Dear Parents and Families,
We hope all is well with you!! We are thrilled to have many of you joining us later this week for Homecoming and Family Weekend.
For those family members who can be here, we know it’s a great time to connect with your student, connect with the campus, and connect with the surrounding community. There’s a good chance fall colors will be on display – at least to some degree. Enjoy!! While you are here, please note the following:
Details of Homecoming and Family Weekend events:
Friday, October 7, 2016
- Experiential Learning Opportunities – Alternative Breaks, Education Abroad and other International Education Experiences, 11:30am
- Housing Options After the First Year, 1:30pm
- Festival on the Oval, 3:30pm
- Homecoming Parade, 4:30pm
- Friday Night Lights - Pep Rally, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the “A”, 6:00pm
Saturday, October 8, 2016
- 5K Race, 8:00am
- Parent and Family Breakfast, 9:00am (SOLD OUT!!)
- Homecoming & Family Weekend Tailgate, begins at 4:00pm
- Homecoming Football Game (CSU vs. Utah State), begins at 8:00pm
For those family members who cannot be here for Homecoming and Family Weekend, we encourage you to find ways this upcoming weekend to connect with your student to just say “hi,” to offer words of support, or to send a care package/card. Your love and support is key – and there are many ways to demonstrate it without being here this weekend.
There are also ways to stay connected to the events and programs occurring throughout the weekend. For both the “Experiential Learning Opportunities” and “Housing Options After the First Year” programs, we will be positing the presentation information, as well as appropriate links to CSU resources, following the event. This information will be available on the Parent and Family website at: http://parents.colostate.edu/hot-topics. Also, follow us on social media for real time updates!
Other upcoming events:
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U-Turn: Helping Your Student Achieve their Goals for Academic Success
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 understandings 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 that 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 achieve, exceed, and even establish 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) two things about U-Turn:
One – Although U-Turn is a very popular event for students 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, October 11th from 11am to 4pm in the Lory Student Center Grand 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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The Native American Cultural Center -- NACC
By Ty Smith, Director & Tiffani Kelly, Assistant Director
The Native American Cultural Center (NACC) was established in 1979, with four main advocacy and service areas including recruitment, retention, graduation and community outreach. We offer a variety of programming and services to support students during their time at CSU, while also aiming to create an inclusive and supportive environment so students feel connected and at home while on campus. The office embraces and encourages a supportive environment based on the traditions and cultures of Native American peoples.
The 2016-2017 year is looking to be one of our best years yet! Enrollment for Native American students is up, and there are many upcoming events and programs for all students to get involved in! One of our favorite times of year is November, which is National Native American Heritage Month. We provide many different types of programming, including the AISES Annual Pow Wow, the Harvest Dinner, keynote speakers, documentaries and much more! This year, we are really looking forward to the 34th AISES Pow Wow which will take place on Sunday, October 30th in the Lory Student Center Ballrooms. This event is free and open to everyone! The pow wow will feature Native American dance, music, food, jewelry and more! Our other large event for the month will be our keynote speaker, Dr. Adrienne Keene, who is a Native scholar, writer, blogger, and activist. She is the creator and author of Native Appropriations, a blog that discusses cultural appropriation and stereotypes of Native peoples in fashion, film, music and other forms of pop culture. Her lecture will take place on Thursday, November 10th at 6:30pm in the Lory Student Center Ballroom D. Right before her lecture, the NACC office and the LSC Arts Program will host a reception for the opening of the Duhesa Gallery exhibit, which this semester is featuring Native American artists who focus on the concept of cultural appropriation. The Duhesa Gallery is located on the third floor of the LSC, right outside of the ballrooms.
All Native American Heritage Month events are free and welcome to everyone, so please join us for a great month of celebration and education! To get a full list of upcoming events for Heritage Month, as well as other programs and services NACC offers, please check our website: www.nacc.colostate.edu or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csunacc. NACC welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to stop by and say hello, so if you or your student is interested in a program or learning more, please stop by our office! We are located in the Lory Student Center, room 327. See you in November!
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YOU@CSU helps students navigate the ups and downs of college life
By CSU Health Network
At Convocation at the start of this school year, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Blanche Hughes, offered a “gift” to this incoming class – she gifted a new digital tool called YOU@CSU.
YOU@CSU is an online student success portal built to connect students to CSU specific information, resources and even quick pick-me-ups. Think Google--if Google could search with the perspective of a CSU student in terms of resources to connect with both on and off campus.
We know students are busy and as much as we’d like to have all campus resources open 24/7, obviously that’s not feasible. However, now with YOU@CSU, students have a 24/7 tool to help them maneuver the broad system of resources on campus to support their success.
CSU Health Network staff worked closely with Grit Digital Health, a business focused on wellness and technology, to create and launch this innovative tool that empowers CSU students to lead productive, well-balanced lives focusing on their strengths and assets as much as the challenges they face.
It’s called YOU@CSU because the content and resources are uniquely tailored to the CSU campus and CSU students. The tool emphasizes individual well-being and self-awareness in three domains:
- SUCCEED = Academic and career goals
- THRIVE = Physical, mental, and emotional well-being
- MATTER = Purpose, meaning, and campus connection
By creating a profile and completing self-assessments (short, personalized “Reality Check” quizzes), the sophisticated algorithm within YOU@CSU shuffles its content and suggests the right tools and resources in a personalized and relevant manner from one student to the next. The resources range from videos to connection with subject-matter experts. There also is an important feature included in the portal and search function that directs students in distress to campus resources.
Students can access YOU@CSU resources and self-guided skill building modules when and how they want – on their computers, phones, or tablets, at any time day or night.
In addition, students are assured the freedom of honesty and security with YOU@CSU. While the University receives aggregate data about student use and activity, there is no way of tracking individual use or responses. This creates an environment in which students can feel safe to be honest and explore sensitive topics.
YOU@CSU launched earlier this year, and it has received a warm welcome from our students. On average, students spend more than five minutes on the site and there have been over 12,000 sessions since the launch.
While the tool is tailored for students, parents and family members can login to a demo site to get a deeper look about what YOU@CSU is all about and how it can help your student. Simply follow these steps:
1.Go to https://you.colostate.edu/login
2.Log in with the username of firstname.lastname@example.org and the password of csu-test-2016
YOU@CSU is the first technology of its kind, and Colorado State is the first campus to offer it, so it will continue to be refined and improved through our experience with it. We hope you take a few minutes to check it out and encourage your student to use this tool to boost their college experience.
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Flu shots available on campus
Cold and flu-like illnesses can negatively affect class attendance and school performance. Students can protect themselves and others from the flu by getting a flu shot. Flu shots are available on campus for students through the CSU Health Network. No appointments necessary. Students can go to Hartshorn Health Center, located on campus at 600 South Drive, between 7:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (Tuesdays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm). For more information on cold and flu prevention and care, visit http://health.colostate.edu/resources/flucold-prevention-care/.
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By Andrea Coryell, Assistant Director of Alcohol and Other Drugs, CSU Health Network
Halloween is a time of high-risk drinking for some students and hence, worth a conversation. Ask your student what their plans are for the weekend leading up to Halloween and how they plan to stay safe if choosing to drink. The City of Fort Collins Police as well as CSU Police will be patrolling around campus and in student neighborhoods in higher numbers. In 2015, there were 116 student conduct cases over Halloween weekend, most of which were alcohol-related. The sanctions resulting from incidents during Halloween weekend last year ranged from warnings to suspension from the University. Even if your student does not drink, we still recommend talking about their plans. For more information, visit http://health.colostate.edu/resources/alcohol-other-drugs/.
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Get to Know the Office: The Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry and the Office for Scholarship and Fellowship Advising
By Erin Hammersley
Is your student looking for experience in research on a college campus? Is your student looking for an opportunity to showcase their creative endeavors? Is your student interested in engaging in research internationally or an internship abroad? Perhaps your student is already connected, involved, and is passionate about their current research project – is your student a future leader in the field?
The Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry, as well as the Office for Scholarship and Fellowship Advising are great resources here at CSU for students who are looking to participate in research, gain practice in presenting academic and creative projects, and for those that are potential future leaders in the field seeking funding for future educational opportunities and projects.
The Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry helps students by supporting connections to experiential learning opportunities, such as a connection to research with a faculty member. Additionally, through programs, students learn the process for developing and presenting their research or showcasing other creative works. Workshops and research academies connect students to staff and peers with shared interests, propelling growth. The Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry helps students to prepare for the next steps in their career, offering programs and services that highlight the great work being accomplished by students here on campus.
What programs and services are offered?
How does my student connect with this office?
The Office of Scholarship and Fellowship Advising provides students with support in navigating requirements of applications for nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship awards. The opportunities vary based on a student’s year at CSU. This office has the unique role of seeking and recruiting students that are leaders in their field for various awards, like Elizabeth Hale a 2016 Truman Scholar. This is the first time in nearly 40 years a student at CSU received this prestigious award – congratulations Elizabeth! Elizabeth is one of many students at CSU that are awarded or nominated for top honors each year (see all of CSU past recipients here). The Office of Scholarship and Fellowship Advising also supports students in exploring experiential learning opportunities abroad, such as research in a variety of subject areas or formal programs designed to engage students in topics of social justice and diversity.
What are nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships?
Nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship awards are opportunities for recognition of elite work in a field by both graduate and undergraduate scholars, these awards are representative of all students across the United States. These awards are highly-competitive and considered some of the most prestigious awards a student can earn. Deadlines for many of these awards are December through January. General information about the many opportunities and considerations can be found here.
We’ve selected a few to highlight:
What experiential learning opportunities can my student explore?
How does my student connect with this office?
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Your Students Have Time Before They Sign (a lease)
By The Office of Off-Campus Life
As we approach the middle of fall semester many students and family members begin to discuss housing options for next year -- which can be an additional source of stress and anxiety during the already busy time. Many students in Fort Collins are under the impression that housing is so limited that you have to sign a lease almost a year in advance to secure a place, but that’s just not true. The fall semester is a great time to start the research process, but not a time to rush into a lease.
Signing a lease too early and without research can cause problems down the road, whereas waiting to sign allows students to take their time in figuring out if they want to study abroad, look for compatible roommates (hint, they may not be the ones they are thinking of right now), learn what a realistic budget looks like, figure out the type of housing they want (apartment, single family home, etc.) and more.
Keep in mind, however, that if the student has very specific needs (i.e. a service animal, accessibility requirements), they will want to begin researching and seeking help earlier in the process to make sure those needs can be met.
Additionally, on February 7th, 2017 students will have the opportunity to attend our 32nd annual Housing Fair. This is where students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from apartment complexes and landlords all in one place. This is a great place and time to start finalizing housing plans.
Another option is living on campus. Housing & Dining Services will be rolling out Live On, the room selection campaign for students currently in the halls, on November 1st. We are very excited to offer returning students premium spaces on campus as well as incentives to remain on campus. Please stay tuned for details and plan to attend the Housing Options Presentation during Homecoming & Family Weekend on October 7th at 1:30pm in the Lory Student Center Theater.
Please encourage your student to take their time and not rush into signing a lease. Now is the time for research and becoming an informed renter. Have your student swing by Off-Campus Life in the Lory Student Center, Room 274 (www.ocl.colostate.edu) to gather information and resources on living.
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Exploring Community Engagement and Leadership Skills
By Laruen Shulman, Residence Life
ExCELS (Exploring Community Engagement and Leadership Skills) is a 4 week, non-credit class for students interested in becoming a Resident Assistant, Inclusive Community Assistant, or Community Desk Manager. The class is designed to provide students with a broad overview of Residence Life and the student staff and leadership positions available within the department, while also serving as the first step in the application process. Students attend 2-hour sessions each week for 4 weeks and connect with each other on topics like leadership, inclusion, and diversity while preparing to complete the Fall 2017 student staff application, available November 14th-December 16th. ExCELS is required for RA, ICA, and CDM applicants, and is strongly encouraged for students considering leadership positions in Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Registrations and more information about each position are available until October 7th for all Fall 2017 positions at www.resliferecruitment.colostate.edu.
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Commencement Information: Celebrate your Graduate!
If you have a student graduating in December … 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 Thursday, Nov. 10.*
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 Nov. 10, he or she is not guaranteed the proper regalia size or color for commencement.
Official CSU License Plates make a great gift!
Still looking for the perfect graduation gift? Your student will love to show their Ram Pride on the road with official CSU license plates. The Colorado Annual Grad Pack includes all items in the Annual Grad Pack, plus official CSU license plates!
Learn more about or purchase a Colorado Grad Pack here.
Questions? Please contact the Alumni Association at (800) 286-2586.