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Parent & Family Newsletter

August 2017


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Dear Parents and Families of New CSU Students,

Ram Welcome: Experience CSU! Provides new students an opportunity to create community and learn what it means to be a CSU student before the fall semester begins. We offer this programming because we know our most successful students are those who get involved immediately with others and the campus, and take ownership of their experience at Colorado State from the beginning. For your student, four days of intentional interactions help them to start their college careers at CSU in the right direction, giving them a solid foundation from which to build.

Ram Welcome begins on Thursday, August 17th and lasts through Sunday, August 20th. For first-year students and international students, their Ram Welcome experience will span the full four-day period before beginning classes on Monday. During this time students will have the opportunity to build community, learn about academic expectations, meet their faculty, find their classrooms, and participate in fund traditions such as "Hike to the "A"" and the "We Are CSU" programming and photo. We hope this experience puts your student at ease. For detailed information about the first-year and international student Ram Welcome experience, visit www.ramwelcome.colostate.edu, or download the "Experience CSU" app

For transfer students, we understand that they know what it's like to be a college student, so we've developed an abbreviated schedule of specialized programs to help them successfully transition to CSU - beginning Thursday, August 17th through Friday, August 18th, with optional weekend programming. For detailed information about the transfer student Ram Welcome experience, visit www.ramwelcome.colostate.edu, or download the "Experience CSU" app

We also offer programming for you - parents, family members and guests - during Ram Welcome. Programming begins on Thursday, August 17th and ends at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, August 18th. We hope you will join us for the full day and a half of programming. We specifically design these programs to support you in supporting your student and to help you move through this significant transition, because we know that the college transition is not just about your new student; it's also about you and your family.In this special edition of the Parent & Family e-Newsletter, we aim to help parents and family members with a framework to start the Ram Welcome experience. Below you'll find details about the Ram Welome parent and family schedule and we offer a few important reminders/tips to consider before you arrive to campus with your student. If you have questions about the Ram Welcome schedule, or should your student need additional accommodations, please contact Orientation and Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011. For questions specifically related to parents, family members, and guests, please contact Parent and Family Programs at vpsa_parentfamilyprograms@Mail.Colostate.edu or (970) 491-6680. 


Have you purchased your tickets to the New Student & Family Welcome Dinner?

 
Purchase your tickets by July 31, 2017 (11:59 p.m. MT)!!
 
We invite all parents and family members to join us for a zero waste outdoor dinner on the Intramural Fields immediately following Convocation on Thursday, August 17th. To help us account for the number of parent and family members attending the event, we ask that you purchase tickets online by Monday, July 31st, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time.  Instructions to purchase tickets are below, you have the option to print tickets at home or pick up purchased tickets prior to the Parent & Family Reception (by 4:00 p.m.) at the Campus Information and Box Office (at the Lory Student Center) on the day of the event. Please be aware that lost, forgotten, or stolen tickets cannot be replaced. For families that choose the "print tickets at home" option, please be prepared to have your ticket with you the day of the event, as there are no available printing facilities for dinner tickets on campus. 
 
Your new CSU student does NOT need a ticket to enter the dinner, as they are hosted by the CSU Alumni Association.
 
Please purchase your tickets as follows:
  • website: www.csutix.com
  • price: $8.00
  • last day to purchase tickets: July 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Mountain Daylight Time
  • please note: lost, forgotten, or stolen tickets cannot be replaced through the Campus Information and Box Office, and "print at home" tickets cannot be printed on campus the day of the event.

Thursday, August 17th: parents and family members of first-year students:

 

Residence Hall Move-In: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Specific traffic and parking guidelines have been put in place for Move-In to make the process as seamless as possible. Traffic patterns will be different this year so please refer to the detailed driving and parking directions for each hall as well as the Move In Map to ensure the most up-to-date details. Your student will also receive a hall-specific welcome/move-in email next week with specific driving, parking, and check-in details.

Here are some helpful reminders prior Move-In day:

  • Be sure to review the online Move-In Information prior to your arrival on campus.
  • Label boxes and belongings with your name/room number to be sure all of your things stay together.
  • Loading zones will be available for unloading. After unloading vehicles will be directed to temporary or long-term parking to allow others to unload. Check out this Move In map to help you navigate campus.
  • Police officers will be on site to direct traffic and control traffic flow. CSU staff members will be available to assist you and give directions to your hall.
  • If you have any questions, please stop at one of our Welcome Booths (labeled on the Move In Map) and we will be happy to assist.

 

First-Year Off-Campus Students (students living at home)

While first-year students living on-campus are moving into the Residence Halls, first-year students living off-campus or at home can check into Ram Welcome at the Off-Campus Life office, Lory Student Center, LSC 274, any time between noon and 4:00 p.m.. At 4:00 p.m., students are to attend the Off-Campus Student Welcome in the Cherokee Park Ballroom (level 300) in the LSC. Ram Welcome leaders will guide students through the Ram Welcome experience throughout the weekend. Here are some helpful tips and reminders to help your first year off-campus student: 

  • If driving to campus for Ram Welcome activities on Thursday and Friday, due to campus construction and heavy move-in traffic please check your e-mail or the Transportation and Parking section of the Move-In Day website to see more details regarding traffic flow as Ram Welcome approaches. For questions about parking, contact Parking Services at (970) 491-7041 or www.parking.colostate.edu.
  • For Saturday and Sunday Ram Welcome activities, off-campus students are encouraged to park in lot #195. Access to #195 is from Shields east on Plum or Elizabeth. Traffic will be heavy on and around campus. Parking is also available in lots #240, #570 Parking Garage ("Z" lots - no permits required; "Pay to Park" lots - free AFTER 4 p.m.). Police officers will be directing traffic and adjusting directional flow on some streets to one-way.

If you have questions while on campus, stop by one of the Welcome Booths in various locations around campus, and visit with CSU staff members ready to assist you. If you have any questions regarding the Off-Campus Student Welcome, please call Off-Campus Life at (970) 491-2248 or email offcampuslife@colostate.edu. If you have any questions regarding other Ram Welcome events, please call Orienation and Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011. 

 

Parent and Family Reception: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.(doors open at 4:15 p.m.), Lory Student Center, Grand Ballroom 

After a long move-in day, join us for light refreshments at the Parent and Family Reception! Families are encouraged to engage with other members of the Ram Family, CSU staff, alumni and current students, in a relaxed atmosphere.  CSU President, Dr. Tony Frank will be present for a few short remarks. The doors will open at 4:15 p.m.. 

Keep in mind, your student will begin their Ram Welcome journey at this same time - just in a different location. It is vital for students to attend their Residence Hall Floor Meeting at 4:00 p.m., and it's at this time we invite you to make your way over to the Lory Student Center and join us at the Parent and Family Reception It is critical for students to begin to connect with their housing community, so their residence hall floor meeting is mandatory. 

 

Convocation: 5:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom ( live webcast from Moby Arena to Multipurpose Stadium) 

Hear messages from the CSU President, Dr. Tony Frank, in addition to the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, ASCSU President, and select alumni. These individuals will welcome both students and families to Colorado State University. Convocation serves as the official "academic" welcome to campus, setting the tone for the remainder of your student's time at CSU. 

Parents and Family members are invited to watch convocation on a live feed from the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom. 

 

New Student & Family Welcome Dinner with the CSU Alumni Association: 6:30 p.m., Intramural Fields

At the closing of Convocation, we invite families to filter out to the Intramural Fields for a zero waste dinner with the CSU Alumni Association. Students are expected to attend this event and can swipe in with their RamCards. Please remember family members and guests must purchase their tickets in advance, by July 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time in order to attend the event.

If you do not purchase a ticket in advance of the event, we encourage you to enjoy a dinner at a local Fort Collins restaurant. Afterward, we invite you to return to campus and meet up with your student(s) for the Carnival! 

 

Carnival: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Intramural Fields

After you eat, enjoy games, music snacks, and carnival rides on the Intramural Fields! The CSU Carnival is a perfect way to kick off the academic year at no additional cost and we invite students, as well as the whole family, to participate until 11:00 p.m.! 


Thursday, August 17th: parents and family members of transfer students, adult learners, and student veterans


Residence Hall Move-In: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Specific traffic and parking guidelines have been put in place for Move-In to make the process as seamless as possible. Traffic patterns will be different this year so please refer to the detailed driving and parking directions for each hall as well as the Move In Map to ensure the most up-to-date details. Your student will also receive a hall-specific welcome/move-in email next week with specific driving, parking, and check-in details.

Here are some helpful reminders prior Move-In day:

  • Be sure to review the online Move-In Information prior to your arrival on campus.
  • Label boxes and belongings with your name/room number to be sure all of your things stay together.
  • Loading zones will be available for unloading. After unloading vehicles will be directed to temporary or long-term parking to allow others to unload. Check out this Move In map to help you navigate campus.
  • Police officers will be on site to direct traffic and control traffic flow. CSU staff members will be available to assist you and give directions to your hall.
  • If you have any questions, please stop at one of our Welcome Booths (labeled on the Move In Map) and we will be happy to assist.

 

Transfer, Adult Learner, and Student Veterans Welcome and Reception: 4:30 p.m., Lory Student Center Theatre

Join us in celebrating your student's new beginning at CSU! Be welcomed to campus by CSU administrators, including President, Dr. Tony Frank, the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs in a small ceremony, honoring how important your student is to the CSU community. Learn more about Transfer Ram Welcome, meet the Transfer Transition Leaders and Adult Learner and Verteran Services staff, and mingle with other new students, staff, and guests. Students will also leave their official first mark at CSU by participating in the tradition of signing the "A".

 

New Student and Family Welcome Dinner with the CSU Alumni Association: 6:00 p.m., Intramural Fields

At the closing of Convocation, we invite families to filter out to the Intramural Fields for a zero waste dinner with the CSU Alumni Association. Students are expected to attend this event and can swipe in with their RamCards. Please remember family members and guests must purchase their tickets in advanceby July 31, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time in order to attend the event.

If you do not purchase a ticket in advance of the event, we encourage you to enjoy a dinner at a local Fort Collins restaurant. Afterward, we invite you to return to campus and meet up wit your student(s) for the Carnival! 

 

Carnival: 6:30 p.m., Intramural Fields

After you eat, enjoy games, snacks, and carnival rides on the Intramural Fields! The CSU Carnival is a perfect way to kick off the academic year at no additional cost and we invite students, as well as the whole family, to participate until 11:00 p.m.! 


Friday, August 18th: ALL parents and family members of new CSU students

 

Parent and Family Interest Programs: 

9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Lory Student Center 

NOTE: Parents and family members have the option to choose to attend 4 programs during this time and we hope you choose the programs that will best meet your needs. To best serve our attendees, we offer most programs more than once. For more detailed descriptions of the programs below, and to make your own schedule for programming, download the Experience CSU app now at the App Store or on Google Play! 

Student Support Resources: 

LSC 386, Session 1: 9:00-9:45 a.m., Session 2: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

This session provides information about campus safety and healthy relationships. 

Making the Transition: Getting Your Heart and Head Ready:

Cherokee Park Ballroom (LSC), Session 1: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., Session 2: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

This session, led by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students, is designed to assist parents and families in their own family members' transitions. 

Your Student's Academic Transition: What to Expect:

LSC 382, Session 1: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., Session 2: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

In this session, learn more about how important you are in conversations about academics and the many resources your student can utilize for academic support. 

Resilience 1.0: Challenges and Steps to Success:

LSC 382, Session 1: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m., Session 2: noon - 1245 p.m.

Whether your student is starting their first year, or transferring, this session will explore some of the common challenges that can impact your student's satisfaction and success, and what can help turn challenges into opportunities to increase life skills and resilience. 

Thriving in College with Disabilities and Mental or Physical Health Conditions:

Cherokee Park Ballroom (LSC), Session 1: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m., Session 2: noon - 12:45 p.m.

In this session, CSU and community professionals, current CSU students, and family members will discuss the transition of responsibilities - from parents and family members, to the student - and the skills necessary to foster success in the college environment

Reframe: Thinking and Acting Differently to End Interpersonal Violence:

LSC 376-78, Session 1: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m., Session 2: noon - 12:45 p.m. 

This session will introduce parents and family members to the ways that Reframe educates the campus community about consent, common myths, skills for bystander intervention, and how we can all feel empowered to take the action needed to make our campus a safer place for everyone. 

CSU Health Network (drop-in support): 

Virginia Dale Room (LSC) 9:o0 a.m. - noon

CSU Health Network representatives will be able to answer questions about the Health Insurance Requirement and the Student Health Insurance Plan. 

Check out CSU's new facilities to serve your student(s)

Transportation will be provided 9 a.m. - noon; Parents and family members can catch a passenger bus from the corner of Meridian Ave. and W. Plum St., then choose to tour the new facilities below. Participants can choose to tour one or both facilities. Buses will run every half-hour from the Merdian Ave. and W. Plum St. bus stop. 

Visit the CSU Health and Medical Center: 151 West Lake Street

At CSU, your student's health and well-being is of our utmost concern. All CSU students have full access to the wide range of medical, counseling and health education and prevention services provided by the CSU Health Network, regardless of insurance plan. Take time to tour the new state-of-the-art facility and connect with providers about the transfer of care, along with questions about the services available for CSU students. 

Visit The Collaborative for Student Achievement and Classroom Space: Multipurpose Stadium

The Collaborative for Student Achievment serves students in a variety of ways - this is the home of Undeclared Student Advising, as well as Health Professions Advising, and Outreach and Support Programs - just to name a few! Take time to tour the new state-of-the-art facility designed to empower students to create and achieve their personal and professional goals. In addition, tour the new classroom space, where many of your students may be taking classes this fall! 

 


Saying Your Goodbyes

 

While students are expected to attend all four days of Ram Welcome events, parent and family programming ends at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, August 18th. 

When you leave campus, Ram Welcome Leaders, Transfer Transition Leaders & Resident Assistants will be working to help ease your student's transition, but we also need your help in making this a successful transition for your student. The inevitable goodbyes are hard and can be emotional. Take cues from your student on how best to leave. If your student is involved and ready to engage in the CSU community, do your best to match their happy tone, even though you may be hurting inside. If your student is sad about your departure, remind your student about the next time you will see them. Concrete dates give you and your student something to look forward to. Will it be Homecoming and Family Weekend? Will it be Labor Day? 

If your student is feeling uncertain, it is likely because of the bevy of emotions that come with any transition. Reinforce your belief in their success and remind them of their strengths. Words of encouragement can go a long way in helping your student plant themselves firmly at CSU.

Check in with your student to plan an agreed-upon time of departure, and hold to that time - because your student may be feeling torn between being with family and their new-found community of peers. Long, drawn out goodbyes are exhausting and rarely get easier as time passes. Say your goodbyes, include those messages of love, support, and belief in their abilities, then make that break for home. 

Please note: most student's College Day activities will last through Friday morning. As such, most students have time to say their goodbyes Friday afternoon. 


Frequently Asked Questions

 

About: Ram Welcome

I attended Ram Orientation and/or I have a good idea of what is offered at CSU, do I still need to attend the Ram Welcome events for parents and family members? 

If you have attended Ram Orientation and feel as though you received all the information you needed, we still encourage you to check out the parent and family schedule for Friday morning. There are many programs offered that are in addition to the information you received at Ram Orientation. Additionally, Ram Welcome offers a time for you to connect with other new members of the Ram Family - making this community feel much smaller! 

If you are a local parent or family member, we also encourage you to check out the Friday morning schedule of parent and family programming. We love when local families learn something new about an institution in their backyard! 

What happens if we can't arrive until Friday or Saturday of Ram Welcome? 

Ram Welcome is a powerful way to get students connected to CSU before the semester begins. Programming intentionally focuses on welcoming students to the University, exposing students to the academic culture of their individual colleges, learning about CSU's traditions and values, and connections to the Fort Collins community. Those students who aren't able to attend miss out on these opportunities. While we realize it may be difficult for families and students to attend events during the work week, we ask students (and families) to come before the weekend and arrive on campus by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 17th to ensure your student is comfortable with campus and their new community prior to the start of classes on Monday. 

 About: Residence Life

My student has not received a roommate assignment yet – when might they find out?

The first round of room and roommate assignments went out via email on July 25th. We will continue to send out assignments on a rolling basis (in the order that they were received) until the halls open in August.

Can my student move in early?

Thurs., Aug. 17 is the official opening day for the residence halls. Specific learning communities may move in on Wed., Aug. 16., and those students have been notified.

Some groups have to be available on campus earlier than the rest of the students (marching band, fall athletes, etc.), and arrangements are being made by those specific departments.

I’m not sure my student’s roommate is going to be a good fit. How do we go about getting an immediate room change?

The residence halls will open full this fall and roommate changes are not possible at this time. Starting September 6, students may talk to their hall staff about submitting a roommate or room change request, based on availability.

Residence Life seeks to pair roommates who have similar preferences, based on information provided on the Residence Hall Housing Application and/or via self-selection on RoomSync. Note: discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin is contrary to the purpose and policies of Colorado State University and violates the spirit and intent of the civil rights laws of Colorado.  For this reason, information of this kind is not requested on the Residence Hall Housing Application and is not taken into account when making roommate assignments.

We know it is common to check out a new roommate via social media. We remind students (and parents/family members) it has been our experience that students do not get a complete and accurate sense of who their roommate is based solely on a social media profile. We recommend your student contact their new roommate directly, get to know that person through conversations, and take the time to see how they will relate as roommates.

To assist students in successfully sharing a room, students can obtain a Roommate Agreement from their RA and students are encouraged to fill them out together. If an unresolvable issue arises between your student and their roommate, they are encouraged to seek advice from their RA, Assistant Residence Director, Residence Director, or consult with the Student Resolution Center.

About: Transportation 

Should my student bring a car to campus?

CSU and the City of Fort Collins offers many convenient transportation options for students. Students can get home, to the airport, and around Fort Collins pretty easily! We encourage you to seek more information at the Parking and Transportation Services website

About: the CSU Health Network 

What immunizations should my student have? 

Colorado state law requires every student to submit proof of two (2) measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccinations or evidence of immunity. 

Colorado state law also requires students living on campus in student housing to submit proof of meningococcal vaccination given within the last five (5) years.

The deadline to complete this requirement is the Monday, August 21, 2017, the first day of classes. Students should complete the Colorado State University Mandatory Immunizations Form and submit the signed form to the CSU Health Network Immunizations Clinic by mail, fax, e-mail (scanned copy) or personal delivery to the CSU Health Network Immunizations Department in the CSU Health and Medical Center. For more information about how to complete this requirement and submit the required documentation, visit the CSU Immunization requirements section of the CSU Health Network website or call the Immunizations Department at (970) 491-6548.

Who can use the on-campus medical and counseling services provided by CSU Health Network?

CSU Health Network is every student’s on-campus home for health and well-being. All CSU students have full access to the wide range of medical, counseling, and health education and prevention services, regardless of their insurance plan. CSU Health Network is an in-network medical provider with most major insurance carriers and can files claims with them. By way of paying student fees, all CSU students can access up to five individual counseling sessions per semester at no additional cost. After the five covered sessions, students will be charged $10-12 per session. 

What is the health insurance requirement?

Most major universities require students to carry health insurance as a way of protecting the student’s educational investment. Even a relatively minor health event, such as a knee injury, could put students in a situation where medical debt precludes their ability to continue in school. Colorado State University requires domestic students taking six or more resident instruction credits and international students enrolled at any credit level to have health insurance that meets CSU, state, and federal regulations. Students must meet the health insurance requirement their first semester at CSU and every fall semester thereafter. Visit the Health Insurance Requirement section of the CSU Health Network website for more information.

How do domestic students meet the health insurance requirement?

Domestic students can meet the health insurance requirement by electing coverage through a private or individual health insurance plan through a family member or employer, or by enrolling in the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Regardless of which option you choose to meet this requirement, students must complete the secure online Health Insurance Waiver Portal by Wednesday, September 6, 2017 by following these steps:

  • Go to the secure online Health Insurance Waiver Portal at http://health.colostate.edu/insurancerequirement.
  • Login in the your last name, student ID number, and date of birth.
  • Choose one of the following options:
    • Waive the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) by providing proof of a comparable health insurance plan. Enter the requested information (this should take less than five minutes) in the secure online form. Your waiver application will be audited with your insurance carrier to ensure the coverage is active and meets CSU, state, and federal requirements. Your waiver application is not complete until you receive an approval notification.

OR

    • Enroll your student in the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) by indicating your interest in the secure online form. Early enrollment ensure your students’ coverage is in place and your student is in possession of their insurance identification information as soon as possible so that they may seek medical care or fill prescriptions without delay. Visit the Student Health Insurance Plan section of the CSU Health Network website for more information about SHIP benefits, coverage dates, and premiums.
  • IMPORTANT: If you or your student does not take action by the deadline of Wednesday, September 6, 2017, your student’s account through the Office of Financial Aid will be charged the fall semester premium for enrollment in the CSU Student Health Insurance Plan. There will be no refunds or reversals of charges after the deadline.

What insurance plans are accepted by the CSU Health Network?

CSU Health Network is an in-network medical provider with most major insurance carriers. Visit the Commercial Insurance section of the CSU Health Network website for a list of insurance plans accepted by the CSU Health Network. We highly recommend contacting your insurance carrier in advance to see how your plan will cover visits to the CSU Health Network. Visit the Medical Services Staff page for the CSU Health Network Tax ID number and provider NPI numbers, which will be helpful information when contacting your insurance carrier.

Insurance Billing and Payment - how does it work?

If your student has private insurance coverage, CSU Health Network will file claims with the student’s insurance carrier, and students are responsible for applicable co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, and any non-covered charges. These charges will be applied to your student’s account through the Office of Financial Aid and can be paid through the RAMweb or int he billing department at the CSU Health Network. All students should bring a copy of their insurance card to every visit at the CSU Health Network. 

What is the RamCare Supplement Program?

Designed for students who have private health insurance coverage, RamCare is an inexpensive way to help cover out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles, related to the treatment of illness, injury, accident, or related services at the CSU Health Network. The cost is $175 per semester, and your student receives up to $1500 per semester for coverage of services within the CSU Health Network. RamCare is not an insurance product and is only for use at the CSU Health Network. The deadline to enroll for the Fall 2017 semester is Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Visit the RamCare page on the CSU Health Network website for more information and to enroll. 

 
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