Hometown RAMFAM Clubs should host at least three meetings per year.  The first event of the year should provide something to support current students and their families, as well as recruit new members/help potential parents and families know there is a local support system.  Next, a back-to-school event that celebrates the students coming to CSU and provides an opportunity for new students and their families to meet current students and their families should be held a few weeks before the semester begins.  Finally, a meeting between the mid-term and finals hump of the fall semester to support each other and discuss challenges and successes.  All activities are open to members, their families, potential members and their families, as well as other invited community members such as local CSU administrators or a guest speaker.

Story of My Student’s Life

You have just been given a contract to write your student’s biography for a major publishing company.  Your agent Harry Hardnose is anxious to get to press.  He has decided to help you get started with a few probing questions.

On a piece of paper:

  • Write the title of a popular song – this will be for the name of your student’s book
  • List a table of contents
  • Name of the place where your student was born
  • Description of the events/activities/jobs your student was involved with in high school
  • Description of your student’s goals and activities in college (major, involvement, interests)
  • Draw a picture of your family
  • On the back cover of the book, draw a picture of where you see your student in 5 years

Materials Needed:

  • Paper & markers

Six Degrees of Separation
It happens all of the time: we meet someone who knows someone we know.  It’s a small world, that’s for sure.  The object of this game is to see how small the world really is.

  • First, find a partner.  Introduce yourselves and find something you have in common.  Examples could be:  where your student went to school, month and/or year your student was born, food likes, sports likes, etc. 
  • Once you have introduced yourselves and found something in common, find another group in the room and discover what the 4 of you have in common.
  • •Repeat step two until you find something in common with every person in the room

Materials Needed:

  • Time & space for everyone to connect

Race for the Truth
You and the other “runners” in the room are about to embark on a race for the truth.  Your goal is to cross the finish line as quickly as possible by truthfully answering questions about yourself and your student as you follow the facilitator’s directions.

  • Line up on the starting line as directed by the facilitator. 
  • In a moment you will hear a statement.  If it is true about you or your student, move forward one step.  If it is false, remain at the finish line. 
  • For each statement, move forward if it is true and remain where you are if it is false.
  • Repeat step three until the first “runner” completes the race.

Materials Needed:

  • 2 Long Pieces of String for the Start and Finish Lines
  • List of Statements Related to The Group
    • I am excited my student is attending CSU
    • I wish my student would have stayed closer to home
    • My student grew up in this state
    • I am a first-time college parent
    • I am a seasoned college parent
    • My student is a ______ major
    • My student plays sports/is interested in Greek life/volunteers, etc
    • My student likes his/her roommate

Candy Confessions
You have just taken a job as a candy tester in the Candy Confessions factory.  What makes this candy different from other candy is that each flavor is associated with a fact about your student. Your job is to select and “test” four different candies from a bowl/box that will circulate among all testers.

  • Choose four candies from the bowl without looking.  In a moment, a key code will be revealed, indicating which truths you should tell.
  • Once the code has been revealed you may begin your confession.

Materials Needed:

  • Basket of Candy
  • Example of a Key Code  (choose some that relate to parents and families and some that relate to students)
    • Kit Kats = Your favorite movie, favorite magazine, favorite song, or favorite book
    • Krackle = Your favorite vacation spot, place you would like to visit, place you would least like to visit, or worst vacation
    • Lollipop = Student’s major, dream job, greatest achievement, or highest ambition
    • Hot Tamales = Your biggest hope for your student while attending CSU
    • Kisses = Wildcard [tell us anything]) 

This meeting /event is challenging because you want to support current families and provide an opportunity for potential parents and families to become involved.  Supporting existing families can be done in the following ways:

  • Host a meeting during CSU’s RAMFAM Association Meeting.  Watch the webcast from 10:00 to noon MST and then facilitate a conversation on the featured speaker or other items of interest.
  • Gather to watch a CSU athletic event. 
  • Encourage everyone to wear CSU apparel.
  • Develop a list of advice to new students and their families.
  • Complete an Event Evaluation Form and return to Parent & Family Programs within 2 weeks.

In addition to networking with current families, the Hometown RAMFAM Club is a great way to invite new families to join the CSU community.  Let us help you connect with our Admissions Office and other CSU entities to collaborate on local events with high school students interested in CSU.  You’ve all been through the college search process and know the ‘ins and outs’ of applying to CSU.  Your opinion matters to potential students and their families!  Showing parents and families support in the early stages of applying can help build a solid relationship with the Hometown RAMFAM Club.  This can be done as follows:

  • Contact us at 970-491-5312 and we’ll connect you with an Admissions Counselor in your area.
    • Early Advising Sessions – Admissions plans the event, but there may be potential for a RAMFAM Q&A Session or a Hometown RAMFAM Club plug during the event.
    • If there is no Early Advising Session, perhaps we can help connect you with area high schools through our Admissions Counselors.
  • Advertising Hometown RAMFAM Club meetings with high school counselors.

Sendoffs with information about CSU and the RAMFAM Association are a great way to kick off the academic year.  Show lots of CSU pride and support for your students to come (or return!) to CSU!  Please include CSU Parent and Family Programs in your planning, as we want to be sure you’re reaching the widest audience possible!  We can also connect you to other CSU resources.  Ideas include:

  • Potluck, picnic or cookout in a back yard or local park.
  • Reserving a room at a local restaurant to accommodate all students going to CSU in the fall.
  • Encourage connections between students and between families through ice breakers and other ‘getting to know you’ activities.
  • Encourage students to bring their schedules to build connections.
  • Help new students and their families plan for life in Fort Collins.
  • Encourage everyone to wear CSU apparel.
  • Complete an Event Evaluation Form and return to Parent & Family Programs within 2 weeks.

As the weather turns colder and coursework intensifies, students need additional support to get them over the mid-term to Fall Recess obstacle.  Since we know students call home when they are struggling, it is likely parents and families will be impacted by student stress levels.  The idea behind this meeting is just to gather, celebrate your student being in college, and support each other in the mid-semester hurdles.  Different ideas include:

  • Gathering to make care packages for the students.
  • Seasoned families supporting first year parents and families with their students’ stories of success after their first semester.
  • Letter writing to your students.
  • Sharing favorite stories about students’ college experience or students’ childhood experience.
  • Sharing plans for when the student comes home for winter break.
  • Talk about how much your lives have changed now that your students  are in school.
  • Encourage everyone to wear CSU apparel.