IU-172 New Student Seminar

IU-172 New Student Seminar

8 Week Class During the Fall Semester | Begins Week 2
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 eight weeks of the fall semester for 50 minutes each class period

Meet our Instructor & Peer Facilitator

Instructor: Brianna Ridenour (She/Her)

Bri Ridenour

Brianna received her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) 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).

Peer Facilitator: André Eberspacher (He/They)


I consider myself the observant, quiet sort. Small talk is not my forte. Luckily, I am blessed with a passionate and excitable disposition. I am happy to lose track of time continuing a conversation while we walk the line between discussion and thinking out loud. In my free time I enjoy Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and a long list of podcasts, audio dramas, and audio books. I also try to make time for myself to observe Zazen or lose myself in a particularly long walk along the bike paths. I prefer the latter when it is cold and dark outside. Seriously!

Despite my love for learning, I struggled to graduate from high school. I have ADHD and time management is difficult for me. I made it through, but I finished burnt out and lacking confidence. Knowing I would continue my education eventually, I pushed the idea to the back of my mind. Working was refreshing until years began melding together. Soon, under duress from my parents, I found myself chipping away at an associate degree at Front Range Community College. Stressed out, unsure of myself and my future, I rarely took more than a few classes at a time and often found a reason to take a semester off. Eventually, I recognized my time for change had arrived. Transferring to CSU seemed a natural progression. Growing up in Fort Collins, the sense that the campus was waiting for me grew every time I passed by.

When I transferred, the ALVS New Student Seminar played a large role in facilitating a comfortable and exciting transition. ALVS gave me an environment to work on my perspective. I belong in this community that celebrates the unique paths that bring adults to CSU and supports non-traditional students through their education. By applying insightful, innovative, and analytical strengths I aim to relate with my peers and share what trial and error has given to me.

I believe in discovering a calm and resonant sense of satisfaction in your habits that leaves time to delight in a quiet mind.

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 as an 8-week section during 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 75187 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 Brianna Ridenour @ brianna.ridenour@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.”