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April2010 Volume 4 | Issue 8

Dear CSU Parents and Families:

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It's hard to believe there are only six weeks until the end of the 2009-2010 academic year!  This time of year, campus is brimming with activity.

With the warmer weather, students come out of the residence halls and we see them throwing Frisbees on the Oval or playing volleyball in the sandpits, eating their lunches outside of the Lory Student Center, and studying on the West Lawn. Spirits lift as students can now run outside on the many trails in Fort Collins, bike near the Horsetooth Reservoir, and hike in Lory State Park or Rocky Mountain National Park.

On campus, students are doing their homework to elect their leadership for the next academic year with the Associated Students of CSU (ASCSU) elections quickly approaching. This year’s presidential race has 3 strong tickets:

Encourage your students to be thoughtful in their leadership selections. Also included in students’ ASCSU vote is their pick for next year’s For-Ever-Green shirt. The shirt is given to all first year students at Ram Welcome and will help unify the incoming class of 2014.

As the year comes to a close, and families begin to plan for the summer, we want to be sure you are aware of our RAMFAM Friendly Business Directory. This directory is a compilation of businesses recommended to parents and family members by other CSU parents and family members. In thinking about your student’s summer transition, please know this directory includes moving/storage facilities, hotels, and transportation services to the Denver International Airport. You can access the directory on the Parent and Family website (see the RAMFAM Business Directory tab in the upper right hand corner). If you have any business recommendations, please forward them to Kacee Collard Jarnot.

Finally, we hope you’ll join us in person or online for the next RAMFAM Association meeting. This month we’ll be talking about how to help your student have a productive summer and will also update families on the Campaign for Colorado State University. More details can be found here.

Thank you again for supporting your students and their educational journeys. We appreciate our partnership for student success.


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

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


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2010 Homecoming & Family Weekend

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CAM the Ram

The date for Homecoming & Family Weekend is set! The fall event will take place October 15-17, 2010 on the CSU campus. Our homecoming football game is against UNLV at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 16, 2010, with media coverage by The Mtn. Learn more about the fall football schedule here, check our Homecoming & Family Weekend website frequently to keep up with the weekend’s events, and make plans to join us October 15-17 for Colorado State University’s 2010 Homecoming & Family Weekend!

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April RAMFAM Meeting

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Hey, RAMFAM members! Just a quick reminder that our next meeting will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010, on the CSU campus. Event details are as follows:

What: RAMFAM Association Meeting
Who: All Parents and Families of CSU Students
When: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time
Where: Lory Student Center Room 228 on campus or online via the RAMFAM Blog
Cost: FREE!!


  • Welcome & Introductions 
  • Helping Students be Productive over the Summer
  • Campaign for Colorado State University Update
  • RAMFAM Association Business Directory Update
  • Open Discussion about Student Issues


  • On-Campus:
    • Lory Student Center Room 228
    • Parking is available north of the Lory Student Center, in Lot 310 at no cost on the weekend
  • Webcast:
    • Just before the meeting, please click on this link and it should take you directly to the streaming video with the blog capabilities below the screen.
    • If you run into trouble with the above link, just go to the live video to participate without the blog capabilities. Internet Explorer is the ideal browser for this system.
  • Blog:
    • If you are participating via webcast, we’d love your participation, questions, and comments! To participate, click on this link, type your name and comment in the white boxes provided, enter the non-spam code, and send! We’ll do our best to weave your comments and questions into the live conversation, and if we are not able to include the comments, we will post the comments and Q&A online after the meeting.
Please note, if you have had trouble logging on to view the webcast and need technical support, please contact Jason Rogien, our Technical Services Manager, at 970-491-8728 or email him at least one week prior to the meeting and he can assist you in ‘working out the bugs’.


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Student Graduating?  Think Grad Packs!

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 Congrats, Graduates!!

By Donna Reiser, Director, Alumni Association

If you have a student graduating in May…Congratulations! You deserve kudos for supporting your graduate over the years, and we thank you for allowing us to be a part of this journey. As your graduate makes the transition from student to alumnus, we encourage you to check into the services available through the Alumni Association.

New this spring - Alumni Association Grad Packs
Take advantage of one-stop shopping for these graduation essentials.

Grad Pack Options:
Annual Grad Pack - $35 ($47 value)

  • Alumni Association Annual Membership
  • Cap, gown, and tassel rental
  • Alumni license plate frame
  • 10 percent off diploma frames

Colorado Grad Pack - $125 ($145 value)

  • All items listed in Annual Grad Pack PLUS
  • Colorado State University license plate certificate

Life Member Grad Pack - $750 ($1,075 value)

  • All items listed in Annual Grad Pack PLUS
  • Life Membership in lieu of Annual Membership

The Alumni Association also offers access to short-term major medical insurance, pet insurance, networking opportunities, career assistance, and more. Visit www.alumni.colostate.edu for details.

CAMera Day with CAM
Number one on the list of 101 things to do before you leave CSU is pet CAM the Ram. If your graduate has not yet scratched that off the “to do” list, be sure to stop by the Alumni Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, May 14 for CAMera Day with CAM. Bring your own camera or we will take photos for you. We’ll have regalia for those wishing to pose with CAM in a cap and gown, and lots of fun green and gold gear for those wanting to snap a few crazy shots with friends, family, and our lovable woolly mascot.

Visit the Alumni Association website for details on purchasing a Grad Pack, accessing benefits and services, or CAMera Day with CAM.

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CSUnity:  Is Your Student Participating?

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By Kellie Lemmel, CSUnity Student Staff Member

It’s that time of year again! CSUnity is just around the corner. Every spring semester the office of Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) sponsors a single day service event, bringing together volunteers from Colorado State University and the Fort Collins community. CSUnity 2010 will take place on April 17, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers will meet in the Lory Student Center to depart for their separate projects.

Projects volunteers are involved with are primarily located in the Fort Collins community and various locations throughout Larimer County. Examples of projects include painting fences, moving old furniture, and reorganizing storage. Some community members just need a little help with various things around their homes. Assisted living homes, churches, and other non-profit agencies are part of the wonderful day of service.

The projects vary in terms of the number of volunteers, tasks, and location. Each organization and volunteer is assigned a specific location and project, allowing the volunteers to get to know different neighbors in the community!

Student organizations, professional groups, and individual volunteers all make up the volunteer work force for the event. This year, an expected 2,000 people are taking time out of their busy lives to help give back to the community. All volunteers receive complimentary breakfast, lunch, and a 2010 CSUnity t-shirt for their greatly appreciated time and effort.

For more information about CSUnity 2010 please feel free to visit the SLiCE website.

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Summer Classes at CSU

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Student in CSU Summer Session

By Barbara Gotshall, Summer Session Director

Summer Session 2010 is upon us and we continue with the theme Go Global! Study Local! There are over 50 courses offered during summer school to enhance students’ multi-cultural education. Students may take courses to satisfy the core requirement for Global and Cultural Awareness, prepare for Study Abroad or to meet the requirements for several of the interdisciplinary diversity programs for International Education, Religious Studies, Women’s Studies and more! 

We offer the Language Immersion Courses, Beginning I & II in Spanish, Arabic, and American Sign Language. Students can learn a semester’s worth in 4-weeks or a whole year of language in 8-weeks. There are also impressive course offerings in Business, Biology, Math, Chemistry, History, English, and Psychology. The weekend Psychology courses are back and this year’s selection includes Conflict Resolution, The Psychology of Happiness, Movies and Mental Health, Forensic Psychology, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Psychology of Women, and Health Psychology. 

The CSU campus is friendly, laid-back and hassle-free in the summer. It is a good time to focus on one or two classes. There are over 500 courses offered in the 4- and 8- week terms, giving students the flexibility to work and make other summer plans. 
Summer Session provides students the opportunity to complete a prerequisite, knock off a required course, and improve their GPA. Students who are not yet CSU admitted students can enroll in Summer Session: there are no formal admission requirements. “Summer-Only” students need to complete the simple online summer application. Visit www.summer.colostate.edu or call the Summer Session Office at (970) 491-1590 if you have any questions.


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Rams at the Rockies

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Rams at the Rockies

CSU is taking over the Rockies game on August 14, 2010 and we want parents and families to be there!  Rams at the Rockies is one of the University’s biggest events in Denver and we want to increase the fun. Join CSU students and alumni for the game at a discounted rate ($23 per ticket!) and enjoy the summertime Rockies atmosphere with us. If CSU hits 300 tickets, we have the honor of having CSU alumna Sethe Tucker ('97) sing the National Anthem in front of 50,000 people at Coors Field!

Interested? Register here. Go Rockies!


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Spotlight on Student Media

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Looking for information on what’s happening on campus? Or maybe you just want to see what campus life is like at CSU? We have many outlets to discover what is happening at CSU!

  • Today@ Colorado State – this University-run website includes information on campus news, upcoming events, and student life and is updated daily! Subscribe here.
  • Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation – this 501(c)(3) organization provides print and broadcast services to Colorado State University. The corporation creates live learning environments for students interested in television, broadcasting, production, news writing, disc jockeying, and television or radio station management. The corporation manages many student-run media outlets, including:
    • The Rocky Mountain Collegian – the student-run newspaper helps parents and families keep up with the ‘student pulse’ on campus, with campus news, political commentary, sports and opinion columns every day.
    • KSCSU (90.5 fm) – the student-run radio station entertains the campus community with new college and alternative music. Listen here
    • CTV11 - the student-produced television station informs, educates, and entertains the campus. Watch CTV clips here.

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