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Community Welcome

August 22, 2012

A variation on the welcome wagon of days-gone-by, Colorado State University's Community Welcome is a cordial "hello and welcome" to students settling into the community. The event also gives students the opportunity to learn about their rights and responsibilities while living off-campus.

Rachel Roberson, ASCSU Vice President, and Martin Shaw, Fort Collins Police Department, walk a Campus West neighborhood as part of the CSU Community Welcome.Wednesday, August 22
5-8 p.m.

Is there such a thing as neighborhood etiquette? How can Fort Collins police, staff and long-term residents working with Colorado State University police, staff and students help others be good neighbors?  

The 12th Annual Community Welcome, sponsored by Off-Campus Life and the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services office, connects these groups by teaming them up to knock on the doors of homes surrounding the campus.

Teams welcome residents

At 5 p.m. on August 22, about 150 volunteers, divided into about 45 teams, will visit nearly 2,000 homes and hand out information about everything from important phone numbers to making smart decisions.

Teams also will provide decks of cards covering city ordinances and safety tips and talk about the importance of forming positive relationships with neighbors, including long-term residents, students and families.

Off-campus expectations

In addition to distributing information off-campus, students living on campus in resident halls and Apartment Life will receive information about city ordinances and resources, enabling students to learn about off-campus expectations before they move into neighborhoods or apartments.

“Our goal of distributing information on campus is to inform students of off-campus expectations before they move into neighborhoods or apartments,” said Jeannie Ortega, director of Off-Campus Life.

Staying in touch with neighbors

“The Fort Collins community is ever evolving, and each year a neighborhood surrounding the university may look different,” said Emily Allen, community liaison for CSU and the City of Fort Collins. “From encouraging people to meet face to face, to exchanging cell phone numbers so that text messages may be sent, Community Welcome serves an essential role of reminding all residents the importance of communicating with your neighbors.”

CSU and the City of Fort Collins offer a plethora of resources to students, and Community Welcome lends a hand in helping them remember what resources are available for use.

Party registration program

One of the featured resources is the Party Registration Program that the volunteer teams will encourage residents to use. The program works with party hosts to keep noise levels reasonable and provide a warning before issuing a noise violation ticket. A noise citation can have serious consequences, including up to a $1,000 fine per roommate. 

Teams also will provide information regarding events in Old Town.

Contact: Emily Allen
E-mail: (970) 491-2248