Alumni and Friends

Department Priorities

We gratefully appreciate donor support of our many activities in HDFS. Your generous support to these priority funds will help grow critical programs in HDFS. Your gift will help enable faculty and students to respond to immediate opportunities within the classroom and in our community. Below we shine the spotlight on several current priority initiatives.

Spotlight on Fundraising

Campus Connections is a powerful campus-based therapeutic mentoring program for at-risk youth, ages 10-18, in Larimer County, Colo. Youth are paired in one-on-one mentoring relationships with undergraduate Colorado State University students from every major enrolled in a semester-long service learning class. The program engages 250 youth and 300 CSU students each year. Strong bonds are developed between mentors and mentees, and the program is overseen by faculty members and graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Campus Connections takes place on the CSU campus, providing mentees with firsthand experience and a view of higher education as important and attainable. CSU is helping University of Northern Colorado and University of Auckland in New Zealand to replicate Campus Connections.

The Early Childhood Center provides quality programming for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, trains CSU students for careers in the field of early childhood, and provides opportunities for research related to children, families, and early childhood education. These funds support all aspects of the ECC, and a significant portion includes supporting childcare tuition assistance to income-eligible (low-income) CSU student parents.

Gifts given to Human Development and Family Studies provide critical support for all aspects of the department operations. These funds support activities that forward our mission to generate, disseminate, and apply knowledge about human development across the lifespan, in the context of family, culture, and society. We use this knowledge to promote optimal development and opportunities for all through outreach and the translation of research findings into evidence-based services to the community. We train students in a cutting-edge curriculum to become the next generation of human service professionals and researchers.

The Prudence M. Kaley Scholarship. Prudence “Prue” M. Kaley obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in 1972, and over the years has been a proud CSU Ram and loyal friend to HDFS. We are very saddened by Prue’s death on June 28, 2018, after her courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and extremely inspired by the valor and dignity with which she confronted her illness. Over the years, Prue generously supported multiple initiatives at CSU and in the community. We have been especially honored by her gift of an annual scholarship to support students in HDFS, generosity that has supported many students over many years. This scholarship allows students to pursue studies leading to careers that help people achieve the best quality of life, across the lifespan – and in two areas especially near to her heart, early childhood and aging. We can think of no better way to honor Prue than ensuring that students continue to have access to this support, in perpetuity. Thank you for joining us in our goal to endow this scholarship, in deep appreciation for an inspirational life, and in honor of our alumna and dear friend, Prue Kaley.

MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science. Professor David MacPhee spent his 30-year career in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies acting in multiple service roles, including directing the department`s doctoral program and conducting his own rigorous research in prevention science. The MacPhee Forum on Issues in Prevention Science will bring in national and international experts in the area of prevention science onto the Colorado State University campus to support and grow the expertise in the department.