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April2011 Volume 5 | Issue 9

Dear CSU Parents and Families:

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April is the 'beginning of the end' of the academic year.  With many awards ceremonies and the summer-like weather, it can be tough for students to remember academics come first.  However, this is the time in the semester when rigorous studies kick in, so we see students fight the urge to play Humans vs. Zombies on the Oval or play volleyball in the sandpits.  Students stay healthy by taking a run outside on the many trails in Fort Collins, biking near the Horsetooth Reservoir, or hiking in Lory State Park or Rocky Mountain National Park to get their fill of the beautiful spring weather and still manage to work on large final projects or papers.  It can be a tough balance, but we see many students manage it successfully!

We hope you'll take a few minutes to read this month's newsletter.  Covering everything from Sexual Assault Awareness Month events to health and safety resources to Associated Students of CSU elections, we hope you find the content useful!

We also hope you'll join us for the last RAMFAM Association meeting to be webcast this semester.  Lieutenant Chris Wolf from CSU Police Department, Craig Chesson from Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services, and Jennifer VanNorman from Student Case Management will join us to discuss the CSU safety nets for students who need additional support.  After their presentation, we'll discuss 'spring fever' and how to support your students over the last few weeks of the academic year.

We also want to take a few sentences to highlight the article on Fostering Success.  We continue to be in awe of your kindness with donations to support the former foster youth in the CSU community and we want to be sure to keep you 'in the loop' with new developments to support these students.  We're also hoping to send one last round of care packages around finals week, so if you're interested in participating, be sure to read the article. 

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 Association Business Directory.  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. We also would like to thank you for the amazing response we received for our recent email request for additional businesses.  We received over 170 recommendations!  Wow!  Thanks for your support!

As always, we are so grateful for all you do to support your students and Colorado State University.

take care,

Jody & Kacee

Jody Donovan, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Students
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, M.S.
Assistant Director of Parent & 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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College of Engineering Faculty Highlight

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Dr. Patrick Fitzhorn

Name:  Patrick Fitzhorn

Titles:  Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies, Director of Engineering Science, and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Initiatives

College: Engineering

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Years Teaching: 25

Degrees:  BS Computer Science, Old Dominion University, 1979; MS Computer Science, Colorado State University, 1982; PhD Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 1985

Research: Dynamics with specific interest in vehicle dynamics and dampers (shock absorbers), energy recovery from dampers,  numerical and computational vehicle response, skateboard   dynamics and response (approximately one person a week is killed skateboarding – these have not seen sufficient study by scientists and engineers)

1. What is your teaching philosophy?

As engineering educators, we are responsible for preparing a generation of engineers whose most productive years will be long after I am dust.  Their challenges will be societal challenges that may not exist today.  Their engineering tools will be well beyond the sophistication of our tools today.  Their accomplishments will feed, provide fresh water, sufficient energy, medical systems and solutions, and housing and other infrastructure to billions. Their failures may cost uncountable resources at best and lives at worst.  Their successes will positively affect the lives of real people.

My teaching philosophy is based on this simple fact.  We are not preparing a generation of engineers for tomorrow; we are preparing engineers for a future decades hence whose problems cannot even be articulated today.

My teaching philosophy is simple.  Students must have confidence in their work ethic and background preparation sufficient to rise to any challenge.  They must have the skills to acquire new knowledge, new applications, new practice throughout their lives to meet such challenges. They must understand that the only way they will meet these challenges is by being life-long learners.  Their university degree is the “entrance ticket” to a life of continual learning, accomplishing, and solving the significant and complex societal challenges that are the heart of engineering.

2. What is your favorite college memory?

I have two.  The first is sitting in 8am Introductory Chemistry with 250 or so other students.  The instructor usually brought in a dewar of liquid nitrogen and some grapes.  If a student fell asleep he would continue talking, walk over, put on a glove and some tongs, pick up a grape, dip it in the liquid N2, and hurl it at the sleeping student.  The class had learned to lean away from the “target.”  The instructor had a great arm and could usually hit the student right on the forehead with that rock-hard grape. Needless to say one didn’t fall asleep often in that class.  I can tell you from personal experience (once) that that grape hurt!

For reasons I still don’t understand today, I took organic chemistry.  The old geezer who taught the class would sit at the podium in the front of the class and read directly from the textbook. Even worse, he didn’t take questions.  I figured I had learned how to read and didn’t need to be treated like a six year old so I stopped going to class.  I still did the homework and would drop it by his GTA’s office when it was due.  The day the midterm exam was scheduled I went to class ready to go.  He handed back the test!  I passed the class but it was a touch difficult with one of four exams a zero!

3. What advice would you give students who want to be successful at Colorado State University?

Become involved.  Involved with study groups of friends whom you can trust.  Involved with student professional groups.  Involved with internships, co-op experiences, study abroad programs.  Involved with your homework.  Involved with your classes and your faculty.  Involved with your department as part of the broad community of scholars in your discipline.  Involved with research laboratories and research laboratories.  One need not be involved in everything – but to the extent that you can become a part of CSU’s broad, vibrant and amazing community of scholars.  The goal here is to acquire and disseminate new knowledge - nothing more, and certainly nothing less.

One other thing – take personal responsibility for your academic and intellectual learning opportunities. Own your academic experience!

4. What advice would you give parents and families of college students?

The transition between High School and the University can be tough.  Especially on students that have not had to put in much effort to get acceptable grades. If your student does poorly the first semester or two, know that this is not uncommon and is often “just” a sign of poor study habits or work ethic. I have seen a surprising number of students on academic probation as second semester freshmen who graduate with GPAs above 3.0.  This is part of the academic and intellectual growth/maturity that results in your student transitioning into a functioning and wonderful adult member of our society.

5. What else would you like people to know about you?

I am an energy “vampire.”  I feed off the amazing spirit, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity of our wonderful students in this broad community of scholars.  I do not have long pointed canine teeth.  (Independently of what some web sites may say about me!)

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Is the Honeymoon Over?

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Students in ConflictBy Melissa Emerson, Assistant Director, Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services

Often by mid- semester, many students are feeling the effects of strained roommate relationships and how these ongoing interpersonal conflicts are impacting their academic experience.  Many students are also struggling to address conflicts with professors, co-workers, supervisors, and neighbors.  Let’s face it, by April the honeymoon period is long over. 

Fortunately, your student has a great resource available on campus to help him or her resolve conflicts at the lowest level possible.  In addition to providing resources, referrals, and information about university policies, we also offer coaching and consultation regarding options for resolving conflict.  When students come to meet with us, we will listen and consider all sides of the issue in an objective and impartial manner.   As a student-fee funded office, our mission is to empower students to solve their problems while advocating for a fair process to do so.  

Students are often nervous, anxious, and intimidated to discuss their conflict.  At times it can be hard for them to admit things are not going well.  They may fear retribution and want to avoid making the situation worse.   It is not uncommon for me to meet with a student who says, “I have concerns about the way my roommate is behaving and yet I don’t want them to get into any trouble.  I just don’t know what to do.”  While some students are sharing stories about a distressed roommate in need of resources, others want to discuss roommate conflicts over paying bills, housecleaning, extended guests, and pets.  For many students living off campus, this is the first time on their own and with that comes potential conflict with the people they cohabitate with.  I recently met a student who was frustrated after her roommate gave her a puppy for her birthday.  Even though she has always wanted a dog and was appreciative of the gift, she was not ready for the added responsibility that came with being a dog owner.  She was in class all day, worked 20-hours a week and was starting to have tremendous guilt about keeping the dog in the crate.  Additionally, she was worried about getting into trouble with her landlord because her lease clearly stated that dogs were prohibited.  Just in the first week of having the new pet, the puppy had chewed up several items in the house and had caused permanent damage to the property.  The student was pretty sure they were going to lose the security deposit which she was depending on.  She knew it was not the right time in her life for a dog but was scared of hurting her roommate’s feelings and did not know how to address the issue.  In addition to coaching the student on how to have the difficult conversation, our office also offered to conduct a mediation for the parties.  In this case, a neutral third party would assist in facilitating a conversation between the roommates.  Ultimately, they would create a mutually acceptable agreement about the dog and their living situation. 

Another intimidating prospect for students is initiating a conversation with a professor when a problem arises.  The Conflict Resolution office frequently sees students who are struggling with a faculty member’s teaching style and don’t feel comfortable communicating their concerns.  Other students visit our office because they disagree with a grade they received.  We will help them navigate the grade appeal process and may even role play with the student on ways to voice their concern.  We know that having a difficult conversation with a perceived superior is intimidating, but we are also confident that this is a great opportunity for students to develop their conflict resolution skills. 

As a parent or family member, you may have firsthand knowledge about a conflict your student is struggling with and it is our hope that before a situation escalates, you share with them the resources that Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services has to offer.

For more information about our office, call 970-491-7165 or visit the conflict resolution website.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Byron Hurt, Keynote Speaker for SAAM

 

By Monica Collins, Assistant Director for Prevention and Education Services & Victim Advocate, Women and Gender Advocacy Center

For the entire month of April, CSU will be joining national efforts to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM has been an informally recognized awareness month for over 30 years and was formally recognized in 2009 by the President of the United States. 2011 will mark the second year that CSU will recognize SAAM and this year’s calendar includes over 25 events throughout the month.

Rates of sexual violence are occurring in our country and on our college campuses at epidemic levels. Recent statistics indicate that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. The impact of sexual violence can be seen in our families, schools, communities, places of employment and on college campuses. For most students, college is filled with a multitude of challenging experiences that can sometimes be difficult to navigate. Students who experience sexual violence however face the additional challenge of attempting to handle college life while also managing the impact of their trauma on academics, mental or physical health and relationships. Given that 97% of survivors on a college campus are assaulted by someone they know and trust, survivors are too often left feeling humiliated, confused, isolated and fearful.

CSU’s Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) provides resources, support and victim advocacy for survivors of interpersonal violence and is also the primary host for SAAM at CSU. WGAC has partnered with various campus offices and community organizations for SAAM including CSU Athletics, Campus Activities, Residence Life, SAVA, Crossroads Safehouse and Chipotle Restaurant.

Knowing that men on campus are often the brothers, friends, partners and roommates of survivors and many other men identify as survivors themselves, SAAM at CSU is committed to including the needs of male and transgender students and survivors in all events. With help from the Parents Fund, on April 13th we will host nationally renowned anti-violence activist Byron Hurt for a keynote lecture about men’s involvement in the movement to end rape.

Through these programs we hope to not only shift the tide of victim blaming in our community but also provide an opportunity for students to practice setting healthy boundaries, asking difficult questions and holding their peers accountable for harmful behaviors. 

All of our events are free of charge and open to the public. More information about event details can be found on our event blog or on the WGAC website.

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Resources & Information for Graduation

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By Hannah Love, Graduating Graduate Assistant, Parent & Family Programs

‘Tis the season for graduation preparation.  This spring, the Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 13th and May 14th, 2011 on the CSU campus.
The Commencement website is our best comprehensive resource for families.  It has graduation ceremony information by college, as well as information regarding gown rental, driving directions, important speakers, and Alumni Association Grad Packs.  Can’t make it to Fort Collins for the ceremony?  No problem!  You can also find live webcasts on the Commencement site.

Need a hotel reservation or shuttle service to Fort Collins?  Check out our RAMFAM Association Business Directory to connect with businesses recommended by current parent and family members.

Congratulations Graduates!!!

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Congratulations, Families!!

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Grad Pack photoBy Donna Reiser, Senior Director of Alumni Operations & Relations, CSU 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.

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

Grad Pack Options:
Annual Grad Pack (Bachelor’s) - $35 ($47 value)
Annual Grad Pack (Master’s or Doctorate) - $52 ($66 value)

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

Colorado Annual Grad Pack (Bachelor’s) - $125 ($147 value)
Colorado Annual Grad Pack (Master’s or Doctorate) - $140 ($166 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 our website for details.

Visit the Alumni Association website for details on purchasing a Grad Pack and accessing benefits and services.

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Sharing Resources between Families:  The RAMFAM Association Business Directory

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By Hannah Love, Graduate Assistant. Parent and Family Programs

Have you ever wondered which mechanic is ‘the best’ for your student in Fort Collins, how reliable the storage units in the yellow pages are, or where you should stay when you visit Fort Collins?  Families frequently ask these questions and, as a result, we’ve developed a resource for you called the RAMFAM Association Business Directory

The directory consists of businesses recommended by parent and family members of CSU students for parents and family members of our students.  As families recommended businesses, they usually included a positive comment about the reliability or friendliness of the business.  We hope you find their recommendations useful.  You can access the directory on the main page of our website, or by clicking on the link above.  The directory is divided into categories to make it easy to use and help you find the services you need. 

As you visit Fort Collins this spring to celebrate graduation, to help your student move, or just to visit, we hope you’ll support these businesses and the good  services they offer our families and students.  Be sure to tell them you heard of their business through the RAMFAM Association Business Directory! 

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Assessment Results:  Health & Safety

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Health and Safety Wordle

 

In our last bi-annual assessment, parents and family members pointed to health and safety of students as one of your top concerns.  We took your individual comments on health and safety issues and created the wordle above. In reviewing your comments, we found the following items were on your mind:

  • Campus/Residence Hall Safety
  • Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Available Resources for Struggling Students
  • Health and Safety Alerts

During this academic year, we’ve increased the amount of information we’re providing to families regarding these issues. 
First, the CSU Police Department’s community policing model, used on campus and in the residence halls, ensures a regular patrol of University property and provides an opportunity for students to interact with our police department in a regular and positive manner.  We know theft is the number one crime on campus and bikes and small personal electronics are the top two items reported stolen.  We encourage families to talk with their students about appropriate precautions with regard to bike locks, keeping electronics in their possession at all times, and purchasing an anti-theft device for personal laptop computers.  Per the Cleary Act, CSU is required to produce an annual Safety Report to inform the University community about important procedures, policies, crime prevention programs and crime statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in certain off-campus buildings and property owned or controlled by Colorado State University.  We encourage families to review the annual report online. 

Next, you’ll see drugs and alcohol are prevalent in the wordle.  In addition to the information provided in the annual Safety Report, we are focusing on informing families of policies, procedures and initiatives in these areas.  First, our residence halls operate under a zero tolerance policy (see here, under Q&A), regardless of the student’s age.  If students violate policies, they are documented and referred to the Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct Services (CRSCS) Office.  Because we do not operate under a ‘three-strikes’ policy, students are individually evaluated and sanctions range from a class on good decision-making to an intensive in-house drug and alcohol program.  We covered this information in our Students Overcoming Mistakes article in the February 2011 newsletter and encourage families to research the educational consequences related to use of drugs and alcohol.  Next, if students are written a citation from a City of Fort Collins police officer, it is likely they will navigate both educational consequences through CRSCS and legal consequences through the City of Fort Collins court system.  Learn more about the differences in the FAQ section of the CRSCS website.  Lastly, we want to be sure families are aware of the efforts at CSU to reduce negative health and safety issues resulting from drugs and alcohol.  Starting with AlcoholEDU, an online tool to help combat the ‘college effect’ of higher drinking rates in college, we want students and families to speak regularly about drug and alcohol use.  We also work to provide you with information on an on-going basis.  In the February 2011 newsletter, Christina Berg included a few resources to help families see their influence on the use of drugs and alcohol in the Boundaries and Good Decision Making article.  Most recently, we revived a campaign to educate students and families of the issues and encourage you to talk with your student about their values around drug and alcohol use, as noted in the Health and Safety Around Alcohol Use article in the March 2011 newsletter.  Be on the lookout for additional information and please let us know if you’d like to see something specific covered!

With regard to available resources, students who are struggling with health and safety issues have many supports on campus.  We’ll include a few links below, but would like to encourage all family members to participate in this Saturday’s RAMFAM Association meeting to learn more about the safety net we offer students.  The bottom line is this:  you know your students better than we do.  If you sense something is amiss, please contact our office to discuss resources for your student.

Lastly, updated IT systems have allowed us to better notify family members of campus emergencies.  For example, we were able to email information about the meningitis clinics to you to help redirect your student to on-campus resources.  We have also been diligent in emailing and posting information on our website regarding safety issues on campus and in the Fort Collins community. We think it’s important to update family members on these issues in a timely fashion and you can always check safety updates on the Public Safety website.  Due to privacy issues or ongoing investigations, we may not be able to provide as much information as we would like, but please know we are doing everything we can to provide as much information as possible to assist you and your students in making the best decisions regarding their individual safety.  Please refer to the Emergency Communication Systems article in the October 2010 newsletter to learn about all avenues of communicating in an emergency.

 

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Fostering Success

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The support for CSU students who identify as former foster youth has been truly inspiring this year!  We are so grateful for your help and support.

When we asked for donations last fall, we were not expecting the overwhelming support we received from parents and families.  Because of your generosity, we were able to send multiple care packages to our students over the academic year.  This project has been a huge success and the students look forward to our packages. 

We know that many of these students’ issues are centered around money and encouragement.  Bethany, a Colorado State University Student who emancipated from the Foster Care System said, “My biggest thing was encouragement.  It would be so nice to have someone to call when you’re breaking down or to be able to drive home for dinner.”  Through your donation we are better able to reach out to these students and provide encouragement, motivation, and tangible help. 

In addition to care package information, we want to be sure we’re updating you on the Fostering Success initiative on campus.  The Foster Care Interest Group secured funding to hire a graduate student to work part-time with the Fostering Success initiative to help our students become connected to campus in a way that meets their needs.  As a result, we’ve developed two new programs to support our students:

  • We’ve formed a mentoring group for students who identify as former foster youth to provide an opportunity for the students to connect and network in a social setting. 
  • We’ve matched each student with an on-campus mentor based on their interests and the interests of the mentors.  One of the top five ways for students to plant their feet at CSU is to become connected with an adult mentor on campus and we’re happy to report this has been an extremely successful program.
  • We held workshops to help students apply for scholarships and fill out financial aid forms.

As the students leave for the summer, we want to send one last care package to ensure they leave on a high note and are excited to return in the fall.  We hope you all will consider making a donation to the care packages.  We are asking that items be sent by April 22nd to the address below to be included in this care package.  Items received after this date will be included in packages sent next fall.  At this time, we have two options for receiving donations:

Mail items to us.  We suggest:

  • Small gift cards to grocery stores, book stores, restaurants, sandwich shops, and fast food establishments and general supply stores
  • Sunscreen
  • Movie tickets
  • Board games or puzzles
  • Laundry detergent
  • Individually packaged food and drink items
  • Items used in a residence hall/apartment, such as picture frames or door hooks
  • School supplies
  • Personal hygiene supplies
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes

At this time, we are unable to accept:

  • Large items
  • Baked goods
  • Perishable items
  • Clothing

If you are interested in participating, please send your donations to:

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
c/o Hannah Love
201 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80521-8004

If making a financial contribution is easier, you can support Fostering success by making a gift online or by U.S. mail. If donating by mail, make check payable to Colorado State University Foundation.  Please indicate that you would like your gift to benefit Fostering Success, and send to Hannah Love at the address listed above.

Through your donation, Fostering Success Program is able to reach out to our former foster youth and provide encouragement, motivation, and tangible support.  Your donation allows us to send care packages throughout the year, hold special events & workshops, and ultimately create a community for foster youth students at CSU.  

No one can get through college alone and we appreciate your support of the former foster youth who are on their own.

Thank you for all the support you have shown these students.

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April RAMFAM Association Meeting

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RAMFAM Association GraphicLet's talk health and safety on campus!  We have the coolest panel of experts at CSU joining us this weekend to discuss the safety net CSU provides to students who are struggling. We hope you'll join us either in person or online for this month's meeting.  Here are the logistics: 

Who: All Parents and Families of CSU Students
When: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - Noon Mountain Standard Time
Where: Lory Student Center, Room 214-216 on campus or online via the webcast and RAMFAM Blog
Cost: FREE!!

Tentative Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Health & Safety Panel
  • Crisis Grant and SafeWalk Update
  • Announcements & Updates
    • RAMFAM Association Business Directory Update
    • Hometown RAMFAM Club Update
    • May 10, 2011 Meeting - Parent & Family Programs 10 Year Anniversary!
    • 2011-2012 Academic Year RAMFAM Meeting Dates

On-Campus Logistics:

  • 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 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 here, 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 at 970-491-8728 or email him and he can assist you in 'working out the bugs'.

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Associated Students of CSU Elections

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Check mark By Erica Schmidt, CSU Sophomore & Guest Contributor

Spring break has come to a close and the student government, Associated Students of CSU (ASCSU), has begun their two-week extravaganza of election events for the new Student Body President.  The Student Body President at CSU plays a role in many decisions that impact students, such as the University budget and legislative issues.  The President is also responsible for all ASCSU contractual agreements.  You can learn more on the ASCSU President website.  We encourage you to talk with your student about their vote – the candidates listed below will represent the voice of the student body for the 2011-2012 academic year.  It’s important for students to be informed and supportive of the incoming duo.
The Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates are:

Students have the opportunity to vote through 4:00 pm on April 6th. To vote, students should log onto their RAMweb accounts and click the voting icon.

For more information about the ASCSU elections check out the ASCSU Elections website.

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College Opportunity Fund - Got COF?

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By Julie Harms, College Opportunity Fund Coordinator, Student Financial Services

Many families are not aware that the State of Colorado provides state tax dollars to offset the cost of resident undergraduate tuition.  The College Opportunity Fund (COF) was created by an act of the Colorado State Legislature in May 2004.

Students are eligible if they are classified as a Colorado resident for tuition classification purposes and enroll in eligible undergraduate classes at Colorado State University.

The COF stipend amount for the 2010-2011 award year was $62 per credit.  The Colorado Legislature will announce the stipend amount for the 2011-2012 award year in late May.

Many students fail to take advantage of this tuition savings opportunity and do not complete all of the necessary steps to receive the stipend. 

What can you do to ensure your student receives this benefit? Make sure your student takes the following steps:

  • Apply – The application is available on the College Opportunity Fund website
  • Authorize – Grant CSU the permission to request your COF stipend from the State of Colorado. Students are asked to authorize as part of ‘Registration Ready’ or from the link provided on their RAMweb page
  • Register – Register for resident instruction (RI) undergraduate courses on RAMweb
  • Provide the university your social security number or COF-assigned ID number.  Many students overlook this step and do not receive their COF stipend as a result. 

Your student will receive an email from the University if they need to take an action.  One of the challenges we have experienced is that students overlook these emails or have them forwarded to an account which is no longer active. Check with your student to make sure they are reading email they receive from the University.

The COF stipend will appear as a credit toward tuition on your student’s University billing statement. Billing statements are sent electronically mid-August.  If it is not appearing on your student’s statement from the University, your student needs to visit their RAMweb page to see what action is still required.

What should you do if you have additional questions?  Contact Student Financial Services.  You may visit us in Centennial Hall, email us from the College Opportunity Fund webpage, or call us at (970) 491-6321.

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