Time to come together, Rams

‘I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.’   Maya Angelou

Colorado State University and the Lory Student Center are not places for hate. We are a community that welcomes and encourages inclusion, respect, integrity, service, and social justice, according to the University’s Principles of Community.

After flyers from a white nationalist group related to neo-nazis and other white supremacy groups were found near the LSC, we as a community were disappointed, to say the least. Many Rams and members of the CSU community are targeted by these hateful messages. When some members of our community are threatened; we all are.

CSUnite is an all-university walk and community gathering to stand up for our university principles and demonstrate that CSU is No Place for Hate. All faculty, staff and students, and supporters of our Ram community are encouraged to come together at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Newton’s Corner (the sculpture at the intersection of Pitkin Street and Center Avenue, just south of the Behavioral Sciences Building). The event will begin with opening remarks followed by a short solidarity walk to the Lory Student Center Plaza. At the Plaza, there will be a brief program and opportunities for learning and action.

The Fort Collins and Colorado State University community march from Old Town Fort Collins to Colorado State University on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18, 2016.

There is no place for such hate at Colorado State. We cannot move forward as a community unless we do so together.’President Tony Frank

This event is apart of the #NoPlace4H8 campaign run by Resident Life, and was introduced in President Tony Frank’s Spring Break Message to campus. “As much as our views and beliefs as members of the CSU community may differ on any  number of subjects, I am confident we are united on this front,” Frank said in the email. CSUnite is an event created to help us stand together as a community against hate and discriminatory ideologies. CSUnite is about showing that all differences aside, Rams take care of Rams.

More information about CSUnite can be found here. We are excited and hope to see all Rams on the plaza standing hand-in-hand.

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and Get your Green On’ Fridays

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Rams!

Its a great weekend to celebrate Irish culture, hit your favorite pub for some corned beef and cabbage, and of course, wear green! On St. Patrick’s Day, wearing green typically symbolizes Irish pride (and helps you hide from leprechauns), but in Fort Collins, wearing green shows Ram Pride.

Every Friday is a “Get Your Green On” celebration at the Lory Student Center and throughout the Colorado State University/Fort Collins community! So no need to pack away your favorite green attire and that odd green sweater you wear only once a year.

“Get Your Green On” connects CSU to local businesses around Fort Collins and creates something everyone in the community can rally behind and celebrate, the CSU Rams!

 

There are benefits to wearing green and CSU gear on Fridays – such as earning discounts and freebies at establishments around town or being featured on LSC social media accounts, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The requirements to get your picture featured and gain some Ram followers are simple: Take a photo in the LSC, post it on Instagram using the hashtags #GetYourGreenOn, and wait to receive a comment from the LSC Marketing Team asking permission to feature your photo on LSC social media platforms!

“If you are trying to get your photo featured, just make sure it is in the LSC and you are wearing green and having fun with it,” said Alyssa Nevergold, LSC marketing social media creative. “We are trying to promote CSU and Ram Pride, so get creative because only the best get chosen each week!”

Every Friday is a another chance to win, so show us what you’ve got! Be careful this St.Patrick’s Day and take care of your fellow Rams, even if that means lending them your favorite green CSU hoodie so they don’t get pinched!

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Plan Spring Break with a Purpose

Good Luck on your Alternative Spring Break Trips, Rams!

The start of Spring Break means that many of our students and staff are packing their bags and planning fun-filled Spring Break journeys. Some students, however, have dedicated their time over Spring Break to participate in community service projects through SLiCE’s Alternative Spring Break program.

Alternative Spring Break gives students the opportunity to go abroad for credit or service and to experience different cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic communities across the nation during winter or spring breaks. Trips in the past have focused on a variety of social and cultural issues such as hunger, homelessness, issues facing Native Americans living on reservations, HIV/AIDS, environmental conservation, at-risk youths, women’s issues, and animal welfare.

“The Alternative Spring Break experience is quite different than a normal Spring Break experience. What you’re allowed to do is explore a passion area or gain perspective on what structures of the world are working out of balance, those that don’t serve communities fairly, those that are not fully just, to those they are supposed to serve,” said Michael Buttram, SLiCE Program Coordinator of Alternative Breaks.

 

“Students get to learn through an emersion experience. They go into a community with an attitude of humility for that community, allowing them to collaborate with that community and to help improve upon that community’s situation as it sees fit. They are there as guests, they are there to learn, and they are there to collaborate and hopefully gain some perspective to use the rest of their lives – perspective about how to approach the world in a more sensible and just way.” – Michael Buttram

This year they are 16 trips, with various focuses, such as:

  • Kids in underserved areas in Chicago
  • Refugees and immigrants who are arriving in Atlanta with the International Rescue Committee
  • Incarceration issues in San Francisco
  • Eco-tourism in Panama
  • A woman’s village in Kenya during Winter Break (applications for this trip are now open)

Alternative Spring Break programs are a great way to pay it forward and provide service in exchange for an unforgettable experience. These experiences allow students to be the change they wish to see in the world. If you missed the chance to go this year, don’t worry; there are trips every Winter and Spring Break. Applications open in October 2018, so start thinking about your own Alternative Spring Break now!

Check out SLiCE’s snapchat to see and learn more about Alternative Spring Break, and the CSU snapchat (ColoradoStateU) takeover March 12 through 15. Also keep visiting the SLiCE Instagram all week to see photos from students trips!

 

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

The Annual LSC Student Employee Graduation Celebration 

Congratulations 2018 LSC Graduates!

Every year the Lory Student Center celebrates the graduating student employees from the spring, summer, and fall sessions. This year’s event took place March 4 in the LSC Theatre and was expanded to include all student employees from the numerous offices and businesses within the LSC community.

 

We wanted the event to be all inclusive of the Student Center. Before, we were only celebrating some graduates but not all the graduates of the SDPS offices and our partners. This year we realized we need to expand the event to include every student that is a part of the LSC community,” said Robert Peters, Business Services Director. Peters gave the address at the event in place of Executive Director of the LSC, Mike Ellis, who is not scheduled to return until May from a Semester at Sea.

The LSC graduation celebration is intended to help student staff members feel connected to the LSC even after they graduate. The importance and meaning of the event was not lost on the students being celebrated.

“It shows us we are valued and that they appreciate our work. It commemorates our time here as a whole, and makes us excited to graduate! I appreciate the effort they went through to do this, because the LSC didn’t have to put this celebration on,” said senior Julia Buckley, who works at Lory Student Center Marketing. “Things like this make us students feel important and that we actually contributed while we were here. That’s one of the main messages.”

One graduating student employee from the Bagel Place 2, Alexa Hanenberg, took a moment to give advice to some of the other students. “Its definitely fun working in the LSC because it’s great working with other students. If you get the opportunity, you should definitely take it. You get to work here with people your age and get adapted to the working environment. It also looks great on your resume, holding a job down and going to school full time,” Hanenberg said.

As the spring semester comes to an end, more graduation events will occur and more students and community members will start to prepare for the next chapter in their lives. Colorado State and the LSC are happy to have contributed in those journeys and are here to serve Rams as they become alumni. Congratulations Class of 2018, and remember: Once a Ram, always a Ram.

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

TEDxCSU: ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ Event asks audiences, ‘What if…?’

The Lory Student Center is excited to host the annual TEDxCSU event! This year’s theme is “What if…,” and takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 in the LSC Theatre and Grand Ballroom.

TEDxCSU is proud to be Northern Colorado’s only official TED event, and organizers are thrilled for the opportunity to bring CSU students, staff, and community members together in creative discussion. TEDxCSU is held throughout the LSC on CSU’s campus and strives to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere to share ideas.

This year’s TEDxCSU event will feature diverse speakers with unique topics, as well as a large Exhibit Hall highlighting Colorado businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators. One ticket buys one person admission to the full-day event, lunch, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and unlimited access to creative, critical thinking and discussion.

Attendees explore Innovation Alley at the March 2016 TEDxCSU conference at Colorado State University.

“This event is important to RamEvents because it fits our values of education, diversity, collaboration, innovation, and community.  Sponsoring and promoting this kind of event really fit,” said Jensen Woods, RamEvents External Relations and Public Relations. “It also brings people together from all over the community, like students, staff, teachers, and community members, in one place and provokes a lot of thoughts in a very cool way.”

“It also brings people together from all over the community, like students, staff, teachers, and community members, in one place and provokes a lot of thoughts in a very cool way.”

“It’s important to bring different viewpoints and ways of thinking into focus, and that’s what TED events do. It works best if you have the personality and topics to present,” said Timothy Curry, who auditioned and is hoping to find out in the final round if he has made it. “Whether I make it or not, I’m still going to attend because I really think events like this are great and important,” he said.

Jaelyn Coates presents “White People, Enough: A Look at Power and Control” at the TEDxCSU March 2017 conference at Colorado State University.

The theme “What If…” hopes to encourage innovative thinking about different lifestyles. CSU is passionate about TED’s mission to deliver talks and information on a wide range of subjects. TEDxCSU has been an annual event for eight years, and this will be the fourth year the event has been sponsored by RamEvents.

Presenters include:

Ryan England: “Helping Others by Helping Yourself”
Kodi Phelps: “Does This Expression Make Me Look Fat? An Exploration of the Ways We Learn and Unlearn the Number on the Scale”
Joe Akmakjian: “Your Ability Does Not Define Your Humanity”
Anca Selariu: “Future of Life and the Importance of Being Unreasonable”
Alexis Kanda-Olmstead: “The Science of Women’s Leadership”
Ryan Pearson: “Solar Control Window Paint
Laura Pritchett: “Making Friends with Death? Heck, ya! (And why its important to do so now, when it seems so far away)”
Amy Hoeven: “Who I Am: A Virtual Reality Journey of Unity through the Stories of Refugee, Immigrant, and First Generation Students”
Charlie Vollmer: “Artificial Intelligence will never exist…but it’s so much more than that!”
Patrice Palmer, Emcee, Academic Advisor for the College of Business; Instructor and Coordinator for the Business Diversity Leadership Alliance

If you don’t yet have tickets, hurry before they’re sold out! Check out some of last year’s speakers and topics.

About the Lory Student Center
The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Venetian Glass Wall and Duhesa Gallery Milestones 

Featured Milestones

Main Staircase, Center of East West Corridor           Level 300, East of Main Staircase

 

Duhesa Gallery

The Duhesa Gallery is located on Level 300 of the Lory Student Center, just east of the Grand Ballrooms and adjacent to the Native American Cultural Center. This gallery provides a space to experience Native American art and its roots to Northern Colorado history, as well as its connections to Colorado State University.

Created in 1986, the Duhesa Gallery acknowledges the significance of Native American heritage in the United States. The gallery exhibits works of Native American artists throughout North America. Duhesa is a Hopi word that means “one who appreciates beauty.” The goal of the LSC Arts Program is to highlight artists who thrive within the realms of both contemporary art practice and traditional methods and art forms.

 

Venetian Glass Wall

The Venetian Glass Tiled Wall along the Main Staircase connects the three levels of the LSC, and can be found in the center of the building in the East West Corridor. This milestone lies in the heart of the LSC and is a central feature of the building.

The original CSU Plaza, as designed in the 1960s, was an emulation of Italy’s St. Mark’s Square. That design is represented in the LSC’s original Venetian glass tiles on the three-level Main Staircase. This milestone reflects every color represented in the original LSC from 1962, and was preserved as a reference point for visitors.

                                                                                        Venetian Glass Wall, Lory Student Center

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

Introducing the Milestones of the Lory Student Center

Eighteen Milestones featured throughout the Lory Student Center celebrate CSU’s long and rich history. These Milestones highlight campus culture, display diverse exhibitions of art, and commemorate the work and deeds of influential individuals in CSU’s history.

At the heart of campus culture, the Milestones are visual representations of the growth and innovations of the LSC, and encourage a sense of Ram Pride. The LSC is excited to feature existing Milestones on LCD displays throughout the LSC, and to introduce new Milestones throughout the semester. Check out our blogposts every two weeks for added insight.

Also, request your self-guided walking tour brochure to start exploring the LSC Milestones today. Fill out the reservation form here, or pick up copies of the brochure at Colab: Lory Student Center Marketing, Room 276B (in the offices of LSC Business Services) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

 

 

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.

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.

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:

CSU BOOKSTORE

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.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES

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

COLAB: LORY STUDENT CENTER MARKETING

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

EVENT PLANNING 

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

SLiCE 

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.”

 

 

 

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