CSU 2016 Parent and Family Guide

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Created especially for parents and families, the Parent & Family Resource Guide is a go-to source for all things important to families of current and potential CSU students. From health and wellness to community involvement, this guide will provide insight to helping your student thrive at Colorado State. Produced by Rocky Mountain Student Media in collaboration with CSU Parent and Family Programs.

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  • Created especially for parents and families, the

    Parent & Family Resource Guide is a go-to source

    for all things important to families of current and

    potential CSU students. From health and wellness to

    community involvement, this guide will provide insight to

    helping your student thrive at Colorado State.

    Publication Designer: Kailee Kwiecien Photography: CSU Creative Services

    Published by: Rocky Mountain Student Media, in collaboration with Parent & Family Programs.For advertising information, call 970-491-1146

    Welcome to the Ram Family.......................4Find Your State...........................................6Orientation and Transition Programs.........10Residence Hall Move-In Checklist..............12 Housing Application Process Reminders....14Accessing Student Records, Finances, and Information..............................................18 FERPA 101 FAMweb & RAMweb CSU eBillingImportant University Dates.......................24Ram Pride.................................................26Homecoming & Family Weekend.............. 2818 Things to Do with Your Student............ 30

    WHAT'S INSIDECampus Map........................................32Career Center Spotlight.........................36Involvement and Engagement..............38Student Diversity Programs & Services.42Principles of Community......................44Campus Safety.....................................45CSU Health Network.............................46 Talking To Your Student About Alcohol and Other Drugs Supporting Your Students WellbeingExploring Majors..................................52RamFam Preferred Partners.................58Helpful Contact Information.................62

    Cover photo: Third year Health and Exercise Science student, Caleb, with his mom, Amber, and aunt, Jennifer.

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    THE RAM FAMILYParents and family members of

    Colorado State University students are part of a network, over 100,000 strong, which proudly call themselves members of the Ram Family. We partner with you, working toward the same goal: graduation. We serve as your liaisons to the University and are available to talk with you in person, by phone, or via email.

    This Supporting Transitions: Parent and Family Resource Guide includes resources to support students transition to college. Todays students often text or call home for assistance before they ever think to seek help from a campus department. We hope you will learn about these services to redirect your students back to campus

    to meet with staff members who possess unique knowledge and experience working with college students. We want to work with you to help your student learn self-advocacy and problem-solving skills so they can become engaged citizens of the world.

    Additionally, as a parent or family member of a current CSU student, you are automatically part of RamFam. RamFam benefits include receiving our monthly e-newsletter ( join our listserv at http://parents.colostate.edu/list-serv), invitations to Homecoming & Family Weekend events specifically for parents and families, participating in RamFam events that take place where you live, and more!

    WELCOME TO

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    John Henderson,

    Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Parent & Family ProgramsOffi ce of the Vice President for Student Aff airs201 Administration Building 970-491-6680John.Henderson@colostate.edu

    Erin Hammersley,

    Coordinator for Parent & Family ProgramsOffi ce of the Vice President for Student Aff airs201 Administration Building 970-491-6680Erin.Hammersley@colostate.edu

    THE RAM FAMILYRamFam can also include ways that

    you, as a parent or family member, might want to engage with and support parent and family members of other CSU students through writing articles for our e-newsletter or calling parents and family members of prospective CSU students.

    In addition to this publication, we hope you will visit our website, www.parentsandfamily.colostate.edu, and utilize the Supporting Transitions calendar. Dont forget to participate in family programs during Ram Welcome (August 18-21, 2016) and Homecoming & Family Weekend(October 6-8, 2016).

    We celebrate CSU families and we are your support system as you navigate the

    University alongside your student. If youhave suggestions for additional ways to support parents and families wed love to hear from you.

    Please contact us if you have questions, concerns, feedback, or if you just need a listening ear. Parenting and supporting a successful college student isnt easy, but we value the role you play in your students success. Thank you for investing in your students future and trusting us with a treasured member of your family.

    We look forward to meeting you and partnering with you toward your students success.

    WELCOME TO

  • FIND YOURSTATE.

    This is an invitation to

    The Offi ce of Admissions is more than just the front door to the University. Were dedicated to the success of the whole student, and that

    includes making sure parents and families are partners in the admissions process not

    passive bystanders.

    Ways the Offi ce of Admissions Supports Students and Families4

    Holistic reviewColorado State is a big University, but that doesnt mean we have to act like one. We take the time to learn about each of our students if there are any doubts about their potential success at CSU to ensure each student has the tools in and out of the classroom to thrive.

    Engaged counselorsEach student is assigned to an admissions counselor whose primary responsibility is to help prepare students for college. Whether that means answering questions about the Fort Collins community or advising students on how to set themselves up for admission, were always here for you.

    Dynamic eventsBetween the twice-daily information sessions off ered weekdays and the variety of comprehensive visit programs throughout the year, we work hard to make sure students have the opportunities to get a sense of what Colorado State is like before they ever enroll.

    E ective outreachWe dont want anyone to fall through the cracks. Thats why its a priority to communicate the right information with students at the right time. Whether a student is just beginning their college search or preparing to enroll at Colorado State, well make sure they know the right information.

    This is an invitation to

    ENGAGE with a community

    CONTRIBUTE to the world

    ENCOURAGEsuccess and continue to

    SUPPORT your students development.

    REFLECT on past achievements

    LOOK FORWARD

    to future accomplishments and to make your family a

    RAM FAMILY.

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    APPLYING TO CSUWe work hard to support your student, but as parents and families, you play a key role in the college decision process. We hope these four tips give you a

    starting point to take on the college search.

    Ways you can help support your student in the admissions process

    Pay attention to deadlinesWe hate to see students and families miss out on admissions and fi nancial aid opportunities due to simple oversights. The easiest way to stay on top of important dates is to keep them on the calendar and schedule time to complete applications and forms.

    Stay current with University communicationsWe hope you engage with the mailings and emails that your student receives, and that you keep up-to-date on the current news at Colorado State. That means engaging with us on everything from email to social media.

    Attend events togetherYour perspective is important. At almost all of our events, parents and families are invited to experience campus with students and to ask questions that students may not think of. We appreciate engaging with families as well as future Rams.

    Listen and supportThis seems like a no-brainer, but it can sometimes be diffi cult to work cooperatively towards a family decision when the decision is as important as choosing the right university. Just remember that your student is as excited as you are about what the future might hold.

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    This is where it all begins. Ram Orientation programs aredynamic, student-centered experiences that inspire a purposeful transition into the Ram community. This is also when all new students meet with an academic advisor and register for classes. Ram Orientation programs are the fi rst step toward a successful graduation, and all new students are required to attend.

    By intentionally immersing and connecting students and their parents and family members to the story of Colorado State, Ram Orientation fosters an emotional connection to the people, places, and ideas of the Ram community to inspire success. Within this community built at orientation, students and their families learn from staff , faculty, and current students the best practices for academic and personal success as they begin the journey toward graduation.

    Students also have the opportunity to extend their orientation experience with one of our two extended orientation programs: Mountain Experience and Camp 1870. Mountain Experience is hosted at CSUs Mountain Campus on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park for our immersive M