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August2012 Volume 7 | Issue 1

Welcome from President Frank:

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President Tony FrankWelcome to the start of the 2012-13 year at Colorado State University!

We all head into this time of year with a fresh sense of purpose and anticipation – probably similar to what you and your student are experiencing now as you prepare for their move on to campus. We look forward to welcoming back our returning students and meeting a whole new class of Rams in just a couple of weeks.

This sense of nervous excitement can be particularly acute for parents of freshmen who are making their first transition to college life. As a father, I’ve been through this transition myself in recent years, and I was admittedly surprised at what an emotional rollercoaster it can be. Every time I go to CSU Move-In to help haul boxes and meet with families, I’m reminded of how all the years of planning still don’t quite prepare you for the moment when the boxes and duffle bags are unloaded and you drive away from the residence hall with an empty car.

At Colorado State, our Ram Welcome program Aug. 16-19 is an essential part of this transition for students and their families, and I hope you’re planning to take part. Our opening Convocation is our first real opportunity as a University to formally welcome our newest students and let them know that we’re here to support them – and that we expect their very best as students and as people. CSU takes values like hard work, integrity, personal responsibility, and community very seriously – and Ram Welcome is a time for our students to get to know the real character of their campus and begin to feel confident they’ve made the right college choice.

As family and supporters of our students, your involvement through events like Ram Welcome and our RAMFAM Association means a lot to all of us. RAMFAM, in particular, is a way for you to hear from me and others about the issues impacting our campus. (Apologies in advance for the epic length of some of the emails you’ll get from me this year…as our students and faculty will tell you, brevity is not always my strong point. But on the bright side, if you’re having trouble sleeping, reading one of my messages on the budget may help…)

In all seriousness, we really do value your involvement and partnership in our CSU community and consider you members of the extended Colorado State family. Please never hesitate to write us, call, ask questions or share your ideas – and thanks for entrusting your students to Colorado State.

Let’s have a great year!

Dr. Tony Frank
President

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Dear CSU Parents & Families:

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Kacee Collard Jarnot and Jody Donovan

We’ve been working hard to prepare for your student’s arrival to Colorado State University!  Whether your student will be returning to campus or will be a first-time CSU student this fall, we welcome you to the Ram Family and hope your student’s year goes as smoothly and as productively as possible.  To help students start the semester with a ‘bang’, we invite all CSU students to participate in Ram Welcome.  For families of new CSU students, you should have received the special Ram Welcome edition of the RAMFAM newsletter last week, sharing all of the details of the Ram Welcome events for new students & families.  For our returning families, please check out the Ram Welcome article below and encourage your students to participate in Ram Welcome activities to energize their Ram Pride for the fall semester.

As we start the semester, it is important for families to know we firmly believe parents and families play a significant role in students’ success in college.  Most students truly value their parents’ and family members’ perspectives and you retain an impressive ability to influence your students’ choices and decisions through active listening and guiding questions.  As you take on a coaching/mentoring role in your students’ lives, the aim of our programming is to connect you to other parents and families and to ensure you have enough information about CSU’s offerings to redirect your student back to important resources on campus.  You can connect to CSU’s Parent & Family Programs through many avenues, including:

Our monthly e-newsletter is focused on providing you with up-to-date information about happenings on campus, descriptions of helpful resources and services, and tips for successfully supporting your college student to adulthood through the RAMFAM Association. We build each month’s newsletter using comments received in the biennial survey and various questions and concerns received through phone calls and emails over the past month.  In addition, we offer timely articles regarding the normal developmental challenges students experience throughout the year.

This month’s newsletter focuses on welcoming parents and families and on the importance of working with students to connect to campus resources early and often.  Building relationships with faculty members, advisors, and other important entities on campus is critical to student success.  We share the goal of wanting students to graduate and get jobs with benefits, so we hope you’ll see the theme of encouraging students to connect throughout the semester.  In this edition, we cover the importance of connecting with academic advisors, important upcoming events & construction of the Mason corridor, and share tips for staring the semester “on the right foot” through the calendar and transitions article.

Please note, we are here to support parents and families of our students, so whether your student is a brand new first year student or a “super senior,” please reach out if we can help.

take care,

Jody & Kacee

Jody Donovan, Ph.D.
Dean of Students/Executive Director of Parent & Family Programs
jody.donovan@colostate.edu

Kacee Collard Jarnot, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & Family Programs
kacee.collard@colostate.edu

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

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Advisor Insight:  Connecting with Academic Advisors

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Stephanie “Mo” Moreira
By
Stephanie “Mo” Moreira, Academic Support Coordinator in Health & Exercise Science

After the Preview dust settles, several staff at CSU come together to sift through the mounds of feedback from students, parents, and families. A good amount of the feedback centers on academic advising. Some folks have had extremely positive experiences; others share their concerns with the advising experience. Please note that this feedback is appreciated, and we are continuously attempting to make improvements to advising every semester.

At the heart of your feedback is that parents and families want more information about how advising works and how to help your student(s) succeed at and after CSU. The following are just a few tips to share with your student as he or she embarks or continues on the CSU journey. I believe building a positive relationship with my students is paramount to my success as their advisor. Relationships can be built positively or negatively. Relationship building is not about how many times I see your student in a semester, but the quality of those meetings. For a first-year student, I suggest meeting with an advisor at least two times the first semester. During the first meeting, I like to discuss the student’s future goals. A lot of Health & Exercise Science students want to be doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc. I like to know this information as soon as possible, so we can identify the majority of prerequisite courses for graduate schools. Some students haven’t identified their future goals, and that’s okay. In these cases, we want to provide as many opportunities to explore majors, careers, and interests as possible. For this reason, the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) holds an Exploring Majors Fair (October 10), and the Career Center works hard to assist students in finding the right fit for them.

During our first advising meeting, I will share a lot of information about the major. We will go through the required courses and what is expected for your student to graduate in the major. During the second advising meeting, your student should come prepared to discuss how the semester is going and what courses he or she is interested in taking the following semester. At some point during the first year, I would suggest for your student to come up with an academic plan (also known as a 4-year plan) that details what courses he or she plans to take during specific semesters. This is something that can be looked over by an advisor and shared with parents and families.

As for getting the right information to students, I know all of our advisors try to do their best to provide the most up-to-date information to our students. A good amount of information on majors and requirements can now be found on specific department’s websites. If you’re looking for a comprehensive website to find it all, I would start with CASA’s website on undeclared advising. In my meetings, I often walk students through CASA’s website and my own department’s, so they know where to find specific information if they ever needed it. In addition to websites, many departments have check sheets by major with a list of all the requirements for graduation. When your student is expressing frustration or has questions about the chosen major, you might want to direct him or her to these resources to gather more information. Then suggest meeting with an academic advisor to clarify any misunderstandings or brainstorm a strategy for success. As an advisor, I always appreciate a student who has done some homework before our meeting.

You might have the sense that seeing an advisor can be a one stop shop to get all of your questions answered. As an academic advisor, I cannot answer questions about how certain scholarships work or other financial questions. I cannot give overrides into courses; only the teacher of that course can do this. I cannot lift any holds from your student account. I cannot tell you the requirements for every single major on campus. What I can do is refer a student to countless resources CSU has to offer. If it seems like your student has come out of an advising appointment with a laundry list of people and offices to see, it’s probably true. Based on a specific question or interest your student has expressed to me, I’ve probably identified a resource that could further your student’s academic experience or expertly answer your student’s question.

Some of my most successful students had the continued support of their parents and families who urged them to advocate for themselves in advising. Continue to support your student’s success and, if any questions arise, suggest your student set up an appointment as soon as possible.

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Assessment Results:  RAMFAM & Biennial Surveys

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Thank you to the 1,500 of you who actively assisted us in improving the RAMFAM Association and all parent and family programs through online surveys this summer!  We appreciate your help.  We are brimming with new ideas and enhancements based on your comments and we hope you know we’ll share the results & follow up in monthly articles to address all of the high points of each survey. 

RAMFAM Association Survey Results

We surveyed all current parent and family members to learn how families participate in the RAMFAM Association meetings (in person, online, by watching archived videos, or not at all) and, based on your type of interaction, asked questions about how we can improve the programming model and quality of the meetings.

Those who attend the meetings in person are generally satisfied with the current model of the RAMFAM Association, listing items of interest and take away messages for each featured speaker last year.  Suggestions included hosting more meetings in Denver and a bevy of topics to be covered in the future.  Families that participate in person also told us they are happy about their engagement level with Parent & Family Programs and campus resources.

In terms of families watching the meetings via live webcast, families are generally satisfied with the resources offered.  We learned most families aren’t watching all 2 hours of the meeting, but using it as needed to find nuggets of helpful information.  In addition, families say they are using the monthly electronic newsletter as a resource more frequently than the RAMFAM Association meetings. Suggestions included better use and explanation of webcast/blog technology for families living outside of northern Colorado and remembering to repeat questions in the room so online viewers can be engaged in the conversation.  These families also recommended future topics and indicated their level of connection to CSU fits with their needs.

For families watching the archived videos online, they like the ease of skimming through the archived information to watch the parts of the videos that interest them.  Many indicated they would be more likely to watch a shorter/edited version of the meeting showcasing the featured speaker or topic and their responses show we have some work to do in helping these families feel connected to CSU staff and other families.  Suggestions included alternate meeting times and shorter meetings.

Most of the respondents (65%) indicated they have not participated in RAMFAM Association meetings and cited everything from not needing to connect with CSU or other families, to other commitments, to lack of awareness about the meetings, webcasts and archived videos as reasons for not participating.  We can definitely understand other commitments keep families from participating and hope you know the archived videos will always be available for that reason.  We asked families for suggestions of what to cover in RAMFAM Association meetings and this wordle shows the topics of interest listed by parents and families who haven’t participated in past meetings.

Based on the feedback received in this survey, the topics most frequently selected by families for future RAMFAM Association meetings are:

  • Career Development
  • Helping Your Student Cope with Challenges
  • Budget & Tuition Issues
  • Involvement & Employment on Campus (including current campus events)
  • Paying for College/Financing Higher Education
  • The Advising Process/Tips on Utilizing Advisors

Biennial Survey Results

The 2012 biennial survey closed yesterday.  Thank you to those of you who offered feedback and ideas.  While it will take some time to sort through the responses we’ve received and include that information in next month’s newsletter, our first blush review shows high interest in learning more about:

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Opportunities
  • Financial Issues

We’ll take the biennial survey information and combine it with the RAMFAM Association Survey feedback to develop programs and newsletter articles for the next academic year.  Thanks, again, for offering your feedback.  It helps us program to what you want and need from this service and helps make us more effective.

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Transitioning To - and Through! - Colorado State University

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College students, courtesy of Microsoft Office ImagesStudents grow a tremendous amount during their college years.  They are exposed to new people and new ways of thinking; they begin to develop mature relationships and make independent choices; and through this process of trial and error, are determining their identity and purpose in life.  That’s a lot to conquer in four or five years (amidst the academic demands of college!), but is all part of the process of becoming adults.  In this article, we describe typical developmental stages by academic year and offer tips for families to support students through these changes.

First Year 

In the first year of college, students are working on building competence in three areas:  interpersonally, academically, and physically.  Many students begin the year worrying about interpersonal relationships, thinking “Will I have friends?”  “Will my roommate and I get along?”  As they shift into the classroom, students often wonder if they can do well in college and if they were adequately prepared in high school.  It is not uncommon to see learning disabilities crop up for those who went undiagnosed in earlier schooling because they were bright enough to perform well despite their challenges, but the reading load, demands for comprehension, and personal accountability requirements dramatically increase in college.  Lastly, students are working on physical competence.  This is the first time they’ve been on their own to make healthy eating and exercise choices and sometimes it takes a little trial and error to get it right.  Students are testing how many cookies they can eat in the dining centers before they decide they need to find the Student Recreation Center.  They may also decide to live off of 2 hours of sleep per night and use energy drinks to get through the days…until they crash and sleep through most of a weekend to recover.  In all of these areas, students are learning how to balance the demands on their lives through practicing making decisions and learning the consequences of those decisions.

Second Year

The second year is all about becoming “separate from,” and eventually, becoming an interdependent adult and learning some tough life lessons through choices.  Many second year students are looking to make choices independent from others.  This is their experience and they are taking ownership of it with self-direction and problem-solving abilities through trial and error and learning from mistakes.  Selecting a major is one of the first big decisions students will have to make and it may be a big deal for students to commit to something before they are truly sure this is the “right” thing for them..  

Second year students are also learning how to develop mature interpersonal relationships.  They are interacting with others who are different from them –respecting differences and finding commonalities.  The friendships have a deeper connection than past relationships and contribute significantly to how students see themselves and the world around them.

Third Year

In the third year, students are working on developing a more fully defined identity and purpose in life.  Finally in familiar surroundings, in a major they love and living with roommates they’ve chosen, students are “coming into their own”. They are asking questions about “Who am I?” and “How do I find meaning in life?” and seeking these answers.   They become more comfortable with their friends, their families, and their perceptions of themselves.  They are able to dialogue about a range of subjects and begin to feel secure in their sense of self, knowledge, & place in the world. 

Academically, the junior year is about defining clear vocational goals and finding a life direction that works for them, using the questions listed above.  Of course lifestyle and family influences play into this goal-setting process, but this is the time where students make strong and meaningful commitments and make or stay with their decisions, even when challenged.  Students are also in the process of developing their own value system and exploring new belief systems to find what works best for them.

Fourth & Fifth Year

During the last years of the undergraduate experience, students are defining the person they’ll be after college.  All of the lessons learned over their lifetime shape students into the person they have become and who they will be in the future.  For example:  determining who will be in their lives in the future, how their vocational goals coincide with their personal values, and how to live with integrity.  Students in this position will balance the interests of others with their own interests.  Students will be able to affirm their core values, yet acknowledge there are other belief systems of value. 

How Can Families Help?

You’ve heard us say it many times: you’ve been a support to your student to now…and we don’t expect that to change.  Using the coaching/mentoring model, we encourage families to use patience when supporting students’ exploration and decision-making.  Trust in values & beliefs you have instilled in them and know there may be bumps along the road.  We encourage families to let students make the choices that impact their lives and support them through the consequences of those choices.  While it may be easier to step in and help students manage their campus business, going through these processes are important steps for students to become interdependent adults who contribute positively to society.  Lastly, ask questions and encourage students to advocate for themselves in the process.  Please note, the timeline works generally for most students, but not all.  Your student may be on his or her own time frame for development.  Keeping these guidelines in mind can be helpful as you support your student’s transition into and through Colorado State.

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Ram Welcome for Returning Students

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For families of new students, we hope you read our Ram Welcome-specific newsletter, detailing all of the events and logistics for your day and a half on campus.

For families of returning students:  Encourage your students to participate in Ram Welcome!  We know our returners have built solid friend bases and have their feet firmly planted in the CSU and Fort Collins communities, but they are still welcome to attend select Ram Welcome activities.  We’d love to welcome them back and have them join us in welcoming this new class to CSU!  Encourage your students to attend the following events:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

  • CSU Carnival & President’s Concert – 7-11 pm on the IM Fields & in the Student Recreation Center

Friday, August 17, 2012

  • Ramapalooza – 7pm – midnight in the Lory Student Center

Saturday, August 18, 2012

  • All of the evening interest programs
  • Hike to the “A” – 5-7 pm, leaving from the CSU Transit Center
  • Outdoor Movie – 9:00 pm on the Lory Student Center West Lawn
  • IM Sports Night – 6:30-10 pm on the IM Fields and in the Student Recreation Center
  • Ram Night @ Super Target – 10:30 pm – 12:30 am, leaving from the CSU Transit Center

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A Knock on Your Student's Door

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Community Welcome 2011
By Emily Allen,
Community Liaison between Off-Campus Life and the City of Fort Collins

Where can you find an event that has Fort Collins police, staff, and long-term residents working with Colorado State University police, staff, and students? The 12th Annual Community Welcome, which is sponsored by CSU’s Off-Campus Life and the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services office, connects all of these groups by teaming them up to knock on the doors of homes surrounding the CSU campus. The main purpose of the event is to welcome students back, chat with long-term residents, and provide valuable information on how to be good neighbors. On the night of August 22, approximately 150 volunteers will be divided into around 45 teams, visiting close to 2,000 homes and handing out a brochure that covers everything from important phone numbers to making smart decisions. The teams will also provide decks of cards covering city ordinances and safety tips. On top of the helpful information that is passed out, the teams emphasize the importance of forming positive relationships with those in the neighborhood (long-term residents, students, families, etc.). In addition to distributing information off campus, those living on campus will receive information about city ordinances and resources enabling students to learn of off-campus expectations before they move into neighborhoods or apartments.

The Fort Collins community is ever evolving, and each year a neighborhood surrounding the University may look different. From encouraging people to meet face to face, to exchanging cell phone numbers so that text messages may be sent, Community Welcome serves an essential role of reminding all residents the importance of communicating with your neighbors. Think back to a time when you needed to borrow an egg from a neighbor. What thought process did you go through? Perhaps you were thinking “Oh I’ll run next door to Betty’s, I have known her for years.” Or perhaps you were thinking “I’m not sure who to borrow the egg from, I don’t know any of my neighbors.” We believe that many of the skills students learn in the college environment come from outside the classroom walls. If we can work with students now, teaching them about the importance of shaking a neighbor’s hand to help avoid future conflict or that there are certain rules and regulations in a community that all residents need to abide by, then they are learning lessons they can take with them to whichever future neighborhood they choose to live.

CSU and the City of Fort Collins offers a plethora of resources to students, and Community Welcome lends a hand in helping them remember what all is out there for them to utilize. One of the featured resources is the Party Registration program that the volunteer teams will be able to encourage students to use. Noise is one of the most common complaints in Fort Collins; a noise citation can have serious consequences including up to a $1,000 fine per roommate. Party Registration is a warning system that gives students a chance to handle the noise at their parties on their own before police are involved. Teams will also have information regarding events  in Old Town Fort Collins so that students can get out and enjoy the city in which they now reside.

If you would like additional information, please contact Emily Allen, Community Liaison between CSU and the City of Fort Collins at (970) 491-6707 or emily.allen@colostate.edu.

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E-Billing and Payment Due Date

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KeyboardBy Christie Leighton, Student Financial Services

As a green university, CSU sends emails to students at their “rams” email address when monthly eBilling statements are available online on RAMweb.  The statement consists of current charges and payments, including financial aid.  Students may also request that families be notified via email when monthly eBilling statements are available online.  Parents, families and trusted individuals may view and pay their student’s University student account balance online on FAMweb if their student grants access to them.   

To view your student’s billing statement online, have your student login to RAMweb and enter/authorize your email address under the “Manage Access to My Records (FAMweb)” link.  This authorization will generate an email to the address they entered.  The email will include information and a link to “Create an Account” in FAMweb.  Once that’s done, you’ll receive monthly eBilling emails and be able to view the eBilling information online.

Important eBilling dates to mark on your calendar:

  • Fall charges will post at the end of July. The eBilling notifications will be sent & the bill will be available CSU eBilling online mid-August with a payment due date of September 10th.
  • Spring charges will post in early January. The eBilling notifications will be sent & the bill will be available online mid-January with a payment due date of February 11th.

The family portal for viewing eBilling information is called FAMweb and you may access the portal from the Parents & Families website.  In addition to eBilling, students have the ability to authorize access to view via FAMweb: current grades, transcripts, and class schedules.

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Register for Homecoming & Family Weekend-October 5-7, 2012

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Homecoming & Family Weekend graphicThe Homecoming & Family Weekend registration site is now live!  Please read below to learn about recent updates and events.  Also, please note the RAMFAM Association meeting has been moved to Saturday morning to better accommodate parents and families.

The weekend kicks off Friday, October 5, with Housing Options After the First Year.  This session helps families explore all of your student's housing options, covering residence halls, fraternity and sorority living, living off-campus, and the pros and cons of purchasing a home in Fort Collins. Saturday brings a a RAMFAM Association meeting featuring CSU leadership.  This meeting gives families an opportunity to interact with the University’s administration, learning more about important current issues and participating in a Q&A session with them.  We hope you'll join us in the afternoon for the Homecoming & Family Weekend Tailgate, which provides families an opportunity to connect and show your Ram Pride before the football game vs. Fresno State.

Over the years, families have asked for more free time during the weekend to spend time with their students.  So this year, we're doing just that – programming for Family Weekend ends after the Homecoming Football game.  We hope you'll enjoy Saturday evening and Sunday morning with your student in Fort Collins before heading home!  Here is a tentative list of all the Family Weekend Events – check the Homecoming & Family Weekend website for updates and registration links:

Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Housing Options After the First Year
  • Festival & Reunions on the Oval
  • Homecoming Parade
  • Bonfire, Pep Rally & Fireworks

Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • 5K Race
  • Hillel Bagel Brunch
  • RAMFAM Association Meeting
  • The Official Homecoming & Family Weekend Tailgate
  • Homecoming Football Game (CSU vs. Fresno State)

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Healthy Student, Happy Family:  A Message from CSU Health Network

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CSU Health Network new student checklist
By
Marie Allen, Coordinator of Marketing & Communications, CSU Health Network

Good health is essential to the academic success of students. The CSU Health Network is your student’s partner in staying mentally and physically healthy while at college.

A Healthy Transition to College

Whether this is the first student you are sending to college, or you’re a seasoned veteran of the college experience, you may find yourself wondering how your relationship with your student will change now that he or she is a college student.

A major part of this transition process is supporting your student’s expanded role in caring for his or her own health. He or she will be making independent choices about sleep, diet, and exercise, but you can still help navigate this new freedom through open conversation.

The CSU Health Network has developed a First Year Guide for Families, which explores topics ranging from stress management and budgeting to setting the stage for academic success, and provides tips for communicating with your student.  Visit the guide to learn more.

Hartshorn Renovations

The Hartshorn Health Center, home of the CSU Health Network Medical Services, has spent the summer undergoing extensive changes. We are happy to announce that a remodeling project has made patient care even better for students. The Immunizations Clinic has been updated with a bright, new look and equipment. The remodel comes with changes to the patient intake system, which will allow for pleasant and speedy visits for patients.

CSU Health Network Medical Services in the Hartshorn Health Center provide care for students ranging from primary care, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, and a pharmacy in the building. The CSU Health Network also provides counseling services and health education and prevention services to students. All services are provided by certified medical professionals and many costs are covered by university student health and counseling fees or offered at reduced rates.

Reminder: Alcohol Edu/Haven Sexual Assault Prevention Program

The Alcohol Edu/Haven Sexual Assault Prevention Program is required by all students and can be completed through RAMweb. The deadline for completion of Part One of the program is August 20th. Failure to complete the program will result in a hold being placed on your student’s academic record.  As a reminder, parents and families interested in reviewing this material can do so using the instructions given in the Ram Welcome newsletter.  It is not required for parents and families.

Reminder: Student Health Insurance Enrollment

Deadline for enrollment in the CSU Student Health Insurance Program is September 5th. If your student would like to enroll, they must do so on RAMweb by that date. Visit the insurance information page on the CSU Health Network website for more information.

Reminder: Immunization Requirement

Proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella is required by the state of Colorado for students on the CSU campus. The deadline to avoid registration holds is September 5th. Please visit immunization requirement and information page for details.

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Mason Corridor:  Linking Business, Lifestyle & Community

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MAX bus designBy Claire Thomas, Marketing & Publicity Specialist for the City of Fort Collins

Every once in a while, a project comes along that fundamentally changes the Fort Collins community.

Creating City Park in 1912. Converting the Lincoln Center into a cultural venue in 1978. Establishing Old Town Square in 1985. And now the Mason Corridor project will literally change how the spine of our city looks and functions.

When complete, the Mason Corridor will combine transit, trails, public infrastructure and private investment to spur redevelopment in the core of Fort Collins.

At the heart of the Mason Corridor is MAX, the Colorado Front Range’s first bus rapid transit system. MAX service will link major activity centers from Harmony Road on the south to Maple Street on the north.

In total, MAX will have 12 stations along the five-mile route including one station at University Ave. on the CSU campus With MAX students, faculty, staff and visitors will have another transportation option to and from campus. While students have traditionally sought housing near campus, MAX helps expand those options.  With safe, convenient travel, and buses arriving at stations every 10 minutes, the CSU community can live anywhere along the Corridor and be serviced by public transportation. CSU students also travel for free on MAX or any other Transfort bus (included in student fees)! Taking MAX to the university also eliminates the need for a vehicle on campus.

MAX is more than a new bus route. Think of it as a rubber-tired light rail that uses buses instead of trains. It will travel in a dedicated guideway for much of the route, you’ll enter the buses at the station’s raised platform, and you can bring your bike right on board. The buses are powered by compressed natural gas. 

At its core, the Mason Corridor is an economic health initiative. Redevelopment tools are in place to encourage private investment near the transit stops. Imagine shopping, dining, activities, gathering places, housing and employment along the corridor.  Through smart urban planning, economic development and modern transit, the Mason Corridor will have a significant positive impact on our community.

MAX Construction Begins, Conversion of Mason Street in Downtown to Two-Way Traffic

Construction of the MAX system is currently underway and requires major construction work.  It will take nearly 18 months to finish all the different pieces of the bus rapid transit system, but the most visible part will be happening this summer.

Look Both Ways!

To prepare for MAX, Mason Street is no longer a one-way street! In August, Mason will convert to two-way traffic north of CSU. In late July Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) replaced their deteriorating tracks and asphalt in Downtown. The new, safer tracks allow trains to travel more quickly through the city so be aware when walking and biking downtown.

Learn more about the exciting Mason Corridor project and MAX construction on the City of Fort Collins website.

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