New Year Brings New Improvements to the LSC Website

2017 was a big year for the Lory Student Center website. We, the Digital Design Team here at Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing, are happy to announce several changes and improvements coming for users. We worked hard developing new features to make the website as efficient and user friendly as possible. Some of the updates include:

  • A new event calendar
  • A new eCommerce platform
  • More frequent blog posts and weekly content

In the past year, the website saw an eight percent growth in traffic. That means nearly 80,000 new visitors! There’s also been an increase in the amount of mobile traffic. Analytics tells us our site is not only engaging the community, but informing them. We look forward continued growth of these numbers in 2018.

One of the most important improvements this year has been the expansion of the team running the website. For the first time, there is a full Digital Design Team consisting of a content manager, web developer, and Digital Design Coordinator. Behind the website is a team of dedicated students and tasked with creating a better overall experience for visitors and content creators.

While we’ve made many improvements, we know there is still room to grow. Improving performance continues to be our priority. We’re working with IT, Academic Computing & Networking Services, and Creative Services to design a hosting environment that can meet all of our client needs, while increasing server response time for a faster website experience.

We strive to serve the LSC community and to maintain a sense of unity throughout the website. To uphold the brand of excellence, we must continue to develop our web presence. We look forward to the progress, experiences, and innovations that will come with the new year, and will work hard to enhance the website to meet the needs of the students and faculty it servers.

About the Digital Design Team

The Digital Design Team at Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing is responsible for the Lory Student Center’s web presence, which provides student employees the opportunity to gain job-related skills in this discipline as well as a platform to communicate advances in meeting the Lory Student Center mission to the CSU community. For more information regarding this or any of the Digital Design Team’s achievements, please contact the LSC Webmaster here.

New Event Calendar Debuts on LSC Website

With an increasing number of website visitors using mobile devices to learn about more than 14,000 events taking place at the Lory Student Center each year, the web team has introduced a new event calendar. Now students, staff and the CSU community can easily browse events with its improved interface and save events to their personal calendars on any device using the iCal file format.

This new event calendar will enable content managers the ability to provide users with information about the venues hosting the events including maps and contact information. “The feature we’re most excited about” explains Philip Hastings, the Digital Design Coordinator and LSC Webmaster, “is the ability to stream video of live musical acts who are scheduled to perform during the LSC Concert Series. This should have a positive impact on promoting these shows.”

To date, RamEvents and Campus Activities has already begun promoting events such as TEDxCSU and the Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Celebration using the new calendar. “Our goal, is to provide students, staff and the CSU community with as much meaningful content to minimize any objection to participating in these events. Turn out is key, as it creates a more meaningful experience for everyone involved and reinforces our mission at the Lory Student Center.” Hastings added.

About the Digital Design Team
The Digital Design Team at Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing is responsible for the Lory Student Center’s web presence, which provides student employees the opportunity to gain job related skills in this discipline as well as a platform to communicate advances in meeting the Lory Student Center mission to the CSU community. For more information regarding this or any of the digital design team’s achievements, please contact the LSC Webmaster here.

Announcing Our December Staff Kudos!

The Staff Kudos program recognizes outstanding LSC staff who exceed workplace expectations. Staff Kudos are given to employees who stand out through their hard work and dedication to making the LSC a welcoming and wonderful student center. Our December 2017 Staff Kudos goes to Stephanie Moreira from Student Affairs! Read about her outstanding work below:

Stephanie “Mo” Moreira from Student Affairs


“Stephanie ‘Mo’ Moreira is one of the most dedicated employees I have seen at CSU (which is no short list). Mo is constantly going above and beyond for her students and colleagues. Whether she is pouring over books to gain insight into numerous topics, being the first to volunteer to help out a colleague, or taking the time to support a student, Mo is the pillar of a phenomenal Student Affairs employee. She has made me become a better person and professional, and CSU is lucky to have her!”

Interested in sending Staff Kudos? Any LSC staff member can nominate a fellow employee for our Staff Kudos initiative! To nominate an LSC staff member, follow these steps:

  1. Write 2-3 sentences about why the staff member deserves Kudos.
  2. Include a photo of the nominated staff member.
  3. Submit the person’s name here, along with the description and photo.

eCommerce is Coming to the Lory Student Center Website

The LSC Website is improving online purchasing and reservation transactions! Using a similar shopping experience used by websites like Amazon and Target, integrating ecommerce will create a better user experience for visitors who are ordering products and services or making online reservations.

The website expects to launch the feature before the Spring semester. The entirety of the LSC website will make the transition to the new ecommerce platform, becoming part of the 30 percent of all online stores powered by this platform. This change will help make sales and purchasing transactions through the website modern and efficient.

Once fully launched, all products and services such as the flea market, plaza bazaar, digital advertising, kiosk event signage, and appointments with involvement advisors will be powered by this new platform.

The platform simplifies purchasing and reservation transactions for suppliers as well. This feature makes administrating and coordinating purchases easier for the student marketing team at Colab Lory Student Center Marketing. The students and staff are gaining experience working with ecommerce, and can spend more time concentrating on customer experience. They can now reduce the amount of time spent managing reservations, and in turn focus on making the purchasing and reservation process simple and more intuitive for all website visitors.

The new ecommerce platform makes purchases through the website easier, improving the shopping experience for staff, students, and customers. The Lory Student Center is dedicated to providing a high-quality learning environment, as well as promoting excellence and inclusion.

About the Digital Design Team
The Digital Design Team at Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing is responsible for the Lory Student Center’s web presence, which provides student employees the opportunity to gain job-related skills in this discipline as well as a platform to communicate advances in meeting the Lory Student Center mission to the CSU community. For more information regarding this or any of the digital design team’s achievements, please contact the LSC Webmaster here.

Announcing Our Outstanding Student Employees!

The Outstanding Student Employee (OSE) Award honors LSC student staff who have displayed exemplary work and leadership skills. Lory Student Center Marketing sends out an email calling for Outstanding Student Employee nominations on the 1st of each month, unless there is a university holiday. The students are nominated by their fellow co-workers and supervisors. Each LSC director may award up to ten percent of the nominated student staff to receive the OSE award. Outstanding Student Employee recipients receive various awards, which can be found here. This November, we have eight students receiving the Outstanding Student Employee Award!

Our November 2017 Recipients:


Jackson Mulgrew: Student LTC Trainee
Mulgrew’s enthusiasm is infectious and he’s always willing to assist others.

Coalton Dillard: Customer Service
Dillard takes on every project and always adds hours when we need help during busy times.

Josue Larios: Online Retail
Larios broke his wrist, and maintained excellent customer service.

Cody Goodrich: Online Retail
Goodrich cancelled his vacation to work at the CSU bookstore.


Matthew Morris: Flea Market Manager
Morris is dedicated to enhancing the Ram experience.


Zack Jones: Student Web Developer
Jones’s love for problem-solving is inspiring!


Mary Sargeant: Assistant Catering Coordinator
Sargeant is able to provide extraordinary customer service.


Karla Carina Orozco: Student Coordinator
Carina Orozco is a self starter and manages not only her work, but also the work of the entire team.

Congrats to all of our hard working LSC student staff! We appreciate your dedication and you are all part of what makes the LSC a wonderful place. Nominate December Outstanding Student Employees here by Nov. 14th!

Behind-The-Scenes: Decor Contest

This past Homecoming, the Lory Student Center held an office decor competition around the theme of “Home.” To commemorate, the LSC offices decorated the 350,000 sq. ft building using the CSU green and gold colors.  The offices competed to win the LSC Decor Contest, where the best decorated offices had the chance to win an office party or specialty prizes.

Over the course of the week we saw countless offices spend days decorating their spaces,” said Hali Martin, a Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing employee who was tasked with managing the Homecoming decorations. “The offices came up with a multitude of ideas, ranging from serious to humorous. It was fun to see the depth of their creativity.”

The Homecoming 2017 Office Decor Winners:

1st place: Event Planning

2nd Place: Career Center

3rd Place: NACC

Over 200 balloons were placed around the Lory Student Center so that the whole building celebrated this past Homecoming.

The Executive Director’s Office embraced the Decor Contest by using cardboard decorations. To reflect the Home theme, The Executive Director’s Office changed the place into a kitchen. The cardboard kitchen also incorporated Cans Around the Oval, which is a food drive that is held every Homecoming and has become a CSU tradition.

“I think a lot of times we just go into the kitchen and don’t think about food insecurity,” says LSC student employee Marelino Castaneda. “It’s a luxury that not a lot of people have.”

Castaneda works at the Executive Director’s Office and created many of the office decorations for the LSC 2017 Decor Contest. Castaneda says that he wanted to raise awareness around food insecurity through the LSC Decor Contest’s Home theme.

Colorado State University’s Cans Around the Oval tradition demonstrates the difference one person can make. The University’s tradition first started when a single student created the food drive after reading about the issue of food insecurity. Cans Around the Oval has now become a community effort and involves both CSU and Larimer County. This year, Cans Around the Oval raised a total of 324,038 lbs. of food.

“Can you imagine if this pantry was empty?” says Castaneda, gesturing towards the cardboard pantry cutout. “I think it felt kind of rustic, plain, and drawn back, which stuck with with the message of food insecurity.”

The Executive Director’s Office didn’t miss a detail in their decorations. Even the time on the oven related to the Homecoming theme.

“We put the time on the oven as 8:15 p.m.,” said Marcelino Castaneda. “Since that’s the time of the [Homecoming football] game kickoff.”




LSC Late Nite Fall 2017

With finals week comes another LSC Late Nite. The Lory Student Center will be open for extended hours with discounts on selected food vendors, multiple study zones and free massages! Below are the details for this semester’s Late Nite Schedule.


  • 50% discount off of food vendors from 8 p.m. until midnight.:
  • Sunday, Dec. 10: Bagel Place (5 p.m. to midnight)
  • Monday, Dec. 11: Garbanzo Express
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12: Spoons
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13: Subway
  • The coffee shops, Sweet Sinsations and Intermissions will offer 50% discounts from 7 to 10 p.m. Sweet Sinsations will be featured Sunday, Dec. 10 (5 to 10 p.m.) and Tuesday, Dec. 12; Intermissions will be featured Monday, Dec. 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 13.


  • Free Massages, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Board Games available for check out, 7 to 9:30 p.m. (Level 200, Information Desk)
  • Coloring Books, colored pencils and Late Nite stickers (Level 200, Information Desk)
  • Learn more at Campus Information and Box Office


  • Multiple Study Zones
  • Building hours: Open until midnight
  • Laptop & Technology Checkout open until midnight

Little Shop of Physics Open House

Million-Volt Tesla Coil, Giant Fog Rings, and Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream… oh, my! Over 300 hands-on experiments, science spectacles and interactive presentations are coming to the Lory Student Center on Feb. 25. Make sure you don’t miss the wind tunnel too; it’ll blow your mind! (Get it?)

The annual Little Shop of Physics Open House will feature experiments and programs run by Colorado State University interns, volunteers and science partners. For a full list of attractions and partners, click here.

Schedule Overview

10:30 a.m.: UNC Science Demos
11:00 a.m.: Giant Fog Rings
11:30 a.m.: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
Noon: Plush Projectiles
12:30 p.m.: The Million-Volt Tesla Coil
1:00 p.m.: Giant Fog Rings
1:30 p.m.: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
2:00 p.m.: Plush Projectiles
2:30 p.m.: The Million-Volt Tesla Coil
3:00 p.m.: Giant Fog Rings
3:30 p.m.: UNC Science Demos
4:00 p.m.: Grand Finale


Housing Fair

Finding the right kind of housing can be a difficult feat. There’s apartments, condos, houses for rent, short term living options and much more. If you’re a little lost on where to start, The Housing Fair will have the solutions you’re looking for!

This one-stop shop for housing will have local places to live in Fort Collins, landlords, community resources, and Colorado State University offices in order to inform students about housing options and how to successfully live off campus. Over 2,000 people have found living arrangements with the help of the fair!

This year, the fair will take place on Feb. 7 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom.

Career Fair

Finding a field, creating a career, and weaving into the workforce is about to become much easier thanks to the Career Fair. This two-day event, presented by the Career Center, will host employers like Frontier Airlines, W.OL.F. Sanctuary., and many, many more.

The first day of the event is focused on Agriculture Science, Technical Computing, Biotech, and Life Science industries. The second day is geared towards Communications, Business, Social Services, Liberal Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, Health/Wellness industries. However, students should focus on the field they want to go into, not necessarily what their major is.

To be prepared to meet with employers, it is strongly recommended that you download the Fairs App. The application houses all of the information on attending employers, what days they will be attending, and details of the business they represent!

Even if you aren’t looking for a job right now, getting practice talking to employers is a way to build your networking skill set and plan for possible opportunities in the future.

The Career Fair will be held on Feb. 14 and 15 from 10:30-3:30 am in the Grand Ballroom.

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