CSU: A great place to educate, recreate

Strap on your hiking boots and experience the great outdoors at CSU, named second among the Top Colleges for Outdoor Sports & Recreation by Best College Reviews. Best College Reviews is an online resource that helps students decide on which college to attend. CSU ranked ahead of the University of Colorado and just behind Stanford University on the list, which categorized 35 higher education institutions based on several factors, including:

  • Average yearly days of sunshine
  • Number of school-endorsed outdoor, adventure-oriented sports, clubs, and teams
  • Proximity to outdoor opportunities
  • Substantial outdoor opportunities on campus or directly adjacent to campus
  • Number of courses requiring outdoor work
Outdoors essential to learning CSU offers approximately 60 classes requiring coursework be completed outdoors through several of the eight colleges. In addition to the main campus in Fort Collins, the university has a 1,200-acre mountain campus, located in an alpine valley and surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, Roosevelt National Forest and Comanche Peak Wilderness area. Hundreds of CSU students spend their summers immersed in environmental education and natural resources field courses at Pingree Park. CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources offers an Outdoor Leadership Residential Learning community where students participate in outdoor leadership seminars, Wilderness First Responders courses, outdoor leadership conferences and field excursions to prepare them for personal outdoor adventures and careers in the field. “CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources offers eight undergraduate degrees in natural resources subjects from ecosystem science to recreation and tourism, and outdoor learning in incorporated into each degree to enrich students’ education,” said Dean John Hayes. “Colorado State University’s location gives students a unique advantage to learn about natural resources through first-hand experience; surrounded by some of the most amazing natural environments – from alpine mountains to wild rivers to desert plains - that serve as incredible outdoor classrooms and laboratories.” Student organizations praised The website praises CSU’s outdoor student organizations, including fishing, climbing, mountaineering, Nordic skiing, skydiving, snowboarding, English riding, jousting, logging sports, longboarding, mountain horse riding, the outdoor club, and the Heisenberg Society. There are more than 40 outdoor student organizations at CSU, some of which also include organizations focused on the environment and sustainability. "The Outdoor Program of Campus Recreation hosts over 50 different trips, special events, and clinics each year aimed at providing students with the knowledge and skills to engage in outdoor recreation throughout Colorado,” said Andy Nelson, Outdoor Programs coordinator for the Campus Recreation Center. “Rock climbing, mountaineering, backpacking, skiing and snowboarding, and ice climbing are just some of the many activities offered. “Trips and clinics are instructed by student staff, which provides them with the opportunity to develop their outdoor leadership experience," he said. The ranking also recognizes CSU’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains and Horsetooth Reservoir, allowing students access to fishing, boating, swimming, skiing and scuba diving.

Read More

Spooky is in the air

Halloween brings out the I-don't-ever-really-want-to-grow-up in all of us. Make the rounds at Colorado State University next week to join in Halloween-inspired activities like the Rec Center's Zombie Tag Game and the UCA's Halloween Organ Extravaganza.

Read More

First Lady visit impacts parking, traffic, transit

michelle-obamaFirst Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom during a campaign rally for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall on Thursday, Oct. 23. This is not a Colorado State University event. It is coordinated by Sen. Udall’s campaign office and CSU College Democrats, a student organization. All classes will be in session and previously planned events, including guest speaker Laverne Cox in the Main Ballroom at 7 p.m., will continue on schedule. Students, faculty and staff traveling to campus should expect delays in traffic and transit during the arrival, visit and departure of the First Lady. Services and offices in the Lory Student Center will continue on a normal schedule. Event details: Doors open at 1 p.m.; the campaign event is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. Event attendees are asked to enter the south doors of the Lory Student Center to access the line into the venue. Attendees should arrive early to accommodate for delays in traffic and security screening, but no overnight camping will be allowed. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed. Cameras are permitted but are subject to inspection. Once guests are screened through security, they cannot exit and return to the area. Tickets: Tickets are required but not guaranteed for this free event. All tickets are distributed through the Udall campaign and are not available through the university. All questions about the event and tickets should be directed to the Udall campaign offices. Event parking: Classes are in session and parking on campus is limited. Event attendees should park at the Moby Arena parking lot, accessible off Shields Street. The university’s shuttle system, Around the Horn, stops at Moby every 10 minutes and arrives at the Lory Student Center within minutes. For schedule information, visit www.ridetransfort.com. From the transit center in the LSC, event attendees will take a five-minute walk to the south doors of the Lory Student Center to access the line into the venue. The walk from Moby to the Lory Student Center is about 10 to15 minutes. Arrive early for the event; the transit center will be closed during the arrival of the First Lady. Transit to the event: Because classes are in session and parking is limited, event attendees are encouraged to take transit to campus for the event. MAX, the city’s bus rapid transit system, runs along five miles of the north-south corridor with stops at University Avenue on campus and Laurel Street near campus. For more information, visit www.ridetransfort.com. Traffic and transit impacts: The visit will impact traffic, parking and transit on campus during the afternoon. All transit to the Lory Student Center Transit Center and the center itself will be closed 2:45-4:15 p.m. and traffic on local streets may be halted for security for limited times before and after the event, creating some delays. Media: Reporters will be required to RSVP through the Udall office before the event. Reporters should park in the Moby lot and use Around the Horn to reach the Lory Student Center. TV trucks may contact the university for parking information.

Read More

Relationship Violence Awareness Month

rvamCSU’s Women & Gender Advocacy Center is observing Relationship Violence Awareness Month in October with three-days-worth of events, including two events with the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. Human Trafficking in Colorado Human trafficking is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act by force, fraud, or coercion. Human trafficking victims are difficult to identify and assist without targeted identification and referral efforts. Victims can be anyone from around the world or right in your backyard. Human Trafficking occurs in Colorado more often than you might expect. This workshop will raise awareness to Human Trafficking, offer insight to the types of human trafficking found in Colorado and the response system to both labor and sex trafficking. Workshop participants will learn how to identify various forms of exploitation, and how to work with victims and survivors, domestic and foreign nationals. Event starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in LSC 308. Workshop: Healing through Art Can you bless the mic? We are calling out all artists musicians, singers, rappers, poets, monologues - your piece should convey the message of love, pain, relationships, healing or something similar. Event starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center located in the LSC. WGAC Open House The Women and Gender Advocacy Center welcomes all students, faculty, and staff to its open house from 10-4 p.m. Oct. 22. in the LSC Women and Gender Advocacy Center office and in Student Services 112. Visit both offices to receive a giveaway. Raising Queens Table Talk Women of color Talking about relationship violence to begin Create a foundation or A healthier, more respectful future. We can claim this for ourselves. Event starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Women and Gender Advocacy Center located in the LSC. Intersections Of Human Trafficking & Dating Violence Which one is it – Domestic Violence or Human Trafficking? This workshop will explore the intersection of domestic violence and human trafficking. Participants will be given the definition of human trafficking and common misconceptions. Sex and labor trafficking by an intimate partner or family member will be discussed, as well as why domestic violence advocates possess many skills already to help victims of human trafficking. Event starts at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in LSC 304.

Read More