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May2010 Volume 4 | Issue 9

Dear CSU Parents and Families:

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We’ve made it to the end of the semester! Last month we celebrated students' academic, involvement, and leadership accomplishments and it was filled with the achievements of student scholarship, service, and personal growth. We are always amazed by how much our students are able to accomplish and give back to their communities, and we thank you for all you have done to guide and support them on their educational journeys.

Last week students finished their classes, turned in final papers and group projects, and students are now preparing for their final exams. It’s so important for students to hear messages of support during this time of high stress and pressure and parents and families tend to have just the right words to help students conquer the final hurdle of the semester. A small care package with your student’s favorite snacks, stress-relieving items, and motivational messages can lift students' spirits and help them get through this week. CSU also offers a number of academic and personal resources on campus should your student need additional support to cope with these pressures. Check out the Parent and Family website for resource and contact information.

Congratulations to the parents and families of graduating students! What a great feeling to know your student accomplished his or her goals and is moving toward the next phase of life. For comprehensive information regarding your student's commencement ceremony, please visit the University’s Commencement website. Each College has a separate commencement ceremony, with webcasting available for those unable to come to campus. Graduation weekend (May 14-16) is extremely busy with students moving out of the residence halls, changing apartments, preparing for summer school and summer jobs, graduation, and end of the year celebrations. Please use the RAMFAM Association Business Directory to help you plan your visit to Fort Collins during this busy time.

You may want to begin having conversations with your student about expectations for the summer. If your student is returning home, you may be longing for some great family time but your student is longing for some extended R & R. You may be anticipating being able to rely on your student to drive younger siblings to activities all summer, while your student may be anticipating continuing to keep a schedule without boundaries, supervision or curfews. Remembering that your student has been on his or her own for the past year, it is important to honor his or her emerging adulthood; however, it is also appropriate to articulate your expectations and concerns. Try hard to have an “adult to adult” conversation. Treat your student with respect, listen to his or her ideas, and negotiate expectations. This is an important step for your student to take responsibility for his or her actions while balancing living under your roof.

Planning is underway for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2010! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 15 - Sunday, October 17, 2010! Events begin early Friday afternoon so plan ahead to arrive in time for a variety of Open Houses, a seminar on Housing Options After the First Year, the Homecoming Parade, Bonfire and Fireworks. Saturday morning includes the Health and Exercise Science 5K Race, campus tours, RamTown, the tailgate and football game against Utah. Each year we receive feedback from families wanting more free time to spend with their students. We’re listening and have cleared Saturday evening for students and families to explore Fort Collins together. Maybe your student will take you to a fun restaurant in Old Town or to one of our local movie theatres for some relaxing entertainment. Sunday brings the RAMFAM Association meeting to wrap up the weekend! Stay tuned for more information throughout the fall semester.

Lastly, CSU recently participated in a national mental health assessment. We found two statistics that speak to student/family relationships and we wanted to share these with you.

Students who Marked This Statement is “Extremely Like Me”

I feel that my family loves me 90.2%
My family gets on my nerves 12.7%

 
In closing, the articles in this month’s newsletter help us wrap up the year. Thank you so much for all you do to support your student…we’ll be interested to see how the “my family gets on my nerves” statistic has changed for both you and your student at the end of summer break!  Best wishes for a relaxing, safe, and productive summer. We look forward to seeing many of you and your students next fall. Congratulations again to the graduating seniors!

Sincerely,

Jody & Kacee

Jody Donovan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Students/
Executive Director of 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
jody.donovan@colostate.edu

Kacee Collard Jarnot
Assistant Director of 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
kacee.collard@colostate.edu

 

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Summer Productivity

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Sunset by Francesco Marino: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=809
The summer

months in between semesters provide the opportunity for students to accomplish as little or as much as they wish. While some students are perfectly happy sleeping until noon and playing video games in the basement to recuperate from their rigorous academic schedule, many students prefer to use the summer to their advantage by job shadowing or interning in a specific area. Regardless of your student’s drive over the summer, we’d like to provide a few ideas for families to help their students accomplish some things over the summer break to better prepare them for the next academic year.

  • Rest. Students are currently in full academic mode as they prepare for finals. Giving your student a few weeks to relax and restore will help him or her be more productive over the summer. However, more than a week or two could lead to an entire summer of rest.
  • Get ahead. If your student is on a strict 4-year plan, taking courses at the local community college can be an easy and inexpensive way to complete a few classes. Be sure your student is talking with the Registrar’s Office or the Transfer Center to be sure the credits will transfer before enrolling in the course.
  • Tackle one of life’s big decisions. Whether it’s choosing a major or choosing a career, students should spend some time reflecting on their goals and aspirations to figure out ‘next steps’. The Career Center website has tons of online resources for students to research at their convenience. 
  • Gain experience. If your student is deciding between majors or career specialties, job shadowing and interning provide hands-on opportunities for students to determine whether or not this major or career is right for him or her. Encourage your student to take initiative to call local businesses to ask for opportunities or informational interviews to help confirm your student’s choice of major or career. 
  • Give back. Many students will spend their summers volunteering and giving back to their communities. If your student is struggling or just doesn’t have the oomph to navigate majors or careers this summer, suggest volunteering at a local shelter or not-for-profit organization. Spending a summer helping a cause your student connects with (whether it is serving kids, animals, or the homeless) can facilitate a reevaluation of your student’s goals and objectives. Maybe your student will find they need a major or career that closely aligns with their values. 
  • Help around the house. Begin those conversations about expectations for the summer. Do you expect your student to resume his or her chores? Pick up some new jobs around the house? Chauffeur little brother or sister to activities during the summer? It is appropriate to have some expectations for your student’s return; however, it is also appropriate for your student to have some expectations for him or herself. Make sure to have a conversation and truly listen and negotiate so the summer is fulfilling and satisfying for all involved.

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Parent & Family Feedback

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Every two years we survey parents and family members of our current students to help us improve our programs and services for you. This data is incredibly important to us, as we use it to plan, program, and create new initiatives based on your responses. For example, in our last survey, we discovered out-of-state families do not feel as connected to Colorado State University and many of our out-of-state families want to connect with each other. In response, we are rolling out Hometown RAMFAM Clubs to help families connect and network with each other. (If you are interested in participating in a Hometown RAMFAM Club, contact Kacee Collard Jarnot for more information.) 

This year’s survey is just under 40 questions long and should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. We really appreciate your support and feedback!

Please click on this link (or cut and paste it into your web browser): http://studentvoice.com/colostate/10parentfamily to complete the survey by July 31, 2010. 

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Rocky Mountain Showdown - Back in Denver & Student Tickets are $25

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RAMFAM

It’s back! The CSU-CU football game is back in Denver for the next 10 years! Families will be glad to know the student ticket prices are also back!  Full-time students enrolled at CSU for Fall 2010 can purchase one ticket to the game at the student price of $25. Student tickets are only available online at CSURams.com at 8:00 am on July 19, 2010. If you are a part-time student, a grad student, or a parent or family member, you will need to purchase regular priced tickets.

Students can log onto CSURams.com to purchase their ticket. Students must have their student ID# ready and a MasterCard or Visa credit card. Students can also purchase additional tickets for guests who are not CSU students (parents, siblings, etc.) at the regular price of $55 each. Guest tickets will be placed in the same area.

The CSU student section at INVESCO will be divided into three general admission areas. Your students will be assigned a GA section when they receive a ticket. The early your student buys, the better general admission area they will receive. Seats are first come first serve within each general admission area, which allows students to sit with friends and family!

ASCSU Student Government is sponsoring bus rides to the stadium from campus and back. Students can purchase bus tickets at the same time they purchase their tickets. Space is limited. The bus ticket price hasn’t been determined yet, but it is expected to be similar to the 2008 price.

The CSU-CU football game has historically been one of the most popular events for CSU students to attend and student tickets usually sell out. Make sure your students purchase tickets early so they’re not left out. Remember, students receive free tickets to all CSU home football games in 2010, starting with the Ag Day game vs. Idaho on Sept. 25th (did someone say “Orange Out?”).

Please contact the CSU ticket office (1-800-491-RAMS) if you have any questions or issues when purchasing tickets.
 

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Parents Fund:  Supporting Students

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Parents Fund Gifts

Over the years, the CSU Parents Fund has helped make a variety of programs feasible and successful, both on campus and in the Fort Collins community. Student organizations can apply for funding through the Parents Fund Grant if their programming meets the following criteria: to create or enhance the Division of Student Affairs programs that lead to the academic and personal success of Colorado State students; to provide financial assistance to the Division of Student Affairs programs that expands the sense of community at Colorado State, where all students feel welcome and important; and to support University-wide programs and projects that enrich educational opportunities for Colorado State students.

Below are a few examples of programs Colorado State University’s Parents Fund has enriched during the 2009-2010 academic year:

Wellness Programs
CSU Faith and Medicine Symposium, Safety& Alcohol Poisoning Prevention Cards, Take Back the Night, and Consent Turns Me On

Leadership Programs
President’s Leadership Program, Ram Racing FSAE Team, and 2010 Women's Conference

Diversity Programs
Knowing the World: 16th Annual World Fest, MLK Day Events, CSU/UADY Student Exchange, Eric Vincent Concert, Eid Cultural Night, National Hispanic Heritage Month, Shades of Colorado State University, Bear Bergman’s Sing if You’re Glad to be Trans, World Unity Fair, Chinese New Year Gala, Auction Block to Hip Hop, Knowing the World: French Night, and Knowing the World: Ghana

Community Programs
Citizen's Academy, Commuter Webinar, Oxfam Hunger Banquet, Native American Month/ Pow Wow, Empty Bowls, The Furniss Lecture: Dr. Ruth Mazo Karras, Civil Rights Road Trip, Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Regina Mason, International Dance Party, LA Comedy Shorts, 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Individuals with Disabilities, Spread the Word to End the Word, and ASL Comedy Tour

Other Programs & Services
Marshall-Fields/Wolfe Scholarship Luncheon, Homecoming & Family Weekend, Parent & Family Programs and Materials, and RAMFAM Association Materials

The grants are 100 percent funded through parents, families and friends of CSU. We greatly appreciate your continued support and dedication to student learning! If you wish to contribute to the parents fund please visit our online giving site or call Sarah Morgan at (970) 491-3403.
 

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