Ripple Effect offers grants for innovative ideas

CSU has always been a place of great innovation, where faculty and staff breathe life into pioneering ideas that change the way we solve problems around the globe. Now, thanks to a donor, the Ripple Effect has $50,000 in funding to support great ideas that can make CSU a better place for women to work. All CSU employees are invited to submit proposals to the Ripple Effect that will further the mission of making CSU the best place to work or learn if you’re a woman, as well as improve the university for all employees. All ideas submitted will be considered, and funding will be distributed based on merit as evaluated by an awards committee with membership from faculty, admin pros and state classified staff, among others, with options ranging from awarding the entire sum to one idea that needs a high level of seed money to awarding numerous, smaller grants. “Thanks to a generous donor, who has asked to remain unnamed, we’re able to take this next step in our quest to make CSU an even better place to work if you’re a woman,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for operations, who oversees the Ripple Effect. “If you have never written a grant proposal, don’t let that stop you. We are looking for great ideas from people who are working across the university.”csu_ripple_effect_final-stack-01 “Creating the model workplace for women – and all employees-- requires the collaboration and thoughtfulness of all employees. We want your best ideas, and, because we want to foster creativity, we are not putting any constraints on the ideas that can be proposed. The sky is the limit – ask us for training, physical improvements, speakers, books, events, subsidies, programs or anything else you can imagine, and we’ll consider it.” Grant proposals should be submitted via email to Katie Esquivel in the Office of the President by email at Katie.Esquivel@colostate.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Awards will be announced the first week of the spring semester. In support of this opportunity, the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity has scheduled workshops on proposal writing and have developed a proposal form (including a Spanish language version) to provide guidance on what to include in the proposal. Workshops are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in Clark C 217, and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Clark C 146. Lunch will be provided at the workshops and you will be asked to RSVP. More information about the grant program, including a call for proposals, a template form for the proposal, and information about how to submit the proposal will be available on the Ripple Effect website at www.rippleeffect.colostate.edu. For more information, contact Lorie Smith at Lorie.Smith@colostate.edu.

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Online sustainability leadership training

ISM_ModelTo meet the growing demand for professionals who can manage sustainability initiatives within organizations, Colorado State University is offering an online Integrated Sustainability Management badge and certificate program. The program, delivered by OnlinePlus and the Institute for the Built Environment, provides the knowledge and tools to develop more environmentally and financially sustainable practices inside an organization, as well as build and foster an organizational culture to support them. “Across industries, the momentum to create socially and environmentally responsible settings continues to increase,” said April Brown, program manager. “The leading researchers and experts who teach in this program help you become an effective agent of positive change for healthier economies, cities, and workplaces.” The program features four course modules, each focusing on a key area of sustainability: organization, people, resources, and facilities. For each module completed, participants earn a digital badge that can be displayed on a resume or shared on social media, and can provide proof of expertise to employers because it links to a site listing details of competencies learned. Upon completion of all four modules and an assessment, participants earn a Mastery Badge and certificate. Course registration is now open, and courses begin in February 2015. To register, or for more information, visit the website or call (970) 492-4711.

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College of Business ranked among the nation's best

The College of Business at Colorado State University moved up three places on this year’s The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Administered” business schools, to third in the nation. princeton review 2 photo“It is an honor for our entire program’s administrative team to be recognized in this way,” said John Weiss, director of MBA programs. “We think it is as a result of having a group of dedicated people who do their very best to make sure that our students are able to navigate through our programs from start to finish.” The Princeton Review, a New-York-based educational services company, features Colorado State in the 2015 edition of "The Best 296 Colleges. Inclusion on the list is based on surveys of more than 21,600 students at 296 business schools, in addition to data from school administrators. The Best Administered ranking is the result of student answers regarding how smoothly the college is run and the ease with which students can get into required and popular courses. Online Professional MBA Weiss is also the program director for CSU’s Online Professional MBA, a graduate focused program that takes a unique approach to online education. The Review said CSU’s OPMBA offers a solid mid-tier program for an “an amazing value” at a well-respected institution that is ideal for working students looking to progress or diversify their careers. Students said they were impressed by the multiple program options for career advancement, including Professional and Early Career, and eight-week classes, scheduling flexibility, online courses, and course layout. According to the Review, surveys also highlighted the diversity of students in any given class (both in-person and online) and faculty that makes sure “there is a lot of insight as to how topics are handled in specific industries.” Other recent CSU College of Business accomplishments include:

  • CSU’s College of Business part-time MBA program was ranked 31st in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2015 Best Graduate Schools edition. The program was the highest ranked one of its kind in Colorado.
  • The College of Business has been recognized for its outstanding leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into its Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. The Aspen Institute's 2011-2012 edition of "Beyond Grey Pinstripes," an independent, biennial survey and global ranking of business schools, ranked the GSSE program at CSU number 27 on its list of the Top 100 MBA Programs in the world.
  • Net Impact, a leading nonprofit that inspires students to drive social and environmental change on campus and throughout their career, ranked CSU number five of, “Top 50 Schools for Social Impact.” The college also placed in the top half for “Top 50 Schools for Environmental Sustainability.”
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranked the College of Business as one of the top undergraduate business programs in the country. Colorado State ranked No. 73 in this year's BusinessWeek rankings, up from No. 89 last year.
  • Colorado State’s business and economics programs rank in the top 15 percent of the world's best universities for research, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university placed 76th out of the top 500 universities included in the rankings released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. CSU was ranked at 101 last year — the first year it appeared on the list — based on objective measures of faculty research.
  • The College of Business was also named a “Best Buy” by GetEducated.com.

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Couples who are expecting sought for CSU study

photo of coupleThe Emotional Attachment Lab at Colorado State University has announced its latest research project, "Love Now, Success Later," and is looking for participants to join the study. In the project, researchers will be examining the effectiveness of a workshop series that teaches mindfulness and emotional availability skills for expecting parents during the last trimester. The purpose of the research study is to see if an emotional availability and mindfulness intervention will improve couple functioning, individual well-being, and infant outcomes. All study participants will be compensated and entered in a drawing for self-care and baby-care gifts. Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Compensation is provided. To learn more about the project or check eligibility, email virginia.warren@colostate.edu. Check out the project website, lovenowsuccesslater.yolasite.com, and the Facebook page, facebook.com/emotionalattachment. The Emotional Attachment Lab is located in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences. This protocol has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at CSU (Protocol# 09-698H).

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