October 2013 - Vol. 13
CSU Off-Campus Life

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Volunteer for Fall Clean Up!

Fall Clean Up is a wonderful opportunity for CSU students and staff to help Fort Collins neighbors in need. The program is aimed at assisting elderly and/or physically limited neighbors in the Fort Collins area with outdoor yard work (raking leaves, trimming bushes, cleaning gutters, etc.) that they cannot complete themselves or cannot afford to pay someone to do. This program helps facilitate positive relations between the long-term residents in Fort Collins and CSU students and staff, while also helping the neighbors to maintain their properties and get their homes ready for the fall/winter seasons.
Fall Clean Up was started in 2005 and has been growing ever since. In 2005 there were 24 neighbors helped by just over 50 student volunteers. In 2012, over 1000 volunteers helped 171 elderly and/or physically limited neighbors. Additionally, in 2009 leaf pick-up was added to the program at many long-term neighbors' request.  The Fall Clean Up program was happy to provide a much needed service for the neighbors, who were left with numerous bags of leaves and no way to dispose of them. Today, CSU partners with students, staff and local faith-based organizations to go around to the various neighbor projects and pick up the bags of leaves and take them to a composting/recycling center.
Fall Clean Up 2013 will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 9:30 am-1:00 pm (volunteer check-in is at 9:00 am on the CSU campus). Sign up here!
Colorado Flood Damage: how to help

Many of our Colorado friends and neighbors today are still stranded, evacuated, or struggling with the loss of their homes, communities, and loved ones.There are a number of ways you can donate, 
and any gift – no matter how small – will help.
  • We also encourage members of the university community to support the American Red Cross to help people across Colorado and other western states where flash flooding has forced thousands from their homes. You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 
  • Timberline Church in Fort Collins has served as an evacuation center throughout the weekend and still has a need for volunteers and donations to help those in need. You can sign up at  


Tips for Meeting with your Advisor

It’s hard to think about planning for spring semester classes when mid-terms haven’t even hit THIS semester. However, the need to see your advisor is quickly approaching. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes time to meet with your advisor:
  • Take the initiative. Schedule the time to meet with him/her early and keep the appointment. Avoid rescheduling or counting on just “dropping in,” as this may impact your chances of getting into the classes you need! 
  • Make a list of questions.  Know what you are going to talk with your advisor about before you get to your appointment. Come prepared having already reviewed course requirements, prerequisites, etc. This way you maximize the time you have with your advisor.
  • Communicate clearly.  Be concise. If you don’t understand something, ask! Policies and procedures can be confusing and could have grave consequences should you make a mistake. If for some reason you are struggling to make a meaningful connection with your advisor, ask to see if there is another advisor available. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
  • Explore your options.  Your advisor is there to help and guide you towards your interests and goals. Take advantage of his/her wisdom and experience. Stay open to your advisor’s viewpoint.
  • Be realistic.  Loading your schedule up with too many difficult courses in one semester could be disastrous and result in a delay in graduation. Know your academic limits and share them with your advisor so that he/she can give you the best advice!
  • Keep records! Create a file to hold important documents; save emails or letters from your department. Having everything in one place makes it easy each semester when the time comes again to meet with your advisor.
For more information about advising, visit the CASA website!

New Victims Assistance Number

Lockers Still Available!

We know it isn't always easy to get from one side of campus to the other, especially with a heavy backpack. That’s why we offer lockers for students’ storage needs. There are a limited number of lockers located in the basement of the LSC. Come into the OCL office to rent one for $15 a semester. 
10 Great Places to Study on Campus
  • The Oval
  • Sherwood Forest - Located near the Forestry and Natural Resources buildings.
  • The Lagoon
  • The Honors Fireside Lounge at Academic Village
  • The Dining Halls
  • Zoology Building Visit their fish and turtle tanks when you need a quick study break!
  • Behavioral Science Building
  • Morgan Library - Open later during peak testing times! Private study rooms available!
  • The Study Cube - Located next to the Library and open 25/7!
  • LSC Ram Skellar - Okay, so maybe it isn't the best place to study… but after a long day of hitting the books you deserve a break.
Check out a map of campus here!

Upcoming Events

October 2: Jazz Ensembles Concert
  • CSU students will perform big band arrangements by the great jazz saxophonist John Coltrane in the University Center for the Arts building at 7:30 pm. Interested in other music and theater performances? Then visit this page!
October 10: Pink Out! Volleyball Game
  • The CSU volleyball team will play Utah in the Moby Arena at 7:00 pm. Wear pink to help support breast cancer awareness! You can view the entire volleyball schedule here.
October 11: Homecoming & Family Weekend Parade
  • Enjoy the festivities on the Oval at 2:30 pm before the parade begins with live music, bounce houses, food trucks, carnival games, and snacks. The parade will begin at 4:30 pm. View the full Homecoming events schedule here.
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