The Fall 2015 semester was full of heart and highlights for first-year students at Colorado State University. CSU is focused on ensuring both access and success for students, in the classroom and through a wide range of co-curricular activities, and our Ram Welcome. And becoming part of the Ram Family extends to the rest of your family, who are welcomed with open arms as well.
Access + Support = Successful Learning
Colorado State University has been very intentional in building programs for student success. The record number of students who came to CSU this fall, and unprecedented rates of alumni participation and engagement, tell an overnight success story at least a decade in the making. “Students don’t separate themselves into different people inside and then outside of the classroom,” explained Blanche Hughes, vice president for Student Affairs. “They need to be supported in all parts of their educational experience.” (Read more)
Newest Rams Come Together
Colorado State’s Class of 2019 came together as one at Convocation at the start of the fall 2015 semester. In Moby Arena students were officially greeted by CSU President and Chancellor Tony Frank, his cabinet and other dignitaries. The gathering was followed by a picnic, carnival and concert that marked the joyous launch of a record number of students as the newest members of the Ram Family. CSU videographer Brian Buss captured it all. (Read more)
Meet Your Mascot: CAM 101
CSU has a storied history; we’ve changed our name a few times, and we’ve also changed our mascot. It’s hard to imagine, but even after settling on being the Colorado State University Rams, our first ram was not CAM. The university’s first mascots were famous pets on campus, starting in 1909 with a black bear. Do you know the story behind CSU’s beloved CAM the Ram? Here’s your CAM curriculum. (Read more)
Welcome Starts in High School
What a difference a year makes. Melissa Trifiletti became CSU admissions director in March 2014 with a clearly defined goal: Bring the largest freshman class in the university’s history to campus in 2015. That meant surpassing the previous record set in 2012. “In a single recruitment year, we knew it was going to be a stretch,” she said. But the stretch proved a success after the official census was taken and the numbers were in. (Read more)
The Kids are Back in Town!
CSU staff and volunteers lined up to welcome home students at the residence halls and lend a helping hand. The beautiful Colorado weather did its part to make move-in go smoothly, and Ram Pride made the sun shine even brighter for students and their families making the fall trek to CSU. Photographer John Eisele captured some of the best moments throughout the week. (Read more)
The Long Good-Bye
To wrap up the first week of classes, CSU Social Media Team members Ashley Manweiler, Jen Smith and Chase Baker, along with Christian Herrmann from Housing and Dining Services, put together these words of wisdom from parents and other family members leaving their first-year students to begin the journey as members of the Ram Family. Watch the video. (Tissues recommended.)