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Parent & Family Newsletter

August 2017

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Dear Parents and Families of CSU Juniors and Seniors,

We hope you are well!  We are excited to unveil this new edition of the CSU Parent and Family Programs electronic newsletter – intentionally written to provide information to parents and family members of CSU juniors and seniors.  Instead of you receiving a monthly electronic newsletter from September through May, with articles that will be helpful for any student, you will now receive 4 e-newsletters this academic year, specific to the Junior/ Senior experience.  We plan to send the remaining e-newsletters in November, February, and April.  

We realize your student has several years of experience here at CSU and is also getting closer to graduation!  We hope you find our adjustments to a more specific newsletter helpful to your student’s experience at CSU!

Take care,


Parent and Family Programs Staff

Getting where you need to go Off-Campus


Many first-year students find it easy to get around without a car, but as a student progresses further into their college career, balance can become more complicated. Combine living off campus with classes, jobs, internships and errands, students may struggle to manage it all.

Thankfully, travel options in Fort Collins keep getting better without the expense of a car and parking! This year another bicycle and pedestrian underpass opened at Elizabeth and Shields. With the support of ASCSU (do they know what ASCSU is?) , the Fort Collins’ transit provider, Transfort,  also added Sunday service to several bus routes often used by students, including routes 2, 3, 8, 14, 16 and MAX.

Remember that students’ RamCard acts as a bus pass on all Transfort routes, whether your student is headed to campus or to another part of the City.

Students may also consider combining modes, like taking a bike on the bus (riders can load a bike onto the rack of any Transfort bus except Around the Horn, or walk it right onto MAX).

Follow the links below to explore options available:

         Transfort Rider Tools to plan a trip and track a bus in real time

         Fort Collins Bike Share for station-to-station bike rentals all over town (use code RAMBIKESHARE for 50 percent off annual membership)

         Fort Collins Bike Map to find the best route

         CSU Parking and Transportation Services for info on all transportation options

Want some additional help exploring options? 
Encourage your student to sign up for a free 
Smart Cycling at CSU class, or email for help with your student's transit, bike or walking route.

Weekend Late Night

Students don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get a safe ride home. Read up on these two free options:

Transfort Gold Route

A free bus that picks up in Old Town Fort Collins and drops off along the Laurel, Campus West, Prospect and College corridors.

Departs every 15 minutes from corner of Mountain Ave. and Remington St., Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 pm – 2:30am.


A volunteer-powered, free, safe, non-judgmental ride home for CSU students. Encourage  your studen to download the RamRide app to improve their experience.

Operates Thursdays 10 pm – 2 am, Fridays and Saturdays from 10pm – 3am

Partner with your student on these two key areas for future success


By: Summer S. Shaffer, M.S.

Parents and family member of juniors and seniors often look for meaningful ways to partner with their student for future career success.  Emerging trends suggest two key areas of importance to today’s upper-level college student, networking and experiential learning.  It is important to partner with your student in helping them seek out opportunities to build their network and to gain experience in their field of interest.

Networking…the very sound of it strikes fear in the hearts of many…

The very sound of the word “networking” often strikes fear in the hearts of students.  However, networking is vital to a successful job or internship search.  The term “networking” might be tired, but the concept is just as relevant as ever. It’s so important for students to actively engage employers, CSU alumni, friends, family, and others in their job search.

Family members can help support their student by encouraging networking as a natural part of their college experience.  Not only will this help your student feel more confident to participate in networking activities it will also help them move toward a successful future.   Katie Lloyd, Career Center Director of Career Education offers, “I tell students to talk to everyone they meet about what they’re interested in. If my best friend is a PR director, and you want to go into PR, I won’t know to connect the two of you unless I know about your interests.”

The fall semester is an ideal time for students to participate in networking opportunities on campus.  “Step outside of your comfort zone and start talking to everyone you meet – over 800 employers came to CSU last year – there are so many amazing opportunities to connect.  Students are often surprised to find that many people will be willing to help them. They just need to take the first step and reach out – we can teach them how to do that well. CSU has over 210,000 living alumni and our students already have such a common experience with those people. It makes it easier to reach out, and alumni are often willing to give back” shared Lloyd. 

Experience…Catch 22

We’ve likely all been there at some point or another – you can’t get the job you want without experience, but you can’t gain the experience you need without landing your first job.  Experience is rising to the top of many upper-level students’ minds as the reality of applying for career work and/or graduate programs is a short-term reality.  The Career Center’s Leanna Biddle shares, “In meeting with both juniors and seniors, I often hear concern stemming from lack of experience in their field of interest. As a Career Education Manager, I encourage students to gain experiences in both their field of study and through internships, on-campus positions, etc. Experiential opportunities provide a space to network and build connections with faculty, staff, and employers who visit and attend our All-Campus Career Fairs.”

Where to start?

Encourage your student to attend networking events and career fairs this coming semester.  The Career Center staff is here to help your student prepare their marketing materials as well as prep them for networking opportunities.  Your student can seek assistance Monday – Friday from 10 am – 2 pm. 

A few networking events for your student to add to their calendars:

         9/20 – 9/21 – All- Campus Career Fair (different      

      employer each day)

         9/21 - Diverse Reverse Luncheon 

         9/29 – Sustainability & Environment Industry Tour

        10/5 – FedConnect

         10/20 – How Things Are Made Industry Tour

         10/25 – Graduate School Fair

         11/7 – Technology Networking Event

         11/10 – Creative Careers Industry Tour

For a complete listing of Career Center events visit . 

 The Career Center offers 24/7 online training in how to land a job and/or gain experience via Ram Career Ready.  Encourage your student to actively check the Career Center calendar of events for updates and additions.  

Your student's new home for health


By Kate Hagdorn

Your student can now receive comprehensive, state-of-the-art health services in one convenient, on-campus location. 

The new CSU Health and Medical Center, located on the southeast gateway of campus, is now open to serve your students. The 113,000 square foot, four-story facility is the new home of CSU Health Network, which provides medical, counseling, and health education and prevention services for all CSU students.

“In 2008, we integrated counseling services, medical, and education and prevention for students under one organizational umbrella: the CSU Health Network,” said Anne Hudgens, Executive Director of CSU Health Network. “Our tagline is ‘Care for Body and Mind’ and we care for students as whole people who have both physical and mental health needs. And now, for the first time, we have all of those services under one roof.”

All students have full access to all of the services provided by CSU Health Network, regardless of their insurance plan. CSU Health Network is an in-network medical provider with most major US-based insurance plans. If your student has a private insurance plan, CSU Health Network can file claims with your student’s insurance carrier, just like a medical provider in the community.

By paying student fees, all CSU students can access up to five individual counseling sessions per semester at no additional cost.

Located on the northwest corner of College Avenue and Prospect Road, the center is accessible by MAX at the Prospect Station, or by car from Lake Street. Free patient and client parking is on site, with dedicated spaces on the north side of the building. Ample bike and longboard parking is available outside the main entrance on the north side of the building and at the MAX station.

Students can access the following CSU Health Network services in the new facility:

         Medical Services

o   Primary Care

o   Urgent Care

o   Behavioral Health

o   Immunizations

o   Laboratory

o   Radiology

o   Pharmacy

o   Allergy & Asthma

o   Dental

o   Men’s Care

o   Massage Therapy

o   Nutrition Care for Disordered Eating

o   Optometry

o   Physical Therapy

o   Psychiatry

o   Sports Medicine/Orthopedics

o   Transgender Care

o   Travel Medicine

o   Women’s Care

         Counseling Services

o   Individual and Couples Counseling

o   Groups and Workshops

o   Drugs, Alcohol and You (DAY) Programs

o   Post-Hospitalization Support (iTEAM)

o   Crisis Intervention

         Health Education and Prevention Services

o   Substance Abuse Prevention

o   Mental Health Initiatives

o   Peer Education (CREWS)

o   Resiliency and Well-Being

o   Sexual Health Initiatives

o   Tobacco Cessation

         Business Services

o   Student Health Insurance

o   Private Health Insurance Billing

o   RamCare Supplement Program

o   Medical Records

Additional services available for students in the new CSU Health and Medical Center include:

         Walk-in convenient care clinic provided by Associates in Family Medicine to serve student medical needs on evenings and weekends when CSU Health Network is not open for services

         Infusion services provided by Poudre Infusion Therapy

         Nutrition education, coaching and programs provided by Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center

       Occupational injury management and rehabilitation services provided by UCHealth


Preparing for Summer Opportunities

Did you know that there are dozens of funded summer opportunities for undergraduate students? In the past two years, CSU students have received funding to conduct research in Germany, study Swahili in Tanzania, and intern at NOAA. Deadlines for these opportunities are as early as November, so it is important that students begin thinking about their summer plans in early fall. Below is a list of selected opportunities compiled by Mary Swanson, the Associate Director for CSU’s Office for Scholarship and Fellowship Advising (OFSA).

What is the Office for Scholarship Advising (OSFA)? Glad you asked! OSFA helps undergraduate students identify, prepare, and apply for to merit-based external scholarship and fellowships that align with their career goals. Preparation tips can be found here.

STEM students:

Amgen Scholars

Boren Scholarship STEM Initiative

DAAD RISE Germany Internship

NOAA Hollings



Pathway to Science Database:


Leadership/Community Service:

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow (sophomores only)


International Study/Research:

Boren Scholarship STEM Initiative

Critical Language Scholarship

Cultural Vistas Fellowship

DAAD RISE Germany Internship

Humanity in Action Fellowship

SALAM Scholarship

UK Summer Fulbright (freshman and sophomores with 3.75 GPA)

 See something your student may be interested in? Curious to know what other opportunities might be available to your student? Have them can sign up with individual appointments with Mary Swanson at



 Homecoming and Family Weekend - October 12-14th, 2017

We hope you will be joining us this year for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017! 

Check out the website for additional details - and check back frequently because updates will be coming soon! 

Interested in attending the CSU vs. Nevada football game on October 14th? Single game tickets are available at!  

Support our RamFam Preferred Business Partners when you make your reservations, for Homecoming and Family Weekend or any other visit to Fort Collins. 

 See the full list of RamFam Preferred Business Partners here
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