VP Johnson: Welcoming students to campus

The following is a message from Vice President Lynn Johnson regarding student move-in.

Dear faculty and staff,

As CSU readies to welcome back students and a new freshman class this week and next, we are forecasting another year of record enrollment.  We expect to have about 2,000 students move into their on-campus housing tomorrow, and another 4,000 students move in on Thursday. With the repaving of College Avenue and construction on Prospect Road added to the mix this year, we know traffic will be slow and stressful for the rest of the week. If you’ve been an employee at CSU for more than a year, you know how busy campus is during move-in days. Last year, we asked faculty and staff to avoid driving to and parking on campus to decrease road congestion and leave room for parents and students to move around and park during these busy days. I’m reaching out to you again to ask you to again consider taking alternative transportation – walking, biking, carpooling, taking MAX or Transfort — to campus tomorrow and Thursday, or consider remoting into work from home or another location. While I know this won’t be feasible for everyone, if enough of us join in the effort, it will help free up spaces to ensure easier access to parking for students and their families and make their move-in experience more enjoyable and less stressful.

We also want to invite everyone working on campus this week to wear green and gold and show your Ram pride for our new students and their families. Please take a moment to welcome new student and their families to campus as you see them this week, and help those who are lost find their way around our big community. Remember that we’re all in this together, and the start of the new academic year is exciting and stressful for students, parents and faculty and staff. Every employee and student has a personal relationship with the university and is important; your extra effort to be helpful puts the U in CSU.

We also remind you to check for updates about construction and traffic impacts throughout the academic year http://source.colostate.edu/construction-and-parking/. Your building proctors also will receive information about impacts directly to your office space. For information about alternative transportation options, visit http://pts.colostate.edu/.

Thank you, and have a great rest of the week welcoming students back to campus!



Lynn Johnson

Vice President University Operations

Colorado State University