Welcome from Parent & Family Programs
Dear Parents and Families of CSU Students:
Happy New Year! We hope that you are well and that you’ve had opportunities to spend time with your student(s). Has your student been sleeping a lot? Working a lot? Finding time to be with friends? Making time for you? Maybe all the above? It’s important to remember that the fall semester can feel quite long for students whereas the spring semester for whatever reason, feels like it goes by fast! Basically, if your student came home from CSU exhausted in December, it’s understandable. Yet, prepare them for a speedy spring term!
Being intentional about some of the time you spend with your student during the winter break, as it relates to their experiences as a student at CSU, is important. You, as parents and family members, are key in terms of their success as a student. While making strong connections with faculty and their peers are very important, you know them best! It’s important to take time over the long winter break to touch base about how they have been doing, both in and outside the classroom. How are they managing their time, what types of interests do their friends have, are they taking time to get to know their professors at a deeper level than just “How am I doing in your class?”, and the list goes on. The time you take to have conversations with your student about their experiences at CSU allows you to have a better sense of what and how they are doing and gives your student a chance to reflect on what’s going well and what might need to change.
Your family might be able to approach these conversations with your student at the dinner table while for another family, these conversations may be best had on a hike or trip to a local coffee shop. The key is to really be interested and persistent in letting your student know that how they are doing matters and your curiosity is founded in a desire to be supportive. Of course, there may be moments when you want to be pretty critical regarding some of your student’s choices. However, we encourage you to listen with an open mind and heart and act as a guide or mentor, listening and offering advice while knowing that your student will have the opportunity to reflect and decide where to go from there.
A key conversation area to focus on with your student is academics. Celebrate the successes! We encourage you to ask your student to share what went well academically this semester; too often our immediate focus becomes what did not go as well and it’s easy to get caught up in the negative. It’s important to honor the hard work and dedication that goes into the success, no matter how small, taking time to identify what went well can help shape a student’s academic confidence and build on the study skills and strategies your student has established. Ask your student what class was most enjoyable this semester, for each student it may be different – did the content covered in one class spark interest, or was there a professor that your student really connected with this semester?
At the same time, don’t avoid the tough conversations! If your student struggled this fall, it’s equally as important to have a conversation regarding strategies for improvement. Often students are extremely hard on themselves when academic goals are not met, which may make this type of conversation difficult – but beginning the discussion by identifying what a student would do differently may help begin the important process of reflection.
Don’t forget these helpful resources:
Overall Campus Curricular and Co-Curricular Resources: http://oas.casa.colostate.edu/campus-resources
Study Skills/Time Management Support: http://tilt.colostate.edu/learning/studyskills/workshops.cfm
A Path to Strengthen Academic Standing: http://oas.casa.colostate.edu/about
Academic Probation/Dismissal: https://secure.casa.colostate.edu/applications/ssc/appeals/FAQs.aspx
Academic Calendar: http://calendar.colostate.edu/academic.aspx
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Important Upcoming January Dates
By Destiny Story | Student Intern - Vice President for Student Affairs Office
Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and some well-deserved rest!
Resting after the fall semester and finals is highly beneficial for your student(s) so they can come back and finish out the academic year strong! As preparation for spring draws near, there are some important dates to keep in mind!
The last day to cancel spring registration is January 18th (MLK Day) which means classes begin January 19th! The first couple weeks of the semester may be busy for some students as they get back into the swing of classes, but please encourage your student(s) to keep these important academic dates in mind:
January 22nd Restricted Drop Deadline
January 24th Add Without Override Deadline
January 25th Add With Override Begins
If your student is graduating in May 2016, graduation contracts are due January 30th! Encourage your student to connect with the advisor in their major to determine the steps needed to complete the graduation contract requirements.
The month of January also has great basketball games happening! Wear your CSU colors, head over to Moby Arena, and cheer on our teams at the games!
Women’s Basketball: Boise State January 2nd, UNLV January 6th, Air Force January 20th
Men’s Basketball: Boise State January 2nd, UNLV January 6th
Finally, if your student is interested in going abroad, encourage them to attend the Info Session about studying Community Education and Health in Zambia, Africa for summer 2016! (LSC 308 at 12pm, January 25th).
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Make the Most of Winter Break - CSU Career Center
By CSU Career Center Staff
The break between semesters is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and have some fun. It is also an excellent time for your student to implement aspects of a job/internship search that they were unable to focus on or accomplish during the fall semester. The break may give your student the spare time needed to do informational interviews, prepare his/her job/internship search materials, and research potential employers for full-time jobs and internships. Here are some action items you might suggest for your student to implement over break:
LOGIN TO Handshake- learn about upcoming events, start searching for jobs and internships, and review the campus interviews for the spring semester.
START NETWORKING- build connections in a field you are interested in to determine if it's a right fit for you. Login to Ram Career Ready to get tips on networking.
UPDATE YOUR RESUME- update and revise your resume and cover letter and then visit the Career Center to have them look it over. Click here for a variety of example resumes.
DROP-IN- visit the Career Center over the break and discuss post-graduation plans, career exploration, and major exploration with a Career Educator.
SET UP AN ACTION PLAN- make SMART goals for what you want to accomplish over break and also during the academic year.
- Specific---Be clear on what you want and narrow your focus.
- Measurable---What are some milestones along the way you can look forward to?
- Achievable---Be realistic and prioritize!
- Relevant---Does your goal align with your values and ambitions? Does it make sense for right now?
- Time-bound---Set yourself some deadlines for increased accountability!
START PREPARING FOR THE CAREER FAIR!!
Login to Ram Career Ready to start getting ready for the career fair in February.
GET READY FOR CAREER COMMUNITIES – the Career Center is launching a new community-based program on January 25th. Career Communities are online and in-person groups of employers, faculty/staff, alumni and students centered around common career interest areas. Stay tuned to the www.career.colostate.edu for more information.
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RamRide: A Safe Ride Home for CSU Students
By Ted Fetterling | Student Program Coordinator, RamRide
As guardians and family members, one of the main concerns for students in college is safety. RamRide is one of the many programs on campus designed to promote the safety of students both on campus and off. RamRide is a volunteer-led program that provides students with free, safe, and non-judgmental rides home. During the 2014-2015 school year, we gave 29,080 people rides home, which is roughly the student population of CSU.
RamRide operates Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during the school year. We run Thursday nights from 10pm-2am and Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm-3am. RamRide volunteers will pick your student up in CSU vehicles anywhere within the Fort Collins city limits and ensure their safe return home. Whether your student is out late studying, working, or at a friend’s house, they can use RamRide to return home safely. Your student can request a ride via our free “RamRide” app, available in the Google and Apple stores, or call us at 970-491-3333.
Volunteering with RamRide is a great way for your student to get involved with the CSU community and learn valuable skills. All volunteers receive training regarding the safety of others as well as how to respond during difficult situations. Some skills include learning to recognize alcohol poisoning and learning about important laws such as the Colorado Safe Haven Law. These are important lessons that our volunteers can use outside of RamRide.
Every weekend, RamRide takes over 1,000 people home safely. In order to make these numbers possible, we rely on 106 volunteers per weekend to help keep the community safe. Our volunteers are fed every weekend by our donors such as the Human Bean, Domino’s, Cosmo’s Pizza, Pizza Casbah, Yum Yum’s, Serious Texas Bar-B-Q, Krazy Karl’s and Noodles and Company. We also accept donations from the Fort Collins community. We greatly rely on and appreciate our volunteers and donors who are willing to help us provide free, safe and non-judgmental rides home to CSU students.
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Resources for Body and Mind from CSU Health Network
By Christina Berg | CSU Health Network
Whether your student is new to CSU this spring, entering the second semester or is looking forward to graduation in May, it’s a good time to remind your student of the many resources available at the CSU Health Network to support mental and physical health.
Students have access to a wide range of medical services, including:
- General Medical Services
- Medical Clinic
- Behavioral Health
- Immunizations Clinic
- Laboratory Services
- Radiology Services
- Triage Clinic
- Specialty Services
- Allergy Clinic
- Dental Services
- Massage Therapy
- Men’s Clinic
- Nutrition Consultation
- Optometry Services
- Physical Therapy Services
- Psychiatry Services
- Sports Medicine/Orthopedic Clinic
- Travel Clinic
- Women’s Clinic
Full-time, fee-paying students receive five counseling sessions per semester at no additional charge. The professional staff of licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors, as well as graduate student staff from each of these disciplines offer several counseling options, including:
- Individual and Couples Counseling
- Group Services
- Drugs, Alcohol and You Programs (DAY)
- Learning Assistance Consultation
- Outpatient Services (iTEAM)
- Emergency Services
- Counseling Consultations with Colleagues/ Parents/Friends
Health Education and Prevention
The Health Education and Prevention team hosts many programs and workshops for students:
- Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
- Mental Health Initiatives
- Peer Education (CREWS)
- Sexual Health Initiatives
- Tobacco Cessation
In addition, there are several interactive screening tools available online at health.colostate.edu/resources.
Student Health Insurance Office
Staff in the Student Health Insurance Office are available to help students navigate the complexities of health insurance. They provide general information about the CSU Student Health Insurance plan features and benefits to prospective and current plan participants. They also facilitate plan enrollment and billing for students as well as assist students with the procedures necessary to file insurance claims.
The Student Health Insurance staff also manages the RamCare supplement program, which is specifically designed for students with private health insurance. RamCare covers $1,500 at the CSU Health Network for services for illness or injury that would otherwise be payable at the time of service. It also provides $100 per semester toward prescription costs, and $50 for Flex Services to be used toward other services in the CSU Health Network. RamCare ensures that healthcare at the CSU Health Network is provided to each student with little to no additional out-of-pocket expenses, potentially eliminating the need for students to pay copays, coinsurance or deductible costs.
Learn more about these and other resources at the CSU Health Network by logging on to health.colostate.edu.
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Student Diversity Programs and Services Spotlight
Colorado State University (CSU) is proud of its efforts to enhance, appreciate and support diversity and multiculturalism as part of its mission as a land-grant institution of higher education.
The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) provides programs and services to support the retention, graduation and success of our CSU students. The office contributes to an inclusive campus environment by providing the resources for Asian Pacific American awareness and education. The APACC office welcomes all students and seeks to create a safe place for students of all backgrounds. There are many resources available for students, we'd like to highlight a few programs this month! Encourage your student to get involved at CSU!
APACC’s Peer Mentoring Program supports peer mentors in developing leadership, critical thinking, community building, and mentorship skills. The program also provides new students with personalized mentorship that connects them to campus resources and the community, and allows them to develop the skills to become engaged community leaders. To sign up for a peer mentor, email email@example.com or visit http://apacc.colostate.edu/peer-mentoring-program
The Experience of All (TEA) is a bi-monthly interactive event where students deepen their understanding of Asian culture through discussions and hands-on activities. TEA Time meets in the APACC office in the LSC room 333. Past TEA times have included social justice conversations, celebrating the lunar new year, study break tips, and a discussion on how love is viewed differently around the world.
Here are additional Student Organizations supported by the APACC office:
APASA – Asian Pacific American Student Association – plans API Awareness Month activities and puts together a team to race in the Colorado Dragonboat Festival
Hui o Hawaii
SASE – Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
Asian American Intervarsity
If your student would like more information about these programs, please encourage your student to stop by the APACC office in LSC room 333 or check out their website here.
A more complete list of student organizations and activities associated with Student Diversity Programs and Services offices can be found here. While each office listed may emphasize a specific segment of the student body, services and programs are available to benefit all students at CSU.
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RamFam Ambassadors - Connect with Other CSU Parents and Family Members
Our RamFam Ambassador program aims to connect parents and family members of CSU students interested in partnering with Parent & Family Programs to support the CSU student and family experience.
We recognize that as family members of CSU students you all bring a unique perspective to the “CSU experience” – and it’s those experiences we hope you share with other parents and family members as you support each other in the various transitions that occur throughout your student’s time at CSU.
Volunteering as a RamFam Ambassador could be something like:
- Hosting a parent/family event in your home town with other CSU families
- Connecting with other parents/families in your area over coffee
- Hosting get-togethers in your hometown to build care packages for your CSU students
- Calling admitted students’ parents/families to congratulate them and answer questions
- Contributing an article to our monthly Parent and Family e-newsletter
- Helping us with events on campus like Ram Welcome and Homecoming and Family Weekend
During the spring semester, we are seeking local CSU parents and family members interested in supporting prospective parents and family members (Future Rams!) by participating on a panel during upcoming Admissions Events at CSU. If you are interested in sharing your advice and perspective on supporting a college-aged student, we'd enjoy having you join a member of our Parent and Family Programs staff and current student on the panel. As families navigate the admissions process we know how valuable your advice and perspective will be in the process - contact Erin.Hammersley@colostate.edu for details and dates.
If you are interested in getting involved with CSU in other ways, please click here and let us know your areas of interest! We have RamFam Ambassadors throughout the United States and rely on them to create supportive communities in their areas. Feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about getting involved as a RamFam Ambassador.
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