Colorado State University’s Generations Week Provides Support, Information and Recognition for Non-Traditional Students

The abundance of experiences offered by non-traditional students will be highlighted Jan. 30-Feb.8 in "Sharing Our Lives, Shaping Our Community," a program that celebrates lifelong learning at Colorado State University.

Events throughout the week will feature discussions, films and talks geared toward assisting non-traditional students and their families. Non-traditional students are learners who do not fit the typical post-high school student profile in regard to age, educational background, marital status or parental status. At Colorado State, 25.4 percent of undergraduates are 23 years of age or older.

"The Generations program allows our non-traditional students to truly shine as vital participants in the Colorado State community and the world beyond the university," said Marsha Benedetti, program coordinator. "The week-long program will provide adult learners with a rich source of resources and support they can use to continue their lifelong learning."

The keynote event is a talk by Derek Okubo from 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Room. Okubo, who is director of the Community Assistance Team for the National Civic League in Denver, will discuss "Creating Positive and Lasting Community Change."

A reception will be held prior to the keynote discussion from 6-7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Cherokee Park Room.

Okubo incorporates his learning as a human service provider, a father, a husband and a community builder in his presentations. During his talk, Okubo will focus on those factors in addition to the individuals he meets in communities, their challenges and their successful practices in creating positive and lasting community change.

A schedule of events for Generations Week follows. All programs are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 30

  • Generations kick-off reception for Off-Campus Student Services and Resources for Adult Learners,
  • 4-6 p.m., Campus Activities Center, LSC.
  • "Non-Traditional Student Club Second-Week Survivors Gathering," 5:30-7 p.m., Longs Peak Room, LSC.

Jan. 31

  • Cartoons for Kids, 9:30-11 a.m., Room 210 LSC.
  • "Balancing the Dual Career/Parenting/Spouse Realities," 10-11 a.m., Room 207 LSC.
  • Family Health Fair, 1-3:30 p.m., University Village Center, 1600 W. Plum St.

Feb. 1

  • Sunday Fun Day, 2-4 p.m., Durrell Center.
  • "Basic Study Skills," 6-7:30 p.m., Room 207 LSC; concurrent children’s activities, Room 210 LSC.

Feb. 2

  • First Annual Student Organization Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., LSC Ballroom.
  • Black History Month Opening Ceremony, noon-1 p.m., LSC Sunken Lounge.
  • "Age Appreciation Workshop for and by Women," 4-5:30 p.m., Room 205 LSC.
  • "Gender Socialization and Communication," 7-8:30 p.m., Room 205 LSC.

Feb. 3

  • "Re-entering the Workforce: What You Need to Know," noon-1 p.m., Room 205 LSC.
  • International Connections, noon-1 p.m., Room 165 LSC.
  • "Elderhostel: Learning and Adventure for People Who Want to Keep Growing," 4-5 p.m., Room 205 LSC.
  • Keynote Reception, 6-7 p.m., LSC Cherokee Park Room.
  • Keynote Presentation: "Creating Positive and Lasting Community Change," 7-8:30 p.m., LSC Cherokee Park Room; concurrent children’s program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., LSC Virginia Dale Room.

Feb. 4

  • Wellness Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., LSC Sunken Lounge.
  • Women At Noon, noon-1 p.m., Room 228 LSC.
  • "Information for Careers and Beyond: Find it in the Library," 4-5 p.m., Morgan Library.
  • "Transfer Guide for the Non-Traditional Student," 5:30-7 p.m., Front Range Community College Student Center.
  • "Surviving Parenthood and Staying Sane," 7-8:30 p.m., Room 205 LSC; concurrent children’s program, LSC Virginia Dale Room.

Feb. 5

  • "Graduate School in your Future? Maybe It Should Be!" noon-1:30 p.m., Room 205 LSC.
  • "’Dabbling’ to Degrees: Options and Alternatives," 4-5:30 p.m., Room 205 LSC.
  • "Yan Xin Qigong," 4:30-6 p.m., LSC Sunken Lounge.

Feb. 6

  • "From Surviving to Thriving: A Juggler’s Guide to Higher Education," noon-1 p.m., Room 205 LSC.
  • Non-Traditional Student Friday Afternoon Club, 5:30-7 p.m., Mulligan’s Food and Ale, 2439 S. College Ave.

Feb. 7

  • SNAP: Saturday Night Alternative Program, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center; Mariachi Vasquez 7-7:45 p.m., Aerobics Room, Moby Arena.

Generations Week is sponsored by Apartment Life, Associated Students of Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, Lory Student Center Grant for Diverse Programming, Non-Traditional Student Club, Off-Campus Student Services/Resources for Adult Learners and Recreational Sports.

For more information, call (970) 491-2248.