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Welcome to the academic advancement center

Hello AAC Community! 

We recognize the last five months have been full of challenges requiring us to make shifts in the ways we navigate this world and our daily lives. The AAC went remote in March, and none of us would have expected to be entering this fall semester remotely or with minimal face to face interaction. We hope you have found ways to care for yourself during this time.

As we prepare to start school next week, we wanted to take some time to welcome back returners and new incoming students as well as share some updates and changes in the AAC.

Following University guidance, the AAC physical office will be closed throughout the fall semester with potential face to face appointments by request. We acknowledge the impact that this has on our community and express that this was not an easy decision to make. We made this decision while remaining grounded in our AAC values community as a way to do our part to care for ourselves and others.

We know that the decision to remain remote has a disproportionate impact on the student populations our Center serves and are continuing to provide support in the following ways:

  • Although the physical space is closed, AAC staff is still available from 8-5 pm to support you via phone, email, and video chat. Please feel free to call our main office for general questions at (970) 491-6129 or email your Retention Specialist directly.
  • In addition to one-on-one support from Retention Specialists, academic support and online tutoring will be provided, and you will receive more information soon from Betty Sims. Please email Betty.Sims@colostate.edu with any questions.
  • We know that the AAC is a hangout space for many of you and where you go to feel connected to others. With that in mind, we will also be creating virtual community hangout spaces and as well as other community-building events throughout the semester. Check your emails for all of our upcoming events!

Please join our welcome events to learn more and meet the AAC staff and students who will be part of your CSU journey! We know that building community is much harder to do virtually, and still, we hope you will join our virtual events until we can meet in person again! Check the AAC newsletter for information about these events!

We are excited to share that this summer, we were awarded a new TRIO STEM grant that will allow us to provide more services specifically created for students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields (STEM). We will now have the opportunity to serve more students in the AAC- woo! Current and new students who will be served through our new STEM grant have been emailed with their retention specialist information.

We know that starting your college journey or coming back to CSU remotely is not what you had hoped for, and we will do our best to ensure you have the support and community as you transition from summer to this fall.

We all miss you and are super excited to continue building the AAC community remotely until we can be face to face again!

Sincerely,

AAC Staff