Oct 172011
Authors: Emily Horn

OtterBox will now offer students more than virtually indestructible iPhone cases.

Starting this semester, the Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office (SLiCE) is being sponsored by the Fort Collins-based company.

“OtterBox and SLiCE have created a partnership based on some mutual goals and values,” said former Assistant Director of SLiCE Deanna Leone.

The relationship began when a former student staff member who now works for OtterBox approached Leone about opportunities for the company to connect with student organizations as well as market OtterBox products. Leone met with representatives from OtterBox, creating a plan that went into effect this school year.

OtterBox, which sells mobile device cases, sponsored SLiCE’s Fall Involvement Expo on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2011, with plans to also sponsor the Spring Student Involvement Fair scheduled for early next year.

“During the event (the Fall Involvement Expo), they talked with students about their company and the products they make to keep items like smart phones, iPads, cameras, etc. protected from damage,” Leone said. “They also handed out coupons students could redeem for up to $50 at OtterBox.com.”

SLiCE is a university-run organization focused on facilitating student groups and campus-wide programs.

“I think it’s great that we have this partnership,” said sophomore Spanish major and SLiCE employee Wesley Gallegos. “It will really give us an opportunity to grow.”

Senior political science major Laura Bowman also sees the partnership as a positive change.

“I am in support of the partnership because OtterBox has its headquarters in Fort Collins, so it’s better than being sponsored by a corporation like Wal-mart because we have local ties,” Bowman said.

SLiCE hopes this partnership will lead to a long-term relationship with the company.

“We’re really excited about our partnership with OtterBox and appreciate the passion, innovation and commitment they have shown to the CSU and Fort Collins communities,” Leone said.

Many student organizations seek sponsorship from local businesses and other community organizations.

“We always request student groups contact SLiCE so we can provide some guidance and training around how to approach sponsorships in an appropriate manner,” Leone said.

Collegian writer Emily Horn can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Student groups looking for sponsorships or donations should visit http://www.slice.colostate.edu/donations.aspx for information on the process and to complete the “Donations Request Form.”

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