Dear Parents and Families,
Greetings from Fort Collins! We hope the spring semester is going well for your student – can you believe it’s already March?! We’ve been very lucky to be treated with warm temperatures and sunny skies for the past few weeks, with no end in sight!
While students are approaching midterms, this weather may be causing spring fever to set in! Also, Daylight Savings Time (March 13th) and Spring Break (March 14th – 18th) are just over a week away! We hope your student is looking forward to the break and time for rejuvenation. If your student is living in the residence halls and plans to relax here, please note the Residence Hall break structure. Select halls will remain open for an additional fee for students who register in advance. Otherwise, a number of residence halls close on Friday, March 11th at 10pm and reopen on Sunday, March 20th at 8am. If your student plans to stay on campus during this time, it is very important to register – students can check in with their RA or other staff in their hall for more information.
After Spring Break, our graduating students will turn their attention towards a strong finish to the semester and planning their next adventure after CSU. If your graduating student has not done so already, please encourage them to check in with their Academic Advisor/Department to review degree requirements and sign the Contract for Completion of Major/Minor – what an exciting time! For more information see the Commencement website. Also, please use our RamFam Preferred Partners Business Directory as you plan your trip to Fort Collins.
Finally, we appreciate all you do to support your student! For those families of students returning home for the break, enjoy your time together. We hope your student is enjoying a successful semester. If we can be of help or support please give us a call!
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Important Upcoming March Dates
Happy March Rams!
This month brings hopefully some warmer weather and exciting events to further student success and exploration!
With midterms around the corner many students have academics on their mind. The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) has valuable resources to support students!
Speaking of academics there are a few important dates to keep in mind if your student is considering making any changes to their schedule this semester:
- Course Withdrawal Period Ends- March 21st
- Repeat/Delete Requests Due- March 21st
And of course with March, there is also Spring Break! Well-deserved time for students to take a break, maybe catch up, and enjoy time for themselves! Spring break is March 14th through March 18th.
Other March Events to Keep In Mind:
- March 3rd- 4th - No More Injustice: An exposition on modern day slavery and human trafficking - 10am-4pm in the LSC Ballroom
- March 5th - Men’s Basketball Home Game versus Air Force - 2pm in Moby Arena
- March 5th - TEDxCSU hosts 10 interactive exhibits and speakers – 11:00am to 5:00pm in the Lory Student Center Theater
- March 25th & 26th – The ______Monologues - a collection of CSU student written and performed pieces that focus on issues facing college students today ranging from sexual assault, domestic abuse, sexuality, identity, body acceptance, human trafficking, sexism, and more. – Lory Student Center Theater
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Off-Campus Living: Life in Fort Collins
By Emily Allen | Office Campus Life
All of us at Off-Campus Life would like to thank you for supporting your students as they make the transition to life in the Fort Collins community. In the previous newsletters we have discussed everything from living on campus to the importance of selecting roommates. In this article, we are bringing you some of the nitty-gritty items that are vital to successful off-campus living. As students transition into the community, below are some of the unique ordinances specific to Fort Collins that are designed to maintain the high quality of life for which the city is known:
- Occupancy (U+2): The City has an occupancy limit, which limits the occupants of a home to no more than three unrelated people or a family unit plus one. If a violation is found, the residents and/or property owner may be issued a citation for each day the property is over-occupied. Fines are up to $1,000 per person, per day. Don’t forget that visitors who spend the night more than thirty days in a calendar year are considered occupants. There are places around the city that allow for more tenants and Off-Campus Life’s website has a list of properties that have been granted extra-occupancy.
- Unreasonable Noise: While it can be fun to host a party, noise is a top complaint in Fort Collins and comes with a fine that can top over $2,650, a criminal misdemeanor charge, and the possibility of jail time or community service hours. When living off-campus your student can register their Friday and Saturday night parties along with select holidays through Off-Campus Life to potentially get a 20 minute warning in order to break things up before police are needed.
- Nuisance Gathering Ordinance: This ordinance holds party hosts accountable for any damage to neighboring properties as a result of a gathering. Examples of these damages include trash and litter, public urination, and vandalism. A conviction carries a fine of over $2,650 (in addition to the cost of repairs), a criminal misdemeanor charge, with the possibility of jail time or community service hours.
- Snow Shoveling: Residents are required to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours after snow has stopped falling. Students tend to get caught off guard when they leave for breaks and forget to find someone to help shovel their walks. Remind your student that it’s super important to build relationships with their neighbors early, especially when they first move in, so that they can ask for the snow shoveling help later! They don’t want to get stuck with expensive fines associated with the cost of snow removal.
- Outdoor Storage: No furniture intended for indoor use may be placed outside or on an unenclosed patio. While the couch on the porch may seem cozy, it’s a no-no while in Fort Collins.
- Parking: It is illegal to park backwards on a city street, block a driveway, park on any part of your lawn or unimproved surface, or remain parked on the street for more than 48 hours in the same place.
- Yard Maintenance: Grass and weeds should not grow over 6 inches. Remind your student to check their lease and find out whether the landlord will be maintaining the lawn or if it is their responsibility.
- Rental Habitability: There is protection for renters! If issues with water and heat are not resolved quickly by the landlord, residents can call the City at (970) 416-2305 to schedule a rental habitability inspection and receive assistance in resolving the problem.
- Avoid Renting a Lemon: Prior to renting a place, your student can check the history of the property to see if it has a record of code violations. If a home has had tickets for noise, animal disturbances, parking on yards, over-occupancy, etc. it may be in jeopardy of becoming a “public nuisance property.” The Public Nuisance Ordinance follows the residence, not the tenants. When looking to rent, your student should check to see if the rental has a history of violations. The Neighborhood Services office, (970) 224-6046 can provide this information.
- Please know that if your student is a full-time student here at the University that they have access to free legal advice from Student Legal Services here on campus. Lawyers can help students look at their leases (before they sign) as well as assist in issues that may arise after their lease is signed. Student Legal Services information can be found here: http://sls.colostate.edu/legal-info
Other Helpful Reminders
- Managing a Budget – Before your student decides to move off campus, it’s important to explain to them just how expensive this process will be. Those living off campus for the first time often report that they were not prepared for the expenses they incurred. Check out the Student Handbook (which arrived in your first year student’s campus mailbox in December or a virtual copy located on the Off-Campus Life website) for a sample budget spreadsheet or have your student visit Student Financial Services in the Student Services Building for more budgeting advice!
- Renters Insurance – Strongly consider purchasing renters insurance, or check out your home owner’s policy to see if your student is covered under your plan. It’s inexpensive (about $125 for an entire year) and will protect your student’s belongings from damage or theft. It will protect them, more importantly, from paying thousands in accidental damage from water or fire.
Remember, Off-Campus Life is here to help your student successfully live in the great City of Fort Collins. We are located in Room 274 of the Lory Student Center, www.ocl.colostate.edu or call (970) 491-2248!
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Friendly Reminder to Checkout New Campus Construction
If you have been around campus recently you probably have seen the construction cranes towering over new projects. You can learn more about the current and recently completed projects online.
- Health and Medical Center
- South College Parking Garage
- Chemistry Building
- Biology Building
- Aggie Village North (Student Apartments)
- Eddy Building Renovation
- Plan Environmental Research Center
- Research Blvd. Parking Lot
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Snow Day Essential Staff Recognition
On February 2nd CSU had a rare “Snow Day” which canceled classes and events around campus. However, not everyone got a day off. We would like to thank the 296 staff members in Housing and Dining Services who made sure our students had meals and snow was cleared outside of buildings. See the full article below about what happens around campus on a "Snow Day"
Neither rain, nor snow, nor dark of night...
By Kate Jeracki
The kid inside us all can’t help but be excited at the thought of a day off school, playing in the snow or staying warm inside.
But for a surprising number of CSU employees, a snow day is anything but a day off. From the administrators and police officers who monitor and evaluate weather conditions throughout the night before to those responsible for the care of living things – plants, animals and students – a lot of people work hard to keep the University operational during a storm the size of the one that closed campus Feb. 2.
How much work is it? Just for starters, 500 Facilities Management employees are responsible for clearing 4.5 million square feet of parking lots, 162 miles of sidewalks and and 15.8 miles of campus roads. Wielding everything from shovels to trucks, tractors and pickups they are joined by ROTC students and report to work at 3 a.m. with the goal of having campus ready to open, if it does, by 7 a.m.
“The Facilities Management teams are the real heroes, plowing streets, maintaining critical systems, and protecting our buildings,” said Steve Newman, professor of Floriculture, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, who is responsible for the greenhouses at the Horticultural Center. “We had alarms during the night that required action from Facilities crews, and I needed to come in to check the heat, make sure that the snow wasn’t damaging the glazing, and water the plants.”
How bad does it have to be to close campus for the day? That’s a call made by President Tony Frank, with input from the Public Safety Team, made up of administrators from across campus. They consult with emergency managers from the City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, Poudre School District, city and CSU police and Facilities Management as well as make their own personal observations out on the streets, even in the early morning hours.
“Safety is the primary concern in making these decisions,” explained Dell Rae Ciaravola, a member of the PST. The team usually comes together on a conference call at 5 a.m. to make the final decision.
Then Ciaravola and other members of the communications team from External Relations make sure the word gets out to all media outlets – TV and radio stations in Fort Collins and Denver as well as the Coloradoan, the Denver Post and campus media — before people start coming to campus. They also make sure internal and social media channels, such as SOURCE, the CSU Facebook page, and the CSU main webpage, are updated, and texts and emails go out to the campus community.
Read the Full Article Online
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State Your Purpose Campaign
One. Billion. Dollars.
This is our time …Colorado State University is on a quest for greatness.
Colorado State University officially launched its one billion dollar comprehensive fundraising campaign on Saturday, February 13 at its annual donor celebration event on the CSU Campus. State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University has a target completion date in 2020 to mark the 150th birthday of the University.
In 2012, Colorado State University celebrated the early and successful conclusion of its first comprehensive campaign. Now, less than four years later, we are embarking on a far more ambitious quest, looking to raise $1 billion dollars to invest in the never-ending pursuit of across-the-board excellence.
“We’re incredibly proud of this campaign – the goals it embodies, the promise it holds, and its symbolism,” CSU President, Dr. Tony Frank, said. “This isn’t a campaign that quietly questions our thinking about the future. This is a campaign that demands a declaration: State Your Purpose. That theme embodies the character of a university that is committed to continuous improvement, that rolls up its sleeves and redoubles its efforts, and that leaves no one behind as we move forward.”
Primary goals of the campaign are to:
- Dramatically increase the number of scholarships so CSU can continue to recruit outstanding students throughout the state, the country and the world.
- Invest in world-class infrastructure – classrooms, labs, residence halls and events facilities – so CSU can achieve across-the-board excellence.
- Provide resources to its exceptional programs so CSU can continue to attract the leading minds in the world to further research and teaching.
- Significantly increase CSU’s endowment for the long-term financial health of the University.
Brett Anderson, VP of University Advancement said. “It’s a monumental and meaningful task, and it’s also the ideal target when we looked at the needs of the institution to continue on our path toward excellence. If we want to continue on our journey to become the greatest land-grant university in the country, we need to successfully complete this campaign.”
“We will succeed in reaching our goal, and when we do, we will have ensured that greater numbers of our graduates leave with a diploma and not a crippling debt load,” said Dr. Frank. “We will have given our faculty the resources to continue to make groundbreaking discoveries that transform our world. We will have expanded opportunities for student veterans. And we will have demonstrated that excellence is built with the leadership of people who have both a sense of purpose and the vision to lead us forward.”
Learn more about the campaign at giving.colostate.edu. Explore purpose-driven opportunities for giving and connecting with CSU programs and people who are changing our world.
Purpose is what gives life definition and direction. It’s what ignites that flame and passion burning deep inside. It’s what compels you to give and drives you to do more. Join us.
State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University.
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Re-Envision Colorado State
Colorado State University President Tony Frank has launched Re-Envision CSU to “lay a foundation that will support change and evolution, even disruption and revolution” as Colorado State heads toward and beyond its milestone 150th birthday in 2020. CSU’s Faculty Council, Classified Personnel Council, Administrative Professional Council, and ASCSU are taking the lead on this process and would like your best ideas about the future of CSU.
First, we should be clear: This is not a strategic planning exercise. Our charge is to Re-envision, Re-imagine, and Re-invent. This is your chance to look at Colorado State University — its geography, culture, operations, environment, practices, and assumptions — and consider potential changes and approaches we could make that would elevate the university and benefit future generations. From now through September 2016, we will collect Re-Envision ideas and suggestions from the campus community. Then, September through November 2016, the campus will have an opportunity to weigh ideas and consider them for funding and implementation. Wild and creative ideas are welcome — so don’t spend too much time worrying about budget and operational realities yet. That part of the process will come later. For now, we are just asking you to dream and imagine possibilities, large and small, simple or complex.
Re-envision CSU would like CSU parent and family member perspectives. Please click on the following link, read the brief description, and scroll down to provide feedback:
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Involvement in Research
By Stephanie Moreira | Institute for Learning & Teaching
There are several ways for students to get involved at CSU. Undergraduate research is just one way to connect what students are learning in the classroom to real world impacts. It can also be a "confirming experience" for many students; they can confirm that their major is the right field for them to be in…or not. If students are interested in investigating what the possibilities of getting involved in research are, they should contact the Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry (OURA) for a meeting. The Associate Director, Stephanie “Mo” Moreira, will meet with each student to describe the various programs and how they can get involved.
The following are experiences and words of advice from students who are participating in our research programs:
Katherine B. is a first-year Zoology major. Originally from Hawaii, she spent the final year of high school in Alaska before moving to Colorado. She enjoys the scientific process, no matter the application, and she enjoys contributing to the scientific community. “To be a part of the research community at CSU means I can experience and learn about branches of research very different from my own.” Currently, Katherine is involved in two labs, “One where I am studying the behaviors of tadpoles native to the Rocky Mountains and relating their behaviors to their ecological survival, and another where I am helping to test a vaccine to help control populations of wild mares.”
Katherine’s Advice: If you are interested in getting involved in research, start thinking of what you want to learn and what you could be passionate about, now. In my opinion, it is never too early, and the best way to find a good fit is to seek it out. Just email people and ask questions! If you haven’t considered research, think about it and remember that any interest and any passion can be translated into research even if it is not your typical STEM field. In fact, many research projects at CSU happen to be from art majors. Just explore what is out there and get a feel for what you want. Don’t be afraid to email people.
Rachel S. is a Biology major and Spanish minor. Currently, she is working in Dr. Patricia Bedinger’s lab on the study of tomatoes. “Specifically, we are working with wild tomatoes from Peru and Ecuador to study the reproductive barriers between the different species. We study the genetics within the species and observe pollen tube growth among other methods to see which species can pollinate with each other and with themselves. Working in Dr. Bedinger’s lab includes a lot of variety. Our studies include working at a field site in the summer/spring, in the greenhouse, and in the lab.” Rachel contacted Dr. Bedinger after researching her lab and set up a meeting.
Rachel’s Advice: Working in a lab has taught me a lot about the biology field that I would not have learned in the classroom. I strongly recommend looking into undergraduate research in your area of study. If you’re not sure that working in a lab is for you, I suggest looking up research projects at Colorado State. This university is among the top public research universities in the nation and has been making an impact on the world. CSU offers so many different research projects and one may peak your interest. Working on a research project with a professor and mentor is an amazing experience that is helping to make an impact and preparing me for the real world.
Interested in learning more about research opportunities? Check out undergraduate research programs through The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) by going to our website.
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Commencement Information: Celebrate your graduate!
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 Sunday, April 3rd.
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.
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.
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Call-A-Ram students are well into their efforts to talk to you! Colorado State University students have been, and will continue to be calling you, our CSU parents and families. The Call-A-Ram students provide great insight into CSU from a student perspective and will help you find resources for many of the issues your student may be facing.
They are also calling to fund raise for the Parents Fund. The Parents Fund gives parents and families the opportunity to enrich the lives of all undergraduate students by funding university-wide programs to support leadership, diversity, service and learning. In cooperation with the Parents Fund Committee, the Vice President for Student Affairs determines where the need is greatest for use of Parents Fund gifts. In past years, this fund has contributed to everything from the annual Hunger Banquet, which exposes students to poverty issues, to the President's Leadership Program, which teaches students leadership skills to help them engage in social change.
We know families of college students have many expenses, but this is an opportunity to enhance your student's education outside of the classroom. This fund is sustained on donations from numerous families and we appreciate the support you can provide!
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