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College of Liberal Arts 2021 News

Awards & Recognitions

Amy Hoeven headshot

Alumni Commencement Speaker

Amy Hoeven (’95) is an identical twin, a communications professional, an avid CSU Athletics fan, and a voice for the disadvantaged. On Dec. 18, 2021, she delivered the alumni commencement speech at the College of Liberal Arts’ commencement ceremony. Read more about Amy Hoeven.

Karen Barker

Distinguished Alumni Award

For her service to women worldwide and her commitment to CSU students, Karen Barker ('71) received the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award. Read more about Karen Barker.

Outstanding Grads


CSU Chair and Professor of Economics Elissa Braunstein has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Economic Recovery and Relief Cash Fund Subpanel created by the Colorado Legislature. The subpanel was created to guide Colorado’s spending of $700 million in federal relief funds remaining from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Savanah Overturf, who is pursuing a major in communication studies with a minor in creative writing, was crowned National Miss Amazing earlier this month. The pageant highlights women and girls with unique abilities, and teaches leadership and advocacy skills. More than 270 people competed this year.

A team of four Colorado State University students have been named the winners in an international competition designed to offer solutions to countries grappling with natural disasters and the supply chain issues that ensue. Impact MBA students and political science Ph.D. student Julia Choolwe Munsaka were on the winning team.

Students from all majors can take Journalism and Media Communication's audio production class, which uses local bands to demonstrate the best ways to record sound.

Kristina Quynn takes an innovative approach as she inspires researchers, scholars and creative professionals from many disciplines to write for success. Now, in her new position as the assistant dean of the Graduate School, Quynn leverages these strengths to lead both writing support and professional development initiatives offered by the Colorado State University Graduate School.

Recent Research & Scholarship Stories

The Conversation

Colorado State is a contributing institution to The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public.


By Michael Humphrey
If the latest deluge of Facebook controversies has you ready to kick the app to the digital curb, you are not alone.


By Nick Marx
As media and comedy scholars, we’ve been tracking the recent ascension of right-wing comedy, which has flourished thanks to shifts in media industry economics and political ideologies.


By Matt Motta and Dominik Stecuła
Chances are you may not be not familiar with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS. Co-managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, VAERS was established in 1990 to detect possible safety problems with vaccines.


By Kristina Lee
City vehicles in Chesapeake, Virginia, will soon be getting religion.

Giving Highlight

The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art (GAMA) celebrates recent donations of modern and contemporary photography to the museum’s permanent collection in Widening the Lens: New Gifts of Photography.

“The recent gifts given by this extraordinarily generous group of donors are truly transformative for the museum’s holdings,” said GAMA Director and Chief Curator Lynn Boland. “This exhibition will be the first of many to draw on this collection of world-class photographs.”

Joyce Tenneson's photo 'Framed Birch Trees, (2016)'
Joyce Tenneson's photo 'Framed Birch Trees, (2016)'


Harold Gamble, Philosophy
Harold Gamble, Philosophy
Dan Robinson, English
Dan Robinson, English


  • Rowena Rivera King (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) taught at CSU in the 1960s and passed away June 2021
  • Bernie Rollin (Philosophy) on Nov. 19, 2021
  • Fred Shook (Journalism & Media Communication) on May 28, 2021
  • Judy Voss (Art & Art History), was supervisor of CSU’s art education students in the local school district, on Oct. 17, 2021