IU-172 New Student Seminar

IU-172 New Student Seminar

First 8 Weeks of Fall 2022
Monday/Wednesday | 12:00-12:50 PM

In this 1-credit course, learn about creating a successful transition to CSU. Through self-awareness, reflection, and planning, students will explore different aspects of the transition to a new institution including academic success as well as personal and professional goal-setting. Through these opportunities, students will be exposed to planning for their success at CSU and beyond. This course will provide a support network for new ALVS students to aid in building their community to enrich the first-semester transition. Class sections will meet twice a week for the first eight weeks of the fall semester for 50 minutes each class period

Meet our Instructors

Brianna Ridenour (She/Her)

Bri Ridenour

Brianna is a current graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program at Colorado State University. Within ALVS, Brianna serves as the Program Coordinator and oversees the ALVS Peer Advisors, ELEVATE (ALVS’ Summer Bridge), and the ALVS’ section of IU-172.

“As a neurodivergent first-generation student, I have a firm understanding of what it is like to feel alone, I know how hard it is to ask for help, and I also recognize that sometimes we may have no idea what type of support we need or are at a loss for how others can support us because so often we are used to doing things independently. So, I work diligently to build relationships with others to ensure that all individuals I come into contact with know that they have me as a part of their support system and that I am here to help them along their journey to and through graduation.”

Brianna is passionate about positive psychology, especially through the lens of strengths-based sciences. She thoroughly enjoys developing humans through the use of CliftonStrengths, strengths-based leadership, strengths-based teams, well-being, and workplace engagement.

CliftonStrengths: Achiever, Responsibility, Adaptability, Learner, Arranger

Some fun facts about Bri:

  • She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018 with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources management, Go Big Red!
  • She spent two years as an AmeriCorps member with College Possible in Omaha, NE before coming to graduate school here at CSU.
  • In her free time, Bri enjoys disc golfing, geocaching, hiking, going to concerts, and bowling (even if she only occasionally breaks 100).

Sarah Sykora (She/They)


Hi! My name is Sarah and my pronouns are she/they. I am studying economics with a minor in philosophy, and my long-term plan is to work in student affairs. I would like to make college campuses more inclusive spaces for non-traditional students! Before I came to CSU, I was working different jobs and doing various service programs with AmeriCorps, one of which brought me to Colorado. I loved it here and decided to finish my degree at CSU. I quickly found my community at school through the ALVS and have felt at home here in a way I haven’t before! In my free time, I enjoy spending time outside, listening to music, and making different kinds of art!

Who is eligible to participate?

Incoming nontraditional students wanting to gain a support network of fellow ALVS students to aid in building your community and navigating campus. This includes, but is not limited to adult learners, student parents, student veterans, and transfer students. 

Do I earn credit for this course?

Yes, this is a 1-credit hour course.

When is this course offered?

The ALVS’ section of IU-172 is offered during the first 8 weeks of the fall semester on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00-12:50 PM in person.

Interested in participating in the ALVS’ Section of IU-172?

Register for the class by putting CRN (74402) into your enrollment portal on RamWeb! You won’t be able to see this course in the class scheduler since it is specific for ALVS and transfer students.


Email Lisa Chandler at lisa.chandler@colostate.edu

Feedback from ALVS’ Section of IU-172 2021

“This course has had an enormously positive impact on my adjustment to CSU. It’s been so helpful to me in focusing on my goals for this semester and beyond, and has gotten me in touch with so many different on-campus resources. It’s also been a wonderful source of community and good humor over the course of my first few weeks at school!”

“I feel like because of this course I can seek help when needed, I can feel connected with other peers and I just feel more comfortable on campus knowing that there are so many other people who are in the same boat as I am.”

“My first semester at CSU has been so smooth. I’ve felt really well-supported at every step of the way and I’m incredibly grateful for all of the resources available for students with non-traditional backgrounds. I’ve grown so much in confidence over the past couple of months and I’m feeling really positive about the remainder of my time at CSU.”

“Having a chill atmosphere to be introduced to CSU and our awesome instructors! Bri and Ryan did a FANTASTIC job facilitating this course. They were friendly, involved, and consistent, and they helped provide a really positive atmosphere in which to explore this transition.”