Dear Parents and Families,
May is here! How fast the school year flies by! The time for final projects and exams is in full swing. Now is a great time to send your student a little message of encouragement for the final stretch.
As the end of the academic year approaches, our staff offers a heartfelt congratulations to those of you with students graduating from CSU this semester. This is a time for your family to celebrate accomplishments and reflect on fond memories from your student's CSU journey.
For the parents and families of first-year and returning students, the end of the school year is another major milestone to celebrate. Summers are an important time for students to recharge, but also reflect on the past year and begin to set goals for the next. Whether your student is working at a job or internship, taking classes, or simply taking some time off, summer is a great opportunity to have a conversation with your student about their hopes and expectations for the future. We also know summer can be an adjustment for students and their families, especially if they are returning home after being away for a while. You might want to review the article written last month about students Coming Home After the First Year.
A few reminders for folks:
- For those of you with students currently living on campus, Residence Halls will close on Friday, May 13th at 10:00pm. The last meal served in the dining centers is lunch on Friday, May 13th. Students can pick up a to-go meal by 2:00pm. For more information about Move Out visit the Housing and Dining Services website.
- The dates for 2016 Homecoming and Family Weekend have been set! Mark your calendars for October 6-8th, 2016. Details of the weekend are still being finalized but you can expect to enjoy the traditional events including the Homecoming Parade, bonfire, fireworks, and football game. Details and event tickets can be found on the Homecoming and Family Weekend Website. We look forward to seeing you there!
I would also like to take this moment to say a farewell. After serving as the Graduate Assistant for Parent and Family Programs for the last two years, I will be graduating and moving on from Colorado State University. I have truly enjoyed my time working with and getting to know many CSU families over the last two years. It is bittersweet after my time in the office to be sending off one final family newsletter. In closing, I want to offer a tremendous thanks to the Parent and Family Programs staff for all the wonderful memories and learning opportunities we have shared together. The passion and dedication this team brings to supporting students, families, and the CSU community is inspiring. I am proud to have called myself a member of the Parent and Family Programs team, and will always think of myself as a member of the Ram Family.
Graduate Assistant: Parent & Family Programs
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Important Upcoming May Dates
The end of the year is right around the corner! Final exam preparations are beginning and summer plans are in the making!
There are many events and activities occurring this month to help with the possible stress of finals!
- The Mindful Drop In Group is a mindfulness meditation practice group open to all to help manage stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, and promote health and well being! Encourage students to stop by to take a load off! (Date & Time: May 4th at 12:10pm-1pm in LSC 324)
- Does your student need a good laugh to de-stress?! Stop by the last CSU Comedy Works show of the semester! This is a free comedy show featuring hilarious Colorado comedians! Entertaining and diverse comedy you don’t want to miss! (Date & Time: May 4th at 7pm-9pm in the LSC Theatre)
Friendly furry friends will also be making their way around campus this month as well to give students a break from studying.
- De-Stress with Dogs: May 3rd in Durrell A&B and May 5th 6pm-8pm in LSC 226/228. Come play with friendly dogs to give working brains a rest!
- HABIC Therapy Dogs: May 6th from 12pm-1pm in the Morgan Library. Take a break and visit the Human-Animal Bond in Colorado Therapy dogs!
We wish you and your students the best of luck in finishing this semester as well as a wonderful and safe summer break!
Dates to keep in mind:
- Last day to process University withdrawal: May 6th
- Spring classes end: May 6th
- Final Exams: May 9th – 13th
- Commencement Ceremonies: May 13th and 14th
- Final Grades due: May 17th
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We Need Your Feedback!
Help us by taking our survey:
Help Parent and Family Programs improve our services and programming by taking a few minutes to share your feedback on our biennial survey.
You can access the Parent and Family Programs survey by clicking on this link: http://studentvoice.com/col/parentandfamilyprograms
Please note you can also cut and paste the link directly into your web browser if the link doesn't work. We’d appreciate your feedback by May 31, 2016.
Thanks so much for your participation!
-Parent & Family Programs
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Celebrate commencement by getting your graduating student’s photo with our beloved mascot CAM the Ram! Join us for CAMera Day on Friday, May 13th, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Oval. Look for CAM on the south side of the Oval, and don’t forget to tell your student to bring his or her cap and gown!
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Day of Giving
CSU’s Day of Giving nets 1,974 gifts in 24 hours
Give yourselves a pat on the back, Rams. You really do Love Your State. You proved it April 21 during the annual "Love Your State Day of Giving." Your generosity helped CSU surpass its goal for number of gifts during a memorable 24 hours.
“The outpouring of support for this Day of Giving was tremendous,” said Brett Anderson, Vice President of University Advancement. “Our students, alumni and friends helped us surpass all of our goals for this day. Thank you to each and every donor who supported a fund here at Colorado State University that they care about. You are making a difference.”
The goal for the day was to have 1,870 gifts to funds supporting students and programs in all eight of CSU’s colleges. By day’s end, 1,974 gifts totaling $127,245 from 43 states were received in the Day of Giving.
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Rams Against Hunger fund had the most gifts. The smallest gift was $10, while the largest was $10,000.
Double the gifts from last year
This was the second 24-hour Day of Giving. Last year, CSU received 766 gifts during the inaugural event.
For more information and to see the rest of the article see the SOURCE.
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Student Diversity Programs and Services Spotlight
The Native American Cultural Center (NACC) was established in 1979, with the 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 feeling 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 2015-2016 year brought a lot of exiting events and programs to the office, including our annual events such as the Welcome Back BBQ, AISES Pow Wow, Native American Heritage Month, the All-Nations Leadership Retreat (a collaboration with the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center), and our annual K-12 outreach trips with the Little Shop of Physics. We also celebrated another great year of academic support programming including our Eagle Feather Tutoring Program, North Star Peer Mentoring Program, and Native Women’s Circle. All of our programs are free and open to all students at CSU.
A highlight of the year was an ongoing collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the City of Fort Collins, and Larimer County as we celebrated National Bison Day with the welcoming back of the American Bison to Colorado. We honored the occasion with the release of ten bison onto the prairie of Northern Colorado. After an absence of over a century, a herd of bison were returned to the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space area, which is north of Fort Collins. This project not only has profound scientific implications, but also has great cultural significance as well. The bison represents the heart, the life, of many Native cultures and we were excited to help welcome the bison home. Following the celebrations in November, there were multiple opportunities for NACC students to become involved in some of the research opportunities that came from this project. This event was such a milestone event that Colorado State held and NACC was extremely honored to be able to participate in this collaboration.
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. You can also check out our website for more information on programs, services and upcoming events: www.nacc.colostate.edu
Yakoke (Thank You),
Tiffani Kelly, Assistant Director
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Advising Insights - Exploring Career Opportunities Over Summer
By Haley Richards | Academic Support Coordinator, Center for Advising & Student Achievement (CASA)
Summer jobs, internships, travel and classes. Regardless of your student’s plans, the summer months can be a great time for academic and career exploration. Below is a list of academic and career exploration activities students can pursue in the summer:
- Online research of majors and career fields is always recommended to students. When things slow down during the summer, many students find the mental space to do some reflection and research on what may be a good fit for their interests, values and skills. The Center for Advising and Student Achievement has information on how to get started with this exploration process.
- Job shadowing and networking are valuable uses of your student’s time. Encourage your student to talk to friends, family members, friends of family members, etc. to start building their professional network.
- Summer jobs can help a student learn about an industry, gain exposure to different styles of management, and develop customer-service and conflict management skills.
- Summer classes are not only a way for students to catch up or get ahead on credits but they can also be a wonderful opportunity for exploration and discovery.
- Summer internships are positions (sometimes unpaid) related to the student’s academic or professional interests. Internships are a great way for students to gain hands-on experience in the professional world.
Most academic advisors have some availability during the summer months, so encourage your student to contact his or her advisor with questions or concerns about academics, majors, internships, etc. Should your student want to connect with an advisor, please keep in mind that some students may have multiple advisors.
All students at CSU should have access to academic advising through their home academic department. Some students have multiple advisors on campus. Reasons for having multiple advisors include:
- Declaring a second major – Typically a student should have an advisor for each major. It is recommended to meet with each advisor a minimum of one time per academic semester.
- Declaring a minor – Most departments do not assign students to an advisor if the student is seeking a minor. However, advising is available, and it is recommended to meet with the department advisor once per academic year.
- Seeking a professional program following CSU – CSU offers supplemental academic advising for students seeking admission into health-professional programs (medicine, nursing, optometry, etc.) and law following their time at CSU. Interested students should make contact with health professions' advisors or the pre-law advisor as early as possible to learn about entrance requirements, prerequisites, and involvement opportunities.
We advisors know your student has a lot going on and remembering to schedule an appointment with even one academic advisor may seem overwhelming. However, seeking advising from all departments is important for students to accomplish their goals and create the experiences they want at CSU.
We wish you and your student a safe, productive, and enjoyable summer.
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