can provide additional support – in all areas of student life (academics and otherwise). Further, encourage your student to begin to set up a time to connect with their academic advisor to discuss current performance and begin to have conversations about planning for the summer and/or fall terms.
As always, if our office can be supportive, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Parent and Family Programs Staff
p.s. Mark your calendars, Daylight Savings Time begins March, 12th 2017!
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Important March Dates
March 10: Dining Centers Close at 2:00pm
March 11-19: Spring Break
March 19: Resident Halls Open
March 19: All Dining Centers Open at 5:00pm
March 20: Classes Resume
March 20: Course Withdrawal Deadline
March 20: Repeat/Delete Deadline
March 25: Women’s Conference
March 31: MURALS Symposium
*Please Note: FAMweb will be down during the weekend of March 11th, 2017 for system upgrades. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!
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Explore Diversity at CSU
By Jill Baylis
Coming to college is a big transition. We understand that your identity may include distinct cultures or experiences, and it’s important that you find a strong community on campus. The Diversity Centers at CSU ensure that all students are able to academically succeed while embracing who they are.
“Part of my pride as a CSU Ram is feeling like I belong,” Zoology and English sophomore V said. “The Student Diversity Programs and Services Offices do a lovely job of that.”
Finding a safe and welcoming community can transform your college experience. Israa, a social work major and Muslim-American, found support in an unexpected place.
“The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center reached out many times and offered resources for students and staff who wanted a private room to say their prayers,” she said.
Don’t think communities like these are for you? You may be surprised. Check out the Diversity Center listings below and consider stopping into the offices to learn more.
Adult Learner and Veteran Services (ALVS)
Non-traditional students often navigate academics and campus life in a unique way. ALVS offers professional, academic, and personal support to ensure that these students have the tools for success. Services include peer advising, scholarships, and leadership training.
Office: 288 Lory Student Center
Phone: (970) 491-3977
Connect with ALVS on Facebook
Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)
APACC offers a laid-back community space and tools to help students be academically successful while connecting with the Asian/Pacific American culture. Programs include peer mentoring, leadership retreats, and discussion hours.
Office: 333 Lory Student Center
Phone: (970) 491-6154
Connect with APACC on Instagram
Black/African American Cultural Center (B/AACC)
In addition to a welcoming community space with computers and a library, B/AACC offers academic, professional, cultural, and personal support to help students find success. Programs include the Black Educational Support Team, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and leadership development.
Office: 335 Lory Student Center
Phone: (970) 491-5781
Connect with B/AACC on Instagram
El Centro is dedicated to strengthening academic and cultural experiences for students. Workshops, research and leadership opportunities, and small groups are just a few of the programs El Centro offers.
Office: 225 Lory Student Center
Phone: (970) 491-5722
El Centro website
Connect with El Centro on Instagram
Native American Cultural Center (NACC)
NACC offers a supportive environment based on the traditions and cultures of Native American peoples. Students will find community and academic support in an inviting community space and computer lab, free tutoring services, and weekly/bi-weekly small groups.
Office: 327 Lory Student Center
Phone: (970) 491-1332
Connect with NACC on Facebook
Pride Resource Center (Pride RC)
Pride RC encourages the CSU community to explore and increase their understanding of sexual/romantic orientation, gender, and identity intersection. The center offers a safe space to meet new people and study, in addition to trans+ on-campus resources, weekly/bi-weekly small groups, and leadership/advocacy training.
Office: 232 Lory Student Center
Phone: (970) 491-4342
Pride Resource Center website
Connect with Pride Resource Center on Instagram
Resources for Disabled Students (RDS)
RDS is dedicated to ensuring that students with permanent and temporary limitations or conditions have the tools for success at CSU. RDS offers a campus shuttle, accommodation services such as alternative testing and note taking support, as well as a chance to build community via small groups and student clubs.
Location: 100 General Services Building (satellite office located in the Lory Student Center)
Phone: (970) 491-6385
Connect with RDS on Facebook
Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC)
WGAC offers programs and resources focusing on gender, social justice, and interpersonal violence prevention. In addition to a safe and affirming community space, WGAC offers services like advocacy and victim support, campus training, small groups, and leadership programs.
Office: 112 Student Services (satellite office located in 234 Lory Student Center)
Phone: (970) 491-6384
Connect with WGAC on Instagram
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Fall 2016 Gilman Scholarship Recipients
By Laura Thornes
This semester, two Colorado State University Students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help fund their international education experiences. Julia Lyons received $5,000 to study in New Zealand, and Lindsey Berger received $3,000 to study in the Czech Republic. The Gilman Scholarship Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides financial support to United States citizens who wish to pursue academic and career development experiences around the world.
Julia Lyons, a senior interior design major, is studying at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. She has looked forward to studying abroad since arriving at CSU. Her interest in community development and advice from her advisor pushed her to move forward with her travel goals.
“The Gilman Scholarship was recommended to me by my advisor, who had a previous interior design student receive it,” said Lyons. “The financial support that the Gilman Scholarship has granted me has propelled my dreams into a reality.”
The interior design program at Auckland is credit approved at Colorado State, but Lyons hopes it will go beyond fulfilling graduation requirements.
“I want to invest my skills and talents in a profession that serves disadvantaged populations and it is very important to me that my secondary education prepares me to enter this non-profit field of work,” said Lyons.
Lyons chose New Zealand for its vibrant cultural heritage, active presence of indigenous peoples and the great diversity of peers she’ll be able to cooperate and grow with.
Junior Lindsey Berger, an interdisciplinary liberal arts and communication studies major, is studying at the University of Economics in Prague, through the Central and East European Studies Program.
Berger chose the Czech Republic for its rich Jewish history. In her hometown of Los Angeles, her mother works with elderly holocaust survivors at the L.A. Jewish Community Center (JCC), with whom she has also been able to meet and connect. It was there that she met a survivor who became her mentor and inspired her to explore their shared heritage in Europe. While abroad, she hopes to visit the Jewish Museum and cemetery in Prague, Terezin Concentration Camp, and the many synagogues in the Czech Republic. Upon her return, Berger plans to return to the JCC to give a presentation on modern-day Czech culture and Jewish history through photography.
Scholarships and Support
Throughout the academic year, Education Abroad partners with the Office of Financial Aid to offer financial aid advising and workshops for students who are considering going abroad on study, research, internship and service-learning programs. More than $450,000 in scholarships and discounts are available to CSU students participating in an education abroad program, with the average scholarship recipient receiving $2,775.
As part of the Office of International Programs, CSU Education Abroad oversees programs in nearly every country around the world and provides support services to students, including advising, orientations, outreach, program coordination and risk management oversight.
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Construction Update: CSU Health and Medical Center
By Kate Hagdorn
Starting this summer, your student will have a new on-campus home for health and well-being. CSU Health Network is moving to the new CSU Health and Medical Center in late June 2017. This state-of-the-art facility is four stories, 113,000 square feet, and will provide comprehensive health services for students under one roof.
As construction nears completion, we are excited to share more information with you about the why, what, and how of this beautiful new facility.
Why is a new health center needed?
CSU Health Network is currently in two aging buildings on campus. Hartshorn Health Center, the current home of student medical services, was built in 1964 as an infirmary when CSU had about 9,000 students. Aylesworth Hall was built in 1956 as a residence hall. Health care needs of students have changed dramatically since those buildings were built, and the demand for student health care services already exceeds the physical capacity of both buildings. The new building brings all of the student medical and mental health services under one roof in one convenient location.
Where is the new building located?
The CSU Health and Medical Center is conveniently located on the northwest corner of College Ave. and Prospect Rd. Free parking is available for students during their appointments, and students will have easy access from the MAX bus line and Around the Horn campus shuttle.
What services will be available for students in the new building?
CSU Health Network provides a wide range of medical, mental health, and health education and prevention services for all CSU students, and will occupy the entire 2nd and 3rd floors of the building and part of the 1st floor. Additional services for students will be available on the 1st floor through building partners.
- Physical Therapy*
- Reflection space for relaxation, meditation, and prayer*
- Commuter showers
- After-hours urgent care services provided by Associates in Family Medicine
- Nutrition services through Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center
- Primary Care*
- Urgent Care*
- Women’s Care*
- Men’s Care*
- Transgender Care*
- Behavioral Health*
- Allergy and Asthma*
- Travel Medicine*
- Student Health Insurance*
- Private Health Insurance Billing*
- Medical Records*
- Counseling Services*
- Individuals and couples
- Groups and Workshops
- Drugs, Alcohol, and You (DAY) Programs
- Post-Hospitalization Support (iTEAM)
- Crisis Intervention
- Dental Services*
- Health Education and Prevention Services (HEPS)*
*Indicates student services provided by CSU Health Network
Who has access to the services in new building?
All CSU students have full access to the wide range of student services provided by CSU Health Network, regardless of their insurance plan. Students do not need to be enrolled in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to access services. CSU Health Network is in network with most major insurance carriers and can file claims with them. In addition, there will be medical services available for community members, including CSU faculty and staff, on the first floor of the building provided by Associates in Family Medicine, UCHealth, and Columbine Health Systems.
When will the new building be open for services?
CSU Health Network services for students will be available in the CSU Health and Medical Center beginning Monday, June 26th. All other services provided by building partners (including after-hours/weekend urgent care) will open on Wednesday, July 5th.
How can you help your student plan ahead?
CSU Health Network services will be closed from Friday, June 16th – Friday, June 23rd to allow for relocation to the new facility. We will reopen on Monday, June 26th at the new location. The CSU Health Network Pharmacy will not be able to process, transfer, or fill prescriptions during our move. All prescriptions, including refills, must be filled and picked up by 4:00pm on Thursday, June 15th. For more information, contact the Pharmacy at (970) 491-1402.
If you are on campus after June 26th, we hope you will stop by and visit the beautiful new building. You can learn more about the new CSU Health and Medical Center at health.colostate.edu.
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Why Your Student Should Consider SLiCE
By Hermen Diaz
The Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office focuses on maximizing student potential through high-quality, innovative programs and services. SLiCE brings together student organizations, student leaders and volunteers under one umbrella; making our campus a more vibrant and involved community. Being involved in SLiCE programs allows students to enrich their academic and social experience at CSU. Whether it is participating in Alternative Breaks, Cans Around the Oval, Campus Step Up or the REAL workshop series, SLiCE offers involvement opportunities for all students.
Students often feel overwhelmed with the amount of involvement possibilities or might be unaware of some opportunities here at CSU. Individual involvement advising is a great way for students to identify involvement opportunities based on personal interests, passions, or curiosities. The Individual Involvement Advising Program is like none other in the country and serves as a connection to the vast options of involvement here at CSU. This small time commitment experience provides participants an opportunity to meet with an Involvement Advisor that assists with identifying involvement options on campus and within the community. Each participant is provided with a personalized involvement action plan to jump-start their involvement here at CSU.
With 14 highly committed professional staff and 35 student staff members with a wide variety of expertise, SLiCE is not only a source for involvement of all kinds, but also a valuable resource of knowledge. Visit slice.colostate.edu today and Do Something CSU!
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Spring 2017 Commencement Information
By Haley Katz
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,
*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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Construction Update: CSU On-Campus Football Stadium
By Tony Pfifer
On August 26th, the Colorado State University campus will witness a scene it hasn’t experienced in 49 long years.
That’s the day CSU’s new on-campus stadium officially opens when the Rams host Oregon State. It will be the first football game played on the campus since 1967.
In the meantime, much work needs to be done to complete the $220 million privately funded project. But make no mistake: the stadium and its many amenities will be ready for action this fall.
“I can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when they see the stadium this fall,” said Doug Max, CSU’s senior associate director of athletics for facilities management. “It is going to a really special place.”
As of March 1, 80 percent of the project is complete. It is, according to Max, “on time and on budget.”
Current students and staff, along with Fort Collins residents, have been watching the stadium rise from the ground in the south-central part of campus for months. Light standards peek out above the campus skyline, and many of the seats in the facility – with a capacity of 41,000 – already are in place.
All of the west side is enclosed and interior spaces – suites, the press box, premium seating, locker rooms, training facilities, coaches’ booths, etc. – are being finished. Max said between 700 and 750 workers are on the site daily, making sure deadlines are being met.
Max said the stadium will be a major upgrade over Hughes Stadium, which has been CSU’s football home since 1968.
“We’re going from four restrooms to 22, and from four concessions stands to 20 concessions stands,” he said. “Our concourses will be wider and much more ADA-friendly. Fans won’t have to deal with long lines like they have in the past.”
The practice fields west of the stadium are the first phase of the project expected to be completed. The football team should be able to start utilizing the fields June 1.
Next up is football operations – coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and such – starting to move in June 9. If all goes well, coaches and their office equipment will be in place by July 1 – a full month before the start of fall practices.
Most of the remaining work entails finishing interior spaces. Max said the complex includes 738,000 square feet.
“It’s a massive undertaking, and it’s being built in 20 months,” he said. “It’s a pretty remarkable project.”
The Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center, along with academic spaces on the north and east sides of the stadium, should be completed around July 1. Those spaces demonstrate the multi-purpose nature of the stadium.
Once everything’s in place, the stadium will be a rallying point for the entire campus.
“We are so excited for the project to be completed,” said Chris Ferris, senior associate director of athletics for sales, marketing and communications. “It will be a rallying place for our student body, and we can invite alumni and families from all around the world back to this beautiful place to connect with our campus and community. Home football games will now become football weekends in Fort Collins.”
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