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February2010 Volume 4 | Issue 6

Dear CSU Parents and Families:

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School is officially back in session! February is the time when students finally settle in after Winter Break and get ‘back in the swing of things’. We are thrilled to have them back on campus. Student bring energy, bright ideas and a zest of being on a college campus…we just can’t help but be infected by their enthusiasm! This month’s newsletter is a mix of important information we want to pass along – everything from our first Founders Day celebration to important changes at the CSU Health Network – and we hope you’ll let us know if there are specific programs or services on campus you want to learn more about. A few very important items for your calendar:

  • February 11, 2010: CSU Founders Day
     
  • February 11, 2010: Getting to Year 2 @ CSU Conference (be sure to check out the poll on the Parent and Family homepage - which session would you like your student to attend?)
     
  • February 13, 2010: RAMFAM meeting from 10-noon, Lory Student Center, Room 214-216. Information regarding directions for attending/web participation included later in this newsletter. Presenters will focus on campus leadership and involvement opportunities.
     
  • March 1, 2010: Priority Deadline for submitting the 2010-2011 FAFSA and CSU Scholarship Application
     
  • March 13-21, 2010: Spring Recess (During Spring Break there are no classes, but the residence halls remain open.  Dining centers are closed, however.)
     
  • April 17, 2010: CSUnity - a CSU Day of Service in the Fort Collins and Larimer County community. If you are interested in serving on a team with other CSU parents & family members, send an email to Kacee Collard Jarnot and we’ll see if we can put together a team!
     
  • May 14 & 15, 2010: Graduation!
As always, we have some fabulous articles to help parents and families. So as not to overload you, we include articles that are particularly timely and important for the upcoming weeks/months. Inside, you'll find:
  • Founders Day Celebration
  • CSU Advocates Program with Chancellor Joe Blake and President Tony Frank
  • Thinking About Living Off-Campus?
  • CSU Health Network Changes
  • Parents Fund Update
  • 1098T Tax Form Information
  • RAMFAM Association Meeting

We hope you find the above dates useful, and look forward to connecting with you at our next RAMFAM Association meeting!
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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Founders Day Celebration!

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By Jennifer Dimas
CSU Public Relations

The Founders Day ceremony and reception begins at 1:15 p.m. at the University Club and Cherokee Park Ballroom. CSU President Tony Frank and ASCSU President Gearhart will present the Monfort family with the inaugural Colorado State University Founders Day Medal in honor of their great contributions to the university.

The Monfort Family Foundation in 2002 gave CSU $5 million – at the time, the largest single gift in university history – to support the Monfort Excellence Fund. The Monfort Excellence Fund has had a tremendous impact on Colorado State University students, faculty and the Northern Colorado community through its:

  • scholarships for exceptional students
  • support of outstanding faculty
  • by bringing accomplished leaders from business, government and the arts to campus to interact with students
  • public lectures delivered by international leaders.
To date, the foundation has given CSU more than $10 million.

“Happy 140th Birthday CSU” begins at 1:40 p.m. on the Lory Student Center Plaza. The event will feature Cam the Ram, the CSU Pep Band, giveaways and treats. Other locations on campus participating in the celebration include:
 
  • Lory Student Center Transit Center lobby
  • Outside the TILT building on the historic CSU Oval
  • Newton’s Corner
  • Ram Sculpture by the Durrell Center
      

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CSU Advocates

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CSU Advocates

Colorado State University System recently launched a new advocacy network program called CSU Advocates, which is designed to build an educated, engaged and empowered support network for higher education and CSU.

For this program to be effective, we need to engage every one of our alumni, donors, parents and friends. CSU Advocates is an interactive system, so you must take the first step by linking onto CSU Advocates and go to “Join the CSU Advocates Action Network.” After you enter your information, you can opt-in to the level of involvement you want.
So why is this so important? It’s important because higher education will be a primary focus of discussion among the Colorado General Assembly. CSU Advocates will help us be prepared to engage our alumni, parents and friends on behalf of higher education and CSU, in particular.
As a CSU Advocate, you will recieve:
  • An invitation to attend an Advocates-only orientation with CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake and CSU campus Presidents Tony Frank and Joe Garcia.
  • Periodic emails from the Chancellor’s office, including legislative updates and notices of CSU outreach activities.
  • “Calls to Action” during the legislative session asking CSU Advocates to contact their legislators and media to advocate for action supporting the University and the interests of higher education.
We are deeply concerned about the future of affordable and accessible public higher education in Colorado. During the next several months, we will help provide you information on issues that are important to CSU and public higher education.
Please know that your involvement in CSU Advocates is voluntary and is appreciated. We protect your contact information as we do not sell or share CSU Advocates lists.
Best regards,
 
Joe Blake, Chancellor

Join the CSU Advocates Network Today! 

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Off-Campus Living

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Off-Campus House

By Jeannie Ortega, Director, Off-Campus Life

Is your student thinking about where to live next fall? This is the time when students are trying to decide whether to move off campus or remain in the residence halls for another year. If they move into the neighborhoods of Fort Collins, Off-Campus Life (OCL) is here to help them transition successfully. Below is a list of opportunities to consider when planning a move off campus. 

  • Mid-February, students living in the residence halls will receive a handbook titled “How to Avoid Sticky Situations: Tips for Living Off Campus.” The guide offers a number of helpful tips and information about moving into the community. Topics covered include: managing a budget, negotiating a lease, roommates, utilities, safety, good neighboring tips, City Codes and Ordinances that impact students resources, and more! If you’d like to access your own copy, click here.  
  • U+2: Fort Collins has an Occupancy Limit Ordinance, which states that no more than three unrelated persons can live in a dwelling. As your student considers moving off campus, please make sure they understand this Ordinance and how it relates to their future living arrangements. 
  • Avoid Renting a Lemon: If a home has had noise violations or tickets for animal disturbances, trash, weeds, parking on yards, or over-occupancy, 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 an apartment or house, your student should check to see if the rental has a history of violations through The Neighborhood Services Division, (970) 221-6676 or bsowder@fcgov.com.  
  • Pick up a FREE deck of cards. Each of the 52 cards has been designed with helpful neighborhood tips, information about local codes and ordinances, and useful phone numbers. You can pick up a deck at the Off-Campus Life Office or during the Off Campus Jeopardy sessions at the Getting to Year 2 @ CSU conference. 
  • Want your student to become a preferred tenant?  Have them join us on Wednesday, March 3 for a two hour moving off campus class which will include guest speakers from Student Legal Services, Consumer Credit Counseling, and the City’s Code Enforcement Office. At the completion of this course, each student will receive a Preferred Tenant certificate. Encourage your student to call (970) 491-2248 to sign up today.
  • Like trivia? Test your rental knowledge with some Off-Campus E-Trivia!
  • The 2010 Housing Fair occurs Wednesday, March 10, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.  Encourage your student to visit with scores of landlords and gather information on storage facilities, renter’s insurance, and other City resources.
  • Does your student need a roommate or a new place to live for summer or fall? The Roommate Roundup is designed for students to meet potential roommates, as well as take in a brief presentation about successful roommating. Students should bring flyers, scratch paper, and a smile!
  • Students can use our online rental search to find a place to live at no cost. Our listings are updated daily and include vacant places as well as shared situations.
  • Grab some popcorn and watch The Rental World! This 23- minute video addresses issues commonly faced by students who move off campus for the first time. 
  • Prior to signing a lease, visit the Student Legal Services website to download a Lease-Fix kit, which provides tenants with step-by-step instructions to make sure the lease terminology protects the renter. Student Legal Services also offers legal advice, free of charge, to full-time fee paying students. 
For other helpful information and resources to assist in a possible move off campus, please visit our office website call (970) 491-2248. We are here to help your student make a successful transition to living in our great City!


 

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CSU Health Network Changes

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By Susan MacQuiddy, Director of Training & Professional Development/ Interim Director of General Counseling Services

As we merge physical and mental health services at CSU, we’re evolving services, spaces, and processes to meet the needs of students. Because the number of students seeking counseling has increased, we’ve moved the counseling triage station to 123 Aylesworth NW and have expanded hours as shown below. Any student interested in receiving counseling services at the CSU Health Network should come directly to 123 Aylesworth, NW for an initial meeting with a counselor.  Staff will be available during our extended hours this spring.

  • Monday 7:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Tuesday 7:30 am-8:00 pm
  • Wednesday 7:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 am-5:00 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am-5:00 pm

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Parents Fund Update

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Thumbs up!Thank you so much to all of the parents, families, and friends who have donated to the Parents Fund this academic year!  Our most recent numbers show over 1,000 of you pledged over $65,000.  That's amazing!  

Through your support, Parent and Family Programs at CSU provides funding for parent and family programs and services on campus and supports University-wide student programs and projects outside of the classroom.  

Examples of parent and family programs and services are our Supporting Transitions:  A Guide for Parents & Families Calendar and other publications, the RAMFAM Association, Homecoming & Family Weekend events, and this e-newsletter! 

Examples of events supported on campus include the following programs:

  • Leadership Programs
    • Positive Impact, Students of Color Leadership Retreat, and the Women's Conference
  • Diversity Programs
    • Spoken Word Poetry, Faces of America, and Shades of CSU
  • Community Programs
    • Citizen's Police Academy, Cans Around the Oval, and CSU's Community Welcome
  • Wellness Programs
    • Celebrate Every Body, Mind Body Fair, and the Politics of Healthcare
We couldn't do it without your support.  Thank you for your generosity.  If you would like to donate to the Parents Fund or would like to talk directly with us about a contribution, please contact Sarah Morgan at 970-491-3403.

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1098T Tax Form

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Tax FormsBy Trish Torrez, Student Financial Services

You may be eligible to reduce your federal income tax liability by claiming an American Opportunity Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit for your student. These tax credits are a part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (TRA 97), which allows eligible taxpayers to reduce their federal income tax based upon qualified tuition and fees paid.

Interested in learning more? Your student can find additional information at www.ecsi.net/1098T; or by calling the Educational Computer Systems, Inc. (ECSI) Call Center toll-free at 1-866-428-1098. ECSI will provide Colorado State University students a 1098T report and other tax credit information on or before January 31 each year. Your student’s financial account details will also be available on the ECSI website. Your student can call 1-866-428-1098 with questions about how to access this website or the information it contains. ECSI is Colorado State University’s provider for this tax reporting requirement.

Learn more about electronic delivery of your 1098T form here. New students should sign up here. Students who have a PIN number or password from last year may login at www.ecsi.net/myacct.  

Colorado State University staff does not provide tax advice.  We urge you to learn more about these tax credits by consulting with your tax advisor or by reading IRS Publication 970. 

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RAMFAM Association Meeting

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Hey, RAMFAM members! Just a quick reminder that our next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010, on the CSU campus. Event details are as follows: 

What: RAMFAM Association Meeting
Who: All Parents and Families of CSU Students
When: Saturday, February 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time
Where: Lory Student Center Room 214-216 on campus or online via the RAMFAM Blog
Cost:  FREE!!
 
Agenda:
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Student Leadership and Involvement Panel
  • Hometown RAMFAM Clubs
  • RAMFAM Association Business Directory Update
  • Open Discussion about Student Issues
Logistics:
  • On-Campus:  
    • Lory Student Center, Room 214-216  
    • 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 this 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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