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.

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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.

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Ram Orientation welcomes first-years

Over the next few weeks, recent high school graduates will flood campus to receive their first glimpse of college life. During Ram Orientation, students will obtain their student IDs, register for courses, learn CSU history and traditions, and become more familiar with the campus. Welcome, first-year students!

Ram Orientation dates for first-year student orientation are filling up, but there are still several open sessions as well as sessions with waitlists available.

All new CSU students are required to attend an orientation program. Ram Orientation is designed specifically for first-year students. It's a great place to meet other students and is where you will:
  • Complete academic advising
  • Register for fall classes
  • Learn about the many resources available on campus
  • Officially become a CSU Ram
Learn more about Ram Orientation 2014. Checklist Preview at Colorado State UniversityHere's a Ram Orientation checklist to help you become more prepared for your experience. Things to do before you arrive: Things to do during your session:
  • Meet with an academic advisor and register for fall classes
  • Turn in your health immunization forms
  • Learn about graduation requirements
  • Take a Foreign Language Placement proctored exam (if applicable)
  • Get your Ram Card
  • Order your text books from the CSU Bookstore
  • Meet other students
  • Explore campus involvement opportunities
  • Learn about academic resources and student services on campus
  • Learn about what it means to be a CSU student!
Preview leaders at Colorado State UniversityThings to bring:
  • A photo ID (such as a driver's license or passport)
  • EIdentity username and password
  • Test results from any Advanced Placement Exams that you have taken (if available)
  • Health history form and certificate of immunization (if not sent in already)
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Necessary toiletries for overnight lodging
  • A fan, if you are staying overnight on campus - Braiden Hall is not air-conditioned
  • A water bottle - it gets hot!
  • A backpack to carry all of your materials
  • Questions
Explore the Fort

Colorado State University and Fort Collins are situated along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. During your visit to CSU and Ram Orientation, you might want to build in some time to explore the area's recreational opportunities, diverse cultural attractions, restaurants, and shopping.

Visit Orientation Programs for more information on Ram Orientation or call (970) 491-6011.

 

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