1. Study Abroad Experiences: Nov. 4, 11 a.m., Laurel Hall Common
2. Exploring Meaning in Life: A Look at Spirituality and Wellness:
Nov. 16, 5 p.m., Clark C-10B
3. Money, You Can Handle It: Nov. 9, 5 p.m., Palmer Center
conference room 3
4. Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Nov. 14, 7 p.m.,
Lory Student Center room 208
5. How to Talk so People Will Listen: Nov. 12, 1 p.m., Student
Recreation Center Lounge, and Dec. 3, 12 p.m., LSC room 213-215
6. Super Citizens: Students and The Greater Fort Collins Community:
Nov. 1, 4 p.m., LSC room 210 and Dec. 1, 10 a.m., LSC room
7. Working Effectively With Diversity: Nov. 11, 4 p.m., LSC room
8. Exploring the Career Center: Nov. 4, 12 p.m., Ammons Hall room
9. Study Skills 101: Nov. 10, 9 a.m. Clark C-10B
Workshops are posted on the What’s Up Calendar, on posters around
campus, and e-mails are sent out to every first year student about
each workshop the day before.
CSU is trying to give students the opportunity to expand their
knowledge on different academic and life skills this semester.
The Strength Training workshops, which are new this semester,
came about in response to the discontinuation of freshmen
“When the decision was announced (to disband the freshmen
seminars), many student leaders came together with a concern that
transition and orientation information must be conveyed to
first-year students in a different format if they were not required
to attend a freshman seminar in which much of that information had
previously been covered,” wrote Jody Donovan, director of Student
Transitions and Parent and Family Programs in an e-mail
The result of these concerns aided in the creation the Strength
Training workshops and the Mentoring Project, 12-week, small-group
sessions consisting of faculty and staff members and 20
The training workshops discuss 12 different topics, three of
which have already taken place.
Topics include Study Abroad experiences, working effectively
with diversity, and Study Skills 101.
Charles Fassel, a freshman open-option major, attended the
Spring Registration Planning workshop Wednesday.
“It was good,” Fassel said. “It showed how much more things were
open to us through the Internet, Ram Point and RAMweb.”
Freshmen Sally Doan, an open-option major in biomedical
sciences, also attended one of the spring registration
“I found it very informative,” Doan said. “It really helped me
(learn) about the core curriculum of CSU, about who I should
contact about my major and everything else.”
The workshops were designed with students in mind.
“We were purposeful in selecting the topics and the presenters
to make sure that the 50 minutes that the students spend in the
workshops are utilized to the fullest potential, by engaging
students in dialogue, connecting them with great faculty and staff
and by providing information and strategies to help with specific
issues first-year students face while enrolled in higher
education,” Donovan wrote.
Jody Jessup Anger, interim director of Women’s Programs and
Studies, is a presenter for the Working Effectively with Diversity
workshop and Relationships: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
“My understanding of the philosophy behind the workshops is to
assist first-year students in gaining the tools that they need to
be successful in a college environment,” Jessup Anger said.
Along with providing information to students, each time a
student attends a session they are entered into a drawing for a
free, single residence hall room from Housing and Dining Services,
$100 added to a convenience account from University ID and Vending,
a new mountain bike from Recycled Cycles or an iPod from the Vice
President for Student Affairs.
Smaller prizes including free massages, haircuts and flowers are
given away at each session.
The workshops are paid for by the $65 Ram Welcome charge that
has already been paid by students.
According to Donovan, the workshops are geared toward freshmen,
but upper-classmen are welcome to attend.
Sophomore Michael Crook, a speech communication and political
science major, said he believes the workshops are something every
student should consider participating in.
“Being a part of a university means getting opportunities others
do not get,” Crook said. “I plan on going to the study skills and
time management (workshops).”