Ram Welcome kicks off today

Aug 162006
Authors: GIULIA PECONE The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Thousands of new freshmen will wander the campus in search of new adventures, friends and a small sense of comfort today – all of which CSU will try to provide in its third annual Ram Welcome festivities.

Jody Donovan, director of Student Transitions and Parent and Family Programs, first developed Ram Welcome in the fall of 2004, hoping to create a fun and informative program for new students.

“Ram Welcome creates a sense of community across campus,” Donovan said. “It creates excitement and buzz among campus, and it is an exciting, welcoming environment for students and their families.”

The goal of Ram Welcome is to help make a more successful transition for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The program is set to begin with move-in this morning, and follows up with an evening of carnival rides, games and prizes.

According to Paul Thayer, interim assistant vice president for student affairs, CSU receives between 3,800 and 4,000 freshmen and approximately 1,500 new transfer students each school year.

Though Ram Welcome is intended for new students on campus, both families and returning students have an opportunity to get involved as well.

“This is a campus effort where everyone on campus is involved,” said Keith Lopez, a CSU graduate student involved in the organization.

On Friday new students will be able to meet new people and attend events such as the Ultimate Road Trip presentation, which is aimed at helping students make better choices academically and socially. Also, on Saturday afternoon there will be RamServe, where students can learn about volunteering.

Many new activities have been added to the agenda this year, including a trip to Old Town on Saturday night. There, students can explore the historic downtown area and listen to live music from the B-52s.

Giulia Pecone can be reached at news@collegian.com.


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Move into the residence halls

5:00 p.m. Floor meetings followed by Rams on Parade

5:00 p.m. Commuter meeting for first year students

East Ballroom

5:00 p.m. Parent, family, partner/ spouse reception

West and Main Ballrooms

6:15 to 11:00 p.m. CSU Welcome and carnival

Lory Student Center West Lawn


9:00 a.m. Ram Roundup

Library, Lory Student Center West and East Plazas

9:30 a.m. College meetings

Academic buildings, Lory Student Center

9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Parent, family, partner/spouse

program “Transitions Part 2” Cherokee Park Room, Lory Student Center

9:30 a.m. Transfer student programming

Clark A201, A202, A203

Noon to 2:30 p.m. Street fair

Under Clark Building B-Wing

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ultimate Road Trip

Lory Student Center Theater

7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Late Night at Lory Student Center

10:30 p.m. Outdoor Movie: “Mission Impossible 3”

Softball Field


9:30 to 11:00 a.m. PlayFair followed by CSU photo

West Lawn, IM Fields

11:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking and bike permits

Green Hall

11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Festival of Unity

West Lawn, Lory Student Center

1:30 to 5:00 p.m. RamServe

meet at Lory Student Center Food Court

6:00 p.m. Hike to the “A”

Meet at Student Recreation Center parking lot

5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest

Old Town Fort Collins

5:00 p.m. to midnight Residence hall programming

check with your Resident Assistant for details

10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Ram night at Wal-Mart and Target

Bus pickup at Ingersoll, Newsom, Parmelee and Westfall halls


11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking and bike permits

Green Hall Lawn

11:30 a.m. Hillel’s Challah french toast breakfast

The Geller Center for Spiritual Development,

629 S. Howes St.

1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Challenge Course

Centre Avenue and Prospect Road

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Class Quest

Meet in a residence hall lobby or the Campus Information Center, Lory Student Center

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