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August2010 Volume 5 | Issue 1

Welcome from President Frank

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As the 2010-11 school year begins at Colorado State University, Dr. Tony Frank, Presidentand on behalf of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, welcome! Seeing the Plaza repopulated with students after the relatively quiet summer months stirs feelings of both purpose and anticipation. I always enjoy welcoming back returning students and meeting a new class for the first time—to take time for handshakes and photographs, bumping into old friends and meeting new ones, all before classes begin and the realities of the academic year take hold.

For parents, this excitement can be dimmed somewhat by the many conflicting emotions that come from watching a child transition to college life for the first time. I know – as a father who has been through this with my own college-aged daughters – that all the years of planning still can’t quite prepare you for the moment when all the boxes and duffle bags are unloaded and you drive away from the residence hall with an empty car.

Creating a solid transition for first-year students and their families is an important step toward building a solid foundation for academic success. That’s why we encourage all first-year students and their families to be part of Ram Welcome events at CSU Aug 19-22. Events are tailored specifically to engage our first-year students and make them aware of the many services available on campus and the opportunities to get involved in activities that will enhance their college experience.

We believe a strong partnership among students, families, and the University can be essential to ensuring a college experience that will serve as a springboard to post-graduate success. We want our students to excel both inside and outside the classroom—and to embrace the spirit of service and character that are part of our culture as a land-grant university. We expect that, upon their graduation, our students will have gained a wealth of experiences that have prepared them well to become skilled professionals and leaders of their communities.

As parents and family members, you’re heavily invested in that journey, and we value your ongoing involvement as part of the University community. I encourage you to stay active and connected with CSU life, beginning at Ram Welcome and continuing through the many opportunities we offer throughout the year to get engaged with the CSU community. Your opinions and perspectives are critical to ensuring that CSU remains focused on providing an excellent academic experience and superior service to our students and families.

Again, welcome to Colorado State University--let’s have a great year!

Dr. Tony Frank
President


 

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Dear Parents and Families:

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Kacee Collard Jarnot and Jody Donovan

To our new families, Welcome to Colorado State!  To our returning families, we're glad to have you back! Isn’t it amazing how quickly the summer months pass? We know you are busy doing last minute planning and shopping before coming to CSU next week, but we hope you’ll take a few minutes to read this newsletter. We’ve stuffed it with items for parents and families of all CSU students to be aware of in the coming weeks. If you are a new family member, we hope you had the opportunity to attend a Preview or Next Step orientation session and have connected with the University. This transition can be exciting and scary at the same time, and we want to be sure to keep you ‘in the loop’ with upcoming events.  If you are a returning family member, we hope your students are ready to return after a productive summer and we’ve included some items of note for you, as well!

We’ve recently updated our IT system to allow Parent and Family Programs to pull family email addresses from current student information when sending out the monthly e-newsletter. This fantastic update will allow us to communicate with more family members than ever before and will prevent us from sending emails to families whose students no longer attend Colorado State University. We are excited to implement this new technology and appreciate your patience in the beginning of the semester as we work through any kinks we may find in the system.

Lastly, we hope you will contact us through email or phone if you have any questions or concerns while your student is at Colorado State. We may not know the answer immediately, but we will do our best to connect you with the great resources here on campus and in the community.  On the other hand, we may be able to answer your question quickly!  For example, one question asked quite often in the beginning of the academic year is, "What address should I use to mail letters and packages to my student in the residence halls?"  Here's the suggested format:

Student Name
Room # Hall Name
Fort Collins, CO 80521

If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, please email us so we can explain the new ‘unsubscribe’ process.

Best wishes to you and your family as summer comes to an end, and as always, thanks so much for partnering with us to support student success!
 

Sincerely,

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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Ram Welcome

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Ram Welcome begins on Thursday, August 19, 2010!  The residence halls on campus open at 8:00 am and CSU staff and students will be around all day to help with the move-in Ram Welcome graphicprocess.  Students will need to go through the check in process, both for the residence halls and for Ram Welcome.  Please know move-in day is hectic and the more time you can allow yourself to move in, the better it will be.  We've included a few tips and strategies in the Quick Links portion of the yellow side bar.

Ram Welcome is four days of intentional programming for students and families to help you become acquainted with all things CSU.  To help you plan, we've included the Parent & Family Ram Welcome Guide in the Quick Links section.  In this great document (with a map!) you'll see the first event for families is the Parent and Family Reception, held at 3:30 pm on Thursday, August 19.  It is very important to attend this event, as we will be distributing wristbands for families for the first ever New Student and Family Picnic, to be held after the University Welcome.  During the reception, students will meet with Ram Welcome Leaders and Resident Assistants in their halls to get an overview of the Ram Welcome experience.  They will also receive their Class of 2014 ForEverGreen T-shirt to be worn to our first ever GREEN OUT University Welcome!  Please plan to be moved in by this time to give your student an opportunity to get connected in the halls. 

Family programming ends at noon on Friday, but please know first-year students are expected to attend all Ram Welcome events to help them connect and experience CSU before the first day of classes. Specifically, the Friday College Day events teach students more about academic expectations at CSU, including meeting faculty members and touring academic facilities. This year, we have multiple schedules tailored to meet the needs of our diverse population. See the schedules below:

 

 

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UConsider This!

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Just a quick reminder that first year students need to complete the UConsider This alcohol education program before arriving on campus August 19, 2010. 

Students should have received notification to complete UConsider This to the email addresses they set up in RAMweb.  The purpose of this online alcohol education tool is to help combat the "college effect" where students believe they must drink to fit in at CSU.  You can read more about the program here.  If your student hasn't received any information on UConsider This please encourage him or her to contact Pam McCracken at 970-491-0262 or via email.

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Changes to E-Billing and One Payment Due Date

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Bills

By Christie Leighton,
Colorado State Student Financial Services

Beginning this fall, Student Financial Services is switching to Electronic Billing (eBilling) and One Payment Due Date for University student accounts.  We've mapped out the details of the change here for your convenience!

Electronic Billing (eBilling)

  • Beginning with the Fall 2010 University Billing Statement, e-mail notifications will be sent to students at their University e-mail address when monthly billing statements are ready to view on RAMweb.
  • Students can add additional e-mail addresses if they would like parents or other interested parties to receive eBilling notification and view the statements online. To add additional e-mail addresses, the student goes to RAMweb and selects Change My eBilling Information.
  • Parents and families/other interested parties view billing statements at bursar.colostate.edu. To access the billing information, the parent e-mail address must have been added by the student.

Fall Semester 2010 Billing and Financial Aid Information Available Online in August

  • Tuition/fees, residence hall charges, health insurance, and other fall charges can be viewed online starting in early August.
  • Students view billing information on RAMweb and parents view billing information at bursar.colostate.edu.
  • Fall financial aid, for which students/parents have met all requirements, will show as “authorized” on RAMweb in early August and will show as a credit to fall charges on August 16.

Fall Semester 2010 Payment Due Date

  • Fall 2010 tuition/fees, residence hall charges, health insurance, and other fall charges will be billed mid-August and due on September 10th.
  • Any charges billed on a subsequent statement will be due on the 10th of the following month.

Fall Semester 2010 Financial Aid Refunds

  • The first batch of fall semester direct deposit refunds will be in personal bank accounts on Thursday, August 19. Mailed refund checks will be received starting Tuesday, August 24.
  • Students can sign up for Ram Refund Direct Deposit on RAMweb.

New Online Payment Site

  • A new CSU online payment site will be available July 1. Students make online payments on RAMweb and parents/other interested parties make online payments at bursar.colostate.edu.
  • Electronic check payments will be accepted on the new payment site. There is no charge for an electronic check.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards will be accepted on the new payment site. A Portal Administration Fee of 2.25% and 75¢ fee per transaction will be charged for each credit card payment.

For more information, visit Student Financial Services in Centennial Hall or call 970-491-6321.  Find FAQs here.

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RAMFAM Association

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Curious about what happens on campus duringRAMFAM graphic the academic year?  Interested in participating in your student's journey and learning how to support him or her appropriately? Join the RAMFAM Association!

Comprised of volunteer parents and family members, the RAMFAM Association meets monthly to discuss student issues, development and fundraising, programs and services for parents and families, and recruitment and retention of new students and new RAMFAM members. We've hosted sessions with multiple departments on campus, including including a panel of student leaders, information on Study Abroad, and the current CSU President Tony Frank.  We continue to grow in size and ideas!

Our first meeting of the semester will be held from 10:00 am-noon on Saturday, September 18, 2010 on campus. If you are outside of northern Colorado, we hope you'll participate via webcast and blog!  We'll send a reminder as the first meeting gets closer.

Click here (and scroll down) to sign up for the RAMFAM Association.

Click here to see RAMFAM Association meeting dates/times/locations.

Stay tuned for more information!
 

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Residence Hall Meet and Greet

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By Nicole Landwehr,Meet and Greet graphic Residence Education Graduate Assistant

CSU Meet and Greet 2010 is an opportunity for students living in the residence halls to interact with faculty and staff members in an informal, ice cream social setting. For the past five years, both students and faculty/staff have enjoyed engaging in conversation while eating ice cream, playing games, making craft projects, competing in trivia games, and learning about various campus resources. Last year, the event was considered a success with over 1,000 students and 100 faculty and staff members participating in the event!

Beau Johnson, Resident Director for Academic Village, commented “It’s a fun and engaging opportunity to normalize interacting with faculty and staff. Students get to see faculty/staff outside the classroom and faculty see students in their own world. Shared conversations over ice cream and activities ranged from pets to roommates to hydrogen bonds. At the end of the day, it’s a great way to kick off the year and set a healthy trajectory toward academic success and social transition.”

Dates & Locations (events start at 7:00 p.m.)

August 30, 2010

  • Ingersoll Hall (Ingersoll Event Center)

August 31, 2010

  • Edwards Hall (Edwards Event Center)
  • Corbett Hall (Corbett Lobby)
  • Academic Village (AV Commons Area)

September 1, 2010

  • Allison Hall (Allison Café)
  • Parmelee Hall (Parmelee Lobby)
  • Summit Hall (Summit Lobby)

September 2, 2010

  • Newsom Hall & Aspen Hall (Newsom Lobby)
  • Braiden Hall (Braiden Lobby)
  • Westfall Hall & Durward Hall (outside near Volleyball Court)


 

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Homecoming & Family Weekend

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Homecoming and Family Weekend graphicJoin us October 15-17 for Homecoming & Family Weekend 2010! The weekend-long celebration begins on Friday around noon with Housing Options After the First Year, the Festival on the Oval, Homecoming Parade, Bonfire, Fireworks, and Lighting of the A followed by the Homecoming and Family Weekend Tailgate and Football Game on Saturday. Festivities conclude Sunday morning with a RAMFAM Association Meeting and Family Weekend Breakfast. Registration and additional information available at www.familyweekend.colostate.edu.

Register now!
 

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Hometown Huddles

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CSU Athletics and Alumni Association are partnering to host “hometown huddles”!  These watch parties will be hosted at various locations across the country & provide an opportunity for CSU families to mingle with one another and watch the CSU Ram football team.  Check out the Alumni Association Hometown Huddle website to see if a huddle will be hosted near you!  You can also contact the Alumni Association if you are interested in having a huddle in your hometown. 


 

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10-11 Supporting Transitions Calendar

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The 2010-2011 Supporting Transitions: A Guide for Parents and Families calendar is now available! If you would like a hard copy of this year's calendar, please email Kacee Collard Jarnot with your name and address and we'll send you a copy. Packed with important dates and deadlines, this calendar will help you navigate CSU's academic year timeline, as well as developmental issues your student may be facing.
 

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